The round will call for fresh registration from aspirants who have taken JEE-2015, but could not register earlier for a seat. Close to 3,000 seats are vacant across these national institutes and the special round will follow the same norms of reservation. "We will open registration and all students who were earlier not allotted a seat, can apply," said NIT-Patna director Asok De, also the chairman of the CSAB.
CSAB-2015 uses the All India Rank drawn up on the basis of 60% marks of JEE Main and 40% of class 12 or equivalent marks after normalization. This year, there was a fundamental faux in admission to elite Indian engineering colleges which resulted in over 3,000 spots lying vacant at the end of the admission process. Without an exit clause, a bunch of students are stuck with seats they don't want to join, and another lot who want to sign up at these colleges but cannot do so.
Moreover, IITs and NITs will refund the acceptance fee after deducting a small processing charge in case a student did not take admission. Aspirants had to pay a non-refundable seat acceptance fee of Rs 45,000 for the general category and Rs 20,000 for the SC/ST category. Now, refund will be granted to students if they have surrendered their seat before the commencement of the admission session. The HRD ministry has urged IITs and NITs to "return the fee after taking minimalistic processing fee".