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The Indian Institutes of Technology are institutions of national importance established through an Act of Parliament. These institutes play a leading role in technological manpower development and have research programmes comparable to the best in the world. The admissions to the Undergraduate Programmes at these institutions for all Indian and Foreign nationals are made through the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE).

Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, is one of the oldest institutions devoted to education in various engineering disciplines. Indian School of Mines University, Dhanbad, is the oldest institution of its kind in India. The admissions to the Undergraduate Programmes at these institutions are also made through JEE.

All these institutions are known for providing quality education in science and technology and for research in frontier areas. The environment at these institutions is highly conducive for


building a solid foundation of knowledge,


development of personality, confidence building, self-discipline, pursuit of excellence and


enhancement of creativity, motivation and drive.

All of the above help to prepare the students admitted to these institutions for successful professional and social lives. Today, alumni of these institutions occupy key positions in industry and academia in India and abroad.

Each institute has well-equipped modern laboratories, state-of-the-art computer network, and well stocked technical library. Teaching methods rely on direct personal contact between the teachers and the students, and the use of traditional and modern instructional techniques. Students live in a pleasant and intellectually stimulating environment with people having similar goals and aspirations, which is an exciting and unique experience.

Credit-based academic programmes offer flexibility to students to progress at their own pace. A minimum level of performance is necessary for satisfactory progress. The medium of instruction is English. These institutions offer courses leading to Bachelor’s degree in a number of engineering, technological, and scientific disciplines.

M.Sc. Integrated courses in pure and applied sciences and M.Tech. Integrated courses in a few disciplines are also offered by some of these Institutions. In addition, some IITs offer Dual-Degree M.Tech. programmes, wherein both B.Tech. and M.Tech. degrees are awarded.


Schedule The date and the schedule of JEE-2009:

April 12, 2009 (Sunday) Paper- 1: 09.00 AM – 12.00 NOON (IST)

Paper- 2 : 02.00 PM – 05.00 PM (IST)

The schedule will remain unaltered even if the above date is declared a public holiday.


Question Papers

There will be two question papers, each of three hours duration. Both the question papers would consist of three separate sections on Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. Questions in these papers will be of objective type, which are to be answered on a specially designed machine-gradable sheet (ORS – Optical Response Sheet) using HB pencils only. Incorrect answers will be awarded negative marks.

Language and Font of Question Papers

Candidates can opt for Question Papers either in English or in Hindi. This option should be exercised while filling the application form. It cannot be changed at any later stage.

Visually impaired candidates, on request, will be provided with question papers with 20% enlarged font.

Calculating Aids

Use of log tables and any electronic calculating aids are NOT permitted in JEE-2009.

Aptitude Test for B.Arch. and B.Des.

Candidates called for counselling and desirous of joining the B.Arch. and B.Des. courses will be required to qualify in an Aptitude Test to be conducted at each counselling institute on June 11 and June 15, 2009. The test will consist of one paper of three hours duration – from 10:00 to 13:00 hrs. Candidates who fail to qualify in the Aptitude Test will not be eligible for admission to either B.Arch. or B.Des. courses. Question papers for aptitude test for B.Arch and B.Des will be in English only. The candidate should write the test only once, either on June 11 or June 15, 2009.


A candidate has to satisfy ALL the eligibility conditions given below:


A candidate can attempt JEE only twice, in consecutive years. Those who have appeared in JEE in 2007 or earlier are not eligible for appearing in JEE-2009.


Candidates appearing in JEE-2009 should have either passed the qualifying examination in 2008 or should be appearing in 2009. They should also satisfy the specific eligibility criteria in the qualifying examination. Candidates who have passed the qualifying examination before October 1, 2007 are not eligible to write JEE-2009.


Candidates should meet the age requirements given below.


Candidates should NOT have accepted admission by paying full fees at any of the IITs, IT-BHU, Varanasi or ISMU, Dhanbad, through earlier JEE.

