Expected cut-off for JEE Main 2018 exam

JEE Main 2018

What could be the expected cut off for JEE Main 2018? Is the JEE Main cut off expected to go low this year? Without any doubt, these are the top questions arising in the minds of JEE Main aspirants appearing for the competitive engineering exam this year.

JEE Main exam conducting authority, The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will be conducting the pen-paper based test of JEE Main 2018 on April 8, 2018, and the Computer Based Test (CBT) on April 15 and 16, 2018 respectively.  This year, more than 11 lakh aspirants have filled the online application form of JEE Main which is lower than last year, as the applicants for JEE Main 2017 were close to 12 lakh. Moreover, this year the number of candidates for next level of IIT admissions i.e. JEE Advanced has been increased to 2, 24, 000 from 2, 20, 000.

Candidates who are appearing in any of the engineering entrance exam whether it is of national level like JEE Main, JEE Advanced, or State or University level like UPSEE, WBJEE, VITEEE, SRMJEEE etc. must check the past year cut off trends for the exams so as to determine the expected minimum qualifying marks for the exam. This will help them evaluate a number of questions they need to attempt for the exam to qualify.

To determine shortlisted candidates for JEE Advanced, the JEE Main appearing candidates should score more than the minimum qualifying marks. In this article, we are discussing what could be the expected cut off marks of JEE Main 2018 for each category and also the factors affecting the JEE Main cut off.

Previous year’s cut off for JEE Main:

After analysing past years cut off trends of JEE Main, we can see that the cut off marks have fluctuated a lot. The JEE Main cut off trends help us understand how students need to perform in the exam so that they score maximum marks and also, sometimes students attempt more questions but their marks are low because of negative marking scheme of JEE Main. Negative marking is an important factor that affects students’ marks in IIT JEE Main and students need to prepare smartly to perform well in the exam in order to score maximum marks.

The minimum cut off marks for JEE Main 2017 was 81 marks for general category students. By this, we can determine that in order to qualify for the exam, students need to attempt at least 21 correct questions out of 90 questions for all three sections of JEE Main test paper. As per the marking scheme, 4 marks are awarded for each correct attempt in JEE Main and for 21 correct attempts, students will obtain 84 marks, which is more than the minimum cut off marks for general category. However, in order to obtain the minimum cut off marks of JEE Main, students should prepare to score at least 20 marks more than the determined marks. And in case of reserved category students, the cut off marks are lower than general category and they too should prepare accordingly.

JEE Main Cut off Trends for past years –


JEE 2017 Cut off

JEE 2016 Cut off

JEE 2015 Cut off





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Factors affecting the cut-off of JEE Main:

JEE Main is a highly competitive engineering exam, therefore there are various factors that affect the minimum cut off marks. These factors can make the JEE Main cut off rise or fall. Some of the common factors that JEE Main Cut off marks are –

1. Number of Applicants for JEE Main:

One of the biggest factors that affect the cut off marks of JEE Main is the number of students applying and appearing for the exam. An increased number of candidates for JEE Main can result in high cut off for the year and vice versa. As for JEE Main 2018, the number of applicants has decreased by 2% as compared to last year. Therefore, we can expect fall in JEE Main cut off marks due to less competition.

2. Number of Candidates for JEE Advanced:

This too is an important factor for JEE Main cut off because the number of candidates to be shortlisted for JEE Advanced can affect the minimum qualifying marks. And last year, the number of JEE Main qualified candidates who were shortlisted were 2, 20000 and this year the number have been increased by 4000 candidates.  Therefore we can expect less competition. Therefore, due to increase in a number of candidates to be shortlisted for JEE Advanced, the cutoff marks of JEE Main can be low in comparison with last year.

Considering all these factors as mentioned above and by looking at the past year cut off marks of JEE Main, we can determine the expected JEE Main cut off as under –

JEE Main 2018 Expected Cut off Marks:


Cutoff Marks



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