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JEE Main Counselling 2021: Procedure, Dates, JoSAA Cut Off (Previous Year), Reporting

Last updated on March 25th, 2021 by user

JEE Main Counselling 2021 will commence after the declaration of JEE Advanced Result. It will tentatively start in August 2021. JEE Main Counselling is conducted through 4 processes – JoSAA Counselling, CSAB Special Rounds, CSAB NEUT Counselling and CSAB Supernumerary Rounds. The JoSAA Counselling 2021 will be conducted to admit students to 110 participating institutes. Only candidates securing qualifying JEE Main Cut Off Score will be eligible to participate in the JEE Main Counselling 2021. Note that CSAB SFTI Counselling is not conducted anymore due to low participation from SFTIs.


Latest Updates on JEE Main Counselling 2021–

  • JEE Main Counselling 2021 will tentatively start in August 2021.
  • JEE Main Result 2021 for February session has been released recently. Check Your Score Here
  • Complete JoSAA Counselling schedule for 2021 admissions will be released soon.
  • JoSAA will release the seat matrix for all the participating institutes (IITs, NITs, IIITs, and GFTIs) on its official website soon.
JoSAA Counselling 2020 Registration Begins on josaa.nic.in

Jump ToVarious Steps of JEE Main Counselling 2021


Some highlights about the JEE Main Counselling 2021 are given below:

  • JoSAA Counselling is held for JEE Main and JEE Advanced qualified candidates.
  • Secondly, CSAB SFTI is a separate counselling procedure. The Central Seat Allocation Board holds it for 17 Self-Financed Technical Institutions.
  • CSAB NEUT is conducted for supernumerary seats in the North East and Union Territories.
  • Also, CSAB Counselling will take place after the JoSAA Counselling.
  • JoSAA releases JEE Main Cut Off (Admission) after each round of allotment.

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JEE Main Counselling 2021 Dates (Updated)

Let us check the important JEE Counselling 2021 Dates in reference with JoSAA Counselling 2021-

Event Dates
Declaration of JEE Main 2021 AIRs by Joint Apex Board TBA
Declaration of JEE Advanced 2021 AIR by Joint Admission Board TBA
JoSAA 2021 Registration / Filling of Choices of academic programs in JoSAA participating institutes TBA
AAT Results Declared TBA
Choice Filling by AAT Qualified candidates TBA
Display of Mock Seat Allocation – 1 TBA
Display of Mock Seat Allocation – 2 TBA
Registration and Choice Filling for JoSAA 2021 Ends TBA
Seat Allocation – Round 1 TBA
Online reporting: Fee Payment / Document Upload / Response by candidate to query (if required) – Round 1 TBA
Last day to respond to query – Round 1 TBA
Display of seats filled/availability status TBA
Seat allocation – Round 2 TBA
Online reporting: Fee Payment / Document Upload / Response by candidate to query (if required) – Round 2 TBA
Last day to respond to query – Round 2 TBA
Acceptance / Withdrawal of seat – Round 2 TBA
Display of seat status of filled / available seats TBA
Seat allocation – Round 3 TBA
Online reporting: Fee Payment / Document Upload / Response by candidate to query (if required) – Round 3 TBA
Last day to respond to query – Round 3 TBA
Acceptance / Withdrawal of seat – Round 3 TBA
Display of seat status of filled / available seats TBA
Seat allocation – Round 4 TBA
Online reporting: Fee Payment / Document Upload / Response by candidate to query (if required) – Round 4 TBA
Last day to respond to query – Round 4 TBA
Acceptance / Withdrawal of seat – Round 4 TBA
Display of seat status of filled / available seats TBA
Seat allocation – Round 5 TBA
Online reporting: Fee Payment / Document Upload / Response by candidate to query (if required) – Round 5 TBA
Last day to respond to query – Round 5 TBA
Notification of decision on seat confirmation – Round 5 TBA
Acceptance / Withdrawal of seat – Round 5 (Last round for seat withdrawal or exit from process) TBA
Display of seat status of filled / available seats TBA
Seat allocation – Round 6 (Final Round for IITs) TBA
Online reporting: Fee Payment / Document Upload / Response by candidate to query (if required) – Round 6 (FINAL ROUND FOR IITs) TBA
Last day to respond to query – Round 6 TBA
Admission Process: Acceptance or Withdrawal of seat by document verification in physical mode at allocated institute (for NIT+ system) TBA

JEE Main Counselling 2021 Procedure

JEE Main counselling 2021 involves the following steps:

JEE Mains Counselling 2020

Step 1 – Online Registration

  1. Visit the official website.
  2. Click on the link of JoSAA.
  3. Login using JEE Main 2021 Application Number, Password and Security Pin.
  4. Next, go through the instructions and click on “I agree”.
  5. Then, fill in the necessary details on the JoSAA Counselling form.
  6. Select the declaration and submit.
  7. Lastly, verify the details mentioned and click on the “Confirm Registration” button.

