JEE Main 2020 Counselling Process , Dates and Document Verification

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    JEE Main Counselling 2020 and Seat Allotment will start expectedly in the second week of August, 2020. JoSAA is responsible for the entire selection or admission procedure in IITs, NITs, IIITs, and other GFTIs. The counselling process shall be conducted in the online mode, there are 3 counselling processes in JEE Main – JoSAA, CSAB NEUT, and CSAB SFTI. Check JEE Main Expected Cut off

    Latest: JEE Main 2020 is now scheduled for July 18 – 23, 2020, as notified by NTA. 

    • JoSAA is the combined counselling for JEE Main and JEE Advanced qualified candidates. 
    • CSAB NEUT is conducted for supernumerary seats in the North East and Union Territories. 
    • CSAB SFTI is separate counselling procedure conducted by Central Seat Allocation Board for 18 SFTIs. 
    • The participating institutes are 23 IITs, 31 NITs, 25 IIITs and 27 Other-Government Funded Technical Institutes (Other-GFTIs). Check JEE Main Cut Off for NITs

    Check JEE Main Result for January Session

    IITs Ask for Another Year to fill EWS Quota

    • IITs collectively need to increase their student intake for undergraduate courses, masters and research programmes by about 6700 seats for accommodating the 10 per cent Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) quota.
    • Out of the target of adding 6700 seats, approximately 2,300 seats (about 500 for B.Tech ) were added in 2019-20. The remaining 4,400 seats (about 1,300 for Btech) were expected to be added this year.
    • IITs have sought a year’s extension to the 2021 deadline due the challenges of maintaining social distancing in the hostels once the institutions reopen.
    • 23 IITs have collectively approached the Centre with the request recently. 
    • To ensure that existing number of seats for SC, ST, OBC and general category students does not face cuts, all centrally funded educational institutions, including IITs, NITs, IIMs, central universities, IISERs and IIITs, have to increase their overall student strength by 25 per cent, over two years, to accommodate the quota.

    Step-wise Counselling Procedure

    Step by Step JEE Main Counselling Procedure

    • JoSAA is responsible for allotting seats to 106 participating institutes, which comprises IITs NITs, IIITs and other-GFTIs.
    • Candidates who qualifiy JEE Main and are not able to perform in JEE Advanced are eligible for seats in the colleges like NITs, IIITs, and GFTIs.
    • JEE Main 2020 qualified candidates must register themselves online and select their preferred college and course.
    • Allocation of seats will be done online, based on the applicant’s rank, category, availability of seats and other factors.
    • After the seat allocation, the applicants will have to report to their allotted institute for document verification and fee payment.

    Read About  JoSSA Counselling

    Listed below are the steps involved in JEE Main Counselling and Seat Allotment Procedure:

    JEE Main Counselling, JEE Main Counselling 2018

    Step 1: Online Registration

    • Click on the link of JoSAA under Official Website
    • Login using JEE Main 2020 Application Number, Password, and Security Pin
    • Read the instructions carefully and click on “I Agree”
    • Fill in the required details in the JoSAA Counselling Form
    • Select the Declaration and click on Submit
    • Verify all the furnished details and click on “Confirm Registration” button

    Step 2: Online Choice Filling and Locking

    • Select choice of colleges and programs.
    • Candidates can opt for change/edit/delete their filled choices
    • Lock the choices before the last date.
    • Choice Locking can be done after each round of JEE Main 2020 Counselling.

    Step 3: JoSAA 2020 Seat Allotment

    The counselling and seat allotment authority, JoSAA will take into account the following factors before allocating the highest possible seat according to candidates’ choices:

    • Candidate’s Category (Gen., OBC-NCL, SC, etc.)
    • All India Rank (AIR) in JEE Main 2020 rank list(s)
    • According to the priority order of choices by the candidates for academic programs and institutes
    • Availability of seats under different seat categories/seat quotas for which the candidate is eligible.
    Note: Candidates will be notified about Seat Allotment through mail or SMS on their registered email ID and mobile number respectively a few days after Choice Locking.

