Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) is the conducting body of JEE Main 2021 and is responsible for counselling and seat allocation process. It conducts the counselling and seat allotment process for 23 IITs, 31 NITs, 25 IIITs, and 28 other-GFTIs. Only JEE Main 2021 and JEE Advanced qualified students are eligible to take part in JoSAA Counselling. The process is based on the All India Rank (AIR) obtained by the candidates in the entrance exam.
The counselling and seat allotment of JEE Main 2021 by JoSAA will begin from June 27 to last week of July tentatively, in online mode. Candidates willing to participate will have to register on the official website of JoSAA. Initially, JoSAA will conduct two mock rounds which will be followed by seven rounds of counselling. Their mock counselling rounds will help students to know the seats that they will be allotted based on their choices filling. The seat allotment process will be done on the basis of the choices filled by students during JoSAA 2021 registration.
JoSAA JEE Main 2021 Counselling Schedule (Tentative)
The following table gives all the important dates for JoSAA Counselling 2021.
JoSAA 2021 - Eligibility Criteria
For those candidates seeking admission via JoSAA Counselling 2021, following eligibility conditions are mandatorily required –
Note: Above criteria are valid for all the applicants including foreign nationals.
JoSAA JEE Main 2021 Counselling Process
Step 1: Online Registration
Step 2: Online Choice Filling and Locking
Note: The candidates are advised to be extremely careful while locking their choices, as these cannot be changed after submission.
Step 3: JoSAA 2021 Seat Allotment
Step 4: Fee Payment and Seat Acceptance
Step 5: Reporting to the college allotted to the candidate
JoSAA Mock Allotment 2021
JoSAA 2021 Mock Allotment is conducted so that the candidates may get a rough idea about their chances to get admission in their desired colleges based on their rank and preference. This is done before the actual seat allocation. Post mock allotment, candidates can modify their selected choices of colleges and courses accordingly.
JoSAA Seat Allotment 2021
After two rounds of mock allocation, final JoSAA Seat Allotment is held in 7 rounds. The registered candidates are allocated seats based on category, All India Rank in JEE Main 2021 rank list, reservation norms, choice filling, and vacancies in the colleges. Candidates can log into their accounts using their application number and password and view the seat allotment result.
If the candidate wishes to take admission in the allotted college, he is required to download the provisional allotment letter and pay the seat acceptance fee of Rs. 35,000 (general) and 15,000 (reserved categories). Once paid the seat acceptance fees, candidates will have to report to the reporting center (RC) for document verification.
However, if a candidate is not happy with the seat allotted, he has the following options to proceed further.
Floating: This would mean that the candidate is ready to accept the offered seat but is looking for a seat in a better/higher preferred college or course.
Freezing: If indicates that the candidate has accepted the allotted seat and does not wish to participate in further counselling rounds.
Sliding: If this option is exercised, it would mean that candidate has accepted the allotted seat, however, if admissions are open in a better course in the same institute then he/she would like to go for upgradation.
At last, all the candidates will have to report to their allotted colleges to confirm their admission by paying remaining academic fees.
Candidates have to carry the following set of Original documents, wherever applicable, and a set of self-attested photocopies to the reporting center. After document verification, photocopies shall be retained by the Reporting Centre and the original documents will be returned.
Personal details –
Photo Identity Card
Medical Examination Report
Proof of Date of Birth
Proof of Seat Acceptance Fee Payment
Three passport-size photographs (uploaded at the time of registration)
Class 10th mark sheet
Class 12th mark sheet
JEE Main Admit Card 2020
Provisional Seat Allotment Letter
Category (OBC-NCL / SC / ST) certificate, if applicable
OBC NCL declaration if required
PwD certificate, if applicable
Top Participating institutions
The JoSAA authority will release the final list of participating institutions in June 2021 on its official website
List of JoSAA 2021 Reporting Centers
There are two types of reporting centers available for JoSAA 2021 Counselling. First for admission to IITs and second for admission to NITs and IIITs. If candidate wishes to change the allotted NIT to any IIT, he must report to both the centres. The list of both reporting centers is provided below –
JoSAA 2021 Reporting Centres for IITs:
JoSAA 2021 Reporting Centre for NITs, IIITs, and GFTIs
JoSAA Counselling 2021 FAQs
Ans 1. Suppose, a candidate had accepted a seat in an NIT in a previous round and also reported to the respective centre but his/her seat gets upgraded to an IIT in the next round, then he/she will be required to report to the Reporting centre (of IIT) and accept the seat, irrespective of the fact that he/she has reported at the NIT already, or else the candidate will lose both the seats. Since this involves reporting at two Reporting centres, it is termed as dual reporting.
Ans 2. No, if you anyhow fail to reach the reporting centre in person within the seat acceptance period of the round, you will lose the seat and will also be out of the seat allotment process.
Ans 3. You should be very careful while filling the choices. Don’t fill in choices for courses you don’t want to pursue. In this case you can accept the seat offered to you and exercise float or slide option. But if you do not accept this you won’t be able to participate in future counselling rounds.
Ans 4. No, choice-filling has to be compulsorily done online before the specified date. Once submitted there will be no option for choice filling or re-ordering. All seven rounds of seat allotment will be carried out on the basis of these choices only.
Ans 5. No, there is no separate allotment process for preparatory courses and seats to these will be allotted along with all other courses only.
Ans 6. Yes, you can file a refund request online by visiting the official website of JoSAA. It will be processed within a few days.
Ans 7. The candidates are offered seats based on merit, choice filling, and availability of seats
Ans 8. Mock allotment of seats are conducted to get the candidates familiar with the seat allotment process so that they can fill the right choices in the final seat allotment process. Though there is no such guarantee that you will get the same seat but there are high chances of the same.
Ans 9. No, the acceptance fee is to be paid only once.
Ans 10. CSAB i.e. Central Seat Allocation Board conducts a special round of counselling only for NITs, IIITs and GFTIs once the JoSAA rounds are over.