CSAB Counselling 2020 - Seat Allotment for SFTIs, NEUT, and UT

Published on : 8th June 2020    Author : Himanshu Basant Bhatt
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The Central Seat Allocation Board conducts the CSAB counselling process for admission into the Engineering/ Technology and Architecture/ Planning courses in the participating IIITs, NITs, and GFTIs. The admission is offered on the basis of JEE Main scores. The CSAB counselling process is done only for the B.E., B.Tech., B.Arch., and B.Planning courses. Here we are providing complete information about the registration process, important dates, seat allocation and more.

What is CSAB?

CSAB is the Central Seat Allocation Board. In 2002, the Ministry of Human Resource Development, GoI, took a policy decision of conducting an All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) every year. The exam replaced various institute level engineering entrance exams conducted until then. The government also constituted a Central Counselling Board (CCB) for coordinating the admission process. In the year 2013, CCB was renamed as the Central Seat Allocation Board. AIEEE was also renamed as JEE (Main). Thus, CSAB is the board which carries out the counselling procedure for engineering admissions on the supernumerary seats based on JEE Main scores. Admission to all other seats is done through JoSSA centralised seat allocation process.

What is CSAB Counselling?

CSAB counselling is conducted by the Central Seat Allocation Board for admission to NITs, IIITs, and GFTIs on the basis of JEE Main score. The CSAB counselling process starts after the JoSSA counselling process ends. The admission is done for the supernumerary seats for engineering, technology, architecture, and planning. The CSAB counselling process is conducted through three separate channels as:

  • CSAB NEUT (for North-Eastern States and Union Territories)
  • CSAB SFTI (Self-Financed Technical Institutes)
  • CSAB UT (Supernumerary Seats for Union Territory)

The registration process for all three channels will be separate and online. The registration process is necessary for seat allotment. Seat allotment will also be done separately.

What are Supernumerary Seats?

Supernumerary seats are the seats created for accommodating the more students in a course if the number of seats in the course is less than the candidates with the same rank. These seats are created in addition to the existing seats.

For example:

If two students score the same marks (even after applying the tie-breaking criteria), they will be awarded the same rank and both will be equally eligible for admission to any particular course. Thus, an extra seat is required to accommodate the additional student. This seat is called a supernumerary seat.

Also, from the year 2018 onwards, MHRD has introduced supernumerary seats for female candidates to increase the percentage of female admissions.

CSAB 2020 Overview

Name of the Counselling Process

CSAB Counselling

Conducting Authority

Central Seat Allocation Board

Official website






Admission Level

National level


Undergraduate (Engineering, Technology, Architecture, Planning)

Admission Basis

JEE Main Score

Number of Participating Institutes


Let’s have a look at all the channels and their respective seat allotment process.

What is CSAB NEUT?

CSAB NEUT counselling is conducted for candidates belonging to the North-Eastern states and Union Territories. These include (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Daman & Diu, Dadar & Nagar Haveli, and Lakshadweep). The application process will begin after the JoSSA counselling. The admission will be done on the basis of JEE Main 2020 scores.

Important Dates for CSAB NEUT 2020

The JEE Main (April) exam is rescheduled to be held from 18th to 23rd July 2020. The JoSSA counselling process will begin after the JEE Main result and the CSAB counselling process will begin after the JoSSA counselling ends. There is no update on the counselling schedule yet. So, here are the dates as per the previous years’ schedule.

Counselling Events

Important Dates

Availability of application form

Last week of June to First week of July 2020

Domicile and category verification

Last week of June to Second week of July 2020

Choice filling

Second to Third week of July 2020

Seat Allotment (Round 1)

Third week of July 2020

Reporting at the allotted center (Round 1)

Third week of July 2020

Seat Allotment (Round 2)

Final week of July 2020

Reporting at the allotted center (Round 2)

Final week of July 2020

Seat withdrawal

First week of August 2020

Spot round counselling

First to Second week of August 2020

Reporting at admitted institutes

Second week of August 2020

CSAB NEUT 2020 Eligibility

Candidates must check the eligibility criteria for the CSAB NEUT carefully. If the candidates are found ineligible, they will be disqualified from the counselling process.


  • Candidates must have a domicile of one of the North-Easter states or Union Territories.

Qualifying Exam

  • Qualified the JEE Main 2020 exam.
  • Candidates should have passed class 12th examination with 45% marks (40% for SC/ ST categories) or be in the top 20 percentile. Candidates must have studied the subjects viz. Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Language, and one other subject. If the candidate has opted for more than one language subject, the subject with higher marks will be  considered.)

CSAB NEUT 2020 - Seat Allotment Process

The CSAB NEUT seat allotment process will comprise of the following stages:

  • Registration
    • Go to the official website - csab.nic.in.
    • Click on the link to register. Candidates must use their JEE Main 2020 application number and password for registration.
  • Filling and Locking of Choices
    • After successful registration, provide your choices for courses and colleges. The choices are to be provided in order of preference. Re-check all the choices carefully and lock these before the final date. No changes in the choices will be allowed after these are locked. You can also take a print of the choices for future references.
  • Seat Allotment
    • Seat allotment results will be released after the choices are locked and submitted. Candidates can check the seat allotment result at the official website. Seats will be allotted based on the merit, choices, and availability of seats.
    • Allotment letters will also be available for download.
  • Document Verification
    • In the final stage, candidates are required to report at the allotted colleges along with the original documents. Candidates are required to submit the required fee for confirming the allotted seat.

