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Check JEE Main 2018 Counselling Process and Schedule

Updated On - February 19th 2018 by SHIVANI TIWARI

JEE Main 2018 Counselling and Seat Allotment will typically consist of six rounds. JoSAA Counselling is conducted for JEE Main and JEE Advanced candidates. The participating institutes would include 23 IITs, 31 NITs, 23 IIITs and 20 Other-Government Funded Technical Institutes (Other-GFTIs). The entire seat allocation and admission process would be managed through centralized JEE Main Counselling.

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Check some important points related to JEE Main 2018 Counselling:

  • Cutoff for JEE Main and seat allotment is based on the All India Ranks.
  • There are 3 counselling processes in JEE Main – JoSAA, CSAB NEUT and CSAB SFTI.
  • JoSAA is the combined counselling for JEE Main and JEE Advanced qualified candidates.
  • CSAB NEUT is conducted for supernumerary seats in North East and Union Territories.
  • CSAB SFTI is separate counselling procedure conducted by Central Seat Allocation Board for 17 SFTIs.
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Counselling Schedule for JEE Main 2018

JEE Main Counseling is a completely centralized online process. Registration for counselling is expected to commence in the first week of July. Registration for JEE Main 2018 Seat Allotment is open only for qualified candidates. The schedule of JEE Main Counselling is as follows:

Declaration of JEE Advanced 2018 AIRs by JABSecond week of June 2018
CBSE makes available final Class 12th Marks to JoSAAThird week of June 2018
Declaration of JEE Main 2018 AIRs by Joint Apex BoardLast week of June 2018
Candidates fill in their choices of academic programs in participating InstitutesLast week of June 2018
Display of mock seat allocation based on choices filled-in by candidates as of June 26 (5 pm)Last week of June 2018
Reconcile the data, allocate seats, verify and validateLast week of June 2018
Seat allocation (First round)Last week of June 2018
Acceptance of seat (First round)First week of July 2018
Display of seats filled/availability statusFirst week of July 2018
Seat allocation (Second round)First week of July 2018
Acceptance/withdrawal of seat (Second round)First week of July 2018
Display of seats filled/availability statusAfter 2nd round seat acceptance, 1 day
Seat allocation (Third round)After 2nd round seat acceptance, 1 day
Acceptance/withdrawal of seat (Third round)2-3 days after seat allotment of 3rd round
Display of seats filled/availability statusAfter 3rd round seat acceptance, 1 day
Seat allocation (Fourth round)After 3rd round seat acceptance, 1 day
Acceptance of seats (Fourth round)1-2 days of seat allocation of 4th round
Beginning of academic sessions at IITsFourth week of July 2018
Physical reporting of candidates at admitting institutes (NITs); Schedule for IITsFourth week of July 2018
Academic session starts for preparatory courses at IITsFourth week of July 2018
Academic sessions starts at NITsFourth week of July 2018

JEE Main 2018 is scheduled for April 02, 2018 (offline mode) and, April 08 and April 09, 2018 (online mode) for admission to various engineering colleges and courses all over the country. JEE Main Result and Scorecard is expected to be declared by CBSE on April 27, 2018.

CSAB Counselling for North-East and Union TerritoriesCSAB Counselling for Self-Financed Technical Institutes

Step by Step Counselling Procedure

JEE Main Counselling will be conducted in the month of July and consist of around six rounds of seat allocation. JoSAA is responsible for allotting seats to 92 participating institutes, which comprise NITs, IIITs and other-GFTIs.

Candidates qualifying JEE Main 2018 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.

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Steps involved in JEE Main Counselling and Seat Allotment 2018 Procedure:

Step 1: Online Registration

  • Click on the link of JoSAA under Official Website and enter JEE Main 2018 Roll Number and Password
  • Click on Login button and go through the instructions carefully and click on “I Agree”
  • Candidates will find JoSAA Registration Form opened in front, where they need to fill all the required particulars
  • Select the Declaration and click on Submit
  • Verify all the details mentioned by you and click on “Confirm Registration” button

Step 2: Online Choice Filling and Locking

  • Select the institute, their name, and program applying for.
  • Select choice of colleges and programs.
  • Candidates can opt for change/edit/delete their filled choices
  • Candidates have to lock their choices before the last date by clicking on Lock Choice.
  • Choice Locking can be done after each round of JEE Main 2018 Counselling.

Step 3: JoSAA 2018 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:

  • Category [GEN, OBC-NCL, SC, etc.] of the candidate
  • All India Rank (AIR) of the candidate in JEE Main 2018 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.

Candidates will be informed about Seat Allotment through mail or SMS on their registered email ID and mobile number respectively a few days after Choice Locking. Download the seat allotment letter for future purpose.

Step 4: Seat Acceptance Fee Payment and Verification of the Documents

  • 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 all the Open Category candidates, the seat acceptance fee is INR 45,000, while candidates belonging to SC/ST/SC-PwD/ST-PwD/GEN-PwD/OBC-NCL-PwD categories will have to pay INR 20,000 as the seat acceptance fee.

Step 5: Reporting to the Allotted College

Final step in JEE Main 2018 Counselling is reporting to the assigned institutes with original certificates and documents on the allotted date and time slot.


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 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. 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.

*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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