The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducted the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) main 2017 on April 2 and many of the students left the exam centres feeling glum. While some found the mathematics section of the JEE main lengthy, other complain of its difficulty level.
There were more than 10 lakh students who had appeared for the JEE main exam and at least 80 per cent of them will not qualify. If you have found yourself in this predicament, do not panic. There are plenty of options for you to follow and still get the best out of your career and life.
Here are five paths that you can follow:
1. Wait for the main result and prepare for advanced
If you believe that the you have not done well enough and may not have any chance to get into an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), do not give up completely. You may not qualify for an IIT, but there are many other universities that are reputed and take in students through the JEE score.
“If the student scores around 180-200 in the JEE main, the chances of getting into NITs are bright,” says Venkat Ramana, JEE exam head of TIME Hyderabad. The National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) also accept students with JEE main and advanced scores.
In fact, IISc has been ranked the first among Indian universities in the the recent NIRF rankings released by the HRD Ministry. So there is no need to worry about IITs if you have a chance of getting a seat in the “next best” engineering institutes. Ramana suggests that students should use the 50 days that are left to prepare well for the advanced paper.
2. Try other entrances
For a student who is set on pursuing engineering as their career there are a broad list of technical institutions that hold their own entrance examinations. These exams may be easier to crack than the JEE entrances and the universities promise a bright career for the students.
“There are other alternative engineering exams like BITs, VIT, SRM and state entrances, clearing which will give students access to many great engineering colleges,” says Ramesh Batlish, centre head of FITJEE Noida.
“Students can check their mistakes they made in the JEE mains and use the knowledge to do better in these other entrances. It will be simpler to crack because most of these exams’ syllabus parallel that of CBSE and JEE main,” says Hemanth Goteti, co-founder of Toppr.com.
“Alternatively, many private engineering colleges in India are few good options for such students who aspire to achieve their career goals. These students should focus on further preparation and SWOT analysis of their performance to excel in life,” says Silky Jain, executive director of Tula’s Institute.
3. Go for a different course
Engineering is not the only proper career path for science students. Students should not limit their potential to a single field that may not be their cup of tea. Many students, in fact, have greater aptitudes and may be interested in other courses.
“Students who are from the PCM background can pursue careers as Bachelor’s of Science in either maths, statistics, physics, electronics and other such courses,” says Jaideep Gupta, CEO and Founder of Univariety. He adds that students from PCB backgrounds can even take on BSc is biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, zoology and botany.
For students who wish to change their line of study entirely, they can take up subjects like economics, BCom, BBA, political science, psychology, hotel management, mass communication and journalism. The options for a student of the science stream are limitless. Look out for the entrances for each of these courses and prepare for those which you believe are best for you.
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4. Study abroad
This is an option that many students tend to lean towards in the long run. There are a number of universities across the world that offer fantastic courses in engineering and other science subjects that can push students towards either professionalism or academic research.
“To study abroad, students will have to clear their SATs and other exams. They would also need to get student visas and look out for reputed colleges,” says Goteti.
“Studying abroad is a good option, but it requires a lot of financing. I would not recommend this option for undergraduate courses but rather for Masters,” says Ramana.
5. Drop the year
This is an extreme measure that should be taken by students only if they are confident to score well in the JEE next time they try. It is recommended, especially, if you are dead certain about pursuing your engineering only from an IIT.
“If the student is quite confident about his or her abilities in cracking the JEE main exam and does not wish to study anywhere else but at an IIT, there is no harm in dropping a year and trying again,” says Goteti.
Experts advice caution against this move and warn that the tag of a “dropout” can have a negative affect. Additionally, there is a possibility of changes in the examination over the span of a year. The government is planning to begin a common entrance examination like NEET for all engineering colleges in the country. So take the dropping of a year as the last option.