Seat Allotment, Admission Procedure & JoSAA : IITs, NITs And Others
Posted on : 22,June , 2016 - Wed , 03:46:38am

Seat Allotment, Admission procedure & JoSAA : IITs, NITs and Others

Since the JEE-2016 is announced, now the Buzz is raising for the seat allocations for the students. However, it is not that easy process as it sounds. JoSAA, A Joint Seat Allocation Authority ( JoSAA) is the whole sole agency which is allocating the seats to the students, though the procedure is quite tedious.
As we all  aware of the JEE Exam procedures which are split into two tiers named
JEE ( Mains ) and JEE ( Advanced ). And for getting the admissions into any of these colleges, candidates needs to get 60% in 12th Standard as well making the rank in both of the exams. In 2016, after attempting for JEE mains , approx. 2,00,000 got to able to write the exam for JEE Advance. In 2016, JEE mains result has come in April and now June 2016 has come up with the final result. And here it starts the work of JoSAA which is the only authority to allocate the seats to the students. Let’s see, how it works:

Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) has been set up by the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) to manage and regulate the joint seat allocation for admissions to 87 institutes for the academic year 2015-16. This includes 18 IITs, ISM, 31 NITs, 18 IIITs and 18 Other-Government Funded Technical Institutes (Other-GFTIs). Admission to all the academic programs offered by these Institutes will be made through a single platform. JoSAA is the ONLY authorized agency responsible for joint seat allocation.
Eligibility for IITs & ISM, NITs, IIITs [or Triple-I-Ts] and a few other technical Institutes funded fully or partially by Central or a State government [Other-GFTIs].is largely same. However There will be two kinds of list:
 One list for getting admissions in IITs:
To get considered for IITs, apart from your score/rank, the following are important:
  1. You should NOT have been admitted in an IIT/ISM OR even accepted the IIT/ISM seat by reporting at a reporting centre in the past.
  2. If your admission at IITs or ISM was cancelled in the past, then you are NOT eligible.
  3. If you have been admitted to a preparatory course in any of the IITs for the first time in 2015 can appear in JEE (Advanced) 2016. Even if you have paid seat acceptance fee but not accepted the seat by reporting at the reporting centre during joint seat allocation in 2015, you are eligible.
Apart from above, For getting into IITs, the candidates must satisfy any one of these two conditions:
  • Must have secured at least 75% aggregate marks in the class XII (or equivalent) Board examination. The aggregate marks for SC, ST and PwD candidates should be at least 70%.
  •  Must be within the category-wise top 20 percentile of successful candidates in their respective Class XII (or equivalent) board examination
Eligibility for getting into NITs/IIITs/CFTIs/SFIs/Others:
  • Only the All India Rank (AIR) is used for admissions to NITs/IIITs/CFTIs/SFIs.
  • On the basis of JEE (main) 2016 and  normalized score in class 12th or equivalent ( 60% (AIR) & 40 % (12th score)respectively), the all India Ranking list will be prepared for admissions to these institutes ( LIST will be available on 30th June 2016).
2016 JEE Advanced Cut-off:
Cut-off for different categories is as below:
  • General Category: 10% in each subject and 35% in aggregate
  • OBC (NCL): 9% in each subject and 31.5% in aggregate
  • SC: 5% in each subject and 17.5% in aggregate
  • ST: 5% in each subject and 17.5% in aggregate
  • PwD candidates in each category: 5% in each subject and 17.5% in aggregate
  • Preparatory Course (in cases where eligible SC, ST, and PwD candidates are less than 1.4 times the seats reserved for them): 2.5% in each subject and 8.75% in aggregate.
The schedule of the joint seat allocation will be announced separately by JoSAA 2016. The list of courses that will be offered by the IITs and ISM for admission for the academic year 2016-17 will be made available at the time of online filling-in of choices.
Registration Process:
  1. Registration: All candidates who have appeared in JEE (Main) 2016 are eligible to register for seat allocation in NIT+ system (except IITs & ISM).All candidates who have declared qualified in JEE (Adv) 2016 are eligible to register for seat allocation in all participating Institutes.
  2. Filling-in of choices: Candidates may fill-in their choices of Institutes and branches in decreasing order of their preference. Candidates are strongly urged to fill-in as many choices as possible.
  3. Locking of choices: Candidates MUST “lock” their choices. For candidates who do NOT lock their choices, their last saved choices will be locked automatically when the time-window for filling-in of choices closes.
  4. Number of rounds of seat allocation: JoSAA will conduct four rounds that are 1st through 4th rounds of seat allocation for academic programs offered by Institutes under JoSAA 2016.
  5. Seat acceptance: Candidates allotted a seat must pay the seat acceptance fee (through e-Challan/SBI NetBanking) and get the documents verified at any reporting center ( for provisional seat acceptance .
  6. Participation in subsequent rounds: A candidate is required to fill option for ‘freeze’, ‘slide’ or ‘float’ the choice of academic program.
  7. Dual Reporting: If in a subsequent round, a candidate’s allotment from NIT+ system changes to an IIT/ ISM, the candidate MUST report ONCE AGAIN at an IIT reporting centre, similarly if a candidate’s allotment from IIT/ISM changes to an NIT+ system, the candidate MUST report ONCE AGAIN at any NIT+ reporting centre, failure to do so will result in forfeiture of seats allocated in both NIT+ system and IIT/ISM.
  8. Withdraw option: A candidate, who has already accepted a seat, can withdraw the seat by reporting at a reporting center before the fourth round of seat allocation.
Other Important Information:
  • Registration – Candidates who do NOT register within the specified time window WILL NOT be able to seek admission for this academic year
  • Filling-in of choices – Candidates who do NOT fill-in choices within the specified time window WILL NOT be able to seek admission for this academic year
  • Dual Reporting: Two times reporting required in case of seat allotment changes from NIT+'s system to IITs/ISM and vice versa.
  • No modification of locked choices – once locked, choices CANNOT be modified.


Timeline for Seat Allocation
23 June 2016
Joint Apex Board declares JEE (Main) 2016 AIRs
24 June (10:00 IST) to 28 June (17:00 IST) 2016
Candidates fill-in their choices of academic programs in participating Institutes
27 June (10:00 to 16:00 IST) 2016
Display of mock seat allocation based on the choices filled-in by candidates as of 26 June 2016 (17:00 IST)
29 June 2016
Reconcile the data, allocate seats, verify and validate
30 June (10:00 IST) 2016
Seat allocation (1st round)
Four or Five days
Acceptance of seat (1st round)
After 1st round seat acceptance, one day
Display of seats filled / availability status/ Seat allocation (2nd round)
Two or Three days
Acceptance/withdrawal of seat (3rd round)
After 2nd round seat acceptance, one day
Display of seats filled / availability status
Two or Three days
Seat allocation (4th round)
After 3rd round seat acceptance, one day
Acceptance of seat (4th round)
Beginning of academic sessions at IITs, ISM, NITs, IIITs (Triple-I-Ts) and Other-GFTIs will be announced in due course of time

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