All about IIT-JEE

IIT-JEE (Indian Institute of Technology - Joint Entrance Exam) is the exam conducted for the students who aspire to take admission in Engineering and Technology courses under the top technical institutes of India. The IIT-JEE test is organized and conducted by the various IITs by a policy of rotation.

On 27th June 2012, the IIT Council agreed to implement the new admission format of IIT-JEE from 2013 by fixing a new eligibility criteria for 2013 under which successful candidates would have to be in the top 20 percentile of their respective boards to get a final rank in the IIT-JEE.

Get details about the plans for IIT-JEE 2013 here: IITs Agree on New Percentile-Based Admission Formula for IIT-JEE 2013

Course Stream: Engineering

Details of IIT-JEE Exam

The format for IIT-JEE 2013:

  • Two-tier exam: JEE (main - to be conducted by the CBSE) & JEE (advanced - to be conducted by the IITs)
  • Top 1.5 lakh candidates in JEE (main) to appear for JEE (advanced)
  • JEE (advanced) to be held 4-5 weeks after JEE (main)
  • Final ranking in IIT to be based only on JEE (advanced), subject to condition that candidates are in the top 20 percentile of their respective boards
  • Top 20 percentile would vary from board to board every year

IIT-JEE Exam Eligibility Criteria

  • The new format for IIT-JEE 2013 does away with the existing eligibility criteria of 60% marks in boards.
  • Now, candidates will first appear for the JEE (main) screening test, which will filter out the top 1.5 lakh students for the JEE (advanced) test. The final IIT ranking would depend only on the all India rank in JEE (advanced), subject to the successful students meeting the percentile criteria.
  • The top 20 percentile will vary across boards from year to year. For example, those who got more than 78% in CBSE last year would have made it to its top 20 percentile bracket. For UP boards, students with more than 65% marks would have been eligible.

How to Prepare for IIT-JEE Exam ?

1. Stay motivated- Considering the level of competition, preparation for the exams calls for a tremendous effort mentally and physically. Once decided, raise the level of performance.

2. Set up a Routine- The first step of smart and successful studying is to build a routine. Fix a time, place and duration for studying everyday. In order to achieve success, do take good care of your health. Well organized study material certainly helps in covering all the subjects step by step in right time.

3. Select appropriate study material - Coaching is important. But you must stick to their books also. No coaching notes can replace reading of textbooks. You must understand thoroughly the major ideas and concepts presented. Without such a conceptual framework, you will not be able to do your best.

4. Approach in a systematic manner -

  • Write down the keynotes 
  • Write down the questions that you cannot answer 
  • Mark sections for clarification wherever necessary  
  • Review the key notes after completion


5. Prepare with a competitive Study Group - Working with a competitive study group goes a very long way in the successful preparation of IITJEE. Group discussion with teachers and fellow students will recreate a cooperative environment to multiply your knowledge exponentially.

6. Time Management - Time is the most essential element and a well defined time table is very important. This would include selecting the best time to study, deciding which subjects to study first, setting up goals and taking regular breaks.

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