What is the procedure for Spot Round in JoSAA Counselling?

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JoSAA Counselling Spot Round is a final opportunity to secure a seat in participating institutes after the completion of the regular counselling rounds. This round targets seats that remain vacant after students with higher ranks have made their choices.

If you weren’t allocated a seat in the initial rounds or are aiming for a better institute/course, the spot round might be your chance. However, it’s important to understand the eligibility and process before participating.In the next section, we’ll delve into the details of who can participate, the process involved, and some key considerations to keep in mind before opting for the spot round.

Eligibility Criteria

CriteriaEligibleNot Eligible
Participation in Previous RoundsYesYes (Did not participate in any counselling rounds)
Seat Allocation StatusNo (Did not get a seat allocation in any round)Yes (Already secured a seat)
JoSAA Registration & Fee PaymentYes (Registered and paid the counselling fee)No (Not registered or fee not paid)
JEE Main/Advanced RankYes (Valid JEE Main or Advanced rank as per eligibility criteria)No (Does not have a valid JEE rank)

JoSAA Counselling Spot Round


The JoSAA Counselling Spot Round is a final opportunity for eligible candidates to secure a seat in participating institutes after the regular counselling rounds have concluded. This round aims to fill vacant seats that weren’t allocated during the initial rounds due to various factors, such as candidates opting for higher choices or not meeting the required cutoffs.


To participate in the JoSAA Counselling Spot Round, you must meet the following criteria:

  • JEE Main/Advanced Rank: You must possess a valid rank in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main or Advanced, whichever is applicable for your desired program, that meets the minimum eligibility criteria set by JoSAA and the participating institutes.
  • JoSAA Registration and Fee Payment: You must have registered for JoSAA counselling and paid the requisite counselling fee during the initial registration window.
  • Seat Allocation Status: You must not have been allocated a seat in any of the previous regular counselling rounds of JoSAA. However, if you were allocated a seat but did not accept it (freeze or slide options), you might still be eligible for the spot round (check the official JoSAA guidelines for specific details).


The exact dates and schedule for the JoSAA Counselling Spot Round will be announced on the official JoSAA website (https://josaa.nic.in/) closer to the counselling process. Here’s a general outline of the process:

  1. Announcement and Availability of Vacant Seats: JoSAA will announce the dates and timing for the spot round along with the list of participating institutes and the specific programs/branches with available vacant seats.
  2. Filling Choices: Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria will be able to log in to the JoSAA portal and fill out their choices for the available seats during the designated window. It’s crucial to prioritize your choices carefully, as seat allocation happens on a real-time basis.
  3. Seat Allocation and Acceptance: Based on your rank, preferences, and the remaining seat availability, JoSAA will allot seats to eligible candidates. You’ll then have a limited time window to accept the allocated seat (freeze), reject it and stay in the spot round for further iterations (float), or withdraw from the spot round entirely.

Important Considerations

  • Advantages and Disadvantages: Participating in the spot round can be a gamble. The potential upside is securing a seat at a preferred institute/program that wasn’t available in the regular rounds. However, the downside is that you might not get a seat at all, especially if the competition for the remaining seats is high.
  • Documents Required for Seat Acceptance: If you are allocated a seat during the spot round, be prepared to submit the necessary documents for seat acceptance within the stipulated timeframe. These documents typically include your JEE rank card, admit card, class 10th and 12th mark sheets and certificates, caste certificate (if applicable), and disability certificate (if applicable). Check the JoSAA website or contact the allocated institute for a complete list of required documents.
  • Stay Updated: Keep a close eye on the official JoSAA website for the latest announcements regarding the spot round, including dates, schedules, and vacant seat details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I participate in the spot round if I didn't register for JoSAA counselling initially?

A: No, you cannot participate in the spot round if you weren’t registered for JoSAA counselling during the initial window and paid the registration fee.

Q: I was allocated a seat in a previous round but didn't accept it. Can I participate in the spot round?

A: Maybe. The eligibility criteria for candidates who didn’t accept a previous allocation might differ. Check the official JoSAA guidelines for specific details.

Q: When and where will the spot round be announced?

A: The dates and schedule for the spot round are announced on the official JoSAA website (https://josaa.nic.in/) closer to the counselling process.

Q: How do I fill out my choices for the spot round?

A: During the designated window, you’ll be able to log in to the JoSAA portal and fill out your preferences for the available seats. Prioritize carefully, as seat allocation happens in real-time.

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