    Step 4: Seat Acceptance Fee Payment and Document Verification

    • Pay the Seat Acceptance fee for the allotted seats through Net Banking/e-Challan.
    • All the documents will be verified at the reporting center.
    • After verification of the documents and payment of the fee, a provisional admission letter will be issued.
    Note: For Open Category candidates, the seat acceptance fee is INR 35,000, while candidates belonging to SC/ST/SC-PwD/ST-PwD/GEN-PwD/OBC-NCL-PwD categories will have to pay INR 15,000 as the seat acceptance fee.

    Step 5: Reporting to the Allotted College

    The final step in JEE Main 2020 Counselling is reporting to the assigned institutes with original certificates and documents on the allotted date and time slot.

    List of Documents Required for Verification

    • JEE Main Document Verification will be conducted for all the participants' allotted seats.
    • Verification will be conducted after each round. Any violation of the norms may lead to disqualification of candidature.
    • Candidates have to produce all the necessary documents at the time of verification.
    • Carry both original and multiple attested copies of all the required documents to the reporting center at the time of seat confirmation.
    Personal DetailsAcademic QualificationCaste/ Physical Disability Certificate
    Photo Identity CardClass 10th mark sheetCategory (OBC-NCL / SC / ST) certificate, if applicable
    Medical Examination ReportClass 12th mark sheetOBC NCL declaration if required
    Proof of Date of BirthJEE Main Admit Card 2020PwD certificate, if applicable
    Proof of Seat Acceptance Fee PaymentProvisional Seat Allotment Letter-
    Three passport-size photographs (uploaded at the time of registration)--

    JEE Main Eligibility for Admission to NITs, IITs and CFTIs

    • Admission to B.Tech / B. Arch / B.E. / B. Planning courses in these institutes will be based on All India Rank with the requirement that the candidate should have attained at least 75% in 12th examination or should have been in the top 20 percentile in 12th.

    • For SC / ST candidates the requirement is 65% in 12th.

    JEE Main Eligibility for Admission to B.Arch

    • Requirement for architecture course includes passing an examination at the end of qualifying examination with 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and 50% marks aggregate of the qualifying examination.

    • For B. Planning, the candidate should have attained a minimum of 50% marks in Mathematics and 50% marks in aggregate of the qualifying examination.

    Subject combinations mandated in the qualifying examination for entry to B.E. / B.Tech, B.Arch and B. Planning courses in IITs, NITs and other CFTIs shall be under:

    CourseRequired Criteria based on Class 12th / Equivalent qualifying examination
    B.E / B.TechPassed qualifying examination with Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects along with one of the Chemistry / Biotechnology / Biology / Technical Vocational subject.
    B. ArchPassed qualifying examination with Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry
    B. PlanningPassed qualifying examination with Mathematics

    Eligibility for Admission to Other Institutions:

    • Above mentioned criteria could be adopted by other technical institutions that are going to participate in counselling through CSAB / JoSAA.

    • In the case that a state plans to admit students into engineering colleges affiliated to State Universities, the state may prepare a completely separate rank list based on guidelines set by them.



    The counselling of CSAB NEUT and CSAB SFTI is similar to that of JoSAA. Listed below is a brief about counselling for NEUT and SFTI: 

    CSAB NEUT Counselling

    • It is conducted for filling up supernumerary seats in North East Region and Union Territories.
    • The counselling would be organized by the Central Seat Allocation Board (CSAB). 
    • The counselling for all the qualified candidates of North East region and Union Territories will commence in June 2020.

    Know moreJEE Main CSAB NEUT Counselling

    CSAB SFTI Counselling

    • It is conducted for admitting candidates in Self Financing Technical Institutes.
    • Seat allocation is strictly based on the order of preference filled by the candidates based on their JEE Main All India Rank (AIR) in Paper I and Paper II respectively.
    • There are 34 participating institutes in CSAB SFTI. 

