JEE Advanced 2021 Brochure released: All the updates you need to know

The much awaited admission brochure of the IIT entrance exam, Joint Entrance Examination Advanced (JEE Advanced) has been announced and is available on the official website i.e. However, unlike each year the examination and application registration dates are not disclosed with the brochure. 


Initially, the JEE Advanced was scheduled to be held on July 3 but was put off due to the COVID-19 situation. 


In JEE Advanced 2021, candidates qualifying JEE Main 2021 along with candidates who qualified to appear for JEE Advanced 2020 but were absent in the exam will also be given a chance to appear for the IIT entrance. The students who passed JEE Main 2020 thus are eligible for JEE Advanced 2021 without sitting for JEE Main again. In past years, a student had to clear JEE Main again to carry forward. 


The modification was made this year by keeping in mind the Covid-19 pandemic. Students stated that they were not able to give the JEE Advanced 2020 exam because of the Covid-19 restrictions imposed and demanded an extra attempt. 


However, the candidates from last year will not increase the competition for present year students. Students from last year will be included “in addition” to the current batch and not part of them, as per the official brochure. 


The photograph and the signature will be auto-populated while filling the form of JEE Advanced. All the details will be directly taken from their last year’s forms. Further, a Unique Reference Code (URC) will be provided to the eligible candidates, which will be required during the time of entry to the exam hall and filling the form.


Till last year, the female quota was at 20 percent. However, this year, the number of seats to be reserved for women will be decided individually by each IIT. Seats offered under female quota are supernumerary in nature, implying that these seats are created in addition to the existing seats. The quota for the 2021 batch will be decided to ensure that the enrolment of females in each IIT is at least 20 percent in undergraduate programmes. This implies that an IIT with more female candidates will create fewer of these extra reserved seats while those IIT with few female candidates enrolled based on the common rank list will create more seats.


In 2019, 17 percent seats were reserved for women across IITs and 14 percent in 2018. Reservations are made to ensure gender diversity in IITs which usually have more males as compared to females at undergraduate levels. But gradually, things are changing for the better for women. For instance, Delhi’s Kavya Chopra has become the first-ever female student to have obtained a full score in JEE Main 2021.


Apart from female quota, there is 15 percent reservation for Scheduled Caste (SC) and 7.5 percent for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates in every course. Persons with Disability (PwD) also get 5 percent of seats reserved at IITs. The institutes also have EWS quota and foreign quota – these like female quota – are supernumerary.


The eligibility criteria for admission to IITs has also evolved. Now, students are required to obtain just passing marks in 12th board examinations. Earlier there was a requirement of obtaining at least 75 percent marks in class 12. This rule was passed last year by the Ministry of Education, however, will be applicable for students this year too.


With the brochure being released, it is expected that the JEE Main revised dates too will be announced soon. As per sources, the JEE Main pending exams will be held in July and August thus the JEE Advanced can be expected to be held no sooner than September. Also, the organizing institute for JEE Advanced of this year is IIT Kharagpur.


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