JEE Main Study Material and Cut-off Date

JEE Mains exam is the most important entrance exam for engineering aspirants. Students put a lot of efforts and work hard for getting into their desired college. Since the competition is really high for JEE it is important to make sure you are following a right study material. To score better than your competitors you should prepare better than them. And study materials play a big role in the preparation of JEE Mains.

Here are some of the best study materials for JEE Preparation

  • For Physics, you can use H.C. Verma’s Concept of Physics I & II, Practice Book Physics for JEE Main and Advanced by D.C. Pandey.
  • For Chemistry, you can use R.C. Mukherjee’s Modern Approach to Chemical Calculations, Organic Chemistry by Robert T. Morrison & Robert N. Boyd.
  • For Maths you can use R.D. Sharma’s Mathematics for Class XI & XII, M.L. Khanna’s IIT Mathematics, and Degree-level Differential Calculus by A. Das Gupta.
  • Also don’t forget to refer previous years question papers, JEE Main Answer key, and enrolling for taking mock tests.

JEE Main Cut-off refers to the minimum number of marks that a candidate requires to qualify for appearing in the JEE Advanced. JEE Advanced is one of the toughest competitive exams in India, where only about 2.2 lakh students out of a total of about 10 lakhs qualify. Furthermore, out of those 2.2 lakhs, only about 10,000 students actually get admitted into IITs.

JEE Advanced is conducted by IITs and allow for students to score high and get admission into the prestigious IIT colleges all over the country. It is also the toughest competitive engineering entrance exam. For this reason, it’s very important for candidates who appeared for JEE Main to clear and make it to the Advanced for a chance at IITs. In this article, we’ll be discussing JEE Main Cut-offs and how to qualify for JEE Advanced.

JEE Main Cut-off

The regular procedure for setting the cut-off point depends on a number of factors like:

  1. The overall performance of all students in that respective year of JEE Main.
  2. The difficulty level of the exam.
  3. The number of students eligible for qualifying for advanced.

These factors affect the Cut-off to be eligible for JEE Advanced. Once the answer key is released, the students can compare their answers and estimate their rank and score. In case students are tied for marks, a higher rank will be given to the student who has a higher score in mathematics. If the math scores of the students are clashing as well, physics scores are taken into consideration. And if physics scores are also the same, the students are awarded the same rank.

JEE Main Cut-off 2018

Category Qualified 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  

Now, let’s take a look at JEE Main Cut-off Trend for the Years (2014-2017)

JEE Main Cut-off Trends (2014-2017)

Sr. No. Category 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
1 General 81 100 105 115 113
2 OBC-NCL 49 70 70 74 70
3 SC 32 52 50 53 50
4 ST 27 48 44 47 45

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Trends in JEE Main Cut-off

If we were to analyse trends in JEE Main cut-offs given we can notice a few things. The qualifying cut-off is coming down every year. For e.g., let’s take the cut-off of JEE Main in 2013 which was 113. In contrast to that, the JEE Main cut-off for 2018 was 74, a drastically lower number. This trend continues across all categories.

Some reasons for this trend could be:

  1. JEE Main is getting tougher over the years.
  2. A large number of candidates are being added to the qualifying list as the years’ pass. In JEE 2018, the number of students who would qualify for Advanced was increased from 2.24 lakhs to 2.31 lakhs.
  3. The performance of candidates is slowly degrading.

JEE Advanced Cut-off 

The candidates who manage to score more than JEE Advanced Cut-off are allowed to participate in the JEE Advanced counselling process to decide which college they want to decide. The IIT College which conducts the advanced test releases the results and cut-off. The cut-off also depends on the overall scores of the students participating in the exams and the difficulty level of the exam. There has been a growing trend of advanced cut-off growing each year, indicating a rising trend of intense competition. Let’s take a look at the cut-offs for IIT in JEE Advanced over the past couple of years.

Category wise JEE Main 2017 cut-off and Candidates Eligible for JEE Advanced 2017

Sr. No. Category Cut off Number of Candidates
1 General 81 109585
2 OBC-NCL 49 60299
3 SC 32 33333
4 ST 2 16096
5 PWD 1 2114
  Total 221427

The above table gives the Cut-off for candidates eligible to appear for JEE Advanced, split categorically. And the number of students who qualified. We can see that OBC, SC, ST, and people with disabilities have a lower cut-off because of reservation. Reservation is given to minorities in order to provide their communities to grow and develop.

Now, let’s take a look at:

JEE Advanced 2018 Qualifying Marks

Category Minimum Marks in Each Subject Minimum

Aggregate Marks


Aggregate Marks (Revised)

Common rank list (CRL) 12 126 90
OBC-NCL 11 114 81
SC 6 63 45
ST 6 63 45
Common-PwD rank list (CRL) 6 63 45
OBC-NCL-PwD rank list 6 64 45
SC-PwD rank list 6 64 45
ST-PwD rank list 6 64 45
Preparatory course rank lists 3 32 23

JEE Advanced 2017 Qualifying Marks

Category PwD Status Rank List Minimum Marks in Each Subject Minimum

Aggregate Marks

Any Any CRL 12 126
OBC-NCL Any OBC-NCL rank list 10 115
SC Any SC rank list 6 64
ST Any ST rank list 6 64
Any Yes CRL-PwD 6 64
OBC-NCL Yes OBC-NCL-PwD rank list 6 64
SC Yes SC-PwD rank list 6 64
ST Yes ST-PwD rank list 6 64
Any Yes PC-CRL-PwD 3 32
SC Any PC-SC 3 32
SC Yes PC-SC-PwD 3 32

JEE Advanced 2016 Qualifying Marks

S.No. Category PwD Status Rank List Minimum Marks in Each Subject Minimum Aggregate Marks
1. Any Any CRL 13 75
2. OBC-NCL Any OBC-NCL rank list 12 67
3. SC Any SC rank list 07 38
4. ST Any ST rank list 07 38
5. Any Yes CRL-PwD 07 38
6. OBC-NCL Yes OBC-NCL-PwD rank list 07 38
7. SC Yes SC-PwD rank list 07 38
8. ST Yes ST-PwD rank list 07 38

By now you have a fair idea of the cut-offs of JEE Mains and JEE Advanced Qualifications. Now let’s discuss some tricks and tips you as candidates can use to crack your Mains and Advanced.


You should keep all these dates in consideration and keep checking our website regularly for any important updates about JEE Mains. Ensure that you study really hard and take enough rest. Mock tests are very helpful in getting accustomed to the pressures of the exam and will give you a good idea on which subjects you performed better at and which subjects need improvement.

You should find out which subjects have a higher weightage in terms of marks and should focus on perfecting them. Moreover, this will improve your chances of scoring higher. Your time management must be impeccable. Split your whole syllabus over a period of months and study a couple of topics each day, but in depth.

I feel this is the biggest problem. Keep next day planned before going to bed and set goals for the week. You may include hourly deadlines for homework, revision, breaks, exam dates, and weekly targets. A healthy diet always helps to keep the mind focused and sharp. Revise each topic multiple, especially topics you are good at as they’ll score you the best marks.

Study all previous years JEE Main answer key and get an idea of the pattern of the question paper. And finally, when giving your exam, stay calm think logically, focus first on questions you are good at and do not panic.

You’ll score incredibly well. Best Luck!