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JEE Main counselling 2021 has started. CSAB will now conduct JoSAA NIT+ Admissions 2021 for admission to NITs, IIITs and GFTIs. The registrations for the special round counselling are now closed. CSAB will now release Seat Allotment result for Special Round 1 on December 2 on Candidates who are allotted seat in Round 1 special counselling need to report to their allotted college till December 4, 2021. Depending on the number of vacant seats 2 rounds of special counselling will be conducted. Check JEE Main 2021 Seat Allotment

Meanwhile, CSAB NEUT 2021 Counselling has also started for candidates of the North Eastern States and Some of Union Territories. Authorities will now release CSAB NEUT 2021 Seat Allotment for Round 2 on December 9, 2021.

  • JoSAA has concluded 6 rounds of JEE Main Counselling 2021. Check JoSAA 2021 Counselling
  • JEE Main Counselling process is conducted in the online mode. There are 3 counselling processes in JEE Main – 
    • JoSAA- JoSAA is the combined counselling for JEE Main and JEE Advanced qualified candidates. 
    • CSAB NEUT- CSAB NEUT is conducted for supernumerary seats in the North East and Union Territories.
    • CSAB SFTI- CSAB SFTI is a separate counselling procedure conducted by Central Seat Allocation Board for 18 SFTIs.
  • JoSAA has released JEE Main 2021 Cut off for rounds 1 -6 in form of opening and closing ranks on the official portal. JoSAA is responsible for allotting seats to 110 participating institutes, which comprises IITs NITs, IIITs and other-GFTIs. Check Counselling Schedule for JEE Main 2021

Step-wise Counselling Procedure

Step by Step JEE Main Counselling Procedure

  • 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 2021 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.

Download the List of JoSAA Participating Institutes (2021-22)

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 2021 Application Number, Password, and Security Pin
JEE Main Counselling 2020
  • 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 2021 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 2021 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 2021 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 Details Academic Qualification Caste/ Physical Disability Certificate
Photo Identity Card Class 10th mark sheet Category (OBC-NCL / SC / ST) certificate, if applicable
Medical Examination Report Class 12th mark sheet OBC NCL declaration if required
Proof of Date of Birth JEE Main Admit Card 2021 PwD certificate, if applicable
Proof of Seat Acceptance Fee Payment Provisional 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:

Course Required Criteria based on Class 12th / Equivalent qualifying examination
B.E / B.Tech Passed qualifying examination with Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects along with one of the Chemistry / Biotechnology / Biology / Technical Vocational subject.
B. Arch Passed qualifying examination with Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry
B. Planning Passed 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.

Counselling Schedule for JEE Main

Counselling Schedule for JEE Main 2021 (JoSAA)

JEE Main Counselling is a completely centralized and online process. The schedule for JoSAA counselling 2021 is tabulated below:

Event Time (IST) Date
JEE Main Result Sep 15, 2021
Announcement of JEE Advanced Result - Oct 15, 2021
Registration/choice under JoSAA Starts 10:00  Oct 16, 2021
Mock Seat Allocation-1 10:00 Oct 22, 2021
Mock Seat Allocation-2 17:00 Oct 24, 2021
Registration/choice filling Ends 17:00 Oct 25, 2021
Reconciliation of data, verification and validation of allocated seats - Oct 26, 2021
Seat Allocation Round 1 10:00 Oct 27, 2021
Online Reporting By 17:00 Oct 27 – 30, 2021
Last day to respond to query (Round 1) 17:00 Oct 31, 2021
Seat Allocation Round 2 17:00 Nov 1, 2021
Online Reporting By 17:00 Nov 2-3, 2021
Last day to respond to query (Round 2) 17:00 Nov 5, 2021
Withdrawal of seat / Exit from seat allocation process (Round 2) By 17:00 Nov 2-5, 2021
Seat Allocation Round 3 17:00 Nov 6, 2021
Online Reporting By 17:00 Nov 7-8, 2021
Last day to respond to query (Round 3) 17:00 Nov 9, 2021
Withdrawal of seat / Exit from seat allocation process (Round 3) By 17:00 Nov 7-9, 2021
Seat Allocation Round 4 17:00 Nov 10, 2021
Online Reporting By 17:00, Nov 1, 2021 Nov 11-12, 2021
Last day to respond to query (Round 4) By 17:00 Nov 13, 2021
Withdrawal of seat / Exit from seat allocation process (Round 4) By 17:00 Nov 11-13, 2021
Seat Allocation Round 5 17:00 Nov 14, 2021
Online Reporting By 17:00 Nov 15 – 16, 2021
Last day to respond to query (Round 5) By 17:00 Nov 17, 2021
Notification of the decision on seat confirmation for Round 5 By 20:00

Withdrawal of seat / Exit from seat allocation process

Last round for seat withdrawal / Exit option (Round 5)

By 24:00 Nov 17 – 18, 2021
Seat Allocation (Round 6: FINAL ROUND for IITs) 17:00 Nov 18, 2021

Online reporting (For IITs only)

By 17:00 Nov 19, 2021
Last day to respond to query (Round 6) (FINAL ROUND for IITs) By 17:00 Nov 20, 2021
Admission Process By 17:00 Nov 20 -24, 2021 (for NIT+ system)

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.



