General candidates will have to be in the top 75,750 candidates in the Joint Entrance Exam-Main (JEE-Main) overall merit list to make it for the second-stage exam for entry to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) next year. The remaining candidates will be drawn from reserved category merit lists. A new notification has been issued by the IITs.
Totally, 1.5 lakh candidates who crack the JEE-Main will be able to sit for the JEE-Advanced; the two-step format introduced from 2013. The top 75,750 (which may include reserved candidates) will be eligible for the next exam.
Of the rest, 40,500 will be the top OBC (Non Creamy layer) candidates, 22,500 Scheduled Caste and 11,250 Scheduled Tribe candidates. "The logical thing to do was to shortlist candidates in proportion to seats allotted at the IITs."