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JEE Advanced Counselling – Seat Allotment, Counselling Process

JoSSA (Joint Seat Allocation Authority) conducts the JEE Advanced counselling and seat allotment process. Candidates who qualify JEE Mains and secure a valid JEE Advanced rank are able to participate in the counselling process. There are three primary processes in the JEE Advanced counselling 2020 – Registration, Filling Choices and Seat Allotment. The seats are allotted to students based on their All India Rank (AIR) in the qualifying exam.

In this article, you will get acquainted with the JEE Advanced counselling process, the procedure of seat allotment and admission to IITs.

JEE Advanced Counselling – Salient Features

In the following table, we have provided the features of JEE Advanced Counselling 2020:

Conducting Body

JoSSA (Joint Seat Allocation Authority)

Exam Mode



75% aggregate marks in class XII (or equivalent) examination (65% for SC/ST/PwD candidates)

Qualifying rank in JEE Advanced


Registration, Choice Filling, Choice Locking, Validation, Seat Allotment and Reporting to the Allotted Colleges

Participating colleges 

23 IITs (11,289 seats)

JEE Advanced Counselling and Seat Allotment – Schedule

JEE Advanced is conducted for admissions in 4-year B.Tech program or 5-year Integrated B.Tech/M.Tech program at various IITs. Candidates have to secure a qualifying JEE Advanced rank and participate in the counselling procedure to secure admission in any of the IITs across India. JEE Advanced counselling 2020 and seat allotment will be held in 7 rounds and is expected to start after JEE advanced exams to be held on September 27, 2020. The result for counselling and seat allotment will be announced in online mode.



JEE Advanced 2020 exam

September 27, 2020

JEE Advanced 2020 result date

To be notified

Commencement of registration of JEE Advanced counselling and choice filling

To be notified

Mock Seat Allotment Round 1

To be notified

Mock Seat Allotment Round 1

To be notified

Final Date for JoSSA 2020 registration and choice filling

To be notified

Round 1 of Seat Allocation 

To be notified

Round 2 of Seat Allocation 

To be notified

Round 3 of Seat Allocation 

To be notified

Round 4 of Seat Allocation 

To be notified

Round 5 of Seat Allocation 

To be notified

Round 6 of Seat Allocation 

To be notified

Round 7 of Seat Allocation 

To be notified

Note: Eligible candidates can withdraw their seats during any of the counselling rounds except the last one.

JEE Advanced Counselling – Eligibility

1. Candidates should secure a rank in CRL (Common Rank List) in JEE Advanced.

2. If the calculation of marks in the qualifying examination is in percentage The aggregate marks in class 12 (or equivalent) examination should not be less than 75% (at least 65% marks for SC/ST/PwD candidates).


If the calculation of marks in the qualifying examination is in percentile – Candidates who are amongst the category-wise top 20 percentile in their respective class 12 (or equivalent) board examination will be eligible for the counselling and seat allotment process.

  • Aggregate marks obtained in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Language (Language paper in which candidates have scored higher marks will be taken into consideration) will be used for calculating the aggregate in the qualifying examination.
  • In cases where the qualifying board offers only letter grades, the candidates are required to procure a letter from the board indicating the aggregate marks.
  • The marks of Class 12th would be considered only, in case, the board provides the marks for both Class 11th and 12th in the qualifying examination.
  • Candidates who have failed in one or more than one subject in the qualifying exam should clear them as soon as possible in next attempts.

Note: Foreign nationals candidates also have to abide by the above-mentioned criteria.

JEE Advanced Counselling – Process

Step-wise counselling process of JEE Advanced 2020 is elaborated below:

1. Registration for JEE Advanced Counselling 2020

Candidates have to register online for JEE Advanced Counselling 2020. Candidates have to then enter their JEE Main Roll Number and password to login and reconfirm the previously filled details. 

2. Choice Filling and Locking

Candidates have to log in and fill up their choices of branch, course and institute. They can change, edit, delete or add new choices until the final choices are made. Candidates must lock their final choices before the due dates. Applicants can select a maximum of 50 choices during the online locking of choices. Candidates are advised to take the print out of finally submitted choices.

Candidates who wish to apply for Petroleum and Mining Machinery Engineering must fulfil additional eligibility conditions such as:

  • They should be free from colour blindness and the standard of visual acuity with or without glasses should be as per DGMS circular. As per the rules, the distant vision of the eye (with or without glasses) should not be less than 6/6 and 6/9 for a weaker eye.
  • Candidates applying for Petroleum Engineering and related courses or seeking admission in M.Sc./M. Tech. in Applied Geology must be free from colour blindness too.
  • ISM Dhanbad does not admit female students in Mining Engineering, Mining Machinery Engineering etc.
  • Female candidates are eligible for admission in Mining Engineering at IIT Kharagpur and IIT (BHU) Varanasi, provided they fulfil the special medical requirements.
  • As per Section 46 (1) of the Mines Act, 1952, female candidates are not permitted to work in mines below ground and are allowed to work on mines above ground level only between 6 am to 7 pm.

