Education expert Amit Ahuja said that, according to the vacant seat matrix released on the CSAB website, a total of 11,295 seats are vacant in 93 colleges, including NITs and IIITs, out of which 4,406 seats in 32 NITs are vacant. Among these, there are 3,454 seats from the gender-neutral pool and 952 seats from the female pool.
Additionally, there are 2,196 vacant seats in 26 IIITs, with 1,931 seats from the gender-neutral pool and 265 seats from the female pool. There are a total of 4,693 vacant seats in 35 GFTIs, including 4,618 seats from the gender-neutral pool and 75 seats from the female pool. Out of these 11,295 vacant seats, 10,003 are from the gender-neutral pool, and 1,212 are from the female pool.
CSAB counselling is underway, indicating that a total of 11,295 seats remain in JoSAA counselling, for which either no allotment took place or students have withdrawn from these seats.
Expert Ahuja advised that during the choice filling of CSAB special round counselling, students should fill in as many college preferences as per their interest because the seat matrix released on the website is only approximate and more seats are likely to remain vacant.
Additionally, students who were allotted any college seat in JoSAA counselling, if participating in the special round counselling and not receiving a better college seat than their allotted seat, will be reallocated to the college seat allotted in JoSAA counselling. In such a situation, these students should prioritise only those college branches that are better than their earlier JoSAA college seat, as if they are allotted a new college branch in CSAB counselling, then their JoSAA seat will be cancelled, and the newly allocated college seat will be considered final.