    Know moreJEE Main CSAB SFTI Counselling

    Counselling Schedule for JEE Main

    Counselling Schedule for JEE Main 2020 (JoSAA)

    JEE Main Counselling is a completely centralized and online process. The registration process for JEE Main 2020 April session has been closed. The tentative schedule for JoSAA counselling 2020 is tabulated below:

    Dates (Tentative)Event
    August 16, 2020Registration and Choice filling for academic programs under JoSAA Starts
    August 22, 2020Display of Mock Seat Allocation-1 based on the choices filled-in in June 2020
    August 24, 2020Display of Mock Seat Allocation-2 based on the choices filled-in in June 2020
    August 25, 2020JoSAA registration and Choice filling Ends
    August 26, 2020Reconciliation of data, Seat Allocation, verification and validation
    August 27, 2020Round 1 Seat Allocation
    August 28, 2020 – September 02, 2020Document Verification and Acceptance of Seat by reporting at RC
    September 3, 2020Display of seats filled / availability status
    Round 2 Seat Allocation 
    September 4 – 5, 2020Document Verification and Acceptance/withdrawal of Seat by reporting at RC
    September 6, 2020Display of seats filled / availability status
    Round 3 Seat Allocation 
    September 7, 2020 – July 8, 2020Document Verification and Acceptance/withdrawal of Seat by reporting at RC (Round 3)
    September 9, 2020Display of seats filled / availability status
    Round 4 Seat Allocation 
    September 10 – 11, 2020Document Verification and Acceptance/withdrawal of Seat by reporting at RC (Round 4)
    September 12, 2020Display of seats filled / availability status
    Round 5 Seat Allocation 
    September 13 – 14, 2020Document Verification and Acceptance/withdrawal of Seat by reporting at RC (Round 5)
    September 15, 2020Display of seats filled / availability status
    Round 6 Seat Allocation
    September 16 – 17, 2020Document Verification and Acceptance/withdrawal of Seat by reporting at RC (Round 6) Last Round for Seat Allotment
    September 18, 2020Display of seats filled / availability status
    Seat Allocation (Round 7: Final Round)
    September 19, 2020Document Verification and Acceptance of Seat by reporting at RC/Admitting Institutes 
    September 19 – 23, 2020Document Verification and Acceptance of Seat by reporting at Reporting Centres/Admitting Institutes (Round 7)WITHDRAWAL OF SEATat participating Institutes

    Frequently Asked Questions

    JEE Main Counselling FAQs

    Ques. Can the choice be filled at the Reporting Center (RC) itself?

    Ans. No, choice-filling has to be done online before the date specified. After that, there is no option of choice filling or reordering. All the rounds of seat allotment will be done on these choices. Document verification and seat acceptance will be done soon after the process of choice-filling.

    Ques. What all processes take place at the Reporting Center (RC)?

    Ans. A candidate who has been offered a seat (as per their choices) will have to report in person at an RC for document verification to accept the seat.

    Ques. If I am not interested in the seat offered, can I still participate in seat allotment in further rounds without accepting that seat?

    Ans. You must not fill-in the courses that you are not interested to pursue it. If you do not accept the seat, you will be out of the seat allotment process and hence, will not be allowed to participate in further rounds.

    Ques. Will there be a separate allotment process for preparatory courses?

    Ans. No, preparatory courses will be allotted along with all other courses only. All the qualified candidates seeking admission in IITs/NITs/IIITs/Other-GFTIs, must fill-in their choices during the choice filling process. Admission to IITs is based on JEE Advanced Score.

    Ques. I have been offered a seat in the first round of allotment but will not be able to accept the seat at this moment. Can I accept that same seat later?

    Ans. No, if you do not report in person in the respective seat acceptance period of the round, you will lose the seat and you will be out of the allotment process.

    Ques. If I have paid the seat acceptance fee and wish to not take the seat by not reporting at the allocated Reporting Centre. How can I claim my refund?

    Ans. You can claim your refund online. Login to JoSAA portal and file your request online, request will be processed in a few days.

    Ques. When and where can I register for JEE Main 2020 Counselling?

    Ans. All the eligible candidates will be able to register for the JEE Main counselling on the official website i.e. as soon as the counselling process will start.

    Ques. How is JEE Main Seat Allotment procedure conducted?

