Registrations for JEE Main 2018 have started. The examination which can lead you to some of the most prestigious engineering college featured an audience of around 10 lakh candidates last year, the phenomena is likely to repeat this year as well.
Candidates looking to get admission in IITs, NITs, IIITs, CFTIs and many other institutes have necessarily got to appear for this exam. Since the registrations have started from December 1, 2017, candidates have starting logging on the website and filling their form. But candidates need to take a care of little things while filling the form. These may sound little but can cause some serious problems later on.
So today, we will take a look at the things we need to take care before and during the application processof JEE Main 2018.
Note down the dates
Although this a very obvious thing and we actually expect that you must have noted the important dates in your head, but in case you have not, here is a slight reminder. The last date to fill the application form for JEE Main 2018 is 1st January, 2017.
However, CBSE has given us an extra day to pay the fee for the exam, and thus you can make the payment till 2nd January, 2017.
We recommend that you fill the form as early as possible, as in the final days there can be heavy traffic on the website which might make it a bit difficult to fill the form.
Check your eligibility
Most of you must be studying in Class 12 or might have passed Class 12 examination this year, and would not have bothered much about the eligibility criteria. Yet, taking a look at the eligibility criteria before filling the form is not a bad idea either.
The maximum number of attempts that can be made by any candidates are 3. Also, the candidate looking to appear in the exam must be born on or after 1st October, 1993. SC/ST/PwD candidates get a relaxation of 5 years.
Candidates looking to appear in JEE Main 2018 must have passed their Class 12 or equivalent examination in 2016 or 2017. Candidates who will appear for Class 12 exams in 2018 are also eligible.
However, those who appeared for Class 12 exam in 2015 but passed in 2016 are not eligible. Additionally, candidates looking to appear in the exam must have taken 5 or more subjects in their Class 12 or qualifying examination.
Aadhaar Card is mandatory now!
Probably the biggest news this time is that you necessarily need to have an Aadhaar Card to apply for JEE Main 2018. But if you do not have it, you will have to apply for it and enter the enrollment number in the form.
The details in your Aadhaar Card must match with other documents. In case they do not match, you will have to apply for the modification and will need to mention your enrollment number for such modification.
However, having an Aadhaar Card is not mandatory for candidates from Jammu & Kashmir, Meghalaya and Assam. If they do not apply using Aadhaar Card (and apply using Passport, Bank Account Number and other ID proof), then they can choose the examination center within their own state only.
Keep your scanned documents ready
In the application form, you need to upload 3 things – your passport size photograph, your signature and your guardian/parents’ signature. Therefore, before starting the form, spend 5 minutes to scan them. Also, make sure that the scanned files follow the guidelines as issued by CBSE.
The photograph must be of size within 4 KB to 40 KB. It should have standard passport size dimensions of 3.5 CM x 4.5 CM. Also, the format must be JPEG and background should be a white one.
On the other hand, signature can be of 1 KB to 30 KB in size. Its dimensions must be 3.5 CM to 1.5 CM and must be of JPEG format.
Have all the details in hand
JEE form is a long one. You need to fill in a lot of details. These are personal details and you might just have remembered all of them, but we recommend that you keep documents in hand so as to ensure 100% correctness of the information that you are filling in the form.
Therefore, it is advisable to have these documents with you while filling the form – Aadhaar Card, Class 10 Marks Sheet, Class 12 Marks Sheet, Caste Certificate, Domicile Certificate, Any other identity proof and Citizenship proof or passport of both the parents.
Make way for the payment
Payment of examination fee for JEE Main 2018 can be made through both online and offline mode. For making payment in Online Mode, you can use Debit Card, Credit Card and Net banking. On the other hand, for offline mode you can make payment using e-challan by depositing money in Syndicate/Canara/ICICI/HDFC bank.
We advise to pre-decide the way through which you want to make the payment. If you want to use online mode, make sure you have your Credit/Debit card or Aadhaar Card in hand. If you want to use the offline mode, make sure that you have enough arrangements for it. Depending upon your category, mode of exam and nationality, the fee charged can vary from INR 250 to INR 3800. To know how much fees with be charged, you can use the fee calculator available on the JEE Main 2018 official website.
Have a working Mobile Number and Email ID
To have a mobile number and an email address is mandatory for the JEE Main 2018. Most of you would already have them, but if you do not, then we advise you to get a mobile number (take around 30 minutes) and an email address (takes around 5 minutes).
Also, do keep in mind that these will be used for communication in future. Therefore, it is necessary that you keep that mobile number and email address secure even after the exam is over. So, do not be casual with these two things. Have working and permanent mobile number and email address with you before the form. You will receive your registration number and password on these and spend a minute to preserve your login details as well.
Word of Caution
While filling the form, do not hurry and be 100% accurate with your details. CBSE does give time for form correction later on but you might not get the chance to alter all of them. Therefore, it is better to avoid mistakes in the first go rather than to wait for form correction period. We wish you all the best for JEE Main 2018 exam!