Available Application Forms


CSAB SFTI 2020 counselling will be conducted for admission into the participating self-financed technical institutes. CSAB SFTIs counselling was not conducted in 2019 due to the lack of participating colleges. There is no update on the CSAB SFTIs 2020 session. So, the dates provided for the counselling are tentative.

CSAB SFTIs 2020 - Important Dates

Counselling Events

Important Dates

Registration, choice filling, and receipt printing for the initial fee

Last week of July to First week of August 2020

Result announcement and seat allotment

First week of August 2020

Reporting at the allotted institutes and document verification

First to Second week of August 2020

CSAB SFTIs 2020 Eligibility

The eligibility criteria for the CSAB SFTIs are decided by the authorities and candidates are suggested to check them carefully before applying for the counselling process. Here are the details:

  • Candidates should have passed 10+2 or equivalent examinations with minimum 45% aggregate marks. Those belonging to OBC-NCL/ SC/ ST/ PwD categories must have secured a minimum of 40% aggregate marks.
  • The subjects required to be qualified in class 12th are Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry/ Biology/ Biotechnology/ Technical Vocational Subject, a language and one other subject.
  • Qualified JEE Main Paper-1.

For B.Arch./ B.Plan.

  • Qualified JEE Main Paper-2.
  • Candidates should have secured minimum aggregate marks of 50% in class 10+2. Mathematics is a compulsory subject in class 12th exam and there must be minimum qualifying marks in the other five subjects mentioned above.

CSAB SFTIs 2020 - Seat Allotment Process

The following stages are included in the CSAB SFTIs seat allotment process:

  • Payment of Fees
    • In the CSAB SFTIs counselling process, fee payment is the first step.
    • Click on the relevant link at the official website and pay the counselling fee of ₹ 21,000 through the online mode.
  • Registration
    • After successful fee payment, complete the registration process by filling the required details.
  • Filling of Choices
    • After the registration process, provide your choices for colleges as per your preferences.
    • Do provide the name of colleges in order of preference. You can make changes in your college choices only before locking the choices.
    • Once you are sure about the choices, lock them and submit. It is important to lock and submit the choices in order to be considered for seat allotment.
  • Allotment of Seat
    • The seat allotment result of CSAB SFTI 2020 will be uploaded at the official website and candidates will be able to check the same using their registration ID and password.
    • The seat allotment is based on the JEE Main rank, college preferences submitted by the candidates, and seats availability.
    • Candidates are required to download the provisional seat allotment letter and take a print.
  • Reporting at Allotted Institute
    • Candidates have to report at the allotted college along with the provisional allotment letter and original documents. To confirm the allotted seat, pay the balance fee.

CSAB UT 2020

CSAB UT counselling 2020 will be held for candidates belonging to Union Territories (Damn & Diu, Dadar and Nagar Haveli, Lakshadweep & Khandvi, Andaman & Nicobar). Candidates who are not allotted any seats during the JoSSA counselling have a chance of getting admission through the CSAV UT counselling. Do check the eligibility criteria for the same.

Important Dates for CSAB UT 2020

Counselling Events

Important Dates

Registration and Choice Filling

Second week of August 2020

Seat Allotment

Second week of August 2020

Reporting at the Allotted College

Second week of August 2020

CSAB UT 2020 - Eligibility Criteria

It is mandatory that the candidates meet various eligibility criteria prescribed for CSAB UT counselling. Here are the details:

  • Candidates should have the state domicile of respective UT.
  • The candidate should not have been allotted any seat till the special vacant seat filling round OR he should not have reported for any allotted college during the JoSAA counselling OR if reported at the allotted college, should have withdrawn his seat before the final round of counselling.
  • Candidates who have reported at their allotted college but their seats were cancelled due to category change and still no seat have been allotted are also eligible for UT counselling.
  • Those who have paid the initial fee and reported at the allotted college but have not reported at the college till the last date are also eligible for the CSAB UT counselling.

CSAB UT Seat Allotment Process 2020

The seat allotment process comprises of the following stages:

  • Registration
    • Visit the official website and click on the registration link under the CSAB UT counselling section.
    • Provide all the details required for registration to complete the registration.
  • Filling College Choices
    • Fill the choices for colleges in order of preference.
    • Lock the final choices and submit them. No changes can be made in the college choices after locking.
  • Seat Allotment
    • After choice locking, seat allotment is done based on the JEE Main merit, seat availability, and choices filled by candidates.
    • Candidates can check the seat allotment list at the official website.
    • The seat allotment letter is also uploaded at the official website, download the same.
  • Reporting at the Allotted College
    • Report at the allotted college along with all the required documents for the verification process.
    • Pay the remaining fee and confirm your seat.

What is the CSAB Special Round?

The Central Seat Allocation Board conducts the Special round counselling after all the rounds of JoSSA counselling are over. The special counselling round is conducted for admission in vacant seats in NITs, IIITs, and GFTIs. Those who are not allotted any seats in the JoSSA counselling are eligible to appear for the CSAB special round counselling. Complete details for the CSAB Special Round counselling are available here.

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