Supernumerary seats in JEE Advanced

In many of the central-government funded technical colleges, female aspirants are discernably missing. To address this issue, the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, in 2018, introduced ‘supernumerary’ seats at all the premier Indian Institutes of Technology. It states that at least 14% of the total candidates admitted in a college should have female candidates. Also, they cannot be denied a seat if they are on merit ranking.

Points to Consider:

  • The Supernumerary seats are over and above the total number of seats a college intake. For example, out of 100 seats, with 14% Supernumerary seats for females, the total intake of the college will be 114 seats. Out of which 14 seats will be strictly reserved for female candidates only.
  • There will be two separate seat pools in each program – Female only (14%) and Gender Neutral (based on merit and no gender preference). For example, out of 114 seats in a college, 14 seats will be given to female candidates and the rest 100 seats will be given on merit. These 100 seats will be a combination of male and female candidates. However, these seats will be further divided into candidate’s quota category. (Open, OBC, SC, ST, PwD, State Quota, Sports Quota as and where applicable)
  • More information on seats allocation depending on the candidate’s quota category is available on the website under Seat Matrix section. https://josaa.nic.in/webinfocms/public/view.aspx?page=46
  • Quota category seats or reservation of seats is different from supernumerary seats for female candidates. Supernumerary seats are different from any kind of reservation for female candidates. Suppose top 3 ranker opting for this program are female, they would be first given seats from 14% of supernumerary seats (Female only seat pool) and not the Gender-Neutral seats.
  • A female candidate will also get an admission into the program if the male candidate with equal or lesser rank has got the same seat. This also implies if they satisfy the same eligibility criteria. For example, if a male and a female candidate are on the same ranking, both will get the seat. That is, male candidate under the Gender-Neutral seat pool and female candidate under the Female only seat pool.