Major Mistakes To avoid in JoSAA Counselling 2024

Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) oversees the most important seat allocation process for JEE Main and JEE Advanced qualified students. Failing to participate in the JoSAA 2024 counselling even after clearing one of the toughest exams due to an error will be heartbreaking for any candidate. You will be surprised to know that every year, many bright students miss out on the seats of premier JoSAA participating institutes due to a lack of knowledge about the JoSAA counselling and admissions process. The most important point to keep in mind is to not miss the start date of the JoSAA 2024 counselling. The authority commenced the JoSAA 2024 registration on June 10, 2024.

There are many situations where the seats are left vacant, even if a candidate is upgrading from an NIT to an IIT, the candidate needs to report at a Reporting Centre (RC) for IITs to accept the seat. If the candidate fails to report at the assigned RC, he/she will lose the seat. Due to some of these mistakes, a candidate fails to get admitted to IITs.

Qualifying for the JEE Advanced or JEE Main, and failing to participate in JoSAA counselling 2024, in the end, will lead to great disappointment amongst the candidates. Careers360 is here to help students avoid these mistakes during JoSAA 2024 counselling. Here we have listed some common mistakes made by students during JoSAA counselling and how you can avoid them.

Avoid these Major Mistakes During Counselling of JoSAA 2024

Mistake: Not filling the choices in order of priority, starting with the first preferred choice at the top.

How to avoid: During the choice-filling process, students have to add combinations (course and institute) as per their preferences or choices. However many students add choice-filling options in an unplanned way. This is one of the mistakes that students may make at the time of JoSAA counselling 2024. The correct way is to add the choice or combination lists on the top. The priority list will be defaulted and considered as the first choice of the candidate, even though the candidate meant something else. And once a candidate is offered a seat that is the candidate’s first choice, it cannot be changed. So, the candidate has no option but to accept the seat or reject it.

To avoid such a perplexing situation, it is always advisable to first make a list of combinations in descending order of priority on a sheet of paper or on a Word file. Try as many combinations as you can, and cross-check whether the order is right.

Mistake: Not understanding the meaning of Float, Freeze, and Slide

How to avoid: When the seat allotment process starts, the candidates must read all the notifications and news released on the official website. When a seat is offered, the candidate is asked to choose between these three options, Float, Freeze, and Slide. Now being unsure about which of these terms candidates found themselves in an uncomfortable position. Yes some of us may wriggle out of the situation by enquiring what they mean, but the problem is when you have so much going inside your head and at such a crucial juncture, a blunder is only a hair’s breadth away.

So, to be on the safe side, finding out what the terms mean is recommended.

Float, Freeze, and Slide Options Explained

Freeze: When a seat is offered, candidates have the option to no longer be considered for any further rounds. The seat will be locked in your name. Candidates can opt for this option if they are confident enough with the allotted seat. Otherwise, the candidates can opt for any of the following two options.

Slide: By opting for this option, candidates can accept the seat while leaving the option open for upgradation to an academic program of higher preference, within the same institute.

Float: This option allows you to accept the seat, but leave the option of upgrading open. One basic difference between slide and float is the float option gives you the scope of upgrading to a higher preferred academic program in any institute.

Mistake: Filling choices that the candidate has no interest in.

How to avoid: Choice filling is probably the most critical factor of JoSAA counselling. Many candidates fill in only one or two one or two options correctly and then do not take care of the next couple of choices. But this is not the correct way of doing this, a candidate must list out all his/her favourite branches and institutes, and fill in those choices in the order of priority. Filling out the choices preferences-wise will get the chances higher to get your favourite seat. There are more than a dozen engineering disciplines on offer, so if you put your head together and devote enough time, you should be able to come up with a couple of disciplines that will interest you.

Also, JEE Advanced qualified candidates must consider the academic program + IIT combination. JEE Main candidates, meanwhile, will have to decide on the NITs, GFTIs, and IIITs, where to pursue the program.

Mistake: Filling only a handful of choices

How to avoid: To get your favorite seat, candidates are advised to fill at least some 50 odd combinations, unless the candidate is ranked within the top hundred, or maybe in the top 200. Even in the case of a top-ranked candidate, it is advisable not to take chances and fill as many options as they can. It is because, while a candidate may be ranked in the top 100, we have to account for reserved category seats as well.

Consider this: A candidate, ranked AIR 100 in JEE Advanced, applies to Electrical Engineering at IIT Bombay. Now IIT Bombay has only some 60 odd Electrical Engineering seats. So, for the candidate to get admission based on his current ranking, a number of things will have to fall in place. Like many inside the top 100 must choose to study Electrical Engineering in some other institute. Ditto for reserved category candidates a few of them may also need to opt elsewhere to make space for this candidate. But it is not prudent to rely on some many ifs and buts when things can so easily go wrong. The best solution then is to fill as many choices as one can.

Mistake: Not taking clues from cutoff trends of previous years.

How to avoid: Analysing the previous year's cutoff of JEE Advanced will give candidates insights into the counselling process. Using the analysis of previous year cutoff trends, candidates will be able to compare the category-wise opening and closing ranks for various engineering branches and institutes. However the cutoff changes every year, and there is a pattern of change in these cutoff trends. Understanding this pattern will be helpful for candidates. For example, IIT Bombay is among the top favourites among students; so even if the cutoffs diverge, it won’t be by much. Secondly, the cutoff list will help the candidate identify the institutes he/she is likely to get admission. This information would be very handy when filling in the choices.

On the other hand, candidates who don’t check the cutoffs are making decisions randomly based on intuition, which might work sometimes but is most likely to misfire.

Mistake: Forgetting to lock choices.

How to avoid: It is a common mistake, but it does happen and can sometimes cause severe agony. In JoSAA 2024 counselling, if a candidate doesn’t lock the filled choices, the system will automatically lock the last saved choices. If the candidate has saved the choices in the correct order, there is little to worry about, but if by chance the candidate was expecting to come back and make modifications later on, it can’t be done once the system locks the saved choices. So, allotment will be as per the last saved choices, which may not reflect the actual preference of the candidate.

Mistake: Reporting at the wrong institute during Dual Reporting

How to avoid: If a candidate, has chosen the float option, is offered a seat in an NIT in one round, and later upgrades to an IIT in a subsequent round, the candidate has to report again for document verification, but at a reporting centre (RC) for IITs, and not an RC for NITs.

Reporting at the wrong institute will cost the candidate both the seats – the one initially accepted by the candidate and the one offered in a subsequent round.

By reading all the common mistakes mentioned above and following all the important instructions candidates can avoid unexpected situations and get their favorite seat in JoSAA counselling 2024. Knowing all the important points can increase their chances of securing the desired admission. Don’t forget to remember all the above points and stay confident and positive during JoSAA counselling 2024. All the best!