Indians born abroad are not eligible for JEE Mains
JEE Mains now can be taken only by aspirants who are Indian citizens by birth. Anyone who is not born in the country will not be eligible for the exam. Infact even if a student has been studying in India for few years he or she will not be able to pursue higher studies in central or state universities.
This includes foreign students, students under the Person of Indian Origin (PIO) and Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) categories.
Such students can avail admissions through the Direct Admission to Students Abroad (DASA), with their Scholastic Aptitude Test 2 (SAT 2) scores into the NITs and the IIITs but not the IITs.
Only the top 1.5 lakh performers in JEE Main are allowed to take JEE Advanced. And since JEE Mains is the first step for admissions into the IITs, the decision has left thousands of aspirants disheartened.
The Joint Entrance Examinations is conducted by CBSE for engineering admissions in NITs, IIITs and CFTIs. The exam consists of two papers -Paper 1 is for BE/B.Tech and Paper 11 is for BArch. The Paper 1 of JEE Main will also be an eligibility test for the JEE Advanced which the candidate has to take if he or she is aspiring for admission to the undergraduate programme offered by the IITs.
JEE Main for Admission to Undergraduate Engineering Programs at NITs, IITs, other centrally funded technical institutions, Institutions funded by participating state governments and other institutions shall include:
The performance in the class 12 or its equivalent qualifying examinations and Marks scores in the Joint Entrance Examinations, JEE Mains.
Admission criteria to undergraduate Engineering Programs at NITs, IIITs, other centrally funded technical institutions ,Institutions funded by participating state governments and other Institutions shall include the performance in the class 12/equivalent qualifying examination and Joint Entrance Examinations, JEE Mains . The Paper-1 (B. E. /B. Tech.) of JEE (Main) will also be an eligibility test for the JEE (Advanced), which the candidate has to take if he/she is aspiring for admission to the undergraduate programs offered by the IITs.
The States of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Nagaland, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Odisha have joined JEE (Main) system. Therefore, the candidates seeking admission to the institutions in these states, which were earlier admitting based on their State Level Examination, are also advised to fill in the JEE (Main) - 2016 application form online.