    Ans. In the seat allotment process, the candidates will be allotted seats on the basis of their merit, choice filling and availability of seats. But, before the actual seat allotment, mock allotment of seats will take place.

    Ques. What is mock allotment of seats in JEE Main Counselling?

    Ans. Mock allotment of seats is a process that allows the candidates to know the seat allotment process so that they get familiar with the seat allotment process and are able to choose better preferences for themselves in the main rounds. They are two rounds of mock allotment of seats.

    Ques. What is the process of Fee Payment & Seat Acceptance?

    Ans. After the allotment of seat, candidates will have to choose any option from - Freeze, Float, Slide and withdraw and then step for the payment of fees.

    Ques. What is meant by Freeze option in seat acceptance process?

    Ans. If a candidate wishes to accept the seat allotted and does not want to participate in further rounds of seat allotment, he can choose the Freeze option.

    Ques. What is meant by Float option in seat acceptance process?

    Ans. If a candidate wants to keep the seat allotted and also wish to upgrade his seat, he can choose the Float option.

    Ques. What is meant by Slide option in seat acceptance process?

    Ans. If a candidate wants to accept the seat allotted and wish to upgrade the course in the same institute, he can choose the Slide option.

    Ques. What is meant by withdrawing option in seat acceptance process?

    Ans. If a candidate has already accepted the seat then he can choose the withdraw option and report the institute allotted before the last round of seat allotment.

    Ques. Is the fee for JEE Main 2020 same for all the categories?

    Ans. No, the fee is different for all the categories. The fee for General candidates is INR 45000. While, the fee for SC/ ST/ SC-PwD/ ST-PwD/ GEN-PwD/ OBC-NCL-PwD is INR 20,000.

    Ques. What is the process of verification of Documents?

    Ans. In this process, the candidates are called for the verification of documents for admissions. Listed below are the documents:

    3 passport size photographs (the same as uploaded during registration)

    • Provisional JoSAA seat allotment letter

    • Photo identity card

    • Proof of seat acceptance fee payment

    • JEE Main 2020 Admit Card

    • Date of birth proof

    • JEE Main 2020 Score Card

    • Class X & XII Mark sheet

    • Category certificate (if applicable)

    Ques. What is meant by dual reporting?

    Ans. If a candidate has accepted a seat of an NIT in the previous round and his seat is upgraded to an IIT in the next round, then he will have to report at the Reporting centre of the IIT and accept the seat even if he has reported at the NIT otherwise, he will lose both the seats. As the process involves two reporting it is called dual reporting.

    Ques. I am a resident of Gujarat but I have cleared my Class 12th examination from West Bengal, What will be my state code of eligibility?

    Ans. The state code of eligibility of the candidate will be of West Bengal i.e. the state code of eligibility depends on the state of class 12th and not the native place.

    Ques. What will happen if I do not “lock” my choices?

    Ans. If you do not lock your choices, the last saved choices/preferences will be locked automatically at the conclusion of the time-window for filling-in of choices.

    Ques. If I have accepted my seat at NIT but my seat is upgraded to IIT and I do not report at IIT, then will my seat at NIT be considered?

    Ans. No, if you do not report at IIT, you will lose both your seats. Reporting and confirming the status of your seat is mandatory. Failing to do so will result in cancellation of admissions.

    Ques. Do I need to submit the acceptance Fee again if I have been allotted IIT in the next round?

    Ans. No, once you have paid the acceptance fee, you do not have to pay the fees again.

    Ques. Will my seat acceptance fee be refunded if I withdraw my seat?

    Ans. Yes, your seat acceptance fee will be refunded after a deduction of INR 1000 as processing fee.

    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College

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    Kundrapu Divya Satya Kumari

    How can I change my bank account details which I have already updated in csab special round fee refund?

    07 Nov, 2019 00:20
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Divya, kindly contact the exam authorities for relevant information.

    07 Nov, 2019 11:03
    Shivam Ramanathan

    i have a candidate who falls in sc category she has scored 68.7%in 12 and her rank Jee mains CRL rank is 472426 and her SC rank is 33806. please guide which rank of hers will be considered. please guide ASAP.

