JEE Main Cut Off (2017, 2016)- Check Detailed Cut Off

JEE Main Cut off is the minimum marks required by a candidate to be eligible for admission to B.Tech/B.E. and B.Arch/B.Plan programs in various NITs, IIITs, and other top engineering colleges. In comparison to previous years’ cutoffs, JEE MAIN 2017 cut off was marked the lowest. Candidates obtaining marks above the Cut Off will be shortlisted for JEE Main Counselling.


Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main is a national level exam, which will be conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for admission in various engineering colleges and courses all over the country. JEE Main 2018 will be conducted on 08 April 2018 for offline mode exam and for online mode exam it will be conducted on 15th &16th April 2018.  The admission committee will announce the results 30th April 2018 for offline mode examination and 31st May 2018 for Paper 2 and AIR declaration. In this article, we provide you with all the details related to JEE Main Cut off by doing a thorough analysis of the last 5 years cut off. 


JEE Main Cut Off

JEE Main 2018 Expected Cut Off

The Result is expected to be out within two weeks after the completion of both the Offline exam and Online exam. CBSE will release the official cut off along with the announcement of result on its official website. The scores of the applicants will also be published in the result. The status of those applicants who have qualified for the second stage of examination (JEE Advanced 2018) for IIT admissions, will also be released. IIT Kanpur will conduct JEE Advanced 2018 on 20th May 2018.

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Based on the cut-off score and cut-off trend for past few years, reputed coaching centers, educational portals, and educational experts have released JEE Main 2018 Expected Cut off.


Aspirants can check the expected cut off for JEE Main 2018 below:

Category Cut Off score
General 85
Scheduled Caste (SC) 35
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 30
Other backward classes (OBC) 50

Determining Factors of JEE Main 2018

Joint Admission Board (JAB) has already announced that Class XII marks will not be considered for calculating All India Ranks in JEE Main. The cut off and candidates’ rank will be simply be based on the candidate performance in the examination.


JEE Main Cut off is calculated on the basis of a number of factors. Here are the most important factors that help derive Cut off for each year:

  • Number of candidates appeared in the examination
  • Difficulty level of the examination
  • Number of questions asked in the examination
  • The overall performance level of the candidates.
  • Number of seats available
  • Previous years’ cut off trends

JEE Main Cut Off Trend Analysis

Cut off trend analysis of JEE Main gives a fair idea to candidates about the previous years’ cut offs. The cut offs have been witnessing a decline year after year since 2015. JEE Main 2017 Cut off is the lowest in the last five years. The drop in the Cut Offs depicts the level of difficulty of the exam. The other reason attributed to this low cut off of JEE Main is the increase in the number of candidates who are shortlisted for JEE Advanced.

Given below is the JEE Main Cut Off Trend for last four years:

Category/Year 2017 2016 2015 2014
General 81 100 105 115
OBC-NCL 49 70 70 74
SC 32 52 50 53
ST 27 48 44 47

Year wise JEE Main Cut Off for the last five years

Along with JEE Main Result, CBSE also releases the qualifying marks for candidates who appeared in JEE Main exam. This qualifying marks is the cut off marks that the candidate must score in order to participate in the Centralized Counseling conducted by JOSAA. Counselling and seat allotment will be conducted for 31 NITs, 20 IIITs and 18 GFTIs, which are the participating institutes. CBSE also releases the cut off for candidates who have qualified for the second stage examination (JEE Advanced) for IIT admissions.


Based on the previous five years’ cut off, we can clearly see that the cut off is gradually decreasing and it has been lowest in the year 2017. Based on the previous year’s cut off we can expect a cut off in the range of 80-90 for General Category this year.

Year/Category General OBC-NCL SC ST
2013 113 70 50 45
2014 115 74 53 47
2015 105 70 50 44
2016 100 70 52 48
2017 81 49 32 27

JEE Main Counselling

The Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) is responsible for counselling and seat allocation process for all the qualified candidates who will clear JEE Main.


JoSAA 2017 will conduct the seat allotment process for admissions to over 30,000 undergraduate engineering seats across IITs, NITs, IIITs and GFTIs. Successful candidates will be allotted seats depending upon their category and fulfilment of the JoSAA eligibility criteria if they qualify JEE Main.


Seat allocation of JEE Main; JoSAA will be done online based on the applicant’s rank, category, availability of seats and other factors. After the allocation of the seat, the candidate is advised to get their document verified and pay the fee at their allotted institute.

Following steps are involved in JEE Main; JoSAA Counselling and seat allotment procedure:

  • Registration (Online)
  • Choice Filling and Locking
  • Allotment of Seat
  • Fee Payment & Acceptance
  • Documents Verification
  • Reporting at the allocated Institution