JEE Main Cut Off 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 – Expected and Previous Year Cutoffs

JEE Main Cutoff 2020 – NTA will be releasing the cutoff of JEE Main 2020 in online mode after the result is announced or counselling is conducted. There will be two types of JEE Main 2020 cutoff – qualifying and admission.

JEE Main Qualifying Cutoff is nothing but cutoff which has to be secured by the candidates in order to appear for JEE Advanced exam. Whereas JEE Main Admission Cutoff is the cutoff that has to be scored by the candidates in order to secure admission in JEE Main Participating Institutes.

NTA JEE Main Cut Off will vary based on the candidate’s category. In this article, we will provide you with all the necessary information regarding JEE Main 2020 Cutoff. Read on to find out.

The admission cutoff will be released by JoSAA authorities after every round of allotment. While preparing the JEE Main 2020 cutoff, the concerned authorities will consider various factors related to the examination. It is to be remembered that the cutoff of JEE Main 2020 will be different for every category, course and institute.

JEE Main Cutoff Date 2020

JEE Main 2020 (January session) has been conducted from January 6 to 9. After the examination is conducted, the official answer key of JEE Main 2020 will be released by the authorities. Before getting into the details on JEE Main 2020 Cutoff, let’s have an overview of important dates:

Events JEE Main Cutoff Date
JEE Main Answer Key 2020 23rd January 2020 (Tentative)
JEE Main Result 31st January 2020
JEE Main 2020 Cutoff 31st January 2020 (Tentative)

Factors Affecting JEE Main Cutoff 2020

Before the release of the official JEE Main 2020 Cutoff, the officials will consider various factors in mind. The list of factors/parameters considered by the officials before the release of JEE Main 2020 Cutoff are listed below:

  1. Difficulty Level of JEE Main 2020 Paper
  2. Total number of candidates appearing JEE Main 2020 exam
  3. Total number of seats available
  4. Highest score obtained by a JEE Main 2020 test taker
  5. The lowest score obtained by a JEE Main 2020 test taker
  6. Average score obtained by JEE Main 2020 test-takers

Types of JEE Main 2020 Cutoff

The exam authorities will release the cutoff along with the declaration of JEE Main 2020 result. The cutoff can be segregated into two types – qualifying cutoff and admission cutoff. Candidates can check the difference between the two types of JEE cutoff Main 2020 to understand how much they have to secure to have higher chances of participating in JEE Advanced or allotment into the participating institutes.

Difference between JEE Main Qualifying and Admission Cutoff


JEE Main 2020 Qualifying Cutoff

JEE Main 2020 Admission Cutoff

Published By

The qualifying cutoff will be published by National Testing Agency (NTA)

On the behalf of the participating institutes, JoSAA will be releasing the admission cutoff of JEE Main 2020.

Displayed On

Will be released through the result portal. To check the qualifying cutoff, the candidates will have to log in.

JoSAA website

Purpose of Cutoff

Screening of candidates for JEE Advanced. Those candidates who meet the qualifying cutoff will be eligible to attempt JEE Advanced.

The admission cutoff is the minimum marks required to have higher chances of allotment into the institute.

Institute Specific



Category Specific



Branch Specific



Used for Admissions



JEE Main Cutoff 2020

The JEE Main cutoff is expected to release on 31st January 2020 (tentative). Candidates must log in with the help of their credentials in order to check the JEE Main 2020 Cutoff. Once the NTA JEE Main Cutoff is available, we will update it in this article.

JEE Main 2020 Opening and Closing Ranks: This is available in the form of ranks and not marks. The candidates who do not qualify the JEE Advanced cutoff or are not interested in admission to the IITs, must participate in JoSAA counselling. Each of the participating NITs, IIITs, CFTIs etc, announces their opening and closing ranks for admission after each JosAA counselling round.

Opening rank means the rank from which a particular colleges start to take admission.
Closing rank means the last rank upto which candidates are called for admission by the college.

The below given data is just for reference and is gathered from various reports:

Experts Expected cutoff marks Expected cutoff percentile
Roy’s institute 90 percentile and more
Jadavpur University 85 to 100
Section Good No. of Questions Attempted Expected cut off ( Raw Score) Expected Percentile Rank/ Cut off
Physics 12 – 15 38 – 43 90 percentile
Chemistry 13 – 17 30 – 38 90 percentile
Mathematics 10 – 14 35 – 45 90 percentile
Overall 79 – 85 88 – 90 percentle

Section-wise analysis

Mathematics – Students reported Maths to be easy but had lengthy calculations in a few questions. Overall, it was a balanced section. No questions were asked on height and distance.

Physics – The paper had more questions from class 11 chapters. Few questions were of mixed concept type. It was also lengthy. No questions were asked from chapters like Semiconductors, AC Circuits, Magnetism.

Chemistry – Students reported questions were largely from NCERT, especially chapters of inorganic Chemistry. The paper was balanced as per students covering questions from class 9 and 12. More questions from Inorganic were asked as compared to Organic and Physical Chemistry.

A total of 11 lakh candidates appeared for the engineering, architecture and planning entrance exams. The exams are being held by the National Testing Agency (NTA) in two shifts — 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

JEE Main Rank is relevant for admission to National Institutes of Technology. Tentative Opening and Closing Ranks for Outside State and Home State Candidates for various NITs in previous year’s is provided below for quick reference.