    17 Jul, 2019 00:20
    Lokesh Gupta

    Hi Suguna, for SC candidate, the SC rank will be considered. However, if applying in private colleges where SC reservation is not applicable then CRL rank will be considered.

    22 Jul, 2019 16:58
    Cheruku sampath

    Counilling state from

    16 Jul, 2019 00:20
    mannu singh

    Hi Sampath, how can I help you?

    16 Jul, 2019 14:33
    harsha vardhan

    i got seat in Josaa 7th round and reported at institute and then i for special round , i have got seat in spl round -1 i dont interest it then i go for second round with my josaa seat or not please clarify what options will be better for got for special round 2

    30 Jul, 2018 06:00
    Garima Bansal

    Hi Harsha, You can go for the second round with josaa seat .

    30 Jul, 2018 11:53
    Rahul Kumar Mina

    what is the next step of Jossa as orientation program of all IITs has already been fixed. Please gave the details of reporting dates at allotted IIT, candidates who are allotted seat in first and second round

    07 Jul, 2018 12:40
    Akansha Expert

    Hi Rahul Please check this link for getting Candidates list those who get the seat through this exam i.e  official website.

    07 Jul, 2018 15:15
    Harsh Chavda

    whete is the link of jossa refund

    04 Jul, 2018 10:19
    Akansha Expert

    Hi Harsh, Please check this link for getting the information about JOSSA from the official website i.,e.

    04 Jul, 2018 15:32
    shubhradeep halder

    may i get admiision any nit

    30 Jun, 2018 00:20
    Akansha Expert

    Hi Subhradeep, Yes You will get the admission in NIT but on the Entrance merit list, Please check the link for NITS Cut off.

    30 Jun, 2018 14:24
    jeripothula sindhu

    iam unable to understand how can get into other round if iam not satisfied with the previous round allotment ,and if my rank is large and does not get seat in one round can i enter next round?

    12 Jun, 2018 00:20
    Ritika Sharma

    Hi Jeripothula, Yes you can wait for second round counseling if you don't want to take admission in first round allotted college.

    22 Aug, 2018 12:22
    amisha bhaskar

    With my rank I'm getting ECE in north eastern NIT's according to 5th-6th rounds of jossa 2017 . I've done my 12th boards from delhi. Should I place NIT DELHI on top in choice filling or fill only North eastern NIT' s according to my rank?

    08 Jun, 2018 13:39
    Ritika Sharma

    Hi Amisha, you can fill either of them in choice filling option because maybe you can get NIT Delhi otherwise northeast is there so that if you do not get NIIT Delhi then second option will be there for you.

    29 Aug, 2018 16:01
    Chandru Minajigi

    I got 43000 rank I JEE MAINS I can get seat in NIT SURATHKAL for civil engineering?

    02 May, 2018 00:20
    Akansha Expert

    Hi Chandru, To get the information please check this link for getting the rank or related college knowing :- Rank Predictor

    02 May, 2018 13:28
    Kritika Gupta

    In how many steps JoSSA Counselling is conducted for JEE?

    06 Apr, 2018 18:15
    Sakshi Garg Expert

    Hi Kritika, In JoSSA Counselling, there is six major steps namely Registration, Filling and Locking of Choices, Seat Allotment, and Rank List Announcement, Availability of Allotment Letter and Payment of Seat Acceptance Fee, Reporting at Center and finally reporting at the Institute.

    06 Apr, 2018 18:41
    Kritika Gupta

    I did not get a seat in JoSSA Mock Counselling. Does it mean that I will not get a seat in JEE Main Counselling (Round 1)?

    06 Apr, 2018 18:15
    Sakshi Garg Expert

    Hi Kritika, JoSSA Committee will release the Mock Seat Allocation Result in June 2018. There is always a doubt in the JEE Main candidate if they will be able to grab a seat or not. Make note that the mock counseling is just a trial to get an idea of the branch and college you are likely to grab a seat is based on your current preferences. The mock allocation list is not an actual list and one should not rely on it.

    06 Apr, 2018 18:41

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