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What is the difference between JEE and IIT? A complete guide for you

26 Nov, 2022, By Tanvi Sharma

what is the difference between JEE and IITWhen planning to pursue your future in engineering the first question that pops up in your mind is what is the difference between JEE and IIT? These two terms are used along and are thought to be the same, but contrary to this these two terms might be interconnected but hold different meanings. 

Keep reading the given write-up to get thorough knowledge of the difference between JEE and IIT. 

What is the difference between JEE and IIT?

When talking of JEE, it stands for Joint Entrance Exam, it is an all-India level entrance exam that you are required to clear if you want to pursue engineering from the top engineering institutes of the country such as IITs, NITs, IIITs, and various other CFTIs. 

The JEE is a two-part exam, i.e, it is conducted in two parts. JEE Mains and JEE Advanced. JEE mains is the first-level paper on clearing which with a good score you become eligible for NITs, IIITs, and CFTIs. The top scorers of the JEE mains are eligible for the JEE Advanced cracking which with a high score you become eligible to apply for a seat in the IITs.

Now coming to IIT, it stands for Indian Institute of Technology which is the name of a highly desirable engineering college across the country with its branches situated across various states.

In other words, the major difference between JEE and IIT is that JEE is the exam that you take to get admission to IIT colleges.

Also check: Colleges on the basis of JEE Main score

Does the state JEE exam differ from the main JEE exam?

You need to be very clear about the exam you will be appearing for, making an elementary mistake like this one can be a huge blunder for you. Confusion may occur because there are other entrance exams like the state engineering exams of West Bengal, and the West Bengal Joint Entrance Exam that has a postfix with the JEE. 

The JEE exam is conducted for courses like BE/ BTech, B. Arch, and B. Planning.

Also read: Best way to prepare for IIT JEE

More to the difference between IIT JEE and JEE

Still, confused about the exact difference between IIT-JEE and state JEE? So, let's burst this bubble of confusion. IIT JEE refers to the exam that you take to get admission to the IITs. Make sure that you do not get this mixed up with the joint entrance exams of other states. The exams of other states come abbreviated as JEE too but with the prefixed name of the state. For example West Bengal JEE. 

JEE is one of the most back-breaking exams conducted in the country. Around 9 lakhs students appear every year for the same but only around 12,000 get qualified for the top IITs. you need to work finger to the bone in order to get admission to the top Engineering colleges. 

This is the key difference between JEE and IIT.

Also Read: Best timetable for JEE aspirants

How are JEE Mains and JEE Advanced different?

Now that you are well familiar with the difference between IIT and JEE, now is the time you familiarize yourself with the key difference between JEE Mains and JEE Advanced. 

If IIT is your dream college then you need to appear for the JEE exam which is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). You can apply for the JEE Advanced only if you clear the JEE Mains with a good score.  

The structure of the question paper of the JEE Mains and JEE Advanced is not considerable but the difficulty level varies.

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What happens after the JEE exam? 

The JEE main exam is the first exam in the procedure of getting admission to the top IITs. After the announcement of the result, you will be allotted an All-India Rank. Given the rank, you will be eligible for the following: 

  1. You will be eligible for any of the 32 NITs. 

  2. You can apply for any of the 18 IIITs

  3. Eligible for admission in any of the 19 CFTIs. 

  4. You can apply to any of the participating engineering colleges. 

  5. With a good score in the JEE Mains, you will be eligible for JEE Advanced.

Also Read: How to prepare for JEE without coaching

Eligibility criteria for NITs, IIITs and CFTIs

The Central seat allocation board is in charge of allocating seats in NITs, IIITs, and CFTIs for B.E./B.Tech/B.Arch/B.Planning courses.

You need to meet the given requirements in order to be eligible for the NITs, IIITs, and CFTIs: 

  1. A qualifying All India Rank in the JEE Main 

  2. 75% marks in the 12th board's examination

  3. The students must rank among the top 20 percentile in class 12th boards 

  4. The SC/ST students need to score 65% in the 12th board's examination 

Eligibility criteria of JEE Advanced

  • Candidates belonging to the general category must qualify for the 12th board or equivalent qualifying examination with a minimum of 75% marks and the students belonging to the SC, ST, and PwD categories must score 65% marks in the same. 

  • The candidate must be amongst the top 20 percentile of their respective Board examinations to be eligible for the JEE Advanced exam. 

Also check: JEE toppers’ strategy to do daily revision

Eligibility criteria for the IITs

To be eligible for admission to the IITs you must fulfill the specific criteria. The eligibility criteria for admission to the IITs have been mentioned below: 

  1. Age limit

  2. Number of attempts

  3. Year of passing the 12th board or equivalent examination

  4. The other major criteria for admission to the IITs is that students need to qualify in  JEE mains and JEE Advanced both. 

The path to IITs demands serious hard work and consistency. Now that you are clear with the difference between JEE and IIT so, grab your spirit together and begin your preparation with a positive outlook. 


What is the best way to prepare for entrance exams like JEE?

Best ways to prepare for IIT JEE Exam

  • Get acquainted with the JEE 2023 syllabus

  • Familiarize yourself with the JEE exam pattern

  • Form a JEE 2023 preparation study plan

What are the easiest and hardest subjects to score in for the IIT-JEE Advanced exam?

The hardest subject of the JEE Advanced is Physics which is followed by Maths. Given are the important chapters from both subjects.

Important chapters Physics:

  • Mechanics

  • Modern Physics

  • Electricity and Magnetism

  • Optics

Important chapters Math:

  • Matrices and Determinants

  • Probability and Permutations & Combinations

  • Coordinate Geometry

  • Definite Integrals

  • Vectors and 3D Geometry

What are the benefits of taking the JEE Main exam for an IIT aspirant?

Given are the top benefits of clearing the JEE exam:

  1. By clearing the JEE exam with a good score you will get admission to the top IITs in the country

  2. Preparing for this exam will provide you with enough wisdom to clear other engineering exams.

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