JoSAA Counselling stopped! Why? Will it create any problems for the students?

JoSAA (Joint Seat Allocation Authority) is a counselling authority which is set up by the MHRD (Ministry of Human Resources Development). JoSAA conducts and manages all the counselling related activities for admissions in IITs, ISM, NITs, IIITs, NSITs and other GFTIs. JoSAA counselling 2018 is generally organized after the announcement of JEE Advanced result and JEE Main (AIR).

But , the ongoing admissions process to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) has been obstructed, with the Madras high court on Friday ordering IIT-Kanpur, which conducted the entrance tests, to redraw the rank list for Joint Entrance Examination-Advanced exam held in May, results for which were announced in June.

The court ordered to place on top of the list, candidates who had strictly complied with the instructions to give numerical answers up to the second decimal place such as 7.00 followed by those who had answered up to one decimal place such as 7.0 and then the students who simply gave the integer 7 as the answer.

During the exam, candidates were instructed to answer in correct numerical value in decimal notation rounded off to the second decimal place. It was made clear that full marks would be given only if answered as per the instructions.  However, some of the candidates, without reading the instructions carefully, had answered with one decimal point or without any decimal notation.


After the petition filed by 17-year-old, the court deciced to not give equal preference to those who had not followed the instructions properly. Justice S. Vaidyanathan also  said that though there was absolutely no difference between 7 and 7.00, students who had followed the pre-examination instructions scrupulously must be given preference as against those who had not followed them.

“By giving such preference, the total number of candidates, who have been selected are not going to be affected. Instead, their ranking alone will be changed,” the judge said.

He pointed out that the instructions issued to the candidates before the commencement of the examinations on May 20 clearly stated that all eight questions for which the answers had to be given in numerical values should be in decimal notations truncated or rounded off to the second decimal place.

However, after the examinations, IIT-Kanpur came up with a clarification stating that if an answer to a question was the integer 11, all answers entered as 11, 11.0 or 11.00 would be treated as correct.