JEE Main: Qualifying Cutoff vs Admission Cutoff


JEE Main is an engineering entrance exam that isconducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education in India (CBSE). It isconsidered one of the most competitive and toughestentrance exam in the country.

The NTA will release the JEE Main Qualifying Cutoffalong with the result in the first week of February. Candidates can check theJEE Main Cutoff by logging into the online result portal. The cutoff will bepublished category-wise. The qualifying JEE Main Cutoff is the minimum scorethat a candidate needs to score in order to be eligible to appear in the JEEAdvanced.

The JEE Main Cutoffis published by JoSAA for admissionpurpose in the participating institutes. The Cutoff 2019 will be category andbranch-specific for each participating institute with each cutoff listing theminimum ranks that are required for admission. In case a JEE Main aspirant doesnot meet the cutoff of an institute, the candidates will be left with littlechance of admission to that institute.

Types Of JEE Main 2019 Cutoff

The JEE Main Cutoff has been segregated into twocategories so that it will be easy for the candidate to understand:

i) Admission Cutoff

ii) Qualifying Cutoff

JEE Main 2019 Qualifying Cutoff JEE Main 2019 Admission Cutoff
Published By It will be published by NTA for the new academic session. Earlier, it was published by CBSE. JoSAA – On behalf of participating institutes
Displayed on It will be displayed on the Result portal. The candidate would have to log-in to candidate accounts in order to check their qualifying status It will be displayed on the JoSAA website.
Purpose Screen candidates for JEE Advanced. Only those candidates who meet the qualifying marks will be able to appear in JEE Advanced. Minimum Marks required for admission to participating institute.
Used for admission to participating institutes No Yes
Institute-specific No Yes
Branch Specific No Yes
Category-specific Yes Yes

Factors Determining JEE Main Cutoff 2019

The admission Cutoff of JEE Main depends on a variety of factors and the most important ones are given below:

  • Total Number of Available Seats
  • The Number of Students giving exam
  • Total Number of Applications received for the programme that a candidate has sought admission for
  • The difficulty level of the exam

The category underwhich the admission has been sought

JEE Main Cutoff Trend

Year General OBC-NCL SC ST
2018 74 45 29 24
2017 81 49 32 27
2016 100 70 52 48
2015 105 70 50 44
2014 115 74 53 47
2013 113 70 50 45

There are different Cutoff for IITs, NITs and GIFTs which changes every year. Students need to fulfill the same if they are seeking admission in one such institute.


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