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JEE Main Counselling Process 2021

Updated By Sakunth Kumar on 17 Oct, 2021 09:17

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JEE Main 2021 Counselling (Started)

JEE Main 2021 counselling began on October 16. The Joint Seat Allocation Authority or JoSAA is responsible for the counselling process and seat allotment for JEE Main. The counselling and seat allotment process of JEE Main is based on the All India Rank (AIR) obtained by the candidates in the entrance exam. Candidates who are willing to participate in JEE Main counselling process must note that JEE Main rank is applicable only for admission in NITs, IIITs and GFTIs. 

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There are 3 counselling processes for JEE Main 15% All India Quota seats:

  • Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) manages combined counselling and seat allotment procedure for all the IITs (short for Indian Institutes of Technology), IIITs, (short for Indian Institutes of Information Technology) NITs (short for National Institutes of Technology) and other central Funded Technical Institutes (CFTIs).
  • CSAB SFTI is conducted for admission in Self-Funded Technical Institutes.
  • CSAB NEUT is conducted for seats reserved in AICTE approved Institutes in India that are not covered under CSAB for the North Eastern States & Union Territories (NEUT).

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JEE Main 2021 Counselling Dates

Candidates who have qualified JEE Main can check the official schedule of JEE Main counselling 2021 here. 

JoSAA 2021 online registration and choice fillingOctober 16, 2021
JoSAA first mock allocation on the basis of choices filled by the candidatesOctober 22, 2021
JoSAA second mock allocation on the basis of choices filled by the candidatesOctober 24, 2021
Closing of JoSAA online registration and choice fillingOctober 25, 2021
Collection of data and seat allocation for NITs by National Informatics Centre (NIC)October 26, 2021
JoSAA seat allotment (Round 1)October 27, 2021
Acceptance of seat allotment (Round 1)October 27 to 30, 2021
Last Date to Respond to Queries (if any) - Round 1October 31, 2021
JoSAA Round 2 seat allotmentNovember 1, 2021
Acceptance of seat allotment (Round 2)November 2 to 3, 2021
JoSAA seat allotment (Round 3)November 6, 2021
Acceptance of seat allotment (Round 2)November 7 to 8, 2021
Seat Allotment (Round 4)November 10, 2021
Acceptance of seat allotment (Round 4)November 11 to 12, 2021
JoSAA Seat Allotment (Round 5)November 14, 2021
Acceptance of seats (Round 5)November 15 to 16, 2021
JoSAA seat allotment (Round 6)November 18, 2021
Acceptance of seat (Round 6)November 19, 2021

The candidates must note that conducting the subsequent rounds of counselling is subject to the availability of seats. 

Highlights of JEE Main 2021 Counselling Process

Here are some of the major highlights of JEE Main counselling 2021 - 

JoSAA Participating Institutes

100 Institutes

  • IITs: 23 
  • NITs: 31 
  • IITs: 23
  • GFTIs: 23 
Total Seats offered through JoSAA CounsellingTo be Updated
CSAB NEUTs offering admissions213 AICTE Institutes
Total seats offered by CSAB NEUTs--
CSAB SFTI Participating Institutes17 Self Financed Technical Institutes
Total seats offered by CSAB SFTI--

Candidates must note that the JEE Main Counselling Seat Allotment Result will be announced by the Joint Seat Allocation Authority 2021. Candidates can check their seat allotment result through the direct link on this page. Candidates who are eligible for JEE Main counselling process 2021 will have to make their choices online for branches/programmes and institutes within the stipulated time. The verification of the documents is an important aspect of the JEE Main counselling process 2021 and it is done at the time of counselling/admission. The purpose of certificate verification is to verify a variety of records related to identification, age, qualifying examination, category, state of eligibility of the candidate. If a candidate fails to produce any of the authentic documents, their candidature is not considered valid for admission.

SC, ST, OBC and PwD candidates appearing for JEE Main counselling 2021 will have to produce an original certificate issued by the competent authority at the time of counselling. All the participating institutes that do not use the centralized counselling procedure usually prepare their own ranking based on the performance in JEE (Mains) and other criteria.

Eligibility Criteria for JEE Main Counselling 2021

The eligibility criteria for JEE Main counseling 2021 is as follows -

  • The candidates must have cleared JEE Main Paper 1 or 2 or 3
  • The candidates must have minimum qualifying marks in Class 12th

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JEE Main 2020 Cutoff for Paper 1

Common Rank List (CRL)




Other Backward Classes (OBC-NCL)


Scheduled Caste (SC)


Scheduled Tribe (ST)




List of Categories for JEE Main Counselling 2021

Here is the list of categories for JEE Main counseling 2021. The seat allocation will be made as per the reservation rules applicable to the following categories. 


