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JoSSA 2016 is conducting counselling process for admissions to IITs, NITs, IITs and other GFTIs. So if you are participating in JoSSA counselling 2016, you must be aware of the process and steps. Here we come up with frequesntly asked questions related to JoSSA to provide you an insight of the process.  

Question: What is JoSAA?

Answer: Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) is a body that conducts joint seat allotment process for admissions to undergraduate engineering programmes at IITs, ISM Dhanbad, NITs, IIITs and other Government Funded Technical Institutions (GFTIs).

Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) was formed in 2015 that consisted of representatives from JAB 2015 and CSAB 2015. This authority will now conduct joint seat allocation procedure for qualifying candidates of JEE Main & Advanced 2016, and will provide admissions to the respective institutes. 

Question: I am confused about the newly introduced joint seat allocation procedure. What do I need to know about it?

Answer: JoSAA has been formed by collaboration of Central Seat Allocation Board or CSAB (former conducting body for admissions to NITs, IIITs & GFTIs) and JAB or Joint Allocation Board (former conducting body for admissions to IITs & ISM). Earlier, when both of them conducted separate seat allotment procedures for qualifiers of JEE Main and JEE Advanced, then candidates had to appear for both the procedures .They used to block the seats in participating institutes of JEE Main as well as JEE Advanced. In this way, a lot of seats remained vacant even after the completion of counselling. In order to resolve it, JoSAA is formed to conduct joint seat allocation procedure for offering admissions to IITs, ISM Dhanbad, NITs, IIITs and GFTIs to reduce the number of Vacant seats .   

Question: In which institutes I can get admission through JoSAA seat allotment?

Answer: Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) has announced the names of participating institutes, which will offer admissions to the qualifiers of JEE Main 2016 and JEE Advanced 2016. The authority will hold the joint seat allocation procedure for as many as 92 Institutes for the academic year 2016 that include 22 IITs, ISM, 31 NITs, 20 IIITs and 18 Other-Government Funded Technical Institutes. 

Question: How many rounds of seat allotment will be conducted by JoSAA?

Answer: There will be total four seat allotment rounds for admissions to IITs, ISM Dhanbad, NITs, IIITs, and GFTIs. JoSAA will conduct three rounds of common allotment followed by a separate preparatory course allotment for IITs & ISM, and the fourth round is for NITs, IIITS & other GFTIs.

Question: How can I know I am eligible for JoSAA counselling?

Answer: To participate in JoSAA 2016, candidates have to qualify either JEE Main 2016 or JEE Advanced 2016. Candidates clearing JEE Advanced 2016 will get admission in IITs and ISM Dhanbad, while JEE Main qualifiers will be offered admissions in NITs, IIITs and GFTIs. 

Question: Is there any cut off marks for registration and choice filling for getting admission in NITs/IIITs/Other-GFTIs/IIEST?

Answer: No. There is no cut off marks for registration and choice filling for getting admission in these institutes. All the candidates whose JEE Main 2016 ranks are declared will be allowed to fill-in their choices.

Question: Who is not eligible for appearing in JEE (Advanced) 2016 or joining IITs/ISM?

Answer: The candidate should not have taken admission (irrespective of whether or not he/she continued in the program) or even accepted admission by paying admission fee at any of the IITs or ISM in the past; even candidates whose admission was cancelled are not eligible. A candidate, who has not qualified in JEE (Main) 2016 will not be considered for JEE (Advanced) 2016 irrespective of whether the candidate had qualified in JEE (Main) 2015 or JEE (Main) 2014.

Question: Does JoSAA announce JEE Main ranks?

Answer: No, the  JEE Main ranks are announced by JEE Apex Board.  JoSSA use these ranks for seat allocation. Also, if two or more candidates get same ranks then JoSSA use the ranks without any tie-breaking rule.

Question: Will there be a common rank for JoSAA counselling?

Answer: No, there will not be a common rank for JoSAA Counselling. Separate All India Ranks will be declared for JEE Advanced and JEE Main qualifiers by JAB and CSAB respectively. JAB declared the All India Ranks of JEE Advanced 2016 on June 12, whereas JEE Apex Board released the rank list of JEE Main 2016 on June 24.

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JEE Apex Board will announce eight rank lists viz., OPEN or common rank list, OPEN-PwD rank list, OBC-NCL rank list, OBC-NCL-PwD rank list, SC rank list, SC-PwD rank list, ST rank list and ST-PwD rank list. Depending upon a candidate's (birth) category and physical disability status, a candidate may appear in more than one rank list and maximum in four rank lists.

Question: After JEE Main 2016 ranks published, my class XII marks got changed due to re-evaluation. What will happen to my rank and seat allocation?

Answer: You have to approach the JEE Apex Board for the modified JEE Main 2016 AIR. The seat will be alllocated to you on the basis of your revised marks. You will be allocated a seat in subsequent rounds and this will be a supernumerary seat.

Question: Will the schedule of choice filling for JEE Advanced and JEE Main qualifiers be separate?

Answer: No, the days for filling choices by qualifiers of JEE Advanced and JEE Main are not separate. All the candidates shall fill their choices of academic programs in participating Institutes from 10 AM (IST) on 24th June to 5 PM on 28th June 2016. Mock seat allotment will be announced on June 27. 

