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JoSAA Registration & Counseling 2024: All You Must Know

Updated on 04 December, 2023

Pragya Sharma

Pragya Sharma

Sr. Content Editor

Are you preparing to get into IIT or NIT? Did you know registering at JoSAA is essential for this? JoSAA stands for the Joint Seat Allocation Authority. It helps regulate and manage joint seat allocation for admissions into the country’s leading technical institutions. So, if you plan to study at these top institutes, getting comprehensive knowledge of the JoSAA registration process and counseling becomes essential. Let’s unveil its critical aspects in this article. 

What is JoSAA

JoSAA was established by the Ministry of Education, India, to regulate and manage joint seat allocation to the participating institutes. This covers a whopping 118 institutions (for 2023-24), including 23 IITs and 31 NITs, along with IIEST Shibpur, 26 IIITs, and 38 other technical institutes which are partially or fully funded by the State or Central Governments. 

Admissions to all the programs offered at these institutions will be done through JoSAA. The qualifying examinations for JoSAA registration include JEE (Advanced), JEE (Main) B.E./B.Tech, B.Arch, and B.Planning. Admissions are done through the JoSAA official website, which is https://josaa.nic.in.

JoSAA Counseling Dates 2024

At the moment, the JoSAA registration and JoSAA counseling dates for 2024 are yet to be officially released. In 2023, registration started on the 19th of June, while the first round of seat allocation began on the 30th of June. The final round of seat allocation took place on the 26th of July. Hence, the JoSAA 2024 registration and counseling dates can be expected in a similar period.

JoSAA Counseling Process

The JoSAA counseling process involves the following steps: 

  • JoSAA registration has to be done with academic choices filled in on the official website using credentials like the JEE Main/Advanced password and application number. Filling in choices is free of cost. Candidates may be eligible for seat allocation depending on one, two, three, or all four examinations. 
  • You must fill in your choices within a 10-day window (that is not extended). You must choose programs prioritized in order of preference of course/institute. 
  • You should lock your preferences on or before the last date of choice filling. If not, the last-saved choices will be automatically locked. Editing these choices is only possible before the deadline. This will require submitting requests at the registered portal and following instructions afterward. 
  • You must continuously check the portal for seat allocation in any round. 
  • Upon allocation, you should complete the Online Reporting steps to accept the seat before the last date for any given round. 
  • Post this, you can download your initial seat allotment slip and other details. 
  • You can choose Freeze, Slide, or Float for your chosen programs for further rounds. 
  • You must upload all the documents and pay the seat acceptance fees. 
  • Respond to the queries of officers during verification at times. 
  • The seat may be confirmed/canceled after document verification. 
  • After successful verification, you can download the Provisional seat allotment letters from the official portal.
  • The final acceptance now depends on the successful verification of certificates and the payment of balance institute fees upon joining.  

JoSAA Eligibility Criteria

The JoSAA eligibility criteria involve fulfilling one of the following conditions:  

  • Qualified JEE (Advanced) for academic programs at IITs and satisfies performance in Class XII or equivalent examination criteria as per Annexure 2(a). 
  • Qualified JEE (Advanced) for preparatory courses at IITs and satisfying the same criteria in Class XII as mentioned above. 
  • Secured rank in JEE (Main) B.E./B.Tech paper programs and satisfying the same Class-XII criteria. 
  • Secured a rank in JEE (Main) B.Arch paper and satisfying similar criteria for Class XII. 
  • Secured a rank in JEE (Main) B.Plan paper and satisfying the Class XII criteria. 

Documents Required for JoSAA

Some of the documents to be uploaded by candidates for registration/online reporting include the following: 

  • Class X mark sheet/certificate
  • Aadhar card (for the date of birth)
  • Class XII mark sheet and certificate
  • Certificate of category (SC/ST/OBC-NCL/GEN-EWS) if applicable 
  • Crossed Bank Cheque Copy/Passbook Image with Bank Account Details when required 
  • Medical Certificate and OCI Certificate, if required
  • Passport/citizenship certificate, if required 

What to do After JoSAA Seat Allotment

After JoSAA registration and counseling, seats are allotted to the candidates. They can get the seats in any round. They must then swiftly confirm their acceptance by paying the requisite fees and completing other formalities. They must also upload all necessary documents on JoSAA’s official website.

What to do if One is Not Satisfied With Allotted Seats 

Candidates can freezefloat, or slide their academic programs for subsequent rounds while accepting seats online. 

  • If they get seats per their first choices, only the freeze option is available, and the other options become unavailable. The candidate may then freeze and accept the seat offered or reject it. 
  • The float option indicates that the candidate, even though accepting the seat offered, can take admission to an academic program of higher preference in any institute if offered in subsequent allocation rounds. Else, they will continue with the presently chosen program. 
  • Slide means that the candidate takes the seat offered and states that if admission to a program of higher preference is ensured within the same institute in subsequent allocation rounds, they will take the same. As mentioned earlier, the slide and float options are only available for those not admitted to their first preferences in the initial list. 

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What is the JoSAA exam for?

The JoSAA (Joint Seat Allocation Authority) is the organization or platform set up by the Ministry of Education to manage and regulate admissions to several prestigious institutes in the country, including the IITs, IIITs, and NITs. 

Can I join NIT without an entrance exam?

No, aspirants cannot join NIT without cracking the entrance examination (JEE Main) and securing a valid score and rank. Thereafter, they have to go through the registration and counseling procedure at JoSAA for their final seat allotment and admission. 

Can I get into IIT without JoSAA?

Admissions to IITs are finalized based on the JEE (Advanced) examination. However, registration under JoSAA is mandatory for admissions into prestigious institutions like the IITs. 

Pragya Sharma

Sr. Content Editor

Pragya Sharma is a content developer and marketer with 6.5+ years of experience in the education industry. She started her career as a social media copywriter for NIELIT, Ministry of Electronics & IT, and has now scaled up as a 360-degree content professional well-versed with the intricacies of digital marketing and different forms of content used to drive and hook the target audience. She is also a co-author of 2 stories in an anthology based on the theme- women empowerment.

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