JoSAA 2018 FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

JoSAA 2018 FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is JoSAA?

JoSAA is the abbreviation of Joint Seat Allocation Authority. This organization is build on the pillars of JEE- advanced which represents ISM Dhanbad and IITs, Joint Admission Board and Central Seat Allocation Board which represents all the IITs, NITs and other State Government funded technical institutions. Its basic aim was to control the admission course of the top 80 colleges of India. The task of organizing the meeting was taken by Ministry of Human Resource Development. All the terms and conditions were decided in the meeting and it was decided that these institutions will be declaring 32000 seats to the students to choose from.

  1. Are there any other agencies FIR conducting the seat allocation to IITs and NIT?

No. No other organization except JoSSA deals in the process of registration for the seats of IITs/ISM and NIT institutions. If the candidates are seeking the seats outside JoSAA then it is on their own risk.

  1. What is CSAB?

CSAB stands for Central Seat allocation Board. It is one of the sections of JoSSA which was constituted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development. It helps to secure seats for the undergraduate candidates and allot them courses in NIT+ institutions like IIT, ISM and NIT, together known as NIT+.

  1. What are the qualifying examinations for admission to Nit+ institutes?

Candidates should qualify JEE (Paper 1), B. E and B. Tech and JEE (Paper 2), B. Arch and B. Planning. But just qualifying the examinations will not ensure the admission to the Institutes. Every Institute has its own criteria of eligibility in addition, which the candidates have to fulfil in order to get themselves admitted.

  1. Can JoSAA prepare/announce JEE main 2018 Ranks?

No, the ranks are announced by JEE Apex Board.  JoSSA use these ranks for further seat allocation without any change. Also, if two or more candidates have same ranks JoSSA use the ranks without making any tie – breaking rules.

  1. Can I appear in one or more rank list?

Yes, the JEE Apex Board will announce eight rank list via 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. A candidate can appear in more than one rank list depending up on the category and physical disability status and performance in JEE (Main)/JEE (Advanced).

  1. After JEE Main 2018 Ranks published, my class XII exams got changed due to re-evaluation. What will happen to my rank and seat allocation?

The students have to approach the JEE Apex Board for the modified JEE Main 2018 on AIR. You will be allocated the seats on the subsequent rounds. The seats will be allocated on the basis of revised marks given to the candidates. This will be the supernumerary seats.

  1. What is an “Academic Program” referred to in seat allocation?

Academic program refers to the combination of Institutes and Academic program. Like the B.Tech of four years in Biotechnology offered by NIT Calicut is an example of Academic program.

  1. Where I can find the academic program and category wise intake capacity?

The students should login to the official website of JoSSA in order to find the academic program and category wise intake capacity.

  1. How should I order the choices of Academic program?

The students have to fill in the academic program on the decreasing order of the preferences. Also the opening and closing ranks of the candidates can be used as a guide to secure a seat in the academic program on the basis of the rank secured.

  1. How are candidates partitioned in JoSSA?

On the basis of different categories like GEN, OBC, SC/ST, GEN-Pwd, OBC-NCL, OBC-NCL-Pwd, SC-Pwd, ST-Pwd, physical disabled and foreigners are the basis of partition in JoSSA.

  1. What are the seat categories in JoSAA?

JoSAA has the following seat categories

  • All India
  • Candidates across the nation are eligible for the seat allocation.
  • Home state
  • The candidates who are eligible according to the criteria set by the State / Union Territory are eligible for this quota.
  • Other State
  • The candidates whose eligibility criteria is not same as that of the state or Union Territory in which the Institutes are located.

The above categories are also further Sub divided into different categories like OBC, SC/ST, GEN-Pwd, OBC-NCL, OBC-NCL-Pwd, SC-Pwd, ST-Pwd, OPEN, OPRN-Pwd.

  1. What type of seat quotas are available for admission into IIT/ISM?

The only quota that the candidates can rely upon is All India, for allocating seat in IITs/ISM.

  1. What type of seat quotas are available for admission into NITs?

There are two quotas that are available for admission into NITs that is Home State and Other State quota.

  1. What type of seat quotas are available for admission into IIITs (Triple-I-Ts)?

The candidates can rely upon is All India, for allocating seat for IIITs (Triple-I-Ts).

