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Essential Documents Required for JoSAA Counselling: A Comprehensive Guide


The Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) is an esteemed body responsible for conducting the centralized counseling process for admissions to various undergraduate engineering and architecture programs offered by the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), and other participating institutes. If you are aspiring to pursue engineering or architecture programs through JoSAA, it is crucial to be aware of the necessary documents required during the counseling process. This blog aims to provide you with a detailed overview of the essential documents required for JoSAA counseling, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free admission process.

1. JEE Main and JEE Advanced Admit Card:

You need to carry the admit card for JEE Main and/or JEE Advanced examinations, depending on the exam(s) you have appeared for. The admit card contains important details like your roll number, exam center, and photographs, which are verified during the counseling process.

2. Rank Card/Scorecard:

Make sure to carry the rank card or scorecard of JEE Main and/or JEE Advanced examinations, depending on the respective examination(s) you have taken. The rank card serves as proof of your performance and is crucial for determining your eligibility and seat allotment during counseling.

3. Class X and XII Mark Sheets and Passing Certificates:

Bring the original and photocopies of your class X and XII mark sheets and passing certificates. These documents are essential for verifying your eligibility and academic qualifications during the counseling process.

4. Category Certificate (if applicable):

If you belong to a reserved category (such as SC/ST/OBC-NCL), you must carry the original and photocopies of your category certificate issued by the competent authority. The certificate should be valid and in the prescribed format, ensuring that you receive the appropriate reservation benefits during seat allocation.

5. Provisional Seat Allotment Letter:

In the earlier rounds of JoSAA counseling, you might have received a provisional seat allotment letter. Ensure to carry the original and photocopies of the letter as it will be required for further document verification and seat acceptance.

6. Undertaking by the Candidate:

JoSAA requires candidates to sign an undertaking stating their acceptance of seat allocation, payment of seat acceptance fee, and willingness to participate in subsequent rounds of counseling. This undertaking needs to be printed, signed, and submitted at the reporting center.

7. Medical Certificate:

For candidates belonging to the PwD (Persons with Disabilities) category, it is important to provide a valid medical certificate issued by a competent authority. The certificate should clearly mention the degree of disability and its impact on the candidate's ability to pursue the desired course.

8. Proof of Date of Birth:

Carry the original and photocopies of a document validating your dates of birth, such as a birth certificate issued by a competent authority or the class X mark sheet.

9. Recent Passport-sized Photographs:

Keep a sufficient number of passport-sized photographs (as specified by the JoSAA guidelines) for document verification and further administrative purposes.

10. Photo Identity Proof:

Carry a valid photo identity proof, such as an Aadhaar card, PAN card, voter ID card, or passport, to establish your identity during the counseling process.


Being well-prepared with the required documents is crucial for a smooth and successful JoSAA counseling process. Make sure to gather all the necessary documents well in advance and keep both original and photocopies organized and readily accessible. By following this comprehensive guide, you can minimize the chances of any last-minute inconvenience and maximize your chances of securing admission to your desired engineering or architecture program through JoSAA. Best of luck with your counseling and future endeavors!


IITian (4th Year B.Tech. Student)

Member and Counsellor at JEE Counselling and Consultancy

Appeared for JEE Advanced in 2020 and secured seat in IIT

Currently preparing for Civil Services Examination


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