Is 160 a good score in JEE Mains 2020?

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The examination authority NTA (National Testing Agency) has been given the responsibility to conduct the JEE Main 2020 and henceforth as of now. The exam will be conducted twice a year which was declared by the education ministry at the beginning of 2019. The JEE Main 2020 is one of the most awaited examinations for all the engineering aspirants all over India and internationally. It is also considered one of the toughest exams to crack and hold rank and required marks because of the best minds of our nation fight for their place in the most prestigious engineering institutes of IIT’s and NIT’s. The only gateway to the IIT’s and NIT’s is the JEE Main 2020 and then JEE Advanced 2020. Although the JEE Main 2020 is not important only for IIT and NIT aspiring candidates as the JEE Main score is valid for qualification to the JEE Advanced as well as those who don’t make it for JEE Advanced, can use their JEE Main score during JoSAA counseling for admissions to the best engineering colleges all over India other than the IIT and NIT.

Although the scorecard is worthless unless the candidates attempting the JEE Main 2020 have cleared the JEE Main cut off. This article discusses the supposed JEE Main score which would be viable for what kind of rank and what options could the candidates have in choosing a college of their choice for taking admissions. The question asked in this article is whether 160 is a good score in the JEE Main 2020 to take admission in a good college? Before answering that question we need to analyze the different patterns of JEE Main score and JEE Main cut off.

The Evaluation and Ranking process of JEE Main 2020 examination

Some of the changes which have been brought about in the evaluation process in order to reach the JEE Main score and the conclusive results are given below:

  • The JEE main 2020 examination will be conducted by the NTA in two shifts in different sessions and the results will be calculated in percentile scores rather than raw marks as it was done before.
  • There will be different sets of questions for candidates on different dates of JEE Main 2020 exams to be held in the month of January 2020.
  • The processing of percentile scores is easier in the normalization process as exams are held in different sessions with different level of difficulty in each session.
  • The weightage of the 10+2 standard marks are not included in the final rank list processing.
  • The NIT’s and IIT’s have set a minimum 75% marks are to be scored by the qualifying candidates in 10+2 in order to get admission which is for general category. The SC/ST category has to score 65%.
  • The candidates who would be selected in the JEE Mains for IIT and Nit have to be the top 20% in their 10+2 boards.

Role of JEE Main cut-off in determining a probable score

The JEE Main cut-off plays an important role in determining the score one has to score in the JEE Main 2020 examinations in order to attain a good rank. The previous year cut-off or the predicted ranks which are done through thorough calculations by the best coaching institutes in India like that of FITJEE etc. can greatly help in determining the good score one can achieve in JEE Main 2020 to hold a good rank. The cut-off marks include various variables in calculations like that of:

  • The number of questions asked in the examination.
  • The total number of students who have attended the examination.
  • The difficulty level of the examination.
  • The performance level of the candidates appearing for the examination.
  • The trend analysis of the cut-off in the previous years.
  • The variation of students who are most likely to choose the type of engineering courses.

One of the probable JEE Main cut-off marks in 2020 are given below:

Categories Minimum Cut-off marks
General 80-85
OBC 48-53
SC 31-36
ST 27-32
EWS 75-80

JEE Main 2020 Marks vs. AIR Rank probability

The JEE Main score of 160 whether it is a viable score or not and what rank and therefore in what colleges one can expect to get admission can be found out from the table below:

Expected JEE 2020 score Predicted JEE AIR
310+ Top 100
283+ Top 500
264+ Top 1000
208+ Top 5000
174+ Top 10,000
140+ Top 20,000
119+ Top 30,000
103+ Top 40,000
90+ Top 50,000
73+ Top 100,000

The table above shows us a gist of the rank one can hold against their respective JEE Main score but all of it is predicted data as the JEE Main 2020 examination hasn’t been held yet. But the data collected is through calculations and predictions from earlier JEE Main cut-off. Therefore if one has to answer that a score of 160 seems to be good as it would probably earn you an AIR (All India Rank) of 15,000 to 20,000. This rank would enable you to take admission in any one of the GFTI’s (Government Funded Technical Institutes) in India with may be your preferred choice of course or not. The score of 160 can even help you to get a place in one of the NIT’s if seats for any certain course go vacant even after 2-3 rounds of counseling.

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