IIT, NIT admission process begins | Check out JoSAA schedule

IIT, NIT admission process begins | Check out JoSAA schedule

The registration and choice-filling process for admission to the IITs, NITs, and IIITs commence from Tuesday. The Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) will conduct the admission process based on the JEE Main and JEE Advanced results. Website - https://josaa.nic.in/


Those who have secured a rank in the JEE-Main can register to all institutes other than the IITs. The combination of one programme and an institute is jointly referred to as an academic programme at the JoSAA. This is similar to the option registration of the Kerala entrance.

Candidates can submit as many choices as they want to. Then they should lock their preferences. Or else, after the given time, the last saved choices would automatically get locked.

Take a printout of your locked choices. The site will have an 'institution profile' with details such as the programmes at each institute, fee and basic facilities.

Candidates who have cleared Main-Paper 1 are eligible to apply for BE/BTech, Main-Paper II for applying to B-Arch, B-Planning, and JEE-Advanced for IITs. Some students would be eligible to apply for all of these courses but only one seat will be allotted. Therefore, candidates must be extremely careful while giving their preferences.

Freeze, float, or slide

The JoSAA will conduct a six-round seat allocation process. Download the Provisional Seat Allocation Letter. Candidates will need to submit one of the options of freeze, float and slide while accepting seat allotment.

Freeze: Satisfied with the seat allotment. No changes needed.

Float: Accepting the allotment. However, interested to get admission to preferred courses at other institutes in further rounds. Will accept the changes.

Slide: Interested in getting another seat. But only for other programmes at the allotted institution.

The further rounds would depend on the option chosen by the students. Those who have chosen freeze, will not have float/slide options. Once a seat is accepted, the candidate has the option to retract till the fifth round.


Once the seat gets allotted, pay the fee. The seat acceptance fee is Rs 35,000. For differently-abled and SC/ST students, the fee is Rs 15,000.

The fee can be paid via SBI's e-challan, net banking, or debit card. Then verify the documents at all the reporting centres via online.

The reporting centre would be the specified IIT/NIT. Candidates would be informed if there are any issues with the documents and they should rectify those. If online reporting is not done in the scheduled time period, the candidate will be out of the allotment process.

JoSAA schedule

October 6 - Registration, choice-filling begins. For architecture, after the AAT results are out on October 11

October 12: Mock seat allocation (based on choices filled in till October 11)

October 14: Mock seat allocation (based on choices filled in till October 13)

October 15: Choice filling ends

October 17: First-round allocation

October 17-19: Online reporting, verifying documents

October 21: Details of allotment and vacant seats will be available on site. Second-round seat allocation

This would be followed by third, fourth, fifth and sixth rounds. Candidates will not be allowed to retract from the allotment after November 6.

Architecture Aptitude Test on October 8

Candidates can apply for the Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT) till 11.59pm on October 6. The exam will be held on October 8. The results will be out on October 11, and the choice-filling will also begin from that date.

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