JEE Main Counselling

JEE Main Counselling

The JEE Main is one of the most important examinations for engineering aspirants. It helps engineering aspirants get admitted into their dream college. The candidates qualifying for JEE Main 2023 are eligible to apply for JEE Main 2023 counselling. The JEE counselling is conducted by the Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA). It also helps candidates appearing for JEE Advanced to get admission into IITs. 

To get enlisted for JEE Main 2023 counselling, candidates must complete JoSAA 2023 registration by the date specified on the official NTA website. Only candidates who register are eligible to enrol in JEE Main counselling. JoSAA counselling involves seven rounds with two rounds of mock counselling to give candidates an idea of the counselling process. 

JEE Main Counselling Eligibility

Only the top 2.5 lacs JEE Main candidates of different categories become eligible for admissions to JEE Advanced, and only these candidates would be called for JEE Main Counselling. Candidates need to prepare with hard work and determination to crack the JEE Main exam. To help candidates, Extramarks provides JEE Main Sample Papers, JEE Main Question Papers, JEE Advanced Question Papers and JEE Main revision notes. Candidates can also solve the JEE Main mock test and analyse it to get the best out of their preparation.

JEE Main Counselling 2023 – Schedule Of JoSAA. Procedure, Seat Allotment and Dates

The JEE Main counselling is a 6 round long event conducted by JoSAA. It helps candidates obtain the courses they want in NIT’s, IIIT’s and CFTI’s. The JEE Main 2023 exam date is scheduled for April and May. The JEE Main counselling 2023 is scheduled for the 4th week of May for the April session and the 4th week of June for the May session. To qualify for the JEE Main counselling, candidates have to check the JEE Main cutoff and the JEE Main results, which are usually announced after a month of the exam date. 

For a more in-depth guide on the JEE Main counselling, candidates can refer to the points given below.  

Given below are the highlights of JoSAA counselling


The counselling process for the 17 self-financing Technical Institutes in India held by the Central Seat Allocation Board. The seats are assigned to candidates based on their All India Rank. 


The counselling process for the supernumerary seats in the Northeast Union Territories held by the Central Seat Allocation Board.  

The JEE Main counselling has 25 IIIT’s, 31 NIT’s and 28 CFTI’s institutes taking part. 

JEE Main counselling-Steps to follow – Overall Overview

Step 1: Online Registration

Candidates should log in to the JoSAA portal with their JEE Main roll number and password to enrol for the online counselling process. Candidates can also follow the stepwise guide given below to login for online JEE Main counselling.

  • On the JoSAA portal, click on the link to the registration page.
  • Enter your JEE Main roll number and password to log into the portal.
  • Read the terms and conditions of the JoSAA portal and click on “I Agree”.
  • The candidates’ details are displayed on the next screen. Verify the details and click “Confirm Resubmission”.

Step 2: Filling and locking of choice online

The candidates are to choose their choices and lock them in arranging in the descending order of the B. Tech programme they want to opt for.

Step 3: Seat Allotment

They will be awarded seats based on their performance, merit, preference, and seat availability. There will be six rounds of seat allotment for JEE Main counselling. Candidates will obtain the result in the first round of allotment. 

Step 4: Acceptance of seat and Fee payment

If the candidate is awarded the seat they want, they can accept the seat and pay the fee for the seat. Candidates are faced with a total of 4 options at this juncture: Freeze, Float, Slide and Withdraw. These are explained further below. As per the JEE Main counselling for 2021, the seat acceptance fee for the general category was Rs. 45,000, and the same for SC/ST/PwD/OBC was Rs. 20,000. 

Step 5: Verification of Documents

Candidates must get their documents verified from a help centre to complete the JEE seat allotment process. The following documents are to be verified:

  • Three passport size photographs are used during the registration
  • JoSAA provisional allotment letter
  • JEE Main admit card
  • Seat acceptance payment proof
  • Date of Birth proof
  • JEE Main scorecard
  • Category certificate (if applicable)

Step 6: Reporting to the allotted institute- Final Step

Post verification, candidates report to the allotted institute and pay all the requisite fees. 

