Why Your JEE Main rank turned out to be lower than expected?

By Aditya Priyant|Updated : November 11th, 2018

JEE Main scorecards are announced in advance of result and rank declaration, which happens after a couple of months generally. Almost all students start thinking in advance about which colleges and branches to choose from-which is a good thing, since it always helps to be prepared. By analyzing previous year’s marks and rank results, by deduction and extrapolation, students arrive at a definite range in which they expect their rank to fall in.

But the JEE 2016 rank results threw many of such predictions haywire, and students were disappointed to obtain ranks below their much calculated and analyzed expectations.

To understand the problem better, consider this:

  • JEE main 2015 marks - 150, CBSE 12th - 92%, rank - 32,000
  • JEE main 2016 marks - 150, CBSE 12th - 92%, rank - 40,000

Certainly, a student obtaining 150 marks in JEE 2016 would analyze the previous year’s data and estimate his rank to lie anywhere in the range 30,000-35,000. Imagine the shock when for the same marks and 12th board percentage, the rank comes out to be 40,000+ !!

This has left a lot of students in doubt and wondering where they went wrong. Well, despair not- our experts at Gradestack.com have come up with an answer why this may have happened!

Our experts have analyzed the JEE (Mains) and class 12th boards results of various students and come up with a probable answer why your JEE main result was below your expectations this year.


The JEE (Mains) result data suggests that the easier JEE main 2016 question paper might have led to higher scores among students.

On analyzing data of different candidates having almost same 12th boards percentage and equal marks in JEE(Mains) 2015 and 2016, it was observed that the JEE Mains All India Ranks witnessed a sharp drop in 2016.

As per the rules, the JEE (Mains) rank list is compiled on the basis of JEE (Mains) score and a normalized class 12th board exams score, with 60:40 weightage respectively. The composite scores are calculated by this 60:40 formula and the merit list is compiled on the basis of these scores.

Thus, the deciding factor must either be the class 12th board marks or the JEE (Main) marks. It may be that all the boards have seen high scoring or the performance of students in JEE (Mains) exam has improved noticeably.

However, it is highly unlikely there has been a higher scoring pattern in CBSE and across the various state boards in the country, and the data we have analyzed confirms this - the upheaval in your JEE (Mains) result can’t be blamed on easier, higher-scoring class 12th board exams.

The only possibility left is the higher scoring patter evident in JEE(Main) 2016 question paper, which was considerably easier than previous year’s JEE(Mains) 2015 paper. This led to a much scoring exam and students found it easier to solve questions, leading to a higher scoring pattern overall.

Simply put, as the exam was simpler this year, a candidate would have needed to score more marks to maintain his JEE rank at par with other candidates.

JEE has been knows to trick students with googlies like these and we at Gradestack.com advise you to be prepared for every contingency. Stay updated, follow the trends, hear what the experts have to say. Judge the difficulty level of the paper and make allowances when predicting your rank accordingly.

Or, simply let us help you !

Hope we have cleared any doubts you might’ve had about this topic!!!

Also Read: 

JEE Main Exam Pattern 2019

JEE Main Syllabus 2019 with Weightage

JEE Main Previous Year Question Papers

JEE Main Mock Test 2019

All the best!!!

Team BYJU'S Exam Prep


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Shakthi Bharath K
Sir..How to start with this main exam ..I mean the portions

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