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6 Counselling Rounds Instead Of 7 For JEE Main 2020, Proposes IIT-Delhi

IIT Delhi has proposed to conduct 6 rounds instead of 7 for JEE Counselling process. The allotment of around 40,000 seats in more than a 100 top engineering institutions which also includes, IITs, NITs, IIITs and GFTIs, is usually conducted in 7 rounds of JEE Counselling over a period of 4 to 6 weeks.

According to a report by The Indian Express, the proposal to drop one round of counselling was initiated by IIT Delhi which has now been conveyed to Joint Implementation Committee for approval. This committee comprises Chairmen of all IITs, while IIT Delhi is the conducting authority for JEE Advanced 2020.

Once this proposal has been accepted by all the IITs, it will be shared with the Central Seat Allocation Board (CSAB), which coordinates admissions to NITs, IIITs and IIEST, Shibpur. This means that the proposal of IIT-Delhi will in turn temporarily change the admission process of all the Centrally Funded Technical Institutions in India as the admission process is now conducted in a joint manner by Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA).

Declaration Of Results Within A Week

Along with this proposal, IIT-Delhi also proposed to declare the results or the All India Rank for JEE Advanced 2020 within a week of conducting the examination, now that it is conducted in a computer-based environment. Normally, the announcement of results is done after 2 weeks of successfully conducting the examination.

With the early declaration of JEE Advanced results and 6 rounds of counselling, IITs and other institutions will be able to begin their batches for first-year students around the month of October 2020. JEE Advanced 2020 is proposed to be held on 26th August 2020, which has been postponed due to COVID-19 crisis and the ensuing lockdown all over the country. According to the plan, results would be announced by the end of August 2020 and the 6 counselling rounds will be completed in the month of September 2020. Under normal circumstances, new sessions in IITs are started during the last week of July.

Is 7th Round Relevant?

In a statement from the official source, it was told that the 7th round of counselling was not relevant for most students. The chances of seats remaining vacant were very less as last rounds of counselling were used to shift to a more preferred branch or course rather than filling up a vacant seat. This proposal was made after analysing the data of past two years of counselling for JEE.

UGC issued a tentative academic calendar where it was proposed to begin the classes for a new batch of students ideally around the first week of September 2020. But with growing COVID-19 cases in the country and the lockdown imposed by the government, JEE Main 2020 and JEE Advanced 2020 have now been delayed by over 3 months. This has made it impossible for colleges to start the batches before October 2020.

JoSAA 2020: Important Dates, Reporting Centers, and Counselling Procedure

COVID-19 has delayed the academic calendar for students and colleges. As soon as IIT-D announces JEE Advanced Results, the race to get admissions in the top-most colleges of the country will begin. But, the candidates planning to get admission to prestigious colleges are confused about JoSAA 2020. For instance, it is a bit confusing situation regarding the general admission procedure, refunds, reporting, sliding, freezing, and others.

Once the result for the JEE Main and JEE Advanced is announced, the institutes will start with the counselling process. The counselling will be organized by Joint Seat Allocation Authority or JoSAA 2020. And, the students who want to participate in JoSAA Counselling have to register online for the same. JoSAA 2020 Registration starts soon after the announcement of JEE Advanced Results. Official JoSAA 2020 dates are yet to be announced by the autthorities.

What is JoSAA 2020?

The Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) established the Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) in 2016. It was established so that managing, conducting the counselling and allocation of seats to the eligible candidates for JEE Main and JEE Advanced can be streamlined. So, JoSAA helps the qualifying candidates for allotment of the seats to get admissions in the participating institutes including IITs, NITs, IIITs and other GFTIs.

Currently, 92 institutes take part in the JoSAA Counselling. Hence, JoSAA Counselling streamlines the seat allotment process for admissions to more than 30,000 undergraduate engineering seats. Finally, the eligible students who meet the eligibility criteria get seats based on their category. And yes, they must qualifying the JEE Main/Advanced for seats across IITs, NITs, IIITs and GFTIs.

Check JEE Main Eligibility Criteria

JoSAA 2020 Reporting Centers

The candidates can only become a part of JoSAA 2020 Counselling if they have cleared the exam. Also, their name must be mentioned in the All India Rank list. So, to get admissions, the students have to attend the JoSAA counselling. But, in case they don’t attend the counselling, their admission is automatically cancelled. Most importantly, the candidates have to visit the reporting centre on time. They must carry all of the important documents including JEE Main Admit Card.

List of all reporting centres in NITs, IIITs and GFTIs for JoSAA 2020-

S. No. Institute Code Institute Name
1 201 Dr. B R Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar
2 202 Malaviya National Institute of Technology Jaipur
3 203 Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology Bhopal
4 204 Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology Allahabad
5 205 NIT Agartala
6 206 NIT Calicut
7 207 NIT Delhi
8 208 NIT Durgapur
9 209 NIT Goa
10 210 NIT Hamirpur
11 211 NIT Karnataka, Surathkal
12 212 NIT Meghalaya
13 213 NIT Nagaland
14 214 NIT Patna
15 215 NIT Puducherry
16 216 NIT Raipur
17 217 NIT Sikkim
18 218 NIT Arunachal Pradesh
19 219 NIT, Jamshedpur
20 220 NIT, Kurukshetra
21 221 NIT, Manipur
22 222 NIT, Mizoram
23 223 NIT, Rourkela
24 224 NIT, Silchar
25 225 NIT, Srinagar
26 226 NIT, Tiruchirappalli
27 227 NIT, Uttarakhand
28 228 NIT, Warangal
29 229 Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat
30 230 Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur
31 301 ABV-IIITM Gwalior
32 310 Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design & Manufacturing, Kancheepuram
33 901 College of Engineering Pune
34 402 Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi
35 403 Gurukula Kangri Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar
36 410 Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology
37 412 School of Engineering, Tezpur University, Napaam, Tezpur
38 415 School of Planning & Architecture: Vijayawada
39 416 Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra, Jammu & Kashmir
40 417 Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur
41 421 University of Hyderabad
42 422 Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh
43 423 Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
44 902 Institute of Engineering and Technology, Lucknow
45 903 MBM Engineering College, JNV University, Jodhpur

