65% Decline in JEE Main Cut Off From 2013-2018

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Waiting for the exam results is often more difficult than preparing for it!

Putting your patience to test, visiting temples to offer prayers and even seeking blessings from the distant relatives seems like worth trying tasks.

And once the answer key is released, the next big concern kicks in that the cut off marks should be lower or exactly the same what we are scoring.

To your surprise, have you noticed the declining JEE Main cut off every year? But is it really a good thing? Let’s find out!

So, we did a deeper analysis about past 6-year JEE Main cut offs and see the trends for yourself:

JEE Main last 5 years Cut off Trends (2013-2018) :



Less than 1% students who take JEE every year are able to make it to the IIT campus gates. Over 12 lakh candidates applied for JEE this year out of which 2.24 lakh qualified for JEE Advanced. A lower cut off means more aspirants qualifying for the same number of seats translating to increased competition and increased hopes.

Interesting fact: In 2018, the PwD candidates could appear for JEE Advanced even if they have scored -37 in JEE Main. This means that candidates need not even possess the minimum knowledge and were qualified if they just took the JEE Main and did nothing.

Reason behind low JEE Main Cut offs

Academicians are suspecting lots of reasons behind this sharp decline. One being the reduction in the number of students qualifying for JEE Advanced. The Joint Admission Board (JAB) issued a merit list on June 10 according to which 18,138 candidates cleared JEE Advanced 2018. However, seeing the low numbers, another revised list was released according to which, 31,980 candidates cleared the test and qualified for JEE Advanced.

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Another reason for the declining cut offs is supposed to be the increased number of IITs and the total seats, as a result. As many as 121 seats were left vacant this year in IITs. Increasing the number of qualified candidates would ensure that every category has at least twice the number of qualified candidates than the number of seats.

Also, stats released by AICTE shows that demand for the engineering courses is falling. Large numbers of seats remain vacant in the engineering colleges.

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