Qualifying Examination

Candidates applying for JEE-2009 should have either passed after October 1, 2007, or should be appearing in 2009 in any one of the following qualifying examinations.


The final examination of the 10+2 system, conducted by any recognized Central/State Board, such as Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi; Council for Indian School Certificate Examination, New Delhi; etc.


Intermediate or two-year Pre-University Examination conducted by a recognized Board/ University.


Final Examination of the two-year course of the Joint Services Wing of the National Defence Academy.


General Certificate Education (GCE) Examination (London/Cambridge/Sri Lanka) at the Advanced (A) level.


High School Certificate Examination of the Cambridge University.


Any Public School/Board/University Examination in India or in any foreign country recognized by the Association of Indian Universities as equivalent to the 10+2 system.


H.S.C. Vocational Examination.


Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Open School with a minimum of five subjects.


3 or 4-year Diploma recognized by AICTE or a State Board of Technical Education.

In case the relevant qualifying examination is not a public examination, the candidate must have passed at least one public (Board or Pre-University) examination at an earlier level.

Eligibility Criteria in Qualifying Examination

Candidates belonging to General (GE), Other Backward Classes (OBC) and DS categories must secure at least 60% marks in aggregate in their Qualifying Examination. Candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Physically Disabled (PD) categories must secure at least 55% marks in aggregate in the Qualifying Examination. The percentage of marks awarded by the Board will be treated as final. If the Board does not award the percentage of marks, it will be calculated based on the marks obtained in all subjects listed in the mark sheet. If any Board awards only letter grades without providing an equivalent percentage of marks on the grade sheet, the candidate should obtain a certificate from the Board specifying the equivalent marks, and submit it at the time of counselling. In case such a certificate is not provided by the candidate, then the decision of the Joint Implementation Committee of JEE-2009 regarding his/her eligibility shall be final

Important Notes


Those candidates who will be appearing in the qualifying examination in 2010 or later are not eligible to apply for JEE-2009.


All provisional admissions to candidates who are appearing in the qualifying examination in the year 2009 will stand cancelled, if the proof of having passed the Qualifying Examination, as per the eligibility criteria specified above is not submitted to the concerned Institute latest by September 30, 2009. If a Board normally declares the results of the qualifying examination after 30th September of each year, students of such Boards are advised to attempt JEE in the following year.


All admissions are subject to verification of facts from the original certificates/documents of the candidates. If an applicant is found ineligible at a later date even after admission to an Institute, his/her admission will be cancelled. The decision of the Joint Admission Board of JEE-2009 regarding the eligibility of any applicant shall be final.


For more clarification in respect of number of attempts and year of passing the qualifying examinations, please refer to FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions).

Age Requirements

For GE and OBC categories, only those candidates whose date of birth falls on or after October 01, 1984, are eligible to appear in JEE-2009. For SC, ST, and PD categories, candidates who were born on or after October 01, 1979, are eligible. Date of birth as recorded in the High School/first Board/Pre-University Certificate will be taken as authentic. If the high school certificate does not mention the date of birth, provide a suitable document indicating the date of birth along with the application. Candidates must produce this certificate in original as a proof of their age at the time of counselling, failing which they will be disqualified.

Physical Fitness

All qualified candidates will have to submit a Physical Fitness certificate from a Registered Medical Practitioner in the prescribed format that will be made available to them at an appropriate time. They will be admitted only if they are physically fit for pursuing a course of study at the participating institutes.

Special Requirements for Mining Engineering and Mining Machinery Courses

Candidates opting for these courses should make sure that they do not have any form of colour blindness. They will be required to submit a certificate from a Registered Medical Practitioner to this effect at the time of counselling. The standard of visual acuity with or without glasses will be adhered to strictly for candidates seeking admission to Mining Engineering as per DGMS Circular 14 of 1972. Persons with one-eyed vision are not permitted to work underground. Candidates with above limitations are not allowed to opt for admission to Mining Engineering or Mining Machinery Engineering.

