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JoSAA Counselling Process 2020 : Joint Seat Allocation Authority

JoSAA counselling process

The JoSAA or Joint Seat Allocation Authority is the council which manages and sets up counselling related activities for admissions in the IITs, NITs, IIITs, GFTIs and NSITs. This council is set up by the Ministry of Human Resources Development or MHRD.

The counselling round is used for those who have secured rank in JEE main (AIR) or JEE advanced. The counselling round for 2020 will be held after the result announcement for JEE main (AIR) and JEE advanced. The JoSAA counselling dates are still not disclosed due to outbreak of coronavirus. 

The JoSAA counselling process available only to those who have secured a rank in the rank list of the JEE advanced and JEE main. The counselling involves students registering and filling in choices, seat acceptance and payment of acceptance fee. All this will be done online by the candidates. The document verification and reporting process will be done offline. 

The JoSAA counselling process will be explained in further detail below.

  • The first step in the JoSAA counselling process is Filling in the Choices. This involves the candidate selecting the course and institutions they want a seat in. They do this by logging in to the JoSAA portal with their JEE 2020 roll number and password.
  • They then have to select their choices and lock them in order to save them.
  • Next step is the seats allotment. Once a candidate has been allotted a seat, they have to download their provisional seat allocation letter and pay the seat acceptance fee.
  • In case the candidate rejects the allotted seat, he or she is not eligible for further rounds of the counselling process.
  • For candidates who do accept the allotted seat, the fees will depend on their category. For students from SC, ST, Gen-PwD, SC-PwD, ST-PwD and OBC-NCL-PwD categories, the fees is Rs.20,000/. Candidates from the General category will have to pay Rs.45,000/.
  • This fees can be paid through SBI netbanking or e-challan.
  • The confirmation of seat will be done after verification of documents like academic records and transcripts at the centre. This is the offline part of the counselling process.
  • For the document verification, which is the next step, candidates have to appear at the reporting centre with required original documents and photocopies.
  • The list of centres will be put up on the website https://josaa.nic.in/webinfocms/Public/home.aspx and the candidate will be given a date and time to appear at the centre. In the case of a candidate failing to attend the verification or fails to bring the documents, the seat offer will be cancelled.
  • Once the verification is complete, the candidate has to go to the allotted institution to complete the admission formalities.

The JoSAA counselling process has a few more options for candidates who are not fully satisfied with the institution they have been allotted.

Some of these options are-

  • Freeze
  • Float
  • Slide

While this may sound like a game manoeuvre to those unfamiliar with the JoSAA counselling procedure, they are actually different ways to choose the institution they want to attend.

  • Freeze refers to candidates who have accepted the allotted seats but do not want to participate in further counselling rounds like paying for the allotment and document verification. 
  • Float refers to candidates who accept the allotted seats but are also looking at admission to a better preference. These students can proceed on to further counselling rounds. This option gives more freedom to candidates who are not entirely satisfied with their allotted seat.
  • Slide refers to candidates who have accepted the allotted seats but are also seeking admission to a different academic programme within the same college or institution. Candidates will be considered for further counselling rounds in this quota also. 

A note candidates should be aware of is that they can change from float to slide/ free and slide, etc. by reporting to the counselling/verification centre but changes cannot be made in the last round of seat allocation.

Candidates who wish to withdraw or reject their offer must do so before the document verification process. Candidates cannot do so after this. 

For the verification process, candidates must bring the following documents

For NITs, GFTIs and IIITs

  • Three Passport Size Photographs identical to the one Uploaded in JEE Main 2020 Registration

  • Provisional Seat Allotment Letter

  • Candidate Undertaking

  • Proof of Fee Payment by e-challan or Internet Banking of SBI for Seat Acceptance (Rs. 15, 000 for SC/ST/PwD candidates and Rs. 35,000 for others)

  • JEE Main 2020 Score Card

  • JEE Main 2020 Admit Card

  • 10th Standard Mark Sheet or Date of Birth Proof

  • 12th Standard (or equivalent) Mark Sheet and Pass Certificate

  • Photo Identity Card

  • Medical Certificate

  • Category Certificate (if applicable)

  • PwD Certificate (if applicable)

  • OCI Certificate or PIO Card (if applicable)

  • Print out of Filled Choices for Seat Allotment

For IITs

  • Provisional Seat Allotment Letter

  • Two Passport Size Photographs identical to the one uploaded during JEE Advanced 2020 registration

  • Undertaking by the Candidate

  • Proof of Seat Acceptance Fee Payment by e-challan or net banking of SBI (Rs. 15, 000 for SC/ST/PwD candidates and Rs. 35,000 for others)

  • Valid Photo Identity Card

  • JEE Advanced 2020 Admit Card

  • Date of Birth Proof (10th Standard Mark Sheet)

  • 12th Standard (or equivalent) Mark Sheet and Pass Certificate

  • Medical Certificate

  • Category Certificate (if applicable)

  • Certificate for PwD (if applicable)

  • Passport (for foreign nationals) of candidates & parents or OCI Certificate or PIO Card (if applicable)

  • DS Certificate (if applicable)

  • Registration cum Locked Choices for Seat Allotment

Candidates without these documents will not be given a go-ahead when they want to complete admission formalities at their respective chosen institutions. 

The JoSAA counselling process is a very important part of the admission process to the IITs, IIITs, NITs, etc. Students from all over India apply here. Depending on the location/home state of the students, the allocation may be done with different quotas for home state students and different categories like General, SC, ST, etc.

Candidates who have gotten rank at the JEE are eligible for the JoSAA counselling rounds. But this alone does not guarantee admission. Candidates must make sure they meet individual eligibility requirements of the academic program as set by the individual institutions. Thus because of this, candidates are encouraged to try their best in 10th, 12th and JEE exams.

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