Engineering Admissions 2016 : Reforms in JoSAA

The Joint Seat Allocation Authority – JoSAA has reformed its processes this year after facing massive criticism in its inception year for non-availability of fee refund scheme and seat surrender scheme.

JoSAA which conducts admission to IITs, NITs, IIITs and GFTIs was formed in 2015 to ease the admission process, curb admission duplicity and reduce the number of seats going vacant at the premier engineering Institutes.

But in its inception year, JoSAA faced a lot of criticism due to the unavailability of the seat surrender option owing to which candidates could not avail the seats which were dumped by other candidates.

JoSAA has introduced reforms in its processes in order to make them more effective and smooth.

What’s News This Year?

  • Increase in the Number of Participating Institutes

This year, JoSAA will be conducting joint counselling and seat allotment for as many as 92 Institutes.

List of Participating Institutes

22 IITs, ISM

31 NITs

20 IIITs

18 Government Funded Technical Institutes (GFTIs)

This year JoSAA is conducting seat allotment for seven additional participating institutes in comparison to the year 2015. 

7 New Participating Institutes

IIT Chhattisgarh

IIT Jammu


IIT Karnataka

IIIT Nagpur

IIIT Ranchi


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  •  No Special Rounds for NITs, IIITs and GFTIs Seat Allotment

JoSAA will not conduct any separate round of counselling for NIT+ system in 2016 unlike 2015.

As per the JoSAA officials, the admission process this year will constitute a total of 4 rounds which would serve as a common ground for seat allotment across IITs and NIT+ system. Seat Allotment will be done for all the participating institutes in each round.

This is in contrast to the procedure followed in 2015 wherein the first 3 rounds were  attributed for admission to IITs, NITs, GFTIs and IIITs and seat allotment to IITs and ISM Dhanbad was not allowed with the exception of preparatory courses.

The fourth round served as an extra round for admission to NITs, IIITs, and GFTIs.

  • Seat Withdrawl Option Available

JoSAA has introduced the seat withdrawal option this year which will allow the candidates who seek better admission opportunities to surrender their allocated seat.

Candidates who wish to surrender their allotted seat will have to report at a reporting centre prior to the last round of seat allocation.

Candidates cannot exercise the seat withdrawal option in the fourth round of counselling. Last year, seat withdrawal option was not available.  Many candidates got better admission opportunities and seats reserved for them remained vacant in IITs and NIT+ system.


  • Seat Acceptance Fee to be Refunded

A new facility that has been introduced by JoSAA in the academic session 2016-17 is seat acceptance fees refund. 

The candidates who exercise the seat withdrawal option and report to the reporting centre for withdrawal will be refunded the seat acceptance fee after a deduction of Rs. 1000 as processing charges.

In contrast to this, seat acceptance fee was refunded last year only in the case when the candidate did not report to the reporting centre after depositing his/her fee.

  • Open seats for OCI/PIO

OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) and PIO (Person of Indian Origin) card holders will be eligible to open seats and will be considered under the general category.

Earlier, OCI and PIO card holders were not considered for admission to IITs.


Loopholes in JoSAA 2015

  • More than 3,000 seats were reported vacant across  NITs, GFTIs and IIITs despite the formation of JoSAA.


  • Another major loophole was the non-availability of seat withdrawal option owing to which candidates who got better admission opportunities could not surrender their seats and owing to this, a large number of seats remained vacant.


  • Another loophole was a delay in the refund of the seat acceptance fee for candidates who took admission in some other institution after paying for their allotted seat at the respective institution.


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