Admission to Architecture Courses in IITs:

  • Candidates seeking admission in Architecture courses at the IITs should appear for and pass the Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT).
  • Candidates are required to choose B. Arch. at IIT Kharagpur or IIT Roorkee during online choice filling in counselling and appear for AAT 2020 also.
  • Candidates are considered for admission, solely on the basis of JEE Advanced AIR and category rank of the candidate.

3. Allotment of Seats

Two mock allotments are conducted to indicate the candidates about probable allotment as per their choices. Allotment of seats is done based on the merit, preferred choices, category and seat availability. JEE Advanced seat allotment is conducted on the basis of All India Rank (AIR) secured by the candidates in JEE Advanced and the final choices filled by them after mock allotment. Candidates have options on what they want to do with the allotted seat – float, freeze or slide.

How to check seat allotment?

The opening and closing ranks for all the categories would vary. The candidates securing higher in their respective categories will be allotted seats accordingly.

  • Applicants have to log in using the Registration No (User ID), JEE Advanced Roll No and password to check their seat allotment status.
  • They must check their status of Seat Allotment at the end of every round.
  • Allotments might change due to upgradation from the concerned authorities. Students should pay attention to this from time to time.
  • A soft copy of the category (SC/ST/OBC-NCL) certificates uploaded at the time of online registration is scrutinized against originals during seat allocation.
  • If the certificates uploaded are found to be inappropriate, the student will be treated as General, but only if his/her score in the Paper-1 of JEE Main is above the cutoff score for General category.

4. Reporting to Allotted Colleges

Candidates are required to report to the Zonal IITs after the seats are allotted to them. All the candidates should be present for verification of documents and payment of admission fee. A general category candidate has to pay INR 35,000 and SC/ST/ and PwD candidates have to pay INR 15,000. You can pay the fee through internet banking, credit card/debit card or payment in the nearest branch. It’s important to note that candidates who do not report at Zonal IITs before the deadline are not considered for seat allotment and their seats are automatically forfeited. 

Candidates must upload a declaration on acceptance form, after signing it yourself and getting it signed by your parents. This form states that the student is eligible for admission as per the top 20% cut off marks of their respective Board in their respective categories for the year of the passing of qualifying examination. Applicants should also upload the scanned copy of the marksheet of 10 + 2. Candidates allotted seats in any of the seven rounds should report to the respective institutes on the specified date and time.

5.  Granting Provisional Admission to Candidates

Once the fee is paid by the candidates, a final allotment letter and provisional admission will be granted by the institutes after verifying the candidates’ documents. Candidates who fail to meet any eligibility criteria or are caught providing false information will be debarred.

Candidates have to submit the following documents in original, along with one attested photocopy during verification for provisional admission at the IITs:

  • JEE Advanced Admit Card
  • JEE Advanced Seat Allotment Letter from JOCSAP website
  • JEE Advanced Application Form (duly filled)
  • A filled medical examination report
  • For Birth Proof – Class 10th /HSC/Birth Certificate as proof of date of birth
  • Class 12th Mark sheet and Passing Certificate
  • Category Certificate (OBC (NCL)/SC/ST/PwD/DS) issued by competent authority
  • Criteria for Foreign National students – Attested photocopy of the page in the passport comprising the name, photo and nationality.
  • DD towards the registration fee.

✔️ What happens in the JEE Advanced counselling?

Firstly, candidates have to register for the JEE Advanced counselling 2020. Then, two mock seat allotment rounds take place. Further, final dates for registration and choice filling and locking are announced. After that, seven rounds of seat allotment take place and if you choose your seat, you proceed further for reporting to the zonal IIT. You should be present in-person for verification of documents and payment of admission fee.

✔️ Is it possible to not accept a seat in the first round of allotment and wait for the second round?

A. No. You will lose your seat if you do not accept your seat in the first round. This will result in your elimination from the JEE Advanced counselling process.

✔️ What happens if you do not lock your choices?

If you do not lock your choices, the last saved choices will be locked automatically at the end of the time-window.

✔️ How many seat allotment rounds are there in the JEE Advanced selection process?

There are seven rounds of seat allotment in JEE Advanced selection process.

✔️ How many seats are available in JEE Advanced?

There are a total of 23 IITs in the country that offer 11,289 seats through JEE Advanced.

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