JEE Main Exam

Joint Entrance Examination Main (I) & (II) Exam

JoSSA Counselling

The Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) was set up by the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) to regulate and manage the seat allocation for admission to institutes. The admission will be conducted for a total of 107 institutes that includes 23 IITs, 31 NITs, 25 IIITs and 28 Other-Government Funded Technical Institutes (Other-GFTIs). The admission to all the academic programs offered by these institutes will be made only through a single platform JoSAA. 

Candidates should get familiar with the JEE counselling process after the release of the result. Aspirants who have qualified in the entrance examination should be very careful during the registration and choice filling. Explore the complete details regarding the JoSAA counselling.

JoSAA Counselling 2020: Schedule Of Events

 Date Time  Event 
September 11, 2020   Joint Apex Board declares JEE (Main) 2020 ranks 
October 5, 2020   Announcement of JEE (Advanced) 2020 results  
October 6, 2020  10:00 Candidate registration/ Choice filling for academic programs under JoSAA starts; Candidates who would write Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT) can fill their choices starting from October 11, 2020, after declaration of AAT results
October 12, 2020 10:00 Display of Mock Seat Allocation‐1 based on the choices filled‐in by candidates as on October 11, 2020, 17:00 IST
October 14, 2020 10:00  Display of Mock Seat Allocation‐2 based on the choices filled‐in by candidates as on October 13, 2020, 17:00 IST
October 15, 2020 17:00 Candidate registration and Choice filling for academic programs under JoSAA ends
October 16, 2020    Reconciliation of data, Seat Allocation, verification and validation
October 17, 2020 10:00 Seat Allocation (Round 1)
October 17 to 19, 2020 By 17:00, October 19, 2020 Online reporting: fee payment / document upload / response by candidate to query (if required) (Round 1) 
October 20, 2020 By 17:00 Last day to respond to query (Round 1)
October 21, 2020 10:00 Display of seats filled / availability status
17:00 Seat Allocation (Round 2)
October 22 and 23, 2020 By 17:00 October 23, 2020  Online reporting: fee payment / document upload / response by candidate to query (if required) (Round 2) 
October 24, 2020 By 17:00 Last day to respond to query (Round 2)
October 22 to 24, 2020 By 17:00 October 24, 2020  Withdrawal of seat / Exit from seat allocation process (Round 2)
October 26, 2020  10:00 Display of seats filled / availability status 
17:00 Seat Allocation (Round 3)
October 27 to 28, 2020  By 17:00 October  28, 2020 Online reporting: fee payment / document upload / response by candidate to query (if required) (Round 3)
 October 29, 2020  By 17:00  Last day to respond to query (Round 3)
October 27 to 29, 2020  By 17:00 October 29, 2020  Withdrawal of seat / Exit from seat allocation process (Round 3)
October 30, 2020  10:00 Display of seats filled / availability status
17:00 Seat Allocation (Round 4)  
October 31 to November 1, 2020  By 17:00 November 1, 2020  Online reporting: fee payment / document upload / response by candidate to query (if required) (Round 4)
 November 2, 2020 By 17:00   Last day to respond to query (Round 4)
October 31 to November 2, 2020   By 17:00 November 2, 2020  Withdrawal of seat / Exit from seat allocation process (Round 4)
November 3, 2020  10:00  Display of seats filled / availability status
 17:00  Seat Allocation (Round 5)
 November 4 to 5, 2020  By 17:00 November 5, 2020  Online reporting: fee payment / document upload / response by candidate to query (if required) (Round 5)
November 6, 2020   By 17:00  Last day to respond to query (Round 5)
 By 20:00 Notification of the decision on seat confirmation for Round 5
 November 4 to 6, 2020  By 24:00 Withdrawal of seat / Exit from seat allocation process. Last Round For Seat Withdrawl/ Exit Option (Round 5)
November 7, 2020  10:00  Display of seats filled / availability status
 17:00  Seat Allocation (Round 6: Final Round for IITs)
November 8, 2020   By 17:00 November 8, 2020 Online reporting: fee payment / document upload / response by candidate to query (if required) (Round 6) (For IITs only: Reporting may also be done at admitting IIT). FINAL ROUND for IITs
 November 9, 2020  By 17:00  Last day to respond to query (Round 6) (FINAL ROUND for IITs)
 November 9 to 13, 2020 (for NIT+ system)  By 17:00, November 12, 2020

Admission Process:

Document verification for acceptance of seat or withdrawal of seat by physical mode at Admitting/Allotted Institutes ONLY (Round 6) (For NIT+ system). In case, the situation does not permit the physical presence of candidate at admitting Institute the above process will be done online.

