Explaining the process of how common counselling works to screen candidates for admission to engineering colleges in Delhi, Professor Rakesh Kumar Singh, member, Joint Admissions Committee for these institutions, says, “First, JEE (Main) ranks are declared by the Central Board of Secondary Education. Next, registrations open for a specific period through which a candidate submits his/her personal and academic details, and preferences among institutions and branches. This is followed by locking of choices/preferences. Later, documents for sub-categories are verified and seats are allocated through a software developed by National Informatics Centre as per candidates’ choices and availability of seats. Candidates then have to report to the allotted institute and admission letters are issued.”
This system also helps deal with complexities in terms of data. Manoj Kumar, vice chairman, BTech admissions, DTU, says, “The seat allotment system is very complex as merit order is different for the BArch programme at IGDTUW. Also, the allotment system for IIITD is based on JEE (Main) marks only and not JEE (Main) rank. For other institutions, it is based on JEE (Main) rank. It also deals with issues such as different institutions having different eligibility criteria like minimum percentage for different categories and minimum age limit.”
So, how is it different from the common counselling for IITs? The common counselling for IITs is done through JEE (Advanced) rank, whereas the common counselling for JAC is done through JEE (Main) rank.
In the JAC, 85% seats are reserved for candidates passing their Class 12 exams from Delhi and 15% seats are allocated to students outside Delhi.
The IITs follow the reservations policies of the Centre whereas the JAC follows the reservation policy of the Delhi government. The JAC participating institutions are attracting candidates with very high ranks of JEE (Main). “This time, the admission in IITs is being done through JoSAA in six rounds of counselling whereas JAC is completing its counselling in three rounds followed by spot round from July 29 to 31, 2016,” adds Professor Singh.