Question: What is an "academic program" in seat allocation process?

Answer:  Academic program means the combination of academic program and the Institute. For example,  4-year B.Tech. program in Computer  Science offered by NIT Warangal  is an "academic program". You can visit the official website of JoSSA in order to find the academic program and category wise intake capacity.

Question: I am not able to choose the order of academic programs. What should I do? 

Answer: You should make the choices of academic program in the decreasing order of your preferences. You can use the opening and closing ranks of the various programs of last year as a reference to know the chances of securing a seat in an academic program based on your rank.

Question: How the candidates are segregated in JoSAA?

Answer: Candidates are segregated based on their nationality, (birth) categories and physical disability status. The categories are GEN, GEN-PwD, OBC-NCL, OBC-NCL-PwD, SC, SC-PwD, ST, ST-PwD and Foreign.

Question: What are the different seat categories in JoSAA 2016?

Answer: JoSAA has the following types of seats-

  • All India Seat- All the candidates across the country are eligible for this seat quota.
  • Home State Seat Quota- Candidates, whose State of Eligibility is same as the state / union territory in which the Institute is located, are eligible for this seat quota
  • Other State Seat Quota- Only candidates whose State of Eligibility is NOT the same as the state / union territory in which the Institute is located are eligible for this seat quota
Each of the above types of seat quotas are further divided into following types of sub categories- OPEN, OBC-NCL, SC, ST, OPEN-PwD, OBC-NCL-PwD, SC-PwD and ST-PwD.

Question: What will be the state code of eligibility for me, as I am a resident of Bihar and appeared for the Class XII examination in West Bengal?

Answer: Your state code of eligibility will be that of West Bengal and not that of Bihar. The state code of eligibility does not depend upon the native place or the place of residence of the candidate. The state code will be based on the place from where the candidate has passed Class XII.

Question: What will be the state code of the candidate, who passes Class XII examination from the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS)?

Answer: This will be the same of the state from where the candidate appears and passes the class XII examination. In case of "compartment", state of eligibility will be based on the state from where the candidate appears for the compartmental examination of NIOS.

Question: What is the state code for Indian nationals passing the class XII from abroad (includes Nepal/Bhutan)?

Answer: The state code of the candidate will be determined on the basis of permanent address in India as given in the passport of the candidate.

Question: Do I need to pay any fees for registration and filling up choices?

Answer: Registration and filling-in of choices on the online portal is free of cost i.e., you are not required to make any kind of payment as fee.

Question: What happens if I do not "lock" my choices?

Answer: 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.

Question: What happens if I forget to lock the choices?

Answer: If you do not lock the choices, last saved choices will be locked automatically in the last minute of last date of choice filling. So, one must "lock" his/her choices in order to get the adission in desired institute. 

Question: Can I unlock my choices after mock seat allocation?

Answer: The facility to lock the choices is available only after the mock round of seat allocation. After you lock your choices, you will not be able to change your choices / preference order. 

Question:  Can I reshuffle my choices after I "lock" my choices?

Answer: No. You can reshuffle your choices only before you lock the choices. You must fill and order your choiceS priority wise carefully.

Question: How does JoSAA allocate seats?

Answer: JoSAA allocates seats based on candidate's JEE Main rank (for NIT/IIIT and other institutes) or JEE Advanced ranks (for IITs/ISM) in the order of highest to least preference and availability of seats.

A seat to the highest possible choice of academic program is allocated to the candidate considering the following factors:

(1) The category [GEN, OBC-NCL, SC, etc.] of the candidate

(2) The position of the candidate in rank list (s)

(3) The prioritization of academic programs of the candidate

(4) The availability of seats in different seat categories / seat quotas for which the candidate is eligible for

(5) The business rules. 

Question: What is the seat acceptance fee and when  should I pay it to JoSAA?

Answer: If you are offered a seat in any round of seat allocation after filling the choices, then you have to pay the seat acceptance fee for accepting the seat and report at a reporting centre for document verification. Seat acceptance fee is Rs.45,000 for candidates belonging to GEN, OBC-NCL or Foreign national category and Rs.20,000 for candidates of SC, ST, GEN-PwD, OBC-NCL-PwD, SC-PwD or ST-PwD category. 

Question: How do I remit seat acceptance fee?

Answer: Candidates can remit seat acceptance fee using an e-challan at any branch of State Bank of India (no other bank) or pay online using SBI Internet Banking.

Question: Can I participate in further rounds of seat allotment without accepting the seat offered to me?

Answer: If you do not accept the offered seat, you will be exempted from JoSAA 2016 seat allotment process. You cannot participate in further rounds.

Question: I am unable to accept the offered seat at the specified time due to some reasons. Can I accept the same seat later?

Answer: You cannot accept the same seat later. For accepting a seat, you have to report in person and accept the seat in the specified period, otherwise you will lose it and you will be out of seat allotment process.

Question: Where should I report after seat allotment?

Answer: If you are allotted a seat in an IIT or ISM then you must report at any one of the reporting centres of IITs. A candidate who is allotted a seat in an NIT must report at any one of the reporting centre of NITs’s list.The list of reporting centres is available on the JoSAA website.

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