Name Opening Rank (OS) Closing Rank (OS) Opening Rank (HS) Closing Rank (HS)
National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli 324 2120 1250 4912
National Institute of Technology Surathkal 1506 2940 306 5173
National Institute of Technology Warangal* 1356 2604 1362 4411
Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology Nagpur 3921 5901 2892 7266
National Institute of Technology Kurukshetra 5157 8092 3953 7227
National Institute of Technology Durgapur 6574 9003 7403 14703
Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology Allahabad 2076 4068 1245 4365
National Institute of Technology Calicut 3094 6616 3502 15208
Malaviya National Institute of Technology Jaipur 3405 5931 2099 4539
Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology Bhopal 5374 7949 4123 9045
National Institute of Technology Silchar 10856 16790 8180 26993
Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology Surat 4240 6871 2847 9455
National Institute of Technology Hamirpur 7908 11881 7767 22789
Dr. B. R. Ambedkar National Institute of Technology Jalandhar 7036 9881 6002 12195
National Institute of Technology Raipur 6472 12341 8344 21331

JEE Main Cutoff 2020 For JEE Main Advanced Exam

Earlier only the top 245000 candidates were shortlisted to appear for JEE Advanced exam. Now, the authorities have increased the number of candidates from 245000 to 250000. It is important for the candidates to qualify in paper 1 and be among the top 250,000 candidates including all categories to appear for the JEE Advanced exam. The categories will be divided as follows among the top 250,000 JEE Main qualified candidates:

Category Percentage
SC 15%
ST 7.5%
OPEN 46.5%

Previous Year JEE Main Cutoff

Candidates are advised to go through the previous year JEE Main 2020 Cutoff to get an idea about JEE Main 2020 Cutoff:

JEE Main Cutoff 2019

Category JEE Main 2019 Cutoff
General 89.7548849
OBC-NCL 78.2174869
SC 74.3166557
ST 44.3345172
PwD 0.11371730

No Of Candidates Eligible For JEE Advanced 2019

As per the JEE Advanced 2019 notification, the top 2,45,000 candidates were eligible for the JEE Advanced 2019. The category-wise top 2,45,000 candidates qualifying for JEE Advanced 2019 is tabulated below:

Category Number of Top Candidates
Open 108229 113925( 46.5%  open to all)
OPEN-PwD 5696
OBC-NCL 62843 66150( 27% )
OBC-NCL-PwD 3307
SC 34913 36750( 15% )
SC-PwD 1837
ST 17456 18375( 7.5% )
ST-PwD 919
General – EWS 9310 9800( 4% )
General – EWS – PwD 490

JEE Main 2018 Qualifying Cutoff

Category Total Qualified Candidates Max Marks Min Marks
Common Rank List 111275 350 74
OBC-NCL 65313 73 45
SC 34425 73 29
ST 17256 73 24
PwD 2755 73 -35
Total 231024

JEE Main Cutoff 2017

The JEE Main 2017 cutoff is tabulated below:

Category Number of Candidates Cut off
General 109585 81
OBC-NCL 60299 49
SC 33333 32
ST 16096 27
PWD 2114 1
Total  221427

JEE Main Cutoff Trend Analysis

The JEE main cutoff trend will help the engineering exam test takers with an overview of the rise and dip in the minimum marks required for qualifying the Joint Engineering Entrance Main Examination. The table below will present the cutoff scores of JEE Main (YoY) for the last seven years, since 2013.

JEE Main Cutoff Score Trend

Category 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
General 89.7548849 74 81 100 105 115 113
OBC-NCL 78.2174869 45 49 70 70 74 70
SC 74.3166557 29 32 52 50 53 50
ST 44.3345172 24 27 48 44 47 45
PwD 0.11371730 -35 1

If we look into the last seven years’ trend of JEE Main cutoff, there has been a gradual decrease across all categories in the minimum marks to qualify JEE Main paper, except for the year 2014 and 2019.

Interestingly, the JEE Main cutoff has dipped in the last seven years, for General category candidates. While in the year 2013, the qualifying cutoff of JEE Main was 113, it has steeped to 89.7548849 in the year 2019.

Further, for the SC and ST categories, the same trend in JEE Main cutoff can be seen. While in the year 2013, the JEE Main cutoff for SC and ST categories was 50 and 45, respectively, the minimum qualifying marks for Joint Engineering Entrance Main Examination has increased to 74.3166557 and 44.3345172, respectively.

Astonishingly, the JEE Main cutoff for PwD category candidates has been increased by from -35 to 0.11371730.

JEE Main Cutoff For All NITs

The National Institutes of Technology (NITs) are autonomous, public institutes of higher education. They are governed by the National Institutes of Technology Act, 2007, which declares them as institutions of national importance alongside the IITs. There are 31 NITs across India and each one is funded by the Government of India. These institutes are among the top-ranked engineering colleges in India and have one of the lowest acceptance rates for engineering institutes, of around 2 to 3 %, second only to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in India.

JEE Main Cutoff For All IIITs

Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) are a group of institutes of higher education in India, focused on information technology. There are presently 23 IIITs, out of which 5 are established, funded and administered by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). The rest is set up on the public-private partnership (PPP) model.

JEE Main Cutoff For All GFTIs

Enriching the Indian technical education scenario is the Government Funded Technical Institutes, commonly referred to as GFTIs. There are 18 GFTIs, each of which is expected to contribute its bit towards the greater cause, which is to create a technically literate society and keep India progressive. One element central to these technical institutes is their status as participating entities of JEE Main. Constituted by the Central Seat Allocation Board, Joint Seat Allocation Authority handles the intake process of the Government Funded Technical Institutes, which is conducted in multiple rounds.

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