Note that this list is subject to change and is based on the data provided on the official website of JoSAA Counselling.

How does JoSAA 2020 Counselling work?

JOSAA Counselling Procedure

The applicants qualifying JEE Main or JEE Advanced will be allowed to take part in the JoSAA Counselling session. First, the candidates need to register themselves online. After that, they must choose their preferred college and course from the mentioned list available. Further, the JoSAA 2020 Counselling schedule will be mentioned on the official website post the results of JEE Main 2020. Finally, the seats are allocated based on the applicant’s ranking, category, availability of seats besides considering other factors as well.

Also Read | CSAB 2020 Counselling – NEUT and SFTI

The entire allocation process will be done online. And, once the seats have been allocated to the students, they need to get the documents verified and pay the fee at the allotted institute. This is required to confirm their admission. The JoSAA counselling and seat allotment process is anticipated to be held from the end of August 2020.

JoSAA 2020 Counselling Procedure

The candidates have to adhere to the JoSAA 2020 procedure as per schedule. Besides, the entire JoSAA counselling process has been divided into various steps. To begin with, you first need to visit the official website of JoSAA 2020 – https://josaa.nic.in.

Seat Allotment

  1. Filling the choices online – The candidates have to log in to the JoSAA Counselling portal by filling their roll number and password. Then, the candidates need to fill the choices in the prescribed section and lock their preferences as per the prescribed dates. This is one of the most important steps in JoSAA Counselling. So, the candidates must not forget to lock their filled choices before submitting. Besides, in case someone forgets to lock their choices, the last saved choices will be saved automatically.
  2. Provisional Offer of Seats & Confirmation– The candidates can check provisional seat allotment by visiting the website of JoSAA Counselling on the date specified in the schedule. And, once the seat has been allotted to the candidates, they have to download the provisional seat allocation letter. Also, they have to pay the seat acceptance fee. To sum up, the candidates belonging to SC, ST and PwD categories have to pay INR 20,000. While the students belonging to other categories need to pay INR 45,000. The payments can be made through SBI net banking or e-challan.

Reporting To College

  1. Document Verification- Once the students have accepted the seat, they have to appear at the reporting center for getting the verification process done of the documents. Moreover, the candidates must report the center at the mentioned date & time. Most importantly, the candidates must not forget to carry their original documents along with the photocopies as well. Failing to provide the same can result in the cancellation of the seats. The students who have selected float options can get a better seat in the next counselling rounds by JoSAA. So, they have to report again with the documents for the verification process.
  2. Reporting at the Admitting Institution- Finally, post the completion of all these processes, the candidates must report at the allotted college. This is required so that further formalities related to the admission procedure can be completed.

Check here for JEE Main Counselling Process

Options on Seats Allotted

There are some other options available for the students as well which include Freeze, Float, and Slide Options.

  • Firstly, the freezing option, for those individuals who accept the allotted seats and don’t want to take part in the next counselling rounds.
  • Second, the floating option, will be accepted by the students who accept the allotted seats. But, wish to get admission to a better preference.
  • Finally, the sliding option, will be chosen by those candidates who accept the allotted seats. But, seeking admission to an academic program of better preferences within the same college or institution.

The candidates are allowed to make amendments in this process. Hence, they can change from floating to sliding to freezing by mentioning about the same at the reporting center. Moreover, the slide and float option will be offered to those candidates only who have not been given admission to their first preference.

Also Read|Participating JoSAA Colleges

However, no candidate can make the changes in the last round of seat allocation. In case, the candidates don’t get a seat in the first round, then they are suggested to wait for the subsequent rounds. Because, changes happen in the second round. For instance, the students who want to get admissions in other colleges might back out from JoSAA Counselling.

JEE JoSAA Counselling – Spot Round

Spot rounds are held when there are any leftover seats even after the multiple counselling rounds. However, the students must not rely on it by seeing the cutoffs of the spot round as this round takes place very late. Moreover, there is not any assurance whether this round will take place or not. So, the candidates who have taken admission and want to opt for sliding later, can sit for the spot round.

How to withdraw a seat?

The students who have accepted the seat before but now want to withdraw that seat are allowed to do so. So, first, the candidates must fill their bank account details. After that, upload an image of cancelled cheque in jpg format. Finally, download the withdrawal request letter. At the end, the candidates will have to appear at the reporting center. Certainly, they must carry the withdrawal request letter duly signed by them and their parents.

Most importantly, the candidates selecting the withdrawal option cannot take part in further counselling rounds. The students will get a refund after a deduction of INR 1000 as processing charges.