Admission Process for Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs)
Note: A student can't simultaneously hold a seat in the NITs while looking for a seat in the IITs and vice versa. Details here
Once you've written the JEE Advanced (earlier it was only JEE), you'll be informed in a few weeks time about how you've fared in it. Now, if you HAVE made the cut and qualified for counselling, bravo! But you better go through the following steps, lest you forget, or miss out on, some rather critical information about the whole counselling procedure.
It's quite straightforward, actually. The IITs come out with a merit list based on your JEE Advanced scores. After this, it's a fairly simple five-step process, which is terribly hard to screw up.
(1) Registration on JEE Advanced Website
(2) Payment of counselling fees
(3) Submission of photocopies of documents to the zonal IITs
(4) Choice filling
(5) Counselling and Allotment
1. ONLINE REGISTRATION
You need to register at the JEE Advanced Counselling Online Portal and fill the required details as given in the JEE admit card along with a password. At the completion of this procedure the website will automatically create a User-ID. Make sure you note these down and keep them safe, because you'll need them soon. And keep them confidential, for god's sake!
2. PAYMENT OF COUNSELLING FEES
You need to pay a non-refundable counselling fee of Rs. 1000/- when you register. The counselling fee can be paid only after registration either using credit card/ debit card/ ATM card (only those with Visa or MasterCard Logo) or the National Electronic Fund Transfer (NEFT). You can fill and lock you choices only after payment of the counselling fee.
3. DOCUMENTS TO BE SENT TO ZONAL IIT
You must send the following documents through SPEED POST so as to reach the JEE chairman of the Zonal IIT (the IIT from which you received the Admit card) by a specific date, which you'll be informed of.
- Duly filled application form for admission: The application form must be filled completely along with a recent color photograph pasted on it. The application form for admission may also be downloaded from the JCOP site.
- Medical Examination Report: The medical examination report form may be downloaded from the JCOP site by following “documents”tab. The form must be filled and signed by a Registered Medical Practitioner.
- Duly attested photocopy of mark sheet and certificate of passing the qualifying examination. If your qualifying examination result is awaited, you shall be admitted provisionally. In this case, you must send in a duly filled 'undertaking'.
- In addition to these documents, if you belong to any of OBC (NCL), SC, ST categories or DS subcategory, you must provide a duly attested photocopy of the respective category/sub-category certificate issued by the competent authority.
- If you're a foreign national, you should send an attested photocopy of the page in your passport that contains your name, photo and nationality.
4. ONLINE CHOICE FILLING
After registration and payment of counselling fee, you need to login to the JCOP using the User-ID, password and the JEE registration number printed on the admit card. Once you're here, enter the choices of courses in the order of your preference.
The course allocation is done strictly on the basis of your India rank (AIR) as well as the courses you've opted for. The choices you fill in the JCOP are final and cannot be changed at a later stage.
Thus, in your own interest, you should fill in a sufficiently large number of choices of courses in the decreasing order of preference.
5. COUNSELLING AND COURSE ALLOTMENT
There are two rounds of course allotment.
You need to login to the JCOP to find out which course you've been allotted (if any). If you HAVE been allotted a course, you will have to pay a non-refundable Registration Fee of Rs. 40,000/- (Rs .20,000/- for SC/ST) by a specific date to accept the offer of admission. The registration fees can be paid either using Credit/debit/ATM card or the National Electronic Fund Transfer (NEFT). This amount will be adjusted towards the fee to be paid at the time of admission.
If you don't pay the registration fee within the stipulated period, you lose the seat you've been allotted, and you wouldn't even be considered for allotment (up gradation, in this case) for the second round.
Once you DO pay the registration fee, you are given 'provisional' admission, which means that you'll either be allotted the current course, or one which is higher up in your list. Basically, you may be upgraded if there are vacancies. That's what the second round is all about, where the same procedure is followed once again.
NOTE: Fees once paid will NOT be refunded. Candidates once admitted to a particular institute through JEE cannot be transferred to another participating institute.