Course-Wise Restrictions at NITs/IIITs/GFTIs

The following list presents the restrictions at various NITs, IIITs and GFTIs and the names of those courses in which a certain category of students will not be offered admission.

Name of Institution

Course Name


National Institute of Technology (NIT) Rourkela

B.Tech (4 Year and Dual Degree) in Mining Engineering

PwD candidates will not be offered admission

National Institute of Technology (NIT) Raipur

B.Tech Mining Engineering

National Institute of Technology (NIT) Surathkal

Visveswaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT) Nagpur

IIEST Shibpur

Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar

All Branches

Female candidates will not be offered admission

National Institute of Technology (NIT) Rourkela

M.Sc Life Science (Integrated 5 Years)

Candidates who have studied Biology at 10th and 12th Board level (or equivalent) will be offered admission

National Institute of Technology (NIT) Meghalaya

All Branches

Orthopaedically Disabled candidates with a walking disability will not be granted admission

National Institute of Technology (NIT) Nagaland

Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Sri City, Chittoor

B.Tech (Electronics & Communication Engineering and Computer Science & Engineering)

  • Orthopaedically Disabled candidates with a walking disability will not be granted admission

  • Orthopaedically Disabled candidates with a low vision or blindness will not be granted admission

  • Orthopaedically Disabled candidates with hearing impairment will not be granted admission 

JEE Main 2021 Counselling and Allotment of Seats

The counselling process of JEE Main 2021 will be divided into 6 stages defining the steps that must be followed by the candidates in order to clear the counselling process successfully. No candidate can skip these stages and stand for the confirmation of the admission in their desired institution. Let’s look at the steps of counselling procedures in details.

JEE Main Counselling Registration

The first step towards a successful JEE Main 2021 Counselling Process is to get the online registration done. For this, the candidates can register themselves on the official website of Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) or Self-Funded Technical Institutes or AICTE approved Institutes respectively, as per the preferences of the candidates. Credentials asked by the concerned site are to be filled in by the candidates and submit it in order to register for the counselling and seat allotment procedure. It is very important for candidates to enter correct information before confirming registration for the counselling process.

Online Filling and Locking of the Choices:

Candidates in this step need to search for the desired engineering college and fill in their choices in the form given on the official website of the concerned authority. The choices are to be filled according to the order given for the colleges and engineering programmes. Once all the choices are filled, candidates must lock and submit their choices. It is very important to lock the choices and preferences before the last date ends. Based on the choices made by the candidates, seats of the colleges will be locked for them. Candidates must also know that this process can be repeated after the completion of one round of the counselling process after the first round of counselling process is over.

Allotment of Seats:

It is very important for the aspirants of JEE Main 2021 to know that the seats will be allotted based on the availability of the seats in the concerned institution. The choices filled in and locked by the candidates will be kept in consideration while allotting seats to them. Before making the final seat allocation, two rounds of mock allotment will be conducted for the eligible candidates. Mock Rounds will help candidates in understanding the seat allotment procedure in detail and will also allow them to make changes if they wish to before the counselling round starts.

Acceptance of Seats and Payment of Fee

Once the Seat Allotment process is over, JEE Main 2021 Counselling aspirants can proceed further for the payment stage. For this, candidates will have to choose among the options to make a confirmation of the stage they want to enter after the completion of the Seat Allotment Process. The seat acceptance for the General category is Rs. 35,000 and Rs. 15.,000 for reserved categories. 

Freeze, Float and Slide Options in JoSAA Counselling

At the time of accepting the seat as a part of JoSAA counselling, the candidates will have three options - Freeze, Float and Slide options. These options are useful for candidates who wish to accept the seat in the current allotment or take part in the subsequent rounds of counselling. The elaborate information pertaining to Freeze, Float and Slide options of JoSAA counselling can be checked below -

Freeze: Candidates can choose the 'Freeze' option if he/she is satisfied with the current seat allotment. Candidates choosing freeze option must note that they are not allowed to participate in the subsequent rounds of JoSAA counselling process.

Float: Float option gives immense flexibility to the participants of JoSAA counselling process. Candidates who wish to accept the current allotment and wait for the admission in institute or academic programme as per their higher preference can choose float option. These candidates are eligible to participate in the subsequent rounds of the counselling process. If the candidate does not get a seat as per his higher order of preference, he/she can accept the existing allotment and can confirm the seat. The float option is applicable only to those students who are not offered admission as per their first choice in the counselling process.

Slide: Slide option is applicable for students who are looking for a better allotment in the same institute in which he/she has been allocated the seat. These candidates will be considered for the subsequent rounds of JoSAA seat allocation process. However, the candidates will have to accept the current allotment in order to be eligible for choosing slide option. 

After confirming any of the above-mentioned section and doing the needful actions, candidates will be asked to make the fee payment. The fee payment will confirm their candidature and will forward them for the final round of the admission process. To make the payment, candidates can opt for Net Banking or E-Challan Powered by State Bank of India.


