What is JoSAA, important dates and how does it work?

JEE Main 2018 is just a few month away, all the aspirants are busy with their preparation for the big examination and doing their research on the college and course they want to take admission in. If you have read about JEE Counselling Procedure, you must have come across the acronym “JoSAA”. You all must be wondering what JoSAA is and how does it work? No more worries, in this article we will tell you everything you need to know about JoSAA and solve all your doubts and confusion.


What is JoSAA?

The Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) has been set up by the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) in 2016 to manage and conduct counselling  and seat allocation process for JEE Main and JEE Advanced qualifying candidates and will allot the seats for admissions to all the participating institutes, which will consist of IITs, NITs, IIITs and other-GFTIs. As many as 92 institutes participate in the JoSAA Counselling.

JoSAA conducts the seat allotment process for admissions to over 30,000 undergraduate engineering seats across IITs, NITs, IIITs and GFTIs. Successful candidates will be allotted seats depending upon their category and fulfillment of the JoSAA eligibility criteria if they qualify the JEE Main/Advanced.

JoSAA 2018 Important Dates

S.No Events Important Dates (Tentative)
1 Declaration of JEE Main 2018 AIRs by Joint Apex Board Final week of April 2018
2 Start of JoSAA registrations and choice filling of academic programmes Second week of June 2018
3 Display of Mock Seat Allocation 1 – Based on choice made till the third week of June 2018 Third week of June 2018
4 Release of Mock Seat Allocation 2 – Based on choice made till the third week of June 2018 Third week of June 2018
5 Final Date to register for JoSAA and fill choice of academic programmes Final week of June 2018
6 Reconciliation of data, allotment of seats, verification and validation Final week of June 2018
7 Round 1 of Seat Allotment Final week of June 2018
8 Round 2 of Seat Allotment First week of July 2018
9 Round 3 of Seat Allotment Second week of July 2018
10 Round 4 of Seat Allotment Second week of July 2018
11 Round 5 of Seat Allotment Third week of July 2018
12 Round 6 of Seat Allotment Third week of July 2018
13 Round 7 of Seat Allotment Fourth week of July 2018

Eligibility Criteira of JoSAA 2018

S.No Qualifying Examination Admitting Institutes
1 JEE Advanced 2018 IITs
2 JEE Main 2018 Paper 1 (B.E / B.Tech) NITs, IIEST, IIITs and Other GFTIs
3 JEE Main 2018 Paper 2 (B.Arch/B.Planning)

Participating Institutes of JoSAA 2018

S.No Name of the Institutes Number of Institutes
1 Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) 23
2 Indian Institute of Information Technology (IITs) 23
3 National Institute of Technology (NITs) 31
4 Government Funded Technical Institutes (Other GFTIs) 20

How does JoSAA work?

Applicants who will qualify JEE Main or JEE Advanced will be eligible to participate in the counselling session conducted JoSAA. The applicants will be required to register themselves online and select their preferred college and course from the list available. JoSAA Counselling schedule will be uploaded on the official website after the declaration of JEE Main 2018 Results.

JoSAA allocates seat based on the applicant’s rank, category, availability of seats and other factors, allocation to the course and college will be done in an online mode. After the seat has been allocated to you, you will have to get your document verified and pay the fee at the allotted institute to confirm admission. JoSAA is expected to conduct Counselling and seat allotment in tentatively six rounds from the end of June 2018.

JoSAA Counselling Procedure

You should check the news and any update regarding JoSAA Counselling schedule, the schedule will be uploaded on the official website after the declaration of JEE 2018 Results. Based on the schedule, JoSAA conducts the seat allotment procedure. You will have to follow the JoSAA procedure as per schedule. JoSAA Counselling has been divided into various steps.

Step-1: Online Choices filling

You are required to log in to JoSAA portal with your JEE Main 2018 roll number and password. You will have to fill the choices under the prescribed date in the schedule and lock them. This is the most important step in JoSAA Counselling, don’t forget to lock your filled choices before submitting. In case anyone forgets to lock their choices, last saved choices will be locked automatically. There is No fee for filing the choices.

Step-2: Provisional Offer of Seats & Confirmation

You can check the provisional seat allotment through the website on the date specified in the Schedule. After a seat has been allotted, you are required to download the provisional seat allocation letter and pay the seat acceptance fee.

The seat acceptance fee will be INR 20,000 for SC, ST, Gen-PwD, SC-PwD, ST-PwD and OBC-NCL-PwD categories and INR 45,000 for all other categories. Fee payment can be made using SBI net banking or e-challan.

Seats will only be confirmed after the verification of documents. If you reject the allotted seats, you will not eligible for further rounds. Seat acceptance fee will be refunded to you in case of not appearing at the reporting centre.

Step-3: Document Verification

After the acceptance of the seat, you are needed to appear at the reporting centre for document verification process. Candidates have to report to the centre at the prescribed date & time. The list of document verification centre will be published on the website. Don’t forget to bring the required original documents along with the photocopies. In case any candidate fails to produce the documents, the allotted seat will be cancelled.

In case you have selected the float option and get a better seat in the further counselling rounds by JoSAA, then you will be required to report again for document verification and seat acceptance.

Step-4: Reporting at the Admitting Institution

After completing the seat allocation, seat acceptance and document verification process, you are required to report to the allotted college or university to complete further admission procedure of the institute to confirm your admission.

Freeze, Float and Slide Options:

Freeze: Students who accept the allotted seats and do not want to participate in further counselling rounds.

Float: Students accept the allotted seats and also looking for admission to a better preference, they will accept it. Such aspirants will be considered for further counselling rounds.

Slide: Candidates accept the allotted seats and also seeking for admission to an academic programme of better preferences within the same college or institution. Candidates will be considered for further admission process.

Candidates can make changes from float to slide/freeze and etc. by reporting to the reporting centre. Slide and float option will be given only for those candidates who have not offered admission to their first preference. Candidates cannot make any changes in the last round of seat allocation.

Seat Withdraw Process

If any students who have already accepted a seat wants to withdraw the accepted seat, they can do so by appearing at the reporting centre before the last round.

Candidates will have to fill their bank account details & upload an image of cancelled cheque (same account) in jpg format and download the withdrawal request letter. Candidates will have to appear at the reporting centre along with the withdrawal request letter duly signed by the candidate and their parents.

If you choose the withdrawal option, you will not be permitted to participate in further admission rounds. Seat acceptance fee will be refunded to students after deducting INR 1000 processing charge.