JoSAA stands for Joint Seat Allocation Authority. As the name suggests, JoSAA will conduct the admission process for 34,781 seats in 629 courses in 92 participating institutes, including the IITs, NITs, and Centrally-funded technical institutes.
All candidates who have appeared in JEE (Main) 2016 can apply for a seat in NITs, IIITs, GFTIs. Whereas students who have qualified for JEE Advanced 2016 can apply for a seat in all participating Institutes (IITs, ISM, NITs, GFTIs). Candidates can apply for a seat by registering on the JoSAA website from June 24 to 28, 2016.
After registration, the candidates will have to fill in their choice of institutes and courses, in the order of their preference. It is advised to mark the maximum choices available.
Locking of choices: Candidates must “lock” (save) their choices. For candidates who do NOT lock their choices, their last saved choices will be locked automatically on June 28, 2016.
Seat acceptance: Candidates allotted a seat must pay the seat acceptance fee (through e-Challan/SBI NetBanking) and get the documents verified at any reporting center.
What is ‘freeze’, ‘slide’ or ‘float’?
Freezing: Candidates who accept the offered seat and are content with the allocated program and indicate that they do not want to participate in further rounds of seat allocation. These candidates will not be considered in subsequent rounds of admission.
Sliding: Candidates Who accept the offered seat and indicate that, if admission to an academic program of better / higher preference is offered within the same Institute, they will accept it. Such candidates will be considered in subsequent rounds of admission.
Floating: Candidates accept the offered seat and indicate that, if admission to an academic program of better / higher preference in any Institute is offered, they will accept it. Else, they will continue with the currently accepted academic program. Such candidates will be considered in subsequent rounds of admission.
Dual Reporting: If in a subsequent round, a candidate’s allotment from NIT system changes to an IIT/ ISM or vice versa, the candidate must once again report at a reporting center.
A candidate, who has already accepted a seat, can also withdraw the seat at a reporting center before the fourth round of seat allocation.
Important instructions from JoSAA 2016:
Registration – Candidates who do not register within the specified time window (June 24 to 28, 2016) WILL NOT be able to seek admission for this academic year.
Filling-in of choices – Candidates who do NOT fill-in choices within the specified time window WILL NOT be able to seek admission for this academic year
Dual Reporting: Two times reporting required in case of seat allotment changes from NIT+s system to IITs/ISM and vice versa.
No modification of locked choices – once locked, choices CANNOT be modified.