Step 2 – Online Choice Filling and Locking

  1. Select the choice of JoSAA colleges and courses.
  2. Candidates can choose one of the following options from change/ edit/ delete their filled choices.
  3. Lock the choices before the last date.
  4. Choice locking can be done after each round of JEE Main Counselling 2021.

Step 3 – Seat Allotment

There are many factors on the basis of which JoSAA will allocate the highest possible seat to the candidates according to their choices. The factors on the basis they do this are:

  1. Candidate’s category (General, OBC-NCL, ST, etc.).
  2. All India Rank (AIR) in JEE Main 2021 Rank Lists.
  3. Also, seats available under different seat categories/ seat quotas for which candidates are eligible.
  4. Lastly, as per the order of choices by the candidates for different courses and institutes.

Step 4 – Payment of Fees and Seat Acceptance

Post the seat allotment, candidates will have to choose any one of the following options:

  1. Freeze: Candidates who are satisfied with the allotted seat and do not wish to participate in the seat allotment process, may choose this option.
  2. Float: Those who want to keep the allotted seat but wish to upgrade their seat, may choose this option.
  3. Slide: Those who want to keep the allotted seat in the same institute but wish to upgrade the course.
  4. Withdraw: Candidates who have allocated the seat but wish to withdraw the admission can withdraw the seat by reporting to the institute before the last date of seat allotment.

The JEE Main Counselling Fees can be paid through SBI Net Banking/ e-Challan. The seat acceptance fee is INR 35,000 for all the candidates. On the contrary, candidates belonging to SC / ST / PwD category will have to pay INR 15,000 as seat acceptance fee.

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Document Verification for JEE Main Counselling

The documents of the candidates have to be verified at the help centres. The following list of documents have to be carried for the purpose of verification:

Sl. No. NITs, IIITs and GFTIs IITs
1. 3 passport-sized photographs, identical to the ones uploaded during JEE Main. 2 passport-sized photographs, identical to the ones uploaded during JEE Main/ Advanced
2. Class XII performance check Class XII performance check
3. Provisional Seat Allotment Letter Provisional Seat Allotment Letter
4. Undertaking by the Candidate Undertaking by the Candidate
5. Proof of seat acceptance fee payment Proof of seat acceptance fee payment
6. Photo Identification Card (issued by Govt. agency/ last attended school/ Class 12 Admit Card) Photo Identification Card (issued by Govt. agency/ last attended school/ Class 12 Admit Card)
7. JEE Main 2021 Admit Card JEE Advanced 2021 Admit Card
8. JEE Main 2021 Scorecard Proof of Date of Birth (Class X Marksheet)
9. Proof of Date of Birth (Class X Marksheet) Class XII or any equivalent marksheet
10. Class XII or any equivalent marksheet Medical Certificate
11. Medical Certificate Category Certificate
12. Category Certificate Certificate for Persons with Disabilities (Pwd), if applicable.
13. Certificate for Persons with Disabilities (Pwd), if applicable. Passport for foreign nationals, OCI Certificate or PIO Card
14. OCI Certificate or PIO Card DS Certificate, if applicable
15. Registration-cum-locked Choices for seat allotment. Registration-cum-locked Choices for seat allotment.

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JEE Main Counselling 2021 Seat Matrix

This year, 110 colleges are participating in JEE Main Counselling by JoSAA. In total, there are more than 50,000 seats available for various categories. Check the seat matrix below-

Category IITs NITs IIITs GFTIs Total Seats
Open 6206 9150 2273 2674 20303
Open-PWD 328 465 103 136 1032
General-EWS 1502 2037 483 514 4536
General-EWS-PWD 71 123 25 23 242
SC 2291 3311 793 754 7149
SC-PWD 116 180 47 41 384
ST 1152 1991 400 435 3978
ST-PWD 58 123 17 20 218
OBC 4126 5824 1431 959 12340
OBC-PWD 203 302 71 40 616
Total Seats 16053 23506 5643 5596 50798

JoSAA Cut Off Ranks 2021 (Expected)

Opening and Closing ranks of various rounds of JoSAA Counselling 2021 for participating institutes such as – IITs, NITs, IIITs and GFTIs have not been released yet. Given below are the expected cut off ranks taken from the 2020 final cut offs-

JoSAA Counselling Rounds IITs Cut Off (OR-CR) NITs Cut Off (OR-CR) IIITs Cut Off (OR-CR) GFTIs Cut Off (OR-CR)
Round 1 Download Download Download Download
Round 2 Download Download Download Download
Round 3 Download Download Download Download
Round 4 Download Download Download Download
Round 5 Download Download Download Download
Round 6 Download Download Download Download

Class 12 and Equivalent Examinations

Exams that will be accepted for JEE Main counselling 2021 are as follows.

  • They must have given the final examination of the 10+2 system, conducted by The Central or State Board recognized by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) should organize the exam.
  • Intermediate or two-year Pre-University examination conducted by a Board or University which has received recognition by the Association of Indian Universities.
  • Senior Secondary School Exam conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling with a minimum of five subjects.
  • Final examination of the two-year course of the National Defence Academy’s Joint Services Wing.
  • Any Public School, Board or University examination in India or in a foreign country which has received recognition as equivalent to the 10+2 system by the AIU.
  • H.S.C. vocational examination.
  • A diploma recognized by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) or a State Board of Technical Education of at least 3 years duration can be taken into consideration.
  • Any General Certificate Education (GCE) examination (London, Cambridge or Sri Lanka) of Advanced (A) level.
  • High School Certificate Examination of the Cambridge University or International Baccalaureate Diploma of the International Baccalaureate Office, Geneva will be considered.