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). 

Know more JEE 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 more JEE Main CSAB SFTI Counselling

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 2021 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 2021 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 2021 Admit Card

  • Date of birth proof

  • JEE Main 2021 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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Sir, I pass out 11 and 12th from Delhi. I am from Haryana. So, for NIT counselling I am eligible for which home state quota. Delhi or Haryana?
abhishek upadhyay

Hello Mohit, greetings from Collegedunia. Since you completed the 11th and 12th standard from Delhi, the same would be considered as your Home State as per the guidelines set by NTA.

Sir I got 63.42 marks in 12th and I got sc cut off rank 15116 in jee main , What I am eligible for jossa counssiling
abhishek upadhyay

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I got 321 st category rank 2020 can I get ECE In nit warangal
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This Is Ajay From AP. I got 79.29 percentile in Jee Mains. I belongs to SC Categorie . Is there any chance to get seat in Any NIT
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Hello Ajay, greetings from Collegedunia.  Click here to predict the probable colleges that you could be eligible for including NITs, based upon your JEE score.

Sir I get 88 persentile in jee mains in general category.which college I can predict
abhishek upadhyay

Hello Himanshu, greetings from Collegedunia.  Click here to predict the probable colleges that you could be eligible for, based upon your JEE score. Apply suitable filters according to the branches you want, for customized results.

I done 60% in 12th class.. SC.. My JEE mains rank is 62647 .. What about me can i apply to counseling
abhishek upadhyay

Hello Mahesh, given the situation arising due to Covid-19, NTA has relaxed the requirement of minimum percentage for JoSAA counseling eligibility. You just to secure a passing certificate in order to be eligible for JoSAA counseling.

Hello Sir/Madam..My son got 72912 rank in JEE Mains.Pl advise colleges in which he can opt for Compuer science in this rank
abhishek upadhyay

Hi Ramachandran, you can use your son’s JEE score to tally it with the cut-offs released for JEE Mains 2020. Click here for the cut-offs for JEE-Mains 2020.

can i get paid counselling
abhishek upadhyay

Hello Tirth, you will have to pay the seat confirmation fee once the seat is allotted to you during the JoSAA counselling. Click here for complete details.

hello sir, i qualified mains and secured 2,11,524 in Crl and 30,805 in Gen-Ews am i eligible to get a seat in anyone of the NITs?
abhishek upadhyay

Hello Divyanjali, greetings from Collegedunia. Click here for previous cut-off trends of various NITs to get an idea about your possibilities of getting an NIT. Also, to predict the probable colleges based upon your rank, click here. Apply suitable filters for your desired stream.

I am from Karnataka and I have failed in my chemistry exam in my board exam . Will I be able to get my nee mains results and am I eligible to appear in jee main counselling if I write my supplementary exam for chemistry before jee counselling?
abhishek upadhyay

Hello Isha, keeping the present scenario in mind, the CSAB has dropped the criteria of a minimum of 75% aggregate in PCM for this year. Hence, you just need to provide the 12th passing certificate. If you are able to secure the Passing certificate before JoSAA counseling, you will be eligible for it.

Along with JOSAA counselling, do we have to fill seperate forms for few IIITs and BIT Mesra etc ?
abhishek upadhyay

Hello Jyotsna, during the JoSAA counseling, you would be filling details about your preferred colleges. No separate form filling would be required apart from this. Click here for the JoSAA counseling procedure.

Do I need to clear JEE Main in order to secure a seat in Amity Noida? Are there any sponsored seats for CSE?
abhishek upadhyay

hi Ambar, kindly click here to know about the eligibility criteria for Amity University Noida.

What is the difficulty level for the JEE Main sessions conducted thus far?
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Hi Amber, click here to get a comprehensive analysis of the JEE-Mains sessions conducted so far.

Which one is better, IIIT Hyderabad or IIT Mumbai?
abhishek upadhyay

Hi Shriya, the determination of the efficiency of a college depends upon a variety of factors such as faculty, NIRF rankings, fee structure, placements, etc.

To get comprehensive information about IIIT Hyderabad, click here.

For information about IIT Mumbai, click here.

If the COVID situation keeps worsening, will NTA postpone the counseling process?
abhishek upadhyay

Hi Drona, as of now NTA has proposed the counseling process for JEE-Mains 2020 in the third week of September. Kindly keep up with the official website to get the latest updates about JEE.

Can you tell me which are the best colleges for engineering in Karnataka accepting JEE Main scores?
manika gupta

Hi Monika, Some of the best colleges for engineering in Karnataka accepting JEE Mains Scores are:

  1. Christ University, Bangalore
  2. Ballari Institute of Technology and Management, Bellery
  3. National Institute of Technology, Surthankal
  4. MVJ College of Engineering, Bangalore
  5. HKBK College of Engineering, Bangalore
How can I change my bank account details which I have already updated in csab special round fee refund?
Hi Divya, kindly contact the exam authorities for relevant information.
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.
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.