Candidates can refer to our posts on JEE Main Syllabus, JEE Main application form, JEE Main exam pattern to get a deeper insight into the JEE Main exam. 

Options Available for Candidates after JEE Main Counselling Seat Allotment

The following options are available for candidates after the allotment of seats. 

  • Freeze:

Candidates who are content with the seats that they have obtained and do not want to look further for options or participate in the subsequent counselling rounds can choose the freeze option. 

  • Float:

Candidates content with the seat they have obtained but would like to try their hand on the upcoming rounds of the seat allotments can select the float option

  • Slide:

Candidates choosing the seat of a certain institute but who wants to upgrade to another course within the same institute can choose the slide option.

  • Withdraw:

Candidates who want to give up an already accepted seat can choose the withdrawal option.

JEE Main 2023 Counselling Dates

Given below are the dates for JEE Main Counselling. 

JoSAA counselling Dates
Commencement of JEE Main 2023 Counselling and choice filling Yet to be declared
Mock counselling-1 Yet to be declared
Mock counselling-2 Yet to be declared
End of JEE Main counselling registration and choice filling Yet to be declared
JEE Main counselling round-1 Yet to be declared
JEE Main counselling round-2 Yet to be declared
JEE Main counselling round-3 Yet to be declared
JEE Main counselling round-4 Yet to be declared
JEE Main counselling round-5 Yet to be declared
JEE Main counselling round-6 Yet to be declared

110 universities are participating in the JEE Main counselling process. The candidates securing a certain cutoff in JEE Main will be allowed to participate in the counselling process. JEE Main Counselling is conducted through 4 processes – JoSAA Counselling, CSAB NEUT Counselling, CSAB Special Rounds and CSAB Supernumerary Rounds 

JEE Main Counselling Fees

The JEE Main counselling fee can be paid through net banking/ e-challan. 

Category The fee to be paid
General  Candidates belonging to the general category: Rs. 35,000- 45,000.
SC/ST/PwD/OBC Candidates belonging to these categories: Rs.15,000-20,000.

Required documents for verification after allotment of the seat of JEE Main 2023

Sr. No Document
1. Three passport-sized photos identical to the ones submitted for JEE registration
2. Class XII scorecard
3. Provisional seat allotment letter
4. Candidate’s undertaking
5. Proof of seat acceptance and payment of the seat
6. Photo ID card (Issued by Govt. agency, last attended school, class 12 admit card)
7. JEE Main 2023 admit card
8. Class XII performance check
9. JEE Main result card 2023
10. Category certificate (If applicable) 
11. Registered and locked choices for seat allotment


FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. What are mock allotments?

JoSAA conducts mock allotment of seats to make candidates get accustomed to the process of seat allotment. This process will help candidates choose the right seats and courses in the actual seat allotment. There are a total of two mock allotments of seats. 

2. What is dual reporting?

Consider a situation where a candidate has accepted a seat in an NIT in the previous seat allotment round. But later gets upgraded to an IIT in the next round. The candidate has to then report to a reporting centre of an IIT. They have to accept the seat of an IIT mandatorily irrespective of whether they have reported to the NIT else they willlose both the seats. This process involves candidates reporting to two centres hence the name dual reporting.

3. What are CSAB, SFTIs and NEUTs?

The CSAB stands for Central Seat Allocation Board, SFTI for Self-Financed Technical Institutes and NEUT for the North Eastern States and Union Territories. The Central Seat Allocation Board helps candidates gain admission to UG courses. These counselling sessions are based on the left-over seats after the JoSAA counselling, and candidates taking part in the JEE Main counselling are not eligible for the CSAB counselling. The CSAB counselling is based on merit and the eligibility of the candidate. To participate in the CSAB counselling, candidates have to register for the counselling within the given date and time.