This year, IITs, NITs, IIITs and IIEST may conduct fewer counselling rounds to fast track the admission process. IIT Delhi, the organising institute for JEE (Advanced) 2020, has floated a proposal to hold six counselling rounds instead of seven, which is the norm. The proposal has been forwarded to the Joint Implementation Committee for approval.

The couselling rounds are held for the allocation of roughly 40,000 seats across these 100 premier technical institutes. If accepted by all IITs, this proposal will be shared with the Central Seat Allocation Board (CSAB), which coordinates admission for the NITs, IIITs and IIEST.

In addition to dropping a counselling round, IIT-Delhi has also suggested declaring the JEE (Advanced) 2020 results within a week of the exam. Usually, it takes the organising institute two weeks to announce results. JEE (Advanced) will be held on August 23.

Early declaration of JEE (Advanced) results and less number of counselling rounds will help the institutes start classes for first-year students by early October. In most IITs, the new session usually begins in the last week of July.

The seventh round of counseling, says officials, does not make much difference in filling up vacant seats and is mostly used by students to change their branches.

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