Joint Seat Allocation Authority commonly known as JoSAA is responsible for the counseling process of all IITs, NITs, IIITs and some Government Funded Technical Institutes (GFTI). It has been set up by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (now Education Ministry) to manage and regulate the admissions to above mentioned Institutes through a single platform. All candidates who have qualified JEE MAIN are eligible for counselling and candidates who have also qualified the JEE ADVANCED would be eligible for counseling of IITs. The counseling to all the Institute begins only after the result of JEE ADVANCED is announced. Candidates have to register themselves on JoSAA portal to participate in the counseling process.
JoSAA 2020 counselling would be conducted in six steps. Below is given the step by step procedure of counselling process:
1. Online Registration:
All candidates who have appeared for JEE MAIN are eligible to participate in seat allocation of NIT+ system.
All candidates who have qualified the JEE ADVANCED are eligible to register for seat allocation in all participating systems.
Candidates have to register using their JEE MAIN roll number (for students who qualified JEE Main only) and JEE Advanced roll number (who qualified JEE advanced also).
Candidates have to update their contact details and the password.
2. Filling in of Choices
Candidates after successful registration have to fill the choices of the programme and the Institute in their priority order. Candidates can fill as many choices as he/she may want. Candidates have to do this within a given time after which the choices will automatically get locked.
3. Seat Allotment: & Mock Seat Allotment
JoSAA conducts 2 rounds of mock seat allotment. Changes in the preference is allowed after the mock rounds but not after the deadline of choice filling. JoSAA will announce the results of first round of seat allotment online. Students will have the option to accept the seat and participate in next round or accept the seat and not participate in next round or reject the seat and not participate in further rounds
4. Downloading Allotment Letter and Seat acceptance:
Candidates when allotted a seat first have to download the seat allotment letter and pay the seat acceptance fee (through e-Challan/ NetBanking/ debit cards). The fee has to be paid for seat acceptance that is Rs. 35,000 ( for general category candidates) and Rs. 15,000 ( for SC/ST/Gen-PwD/OBC-NCL-PwD/SC-PwD or ST-PwD).
5. Physical Reporting at the Centers:
Candidates who are allotted a seat have to visit the reporting center for document verification. They have to bring all the original and duplicate copies of documents as listed on the website of JoSAA and download and fill all the forms and submit it at reporting centers. Students will be issued an acknowledgement letter after the document verification. It is compulsory to visit the reporting centre after the first allotment.
A candidate is required to choose among ‘freeze’, ‘slide’ or ‘float’ options for choice of academic program. This means the following:
Freeze: It means you want to continue with the option that is allotted to you.
Float: It means you have accepted the college but you want a better discipline in same college
Slide: It means you have accepted the allotted seat but you are looking for betterment in field as well as college
If a candidate needs to change his selected option in any subsequent round he has to re-visit the reporting center and request option change among freeze, float or slide. Or else the option chosen by him in the first round would be considered in all subsequent rounds.
6. Admission Confirmation:
After all the rounds of counselling are done, the student has to report to his allotted institute for confirming his admission into said institute. This date of reporting would be available in his seat allotment letter. If not reported within time, it could lead to cancellation of admission.
Other Important things to know regarding the counselling process is Dual Reporting:
If in a subsequent round, a candidate’s allotment from NIT+ system changes to an IIT, the candidate MUST report ONCE AGAIN at an IIT reporting centre, similarly if a candidate’s allotment from IIT changes to an NIT+ system, the candidate MUST report ONCE AGAIN at any NIT+ reporting centre, failure to do so will result in forfeiture of seats allocated in both NIT+ system and IIT.