Fee Amount


Rs. 35,000


Rs. 15,000

Verification of Documents

The last stage of the JEE Main 2021 Counselling Process is the that of Document Verification. Candidates will have to get their documents verified with the concerned authorities once the above-mentioned procedures are over. These documents can be verified at the helpline centres of the respective institutions. Candidates must make sure that the documents submitted by them should be correct and authentic as per the submission made by them at the time of form filling. If documents submitted are forged and invalid then the candidates will lose their candidature. Given below is the list of documents that are to be verified at the help centres.

  • Proof of Date of Birth

  • Marksheet of Class 12

  • Marksheet of JEE Main 2021

  • JEE Main 2021 Admit Card

  • Identity Proof (With the latest Photograph)

  • Provisional Letter of Seat Allotment

  • Receipt of Fee Payment

  • Passport Size Photographs – 3 (should be the same as submitted in the form).

  • Caste/Category Certificate (if applicable)

Reporting to the Institution Allotted

After the completion of the Document Verification round, candidates are supposed to report to the engineering college where they have been allotted with their seat. Date and time of final reporting will be announced by the concerned engineering institutions, for the candidates who will successfully qualify the above-mentioned counselling steps. Candidates will also have to pay the admission fee and confirm their candidature and admission.

How the Seat Allotment is Done on the Basis of JEE Main Rank?

JEE Main All India Ranks and reservation policy of JoSAA are the major components for the seat allotment. In order to have an idea of seat allotment of JoSAA on the basis of JEE Main rank, the candidates will have to check the estimated opening and closing ranks of JEE Main. The below FAQs will help the candidates to have an idea of JoSAA seat allotment on the basis of JEE Main rank. 

FAQ 1: How the Opening and Closing Ranks are Determined for JoSAA Seat Allotment?

Almost 31 NITs, various IIITs and GFTIs participate in the counselling process of JoSAA to allocate seats to the candidates on the basis of JEE Main rank. Candidates participating in the counselling process will exercise the options or choices. The candidate with the highest rank who opts for a specific NIT, IIIT or GFTI will be considered first in the seat allotment, and the trank of that student will be deemed as opening rank. The last student to accept the seat from a particular NIT/IIIT/GFTI must note that his/ her rank will be the closing rank.

FAQ 2: Are there any specific seats reserved for women in NITs?

NITs have a separate quota called 'Female Only' quota where some seats are specifically reserved for female candidates. These seats are allocated exclusively for female candidates. Apart from this quota, female aspirants can also compete for admission under Neutral pool. However, in the neutral pool, female aspirants must compete for seats along with male aspirants. 

FAQ 3: If a student JEE Main rank is 10, can he/she get admission in top NITs?

Candidates with top ranks in JEE Main exam have the flexibility to choose top NITs while exercising the options. Such students will have greater chances to secure admission in NITs as per their first preference. On the other hand, candidates with top ranks in JEE Main have chances to get admission in the first round of JoSAA counselling process.

FAQ 4: If a student rank is 64,000 in the JEE Main exam, Can he/she get admission in any NIT under Open Category?

According to previous year trends, the closing ranks for some of the NITs in India under open category is around 63400. Therefore, there are some chances to get admission in NIT. However, if the competition is more, the admission chances may be limited. The past trends clearly indicate that one can get admission in NIT with a rank of 64000. The course in which you may get admission may be as per your preference or may not be.

FAQ 5: Do different specializations of B.Tech have similar or different opening and closing ranks in JoSAA counselling?

The opening and closing rank is determined for each specialization of B.Tech is determined by JoSAA. The opening and closing rank for each B.Tech course vary.

FAQ 6: If a student rank is 4000 in JEE Main exam, Can he/she get admission in Computer Science course in any NIT under Open Category?

Computer Science Engineering is one of the popular engineering disciplines across all NITs in India. According to the previous year trends and opening & closing ranks, one can get admission in NIT. However, the location of NIT in which one can get seat may be in his/her locality or another state. Finally, there are chances for getting admission in an NIT, specifically in Computer Engineering branch with a rank of 4000.

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Dear Student,

The new exam date for JEE Main April & May 2021 is expected to be announced anytime soon in June. The online registration for JEE Main May 2021 will begin after the confirmation of the exam date. As CBSE, ISC and other boards canceled the 12th exams, the government will look forward to conducting JEE Main Phase 3 & 4 as early as possible. In all probability, the exam process of JEE Main 2021 is expected to be wrapped up by August. 

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85 percentile can be a good percentile score if you are aspiring for admission in NITs through JEE Main.

What is a good score in JEE Mains 2021?

The candidates need to score at least 75 percentile for chances of admission in NITs. However, 85-90 percentile can be treated as good score if you want to qualify for JEE Advanced.

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