The road to IIT for International Students

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The Indian Institute of Technologies (IIT- All centres) is one of the top engineering institutes not just in the country but across the world. Many international aspirants look to take admissions in the IITs and be a part of an elite alumnus.

For international students, 10% of the total seats are reserved in each course offered by the IITs’. International candidates who qualify in JEE Advanced will be allotted extra seats in IITs during admissions.

The Starting Line

The journey to IITs begins with the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced for international candidates. But there is a difference. Unlike Indian students, international aspirants will not have to appear in the JEE Main exam to qualify for JEE Advanced.

Qualifying in the JEE Advanced examination, the international candidates will become eligible to apply and take admissions in B. Tech/B. Arch/B. Plan courses offered by the IITs.

About JEE Advanced 2019

Every year a new IIT conducts the JEE Advanced examination and this year it will be IIT Roorkee. The examination date and time will remain the same for the Indian and the International candidates.

JEE Advanced 2019- Important Dates

Events    Dates (Tentative)
Application form availability of JEE Advanced 2019 or online registration1st week of May 2019
Application form end date of JEE Advanced 2019 or online registration2nd week of May 2019
JEE Advanced 2019 admit card date2nd week of May 2019
JEE Advanced 2019 exam date19 May 2019
JEE Advanced 2019 answer key releaseLast week of May 2019
Objections to be raised on the answer keyLast week of May 2019
JEE Advanced 2019 result2nd week of June 2019
Seat allotment roundJune – July 2019


For admissions in an IIT, an international candidate will have to secure a minimum of 75% in their class 12 or equivalent examination. The compulsory subjects mandatory in class 12 are:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • A language
  • Any subject other than the above four.

Most boards across the world provide grades, instead of percentage scores. In such cases, the international candidates will have to obtain a certificate from their respective boards, stating the equivalent marks.

In the case of nonavailability of the certificate, the decision to allot seats will lie with The Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA).

The maximum attempt limit for International students for JEE Advanced in two. The attempt limit remains the same as Indian students.

Documents Required At The Time Of Registration

  • For Age proof: Birth certificate.
  • Marksheet of class 12 or equivalent.
  • ID proof (preferably passport).
  • Certificate of citizenship or passport of both the parents.
  • Testimonial (if required).

JEE Advanced Exam Centres Outside India

  • Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
  • Colombo (Sri Lanka)
  • Dubai (UAE)
  • Dhaka (Bangladesh)
  • Kathmandu (Nepal)
  • Singapore

More centres are likely to be added for the upcoming JEE Advanced 2019.

JEE Advanced- Fee for International students

The application fee for International students applying for JEE Advanced is higher than the Indian students.

The fee for International students who have selected an examination centre in India, the fee is:

  • Students from SAARC countries: USD 160 + GST
  • Students from Non-SAARC countries: USD 300 + GST

The fee for International students who have selected an examination centre outside India, the fee is:

  • Students from SAARC countries: USD 160 + GST
  • Students from Non-SAARC countries: USD 300 + GST

Application procedure for JEE Advanced

The online application for JEE Advanced will start in the first week of May

  • Registrations for JEE Advanced 2019 will be available through the online mode only.
  • Candidates will have to upload Scanned images in the given format.
  • The application form must be filled correctly as no correction will be allowed to the candidates after form submission.

JEE Advanced Pattern

  • JEE Advanced is conducted in online (computer-based test) mode.
  • JEE Advanced will consist of 2 papers including questions from all the 3 sections – Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. It is compulsory to appear in both. The questions are multiple choice, objective type and numerical in nature.
  • The duration of the exam is of 3 hours.
  • For every wrong answer, there will be negative marks.

Preparations for JEE Advanced

Though JEE Main is not necessary for international candidates, cracking JEE Advanced isn’t an easy task. International students do not have the facility of coaching centres for JEE as the students in India do. Making preparation for the examination all the more difficult.

JEE Advanced is about learning intricate concepts and putting them to practice. The numerical problems in the examination aren’t easy and require rigorous practice to solve in a time constraint environment.

Mock Tests and Previous Year Papers

Cracking JEE Advanced is about breaking down the syllabus into smaller easy to understand concepts and taking mock tests to solve numerical problems. Mock tests are helpful for students to build exam readiness and iron out the weaknesses.

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Previous year papers too play an important role in preparing and strategizing for the examination. Understanding the pattern of the exam and the level of questions asked will be helpful for candidates to test the waters before the final battle.

When coaching facilities are not available it’s better for the candidates to learn and take mock tests and solve previous year papers online.

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