Female Candidates for Mining Courses

Section 46 (1) of the Mines Act, 1952 states that “No woman shall, notwithstanding anything contained in any other law, be employed (a) in any part of a mine which is below ground, (b) in any mine above ground except between the hours 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.”. Female candidates are not admitted to Mining Engineering and Mining Machinery Engineering at ISMU, Dhanbad, whereas the corresponding programmes at IIT Kharagpur and IT-BHU, Varanasi, have no such restriction.


OBC candidates

For OBC candidates belonging to Non-creamy layer, 18% of total number of seats are reserved in each of the older IITs (Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee), IT-BHU, Varanasi and ISMU, Dhanbad and 27% of total number of seats are reserved in each of the new IITs (Bhubaneswar, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Patna, Punjab and Rajasthan. Candidates belonging to this category are admitted on the basis of a relaxed criterion as given in the page for ranking.

OBC candidates belonging to Non-creamy layer will be required to produce the original certificate issued on or after January 1, 2009 by a competent authority in the prescribed format. The certificates must be produced at the time of counselling, failing which they will be treated as belonging to the General (GE) category.

ST/SC candidates

For candidates belonging to the SC and ST categories, respectively 15% and 7.5% of the total number of seats are reserved in each IIT, IT-BHU, Varanasi and ISMU, Dhanbad. Candidates belonging to these categories are admitted on the basis of a relaxed criterion as given in the page for ranking. In case all the reserved seats are not filled, a limited number of candidates are admitted to a Preparatory Course of one-year duration on the basis of a further relaxation in JEE performance. This course attempts to prepare the students in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. On successful completion of the course, the students will be offered direct admission to the undergraduate programmes in July 2010 against the unfilled SC/ST seats of JEE-2009.

SC and ST candidates will be required to produce the original caste/tribe certificate issued by a competent authority in the prescribed format. The certificates must be produced at the time of counselling, failing which they will not be considered for admission. Seats remaining vacant in these categories shall not be filled by candidates belonging to any other category.

JAB Decision on unfilled SC/ST seats in new IITs

The Joint Admission Board (JAB) in its meeting held on August 13, 2008 decided that the vacant seats in SC/ST categories against JEE-2008 in six new IITs will carried forward and added to the seats in the respective programmes in JEE-2009 as one time measure. The numbers of vacant seats in SC and ST categories are 19 and 47, respectively.

Persons with Physical Disability (PD)

For PD (including leprosy-cured) candidates, who are otherwise fit to pursue the course, and qualify JEE (with relaxed norms as given in the page for ranking), 3% seats are reserved as specified by the Government of India. For any category of disability (viz., locomotor, visual, speech, and/or hearing), benefit would be given to those candidates who have at least 40% permanent physical impairment in relation to a body part / system / extremity / extremities / whole body, etc.

The candidates in this category will be required to be certified by a Medical Board. The Medical Board will decide the following:


whether the candidate qualifies for the benefits under this category, and


if the disability is likely to interfere in his/her studies.

The Medical Board duly constituted for this purpose shall meet at the time of counselling at a few venues (to be announced in the counselling letter) between June 9 to 11, 2009. Candidates, who are not certified by the Medical Board as belonging to the PD category, will not be counselled under this category. The decision of the Medical Board shall be final.

JAB decisions on PD candidates.

In accordance with the Judgment of the Court of Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities dated 7 August 2008 and the orders of the Hon’ble Supreme Court the Joint Admission Board (JAB) for JEE-2009 decided that the extent of relaxation to the PD candidates in JEE-2009 will be the same as that is available to the candidates belonging to SC/ST categories, irrespective of their vertical categories.

The Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities has given a directive to implement Preparatory Courses for PD students in a similar manner as is done for SC/ST students. A decision on this will be taken in a Joint Admission Board meeting.

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