JEE Main Counselling 2020: Steps Students Should Know 

The registration and choice filling should be done very carefully. To make the JoSAA counselling process easy, the below 8 steps will help candidates to land at the institutes' doors.

Step-1: Registration 

The registration is the first step and candidates who have appeared in JEE Main are eligible for seat allocation in NIT+ system. Candidates who have qualified in JEE Advanced are only eligible to register for the seat allocation in all participating institutes. One should use their JEE Main or Advanced login credentials to register. 

Step-2: Choice Filling

After registration, one can start fill in their choices of branches and institutes in decreasing order of their preference. Candidates have to choose the choices based on their eligibility. The final list of choices will be released on the screen once the registration process is completed. 

Step-3: Locking Of Choices

Candidates should lock their choices after filling them in. If they do not lock the choices, the last-saved choices will be locked automatically. We advise candidates to lock the choices at least 24 hours before the deadline to avoid a last-minute rush. It is advised to refer our special story on tips for Filling-in Choices and Locking of Choices in JoSAA Counselling. 

Step-4: Number Of Rounds Of Seat Allocation

The JoSAA counselling will be conducted in seven rounds. For every round, the document verification and acceptance/withdrawal of seat will be done. 

Step-5: Seat Acceptance

Candidates will be allotted a seat in this round. One must download their Provisional Allotment Letter. Candidates should pay the seat acceptance fee through the SBI e-Challan/SBI Net Banking/SBI Debit Cards for provisional seat acceptance. After the fee payment, they have to verify the documents at any reporting centre for the provisional seat acceptance. One can refer to the exclusive article on What After Seat Acceptance in JoSAA Counselling.

Step-6: Participation in Subsequent Rounds

If a candidate is not satisfied with the seat allotment, they can opt to reject it. The ''freeze'' option will help candidates to select the seat. The option of ''Float'' means a candidate has accepted the seat but prefers a higher institute and/or course. The meaning of ''slide'' option is a candidate will accept the seat in the institute but indicates that he/she will take it only for admission to a better course in the respective institute.

Step-7: Reporting Centre 

After the confirmation, one should pay the prescribed fee and report at the designated reporting centre for document verification. If students fail to report, the admission will be cancelled.  

Step-8: Report To Allotted Institute

After completing the document verification, candidates have to report to their respective institute to confirm their admission. One can pay the necessary amount if any payment is due. We advise candidates to carry the printout of the final locked choices while reporting. 

If a candidate's allotment changes from NIT+ system to an IIT, the candidate must report once again at an IIT reporting centre. This is the same for the IIT to NIT+ system. If a candidate fails to do so, the seat will not be declared valid in both the NIT+ system or the IIT one. A candidate can withdraw a seat up to the sixth round of the seat allocation process. 

Documents Required For Verification In JoSAA Counselling 

For NITs, IIITs and GFTIs For IITs
3 passport size photos (uploaded at the time of registration) 2 passport size photos (uploaded at the time of registration)
Provisional seat allotment letter Provisional seat allotment letter
Fee payment receipt for seat acceptance (Rs. 15,000 for SC/ST/PwD candidates and Rs. 35,000 for others) Fee payment receipt for seat acceptance (Rs. 15,000 for SC/ST/PwD candidates and Rs. 35,000 for others)
JEE Main score card JEE Advanced score card
JEE Main admit card JEE Advanced admit card
Class 10th mark sheet or date of birth proof Class 10th mark sheet or date of birth proof
Class 12th mark sheet and pass certificate Class 12th mark sheet and pass certificate
Photo identity card  Photo identity card 
Medical certificate  Medical certificate 
Category certificate (if so) Category certificate (if so)
PwD certificate (if so) PwD certificate (if so)
OCI Certificate or PIO Card (if so) OCI Certificate or PIO Card (if so)
Print out of filled choices for seat allotment Locked choices for seat allotment
  DS Certificate (if so)

What After The First Round Of Seat Allocation In JoSAA Counselling 

All the seats will not be filled in the first round of JEE Main counselling. If a candidate didn’t secure any seat in the first round, he/she has to wait for further rounds because many changes will take place during the second round. Many students do not pay the fee or accept the seat in the first round. Hence, we advise candidates to stay calm and draft plans for the second round without getting demoralised. 

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