JoSAA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 2019
Surbhi Mehtani, 16 Jun 2019

JoSAA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 2019 - Candidates applying for JEE Main and JEE Advanced must know about the common counselling procedure, JoSAA and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 2019 related to it. To help candidates know more and better about the counselling process, Careers360 has compiled JoSAA FAQs 2019 on this page. All the qualified and preparing candidates must refer to FAQs of JoSAA 2019 to be able to know the process in and out and make decisions regarding institutes and courses selection accordingly. The process of choice filling during counselling is complex, therefore, it is better if candidates gather all the information pertaining to it and then move on further. JoSAA 2019 FAQs will be the right companion for both JEE Main and JEE Advanced qualified candidates.
Latest: The sixth round seat allotment of JoSAA 2019 released

General Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to JoSAA 2019

Q - What does JoSAA stands for?

A - JoSAA is Joint Seat Allocation Authority is constituted by MHRD to conduct common counselling procedure for allocation of seats on the basis of JEE Main and JEE Advanced ranks. The allotment of seats through JoSAA will be at IITs, NITs, IIITs and other GFTIs.

The registrations for JoSAA 2019 has commence from June 16 where all the qualified candidates of both the exams are required to register to get a seat.


Q - What is the meaning of CSAB?

A - An agency constituted by MHRD, CSAB or Central Seat Allocation Board will allow admission to various undergraduate programmes as offered by NITs, IIITs and GFTIs. These institutes are collectively referred to as NIT+ Institutes.

Q - Is JoSAA liable to prepare/ announce JEE (Main) 2019 ranks?

A - No, JoSAA is not responsible for preparing or announcing JEE Main 2019 ranks. They are prepared by CBSE.

Q - Is there a possibility of having my name in one or more rank lists?

A - Yes, it is very much possible to appear in more than one rank lists. It depends on your category and physical disability status. It exists along with your performance in the entrance exam, there are chances that you may appear in more than one rank list and a maximum of four rank lists in each of JEE Main and JEE Advanced exams.

Q - What if my class XII scores change upon revaluation and declaration of JEE Main 2019 ranks. Will it affect my rank and seat allocation?

A - No, there will be no change as JEE Main 2019 ranks are not dependent on class XII scores.

Q - What are the various seat quotas of institutes to be considered under JoSAA?

A - JoSAA 2019 will have the following seat quotas:

  • All India Quota: Candidates across the country will be eligible for this seat quota

  • Home State Quota: Candidates who will have their state code of eligibility same as the state/ union territory in which the Institute is located will be eligible for this seat quota

  • Other State Quota: Candidates whose state of eligibility is NOT same as the state/ union territory in which the Institute is located will be considered under this seat quota.

Eligibility Criteria Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to JoSAA 2019

Q - Will PIO/ OCI card holders eligible for getting admission through JoSAA?

A - Yes, PIO/ OCI card holders will be eligible for getting admission into NITs/ IIITs/ GFTIs on the basis of their JEE Main 2019 ranks and in IITs based on their JEE Advanced 2019 ranks.

Q - If a candidate is a resident of Bihar and appears for class XII exam in West Bengal, what will be his state code of eligibility?

A - For such a candidate, West Bengal will be his state code of eligibility and not Bihar since he has appeared in his class XII exams from there. The state code is basically on the place from where the candidate has qualified in 10+2 exam and NOT on the native place or the place of residence of the candidate.

Application Process Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to JoSAA 2019

Q - I have appeared in JEE Advanced also? Where should I put the details?
A - Use the JEE Advanced password to register in such a case so your details are captured. Anyway, the registration form does ask for all such details so you wont miss out.

Q - Will I be allowed to reshuffle the choices at any stage of seat allotment?

A - The reshuffling of choices will only be during choice filling period before these choices are locked. No candidate will be allowed to reorder the choices selected after the specified time period.

Q - Will I have to pay any fees for registration and filling up choices?

A - No, there will be no fees for registration and filling up of choices.

Q - What will happen if I do not “lock” my choices?

A - Your last saved choices/ preferences will be locked automatically and taken into consideration within the time period specified.

Seat Allocation Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to JoSAA 2019

Q - How are seats allocated under JoSAA?

A - On the basis of candidates’ JEE Main 2019 ranks for NIT+ institutes, choices filled by them and availability of seats, JoSAA decides upon allocation of seats. For IITs, JEE Advanced 2019 ranks, choices filled by the candidates and availability of seats will be taken into consideration for seats allocation.

Q - What will happen if there are multiple candidates with the same rank seeking admission to the same academic program?

A - All the candidates will be given equal preference, in such a case. If required, supernumerary seats will be created.

Q. What does Dual Reporting mean?

A - If a candidate has accepted an allotted seat in an NIT+ Institute in round first and then in any subsequent round he or she is being allotted a seat in an IIT, then such a person will have to report to any one of the reporting centers of IITs for verification of documents. Similarly, if a candidate has accepted a seat in any of the IITs in one round and gets allotted in NIT+ institute, then again he/ she will have to report at any one of the NIT+ reporting centre. Otherwise, he/ she will have both the seats forfeited.

Q - Suppose, I have accepted my seat in NIT/ IIIT/ GFTI in round 1; now I got an offer from an IIT in subsequent rounds. What will happen to my previously allotted seat?

A - In this case, your accepted seat in NIT, IIIT or GFTI will be treated as forfeited.

Q - How to pay/ remit seat acceptance fee?

A - You can do that by using an e-challan at any branch of State Bank of India or by paying online using SBI Internet Banking.


Q - What to do if I do not want to accept the allotted seat?

A - In such a case, you:

  • Should not pay the requisite seat acceptance fee (and not report at the reporting center)

  • Should not report at the Reporting Center, If the seat acceptance fee has already been remitted.


Q - Will candidates be required to report again, if they wish to upgrade?

A - Yes, it is mandatory for candidates to report if the upgradation is from an NIT+ Institute to IIT or vice-versa. If the upgradation is within the same system, they will not have to report again.

Q - Will there be any spot round of allotment?

A - No, the authorities will not conduct any spot round of seat allotment. However, after all the 7 rounds of seat allocation will be held, there will be a special round for NITs + institutes only. This will have new choice filling where all the candidates (including those who are already admitted, non-admitted and those who did not fill choices earlier) will be allowed to fill their choices.

Q - What does it mean by terms 'Freeze', 'Float' and 'Slide'?

A - As the seats will be allotted, candidates will have to mandatorily practice any of these three options to be able to retain the allocated seat or opt for a change in the seat as per

preference in any of the institutes or in the same institute in which the seat has been allocated.

  • Freeze Option: If the candidate is satisfied with the seat allocated and is not interested in participating in further rounds of seat allotment, he or she can accept it. That will be taken as freezing an option.

  • Float Option: In case, the candidate accepts the offered seat and wants to upgrade to a higher preferred seat it in any other institute, then he/ she will be required to select this option. If they fail to get the higher preferred seat, then they will have to continue with the currently accepted seat. Such candidates will be considered in further rounds of admission.

  • Slide Option: In case, if candidate accepts the seat offered and wishes to upgrade it to a higher preferred seat within the same institute, then he or she should opt for this.


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