JEE Mains Rank Predictor 2020

JEE Mains Rank Predictor

In 2019, National Testing Agency (NTA) introduced the fully computer-based JEE Mains system, wherein every edition of JEE Mains, be it the January or the April attempt would be completely online and computer-based.  This brought a new problem: how could the ~10 Lakh students who give JEE Mains ever year give it on the same day? To answer this question, NTA divided JEE Mains into multiple sessions, spread over multiple days. Now these sessions must have a different paper, but the final rank list must be common to all students! This was further solved by replacing JEE Mains Marks with JEE Mains percentile as the determining factor for JEE Mains rank.

JEE Mains Percentile: All You Need to Know

JEE Mains Percentile is a factor introduced by NTA in 2019 to give fair and uniform ranking to students appearing across different sessions of JEE Mains. The NTA percentile score in JEE Mains result is the percentage of candidates that have scored EQUAL TO OR BELOW (same or lower raw scores) that particular Percentile in that session. Thus, a student’s percentile is calculated relative to the students who appeared for the same exam session. Thus, a student’s rank is normalized, so that candidates are neither benefitted not disadvantaged from JEE Mains being spread across multiple sessions.

JEE Mains Normalization

NTA conducts several sessions for both JEE Mains January and April attempts every year. Since there are multiple sessions, it may seem that some students are unduly benefitted from an easy paper, and some are at a disadvantage. However, this is not the case. JEE Mains has introduced Normalization via Percentile scores, wherein every student’s Rank is calculated not by their absolute JEE score, but rather it is calculated relative to the highest marks for their respective session. Thus, students should not worry about the multiple sessions causing undue benefit to other students.

However, because of such a large number of students giving JEE, even with multiple sessions, there may be students who have scored the same marks even in the same session. NTA has prepared a list of tie-breaker rules for such a scenario. If two students have the same percentile score:

  1. Candidates obtaining higher Percentile Score in Mathematics will be ranked higher.
  2. Candidates obtaining higher Percentile Score in Physics will be given the higher rank
  3. Candidates obtaining higher Percentile Score in Chemistry will get the higher rank
  4. Candidates older in age will be given preference

The introduction of this new pattern can be confusing to students. Here is a tabulated list of JEE Mains Percentile vs Rank made from the analysis of previous years’ ranks:

JEE Mains Rank Predictor 2020

The following table indicates the rank vs percentile prediction for JEE Main:

Percentile Scores (NTA Score) Expected Rank
100 1
99 8746
98 17,490
97 26,235
96 34,980
95 43,724
94 52,469
93 61,214
92 69,959
91 78,703
90 87,448
85 1,31,171
80 1,74,895
70 2,62,342
60 3,49,789
50 4,37,236
40 5,24,682
30 6,12,129
20 6,99,576
10 7,87,023

As you can see, a 97+ Percentile is required for a rank under 30000 in JEE Mains, which is also around the closing rank for core branches in NITs and GFTIs in India. Thus, you should focus on working on your fundamentals and avoiding silly mistakes to get a good rank. We have prepared a few tips for you to avoid making such mistakes in JEE so get the best rank and get your dream college. Read Rancho’s Blog on How I Stopped Making Silly Mistakes in JEE Test Series.

The new JEE Pattern gives students the Percentile Score instead of their marks in the final result. In 2020, NTA introduced a change in JEE Mains question pattern as well. From now onwards, JEE Mains will also ask 5 Numerical Value Based Questions along with 20 MCQs for PCM. Thus, the marks distribution has changed as well. Read all about it here.

However, students will give the exam and the marking will still be done on the basis of correct and incorrect answers. Thus it is all very important for students to have an idea about how JEE Mains marks reflect into ranks. Here is a tabulated list of JEE Mains Marks vs Rank for students to get an idea about how much their score should be for their desired rank.

JEE Mains Marks vs Rank

JEE Main Score Range Expected Rank
336 – 360 1 – 20
310 to 335 21 – 225
251 to 300 226 – 1492
201 to 250 1493 – 5752
151 to 200 5753 – 18377
101 to 150 18378 – 57131
51 to 100 57132 – 240541
1 to 50 240542 – 984170
-40 to 0 984171 – 1074221


Students should note that JEE’s new question pattern has total marks 300 instead of 360, thus this table is only indicative of how much they need to score. Even with this change, students should aim for getting 180+ marks in JEE Mains 2020 if they wish to get into core branches in NITs and GFTIs.

Do JEE Mains Marks Matter?

While JEE Mains is indeed an entrance exam, with more than 10 Lakh students attempting every year, admission to the college is dependent on your JEE Mains Rank, which is governed by your JEE Mains Percentile. This Percentile is determined by your marks in the paper relative to your session’s highest marks. As you can see, even a 0.01 change in percentile will change your rank by almost 1000. With this fact in mind, a question may arise in your head: Should I focus on increasing my Percentile score, or my JEE Mains marks? Well, the Percentile score is largely dependent on your marks in JEE Mains. However, it is also determined by other factors like the highest score in your session. This factor makes getting as many marks in JEE Mains incredibly important. If you score as many marks as you can, and avoid mistakes, you will automatically have a better rank. Thus, you should focus on strengthening your fundamentals and practicing as much as you can. JEE Mains marks are a determining factor in getting into your dream college, and a large number of Engineering colleges apart from NITs and GFTIs consider JEE Mains rank as the entrance criteria for Engineering courses. Thus, JEE Mains rank is very important.

 How to Increase JEE Mains Marks

JEE Mains may feel like a difficult exam, but it is not an impossible exam to crack. Many students achieve success in JEE Mains every year, and so can you. Getting the right guidance and practice is an essential step to success in JEE Mains. The key to success is practice. Regular practice, and efficient practice. Along with important concepts in PCM, you must be able to apply them in questions and remember important topics in a high-pressure situation on the exam day.

  • The best way to revise concepts and keep track of important topics is by making short notes and revising from them regularly. We have made the best short notes of all chapters and provided them to you via the Rancho app. You should refer to these, and make your own short notes.
  • Don’t waste time on extremely difficult questions that look fancy, but are very far from the scope of the level of questions in the real examination. The 200Q Formula, which we have researched and developed for efficient practice of chapter for JEE will ensure that you are getting the best out of your time.
  • Talking about time, fix a schedule for practice, and practice every question with a timer. Time management is extremely important for JEE, and keeping a habit of tracking your time from the very beginning of your preparation will be extremely beneficial for your exam.
  • Lastly, you should start practicing JEE Mock Tests daily starting about a month before the JEE Mains paper.You will find all of these features, all for absolutely free only on Rancho. Register today and get started on your journey for IIT today!


FAQs on JEE Mains Ranks vs Percentile

What is JEE Mains Percentile?

JEE Mains Percentile is the percentage of candidates who have scored EQUAL TO OR BELOW that particular Percentile in a session.

What is the difference in JEE Percentile Score and JEE Marks?

Since 2019, JEE has started providing JEE Mains Percentile Score instead of JEE Marks. JEE Percentile Score is a parameter based on JEE Marks normalized according to your session’s difficulty level.

How much JEE Mains Percentile is required to get admission in NITs?

To get admission in Core Branches with General quota at NITs and GFTIs, you require at least a JEE Mains Percentile of 97+.