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JoSAA 2021 Seat Allotment in IIT

The rules for the seat allocation of different category students to specific courses are different. The details of those courses and student category are mentioned below:

DS (Defence Service) students

De-reservation of Unfilled category seats under JoSAA Counselling 2021-

  • In IITs, two seats will be allocated to DS category students.
  • He/she must be in the Common Rank List (CRL).
  • Such students will be included under their birth category along with the DS category.

Foreign Candidates

  • Foreign Candidates will be considered under the GEN category.
  • Also, they must be in the CRL. They are obligated to fulfil all the requirements of eligibility for the GEN category.
  • Seats allocated to them will have the provision of being supernumerary. This will be 10% of the total number of seats.
  • The foreign candidates will not be considered under JoSAA counselling.

Preparatory Courses

  • In case no more applicants in the CRL-PwD rank list have opted for it, unfilled OPEN-PwD seats will be allocated to applicants in the CRL-PwD preparatory rank list.
  • OBC-NCL-PwD seats that remain unfilled will be allocated to applicants in OBC-NCL-PwD preparatory rank list. This will happen if no more applicants in the OBC-NCL-PwD rank list have opted for it.
  • The SC-PwD seats that remain unfilled will be allocated to applicants in the SC-PwD preparatory rank list. This will happen in case no more applicants in the SC-PwD rank list have opted for it.
  • Unfilled ST-PwD seats will be allocated in the ST-PwD preparatory rank list.
  • SC seats remaining vacant will be allocated to applicants in the SC preparatory rank list.
  • The remaining unfilled ST seats will be allocated to applicants in the ST preparatory rank list. This will happen in case no more applicants in the ST rank list have opted for it.
  • Remaining OBC category seats will be de-reserved. Also, will be considered as OPEN category seats in every round of seat allocation.
  • Therefore, there will be no de-reservation for SC/ST category seats.

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JEE Main 2021 Spot Counselling

  • There are vacant seats left even after the usual rounds of JEE Main counselling. Therefore, JoSAA conducts Spot Counselling for the allocation of such seats.
  • You do not have to register separately for the spot counselling round in JEE Main.
  • Any applicant appears for the spot counselling process if he/she were not allotted a seat.
  • Also, candidates who did not apply earlier for the usual rounds of allotment can appear for Spot Counselling.
  • But, candidates who have missed the registration for JEE Main Counselling earlier have to register for Spot Counselling.
  • Candidates applying fresh for the JEE Main Spot Counselling will have to lock the choices.
  • Additionally, they will have to make the payment of the fee before the last date.

JEE Main Counselling 2021 – CSAB NEUT

CSAB NEUT 2021 Counselling is for admission of JEE Main 2021 qualified candidates in the participating institutes falling under the North Eastern States and Union Territories (NEUT).

Important Dates for CSAB NEUT

The dates mentioned below are tentative and are subject to change.

Event Dates
Release of matrix TBA
Registration and choice filling begins TBA
Registration and choice filling ends TBA
Announcement of Seat Allotment TBA
Reporting of Allotted Institute TBA

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States Under CSAB NEUT 2021 Reservation

States under CSAB NEUT 2021
Arunachal Pradesh Sikkim
Tripura Assam
Dadra and Nagar haveli Daman and Diu
Meghalaya Mizoram
Andaman And Nicobar Islands Manipur
Lakshadweep Nagaland

FAQs on JEE Main Counselling

Q.Does JEE Main counselling registration on the JoSAA site require any fee?

A.No, there is no registration fee required for taking part in JoSAA counselling but after the acceptance of the seat, candidates have to pay fees for locking the seat.

Q. JoSAA counselling 2020 will be conducted in how many rounds?

Answer: JoSAA counselling 2020 will be conducted in 7 rounds till November 2020.

Q.How can I register for JoSAA counselling 2020?

Answer: You will have to log in using your JEE Main/ JEE Advanced Application Number and Password on the official website of JoSAA counselling registration page and fill the JoSAA counselling 2020 application.


18 Comments

    • Hi Veenu,Aspirants who have not registered for JoSAA Counselling and who have registered and allocated a seat but want to explore more opportunities are eligibile for CSAB special rounds counselling.

    • Hi Neha, JoSAA 2020 Counselling is a complete online procedure. Candidates do not have to visit any reporting centre for document verification due to COVID-19.

    • Hi Tejindar, Yes, you can participate in special rounds of counselling even after accepting a seat in JoSAA Counselling.

    • Hi Samreen, For appearing in the special round of counseling candidates must have cleared the jee main and have not been allotted a seat in JoSAA counseling or didn’t participate in JoSAA counseling earlier.

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