JoSAA Counselling Process

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JoSAA Counselling Process is a crucial step for students seeking admission to premier engineering institutes in India through JEE Main and JEE Advanced scores. It involves a series of online procedures that determine your seat allotment in a participating institute.

The JoSAA Counselling Process typically begins with registration. You’ll need your JEE exam credentials to log in to the JoSAA portal and access the choice filling section. Here, you meticulously prioritize your preferred branches (specializations) across various institutes participating in JoSAA. Strategic choice filling is vital, as it significantly impacts your chances of landing your desired seat.

After locking your choices, JoSAA conducts multiple rounds of seat allocation based on your rank, preferences, and available seats. You’ll receive updates on the allocated seat and have the option to either accept it, float (seek better options in subsequent rounds), or freeze (confirm your current seat). The process concludes with document verification and reporting at the allotted institute. Remember, staying informed about crucial dates and following the process meticulously are key to securing your seat in your dream college.

Eligibility Criteria

CriteriaDescription
Qualifying ExamA valid rank in JEE Main 2024 (Paper-1) for BE/BTech programs OR a valid rank in JEE Advanced 2024
Class XII ExamPassed Class XII (or equivalent) examination with Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects.
Additional SubjectAlong with Physics and Mathematics, a pass in one of Chemistry, Biotechnology, Biology, or Technical Vocational subject is required.
Minimum Marks (General Category)Secured a minimum of 75% aggregate marks in Class XII. OR Fall under the top 20 percentile of your board (if applicable).
Minimum Marks (Reserved Category)Secured a minimum of 65% aggregate marks in Class XII. OR Fall under the top 20 percentile of your board (if applicable).
Program SpecificFor B. Arch/B. Planning programs, qualifying the Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT) is mandatory.
Institute SpecificMeeting the specific eligibility criteria of the participating institutes (NITs, IIITs, GFTIs, etc.) is necessary for admission.

Important Dates and Events

EventDates
JoSAA 2024 registration/choice filling (tentative)June 10, 2024
Registration for AAT qualified candidatesTo be notified
Choice filling for AAT qualified candidatesTo be notified
JoSAA mock seat allocation-1To be notified
Mock seat allocation-1 (candidates can lock choices)To be notified
Registration and choice filling ends (Auto/System Locking of Choices)To be notified
Reconciliation of data, verification, and validation of allocated seatsTo be notified
JoSAA seat allotment – Round 1To be notified
Online reporting: fee payment/document upload/response by candidate (Round 1)To be notified
Last day to respond to query (Round 1)To be notified
JoSAA seat allocation – Round 2To be notified
Online reporting: fee payment/document upload/response by candidate (Round 2)To be notified
Last day to respond to query (Round 2)To be notified
Withdrawal of seat / Exit from seat allocation process (Round 2)To be notified
Withdrawal Query ResponseTo be notified
Seat Allocation (Round 3)To be notified
Online reporting: fee payment/document upload/response by candidate (Round 3)To be notified
Last day to respond to query (Round 3)To be notified
Withdrawal of seat / Exit from seat allocation process (Round 3)To be notified
Withdrawal Query ResponseTo be notified
Seat Allocation (Round 4)To be notified
Online reporting: fee payment/document upload/response by candidate (Round 4)To be notified
Last day to respond to query (Round 4)To be notified
Withdrawal of seat / Exit from seat allocation process (Round 4)To be notified
Withdrawal Query ResponseTo be notified
Seat Allocation (Round 5)To be notified
Online reporting: fee payment/document upload/response by candidate (Round 5)To be notified
Last day to respond to query (Round 5)To be notified
Withdrawal of seat / Exit from seat allocation process (Round 5)To be notified
Withdrawal Query ResponseTo be notified
Seat Allocation (Round 6) (FINAL ROUND for IITs)To be notified
Online reporting: fee payment/document upload/response by candidate (Round 6)To be notified
Last day to respond to query (Round 6)To be notified
Withdrawal of seat (Round 6) [for NIT + system only]To be notified
Withdrawal Query ResponseTo be notified
Payment of partial admission fee (PAF) [for NIT + system only]To be notified

Counselling Process

Step 1: Register (Dates will be announced by JoSAA)

  • Visit the JoSAA official website.
  • Register using your JEE Main application number and password.
  • Verify your details and update contact information if needed.

Step 2: Fill Your Choices (Window will be open after registration)

  • Explore the list of participating institutes and programs.
  • Research branches (specializations) offered and their placement records.
  • Prioritize your choices:
    • List your most desired institutes and branches at the top.
    • Include multiple branches across different institutes for a wider range of options.
    • You can edit and rearrange your choices before locking them.

Step 3: Lock Your Choices (Deadline within the choice filling window)

  • Once you’re confident with your prioritized choices, lock them. This confirms your preferences for the seat allocation process.

Step 4: Seat Allocation Rounds (Multiple rounds will occur)

  • JoSAA will analyze your rank, preferences, and available seats.
  • You’ll receive updates on the allocated seat after each round.

Here’s what you can do after each seat allocation round:

  • Accept: If you’re happy with the allocated seat, accept it and pay the seat acceptance fee. This confirms your seat and prevents you from participating in further rounds.
  • Float: If you’re hoping for a better seat in subsequent rounds, you can choose “float.”
  • Freeze: If the allocated seat is good enough, and you don’t want to risk losing it, you can choose “freeze.” This secures your seat and you won’t participate in further rounds.

Step 5: Document Verification (If a seat is accepted)

  • Once you accept a seat, you’ll need to submit scanned copies of required documents for verification by the allotted institute.

Step 6: Reporting at the Allotted Institute (After document verification)

  • Once your documents are verified, you’ll receive instructions for reporting at the allotted institute. This typically involves physically visiting the institute to complete admission formalities.

Documents required

  • Admit Card of JEE Main 2024 (if applicable)
  • Scorecard of JEE Advanced 2024 (if applicable)
  • Provisional Seat Allotment Letter
  • Photo Identity Card (issued by a government agency)
  • Proof of Date of Birth (Class X/HSC Mark sheet or Birth Certificate)
  • Class XII Mark sheet and Passing Certificate
  • Proof of Seat Acceptance Fee Payment
  • Category Certificate (SC/ST/OBC-NCL/PwD) if applicable
  • Duly filled Medical Examination Report (format specified by JoSAA)
  • Two Passport-size photographs

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I need to appear in both JEE Main and Advanced?

A: No, appearing in one is sufficient. JEE Advanced is mandatory for IITs (except preparatory courses), while JEE Main (relevant paper) is required for NITs, IIITs, and Other-GFTIs.

Q: How do I prioritize my choices for colleges and branches?

A: List your most desired options at the top. Include a variety of branches across different institutes to increase your chances.

Q: Can I edit my choices after filling them?

A: Yes, you can edit and rearrange your choices until the locking deadline within the choice filling window.

Q: How many rounds of seat allocation are there?

A: JoSAA conducts multiple rounds, but the exact number is announced before the process begins.

Q: What happens if I am allocated a seat I don't want?

A: You can choose “float” to participate in further rounds for a better option, or “freeze” to secure the current seat and skip further rounds.

Q: What is the seat acceptance fee and when do I pay it?

A: The seat acceptance fee is a nominal amount you pay to confirm your allocated seat. You’ll have to pay it after accepting a seat during a specific timeframe.

Q: What documents are required for document verification?

A: Documents like JEE scorecards, admit cards, class XII marksheets, category certificate (if applicable), etc. (Refer to the answer above for a detailed list).

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