  1. What type of seat quotas are available for admission into other GFTIs?

Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi, Mesra and IIEST, Dist. Howrah and Shibpur are the NITs that have Home state and other State quotas. Whereas Assam University has All India and Home State quota. And the rest GFTIs have only All India quota.

  1. What will be the state code of eligibility for a candidate who is a resident of Bihar and appears for the class XII examination in West Bengal?

The candidates state code of eligibility will be that of West Bengal, that is the date in which the candidate have given the exam and not of the state to which the candidate belong.

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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.

  1. What will be the state code of the candidate who passes class XII examination from the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS)?

The state from which the candidate appears from will be the state code of the candidate. In case of compartment, the eligibility criteria will be based on the state from which the candidate has appeared for the class XII examination.

  1. What is the state code of Indian nationals passing the passing the class XII from abroad (include Nepal/Bhutan)?

In this case, the state code of the candidate will be of the state from which the permanent Address of the candidate belongs to in India, as given per the details on the passport.

  1. When will be the number of seats available in different categories /quotas (seat matrix) announced?

The different categories are OBC, SC/ST, GEN-Pwd, OBC-NCL, OBC-NCL-Pwd, SC-Pwd, ST-Pwd, OPEN, OPRN-Pwd. For more details candidates should visit

  1. Is JoSAA responsible for seat matrix data?

No, JoSAA is not responsible for seat matrix data. It only helps in allocating the seats as per the data provided by the seat matrix from the various participating Institutes.

  1. Do I need to pay any fees for registration and filling up choices?

No,  you don’t not have to pay any fees for filling up choices. Just login at and fill the choices free of cost.

  1. Can candidates change their personal details during or after registering in JoSAA portal?

Yes, but only gender and state of eligibility can be changed. No other changes can be made except these and the data will then be taken from the JoSAA data base.

  1. Where I can fill my choices of Academic program?

By logging in at with roll number as the ID and date of birth as your password, you can fill in the choices of Academic program.

  1. How many days ate given to fill in choices?

Candidates will get a maximum time of five days in which one day will be allotted to mock seat allocation. There will be no extension given in the time so be careful and finish the process before time. For more details and admission schedule please visit at

  1. What happens if I do not “lock” my choices?

In this case, the last preference filled by the candidate will be taken in and saved automatically at the conclusion of the time – window.

  1. What happen if one forgets to lock the choices?

One must lock his or her choices. If one forgets to lock the choices then the last saved choice will automatically be locked.

  1. Can I unblock my choices after mock seat allocation?

The facility of locking the seat is only possible after mock seat allocation. However, once the candidate have locked the seat they cannot change it after the submission.

  1. Can I reshuffle my choices after I “lock” my choices?

No, you can only reshuffle your choices at the time when you lock the choice. Kindly fill the preferences carefully while submitting and locking the preferences.

  1. How does JoSAA allocate seats?

The seat allocation is done on the basis of JEE Main ranks for NITs Institutes and JEE advanced ranks from IITs/ISM in order to the highest and lowest preferences and number of seats allocated.

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The seat acceptance fee will be adjusted against the admission fee by the admitting institute.

  1. How to remit seat acceptance fee?

The candidates can remit the fee by using e-challan at any branch of State Bank Of India bank. E-challan from any other bank will not be accepted.

  1. Am I required to pay seat acceptance fee again if I am allocated a seat in next round in IIT?

No, the candidate will not have to pay seat acceptance fee again. The fee paid in the earlier round of allotment will be transfered to the next round subsequently.

  1. What are the documents needed during reporting?

The candidates need to provide original certificates along with one photocopy of the following:

  1. Provisional seat allocation letter
  2. Original admit card of both JEE (MAIN) and JEE (ADVANCE).
  3. Medical Examination Report
  4. Marksheet of class X
  5. Marksheet of class XII
  6. Certificate of category (GEN, OBC, SC, ST), if applicable.
  7. Pwd Certificate, if applicable

4. In case of upgradation, does the candidate have to report again?

There is no need to report again if the upgradation is from one IIT /ISM to another IIT /ISM or from one NIT+ Institute to another NIT+ Institute.

