Thursday, 25 June 2015

JoSAA Counselling : Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) : Part 1

JoSAA (Joint Seat Allocation Authority) is a newly formed body and responsible for seat allocation of IITs, NITs and GFITs. Since it is entirely a new institute so it many people will definitely have doubts in mind regarding the procedure for choice filling and admission.

Here are the FAQs along with their answers. Since there are many questions I have divided the article to 5 pages. Links for each are provided at the bottom.

1. What is JoSAA? Why has it been formed?

JoSAA = CSAB + JAB. CSAB (Central Seat Allocation Board) was responsible for seat allocation to NITs (National Institutes of Technologies), GFITs (Government Funded Technical Institutes) and IIITs (Indian Institues of Information Technologies). JAB (Joint Allocation Board) was responsible for seat allocation to IITs (Indian Institutes of Technologies) and ISM (Indian School of Mines).

However it was observed that a students holds a seat in IIT and leaves it because he/she finds better options at NITs thereby leaving the seat at IIT vacant. To ensure filled up seats Joint Counselling is held this time by JoSAA. JAB and CSAB would no longer be conducting counselling. Also no other body would be responsible for admission to the institutes listed under JoSAA. Remember NOT to pay any donations to these institutes. 


2. What is the eligibility criteria for counselling?

The candidate must satisfy at least one of the following criteria.

Criterion (i): Qualified in JEE (Advanced) 2015 for academic programs [excluding the preparatory courses] at IITs and ISM AND satisfies the “Performance in Class XII (or equivalent) examination” .

Criterion (ii): Qualified in JEE (Advanced) 2015 for preparatory courses at IITs and ISM AND satisfies the “Performance in Class XII (or equivalent) examination”.

Criterion (iii): Secured a rank in JEE (Main) 2015 Paper-1 (B.E./B.Tech.) AND has obtained 45% [for GEN] or 40% [for OBC-NCL, SC, ST, PwD] aggregate marks in the Class XII (or equivalent) examination.

Criterion (iv): Secured a rank in JEE (Main) 2015 Paper-2 (B.Arch./B. Planning) AND has Mathematics as one of the subjects in Class XII (or equivalent) examination AND has obtained 50% aggregate marks [irrespective of whether the candidate belongs to the GEN, OBC-NCL, SC, ST or PwD category] in total five subjects including Mathematics.

3. What is meant by "Performance in Class XII (or equivalent) examination"?

It is actually a criteria for JEE Advanced. Any candidate who get 75% in Class 12 examination (irrespective of board) OR is listed in top 20 percentile clears this criteria.

4. I have qualified JEE Mains but didn't qualify JEE Advanced. Can I enter IITs and ISM in choice filling?

No, you cannot. Only the candidates who have qualified JEE Advanced are eligible to enter IITs and ISM in their choices. The candidate's name must appear in the Common Merit List of JEE Advanced.

4A. Because of Joint counselling, Is the eligibility criteria for IITs and NITs mixed up?

No. The eligibility criteria is still different. Admission to IITs and ISM is based on JEE Advanced and admission to NITs, GFITs and IIITs is based on JEE Mains.


5. What are the subjects considered for JEE Mains board's score normalization?

Marks obtained in the following five subjects will be considered for calculating the aggregate marks:
1. Any one language
2. Mathematics
3. Physics
4. Any one of [Chemistry, Biology, Biotechnology or technical vocational subject] and any other fifth subject.


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