But the candidate have to report again in case of upgradation from one IIT /ISM to NIT+ Institute or from one NIT+ Institute to another IIT /ISM. If the candidate does not report in this case then he or she will lose both the seats( the one that was allotted earlier and the one that is allotted in the present round)

  1. I do not want to accept the allocated seat. What to do?

You can easily reject the allocated seat by

Not remitting the seat acceptance fee (therefore, not reporting at the allocated centers)

Not reporting at the allocated center, if the seat acceptance fee has already been remitted. The seat acceptance fee will be refunded after the process of allocating seats is over.

  1. Can I withdraw from admission process?

No, there is no other way rather than rejecting the seat allocated. The candidate is not allowed to surrender the allocated seat until he rejects it.

  1. Can I participate again in joint seat allocation in the next round once I reject the allocated seat?

No, the candidate will not be allowed to participate in any other round after rejecting the seat allocated to him or her.

  1. How many round of seat allotment are there?

There will be four round of seat allotment for IITs/NIT/GFITs and three round for IITs/ISM. The fourth round is exclusively for the preparatory courses for IITs/ISM.

  1. Is there any spot round of allotment?

Certainly, there is no spot round for allotment.

  1. When will be the seat allocation of the Union Territories will start?

Once JoSAA completed the seat allocation round, then it will organize a separate round of seat allocation for the Union Territories. The schedule of the round will be announce shortly on

  1. I do not want to report to the admitting Institute/reporting center. How can I claim my refund of the seat acceptance fee?

After the process  of completion of the joint seat allocation, you can refund your fee by visiting the online web portal.

The seat of the highest preference of the candidate in academic program is allocated on the following factors.

  • The category (GEN, OBC, OBC-NCL, SC or St etc) to which the candidate belong.
  • The ranking of the candidates in the list.
  • The highest preference to which the candidate belong.
  • The availability of seats according to the seat category.
  • According to the business rules.

– What happens if there are multiple students with the same ranks seek admission to the same academic program?

Suppose m>0, are the seats left to be filled and there are m<, candidates with same ranks in the ranking list. Then all the candidates will be offered admission, and in this case there will be (n-m) seats. The candidates can seek the seat according to their ranks secured in the seat allocated in academic program.

– How many seats one can get allocated in this system of Joint Seat Allocation?

If the candidates have appeared for two or three examination, then only a single set of Academic program and he or she will be allocated the seat according to the different ranks and categories which is applicable to the type of exam and institution. Correctly prioritize the choices to be filled in the examination form.

– Where should a candidate report after seat allocation?

A candidate will have to report at any designated Institute by the JAB for the one who gets the seat in IIT/ISM. The candidate who aspires the seat in NITs they have to report at the center designated by CSAB.

– What is Dual reporting?

If a candidate has accepted a seat in NIT+ Institute in the first round, and also accepts the seat in any NIT or GFTIs who has cleared the seat in IIT /ISM in the next round then this will be termed as fortified. However they have to report at any one Institute of the IIT. Or else the candidates will be fortified from both the seats. Also the fee of seat allocation will subsequently be transferred to the next round.

I have accepted a seat in NIT/IIIT or Other – GFTIs on first round, now I got an offer from the IIT seat allocation in subsequent. What will happen to my earlier seat?

The seat allocated to you in NIT, IIIT (TRIPLE – I-T) or any other GFTIs will be termed as fortified. Bit you have to report at any on reporting centers of the IIT, other wise the candidate will be fortified of both the seats.

For the above case of I do not appear in IIT physically. Can I get back my NIT seat again?

No you have fortified both the seats, you not her have NIT, IIIT, IIT or other GFTIs accepted in the first round not you have any seat allocated in IIT /ISM.

Can I participate in the seat allocation again?

No you cannot participate in the seat allocation.

– Do I need to pay any fees at the time of seat allocation?

At the time of seat acceptance you have to remit only the fee for seat allocation. For GEN, foreigners and OBC-NCL candidates have to pay Rs 45,000. For ST, GEN-Pwd,  OBC-NCL-Pwd, SC-Pwd and ST-Pwd candidates have to pay Rs 20,000.

If you are still having some doubts, Then feel free to contact JoSAA Helpline.

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