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Updated: 3/16/2020 3:43:44 AM    ||    ||

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Every year the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducts the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main. Many students apply for the exam. 

As per the report released by the National Test Agency (NTA), a total of 11,18,673 candidates have been registered out of which 9,21,261 for B.E./B.Tech., 1,38,409 for B. Arch. and 59,003 for B Planning. Every Year about 25% to 30% clear the exam for JEE advance leaving behind a huge percentage of those who does not clear the exam. For those who have score less marks in the exam makes you sad then don’t need to be worried. There are plenty of alternate options available to help you out in shaping your career in a way you always wanted.

Here are five paths that you can follow:

Wait for the main result and prepare for advanced

If you believe that the you have not done well enough to score the qualifying marks for JEE Advance, do not give up completely. Even if you may not qualify for an IIT, there are many other reputed universities that consider admission 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) accept students with JEE main and advanced scores. IISc has been ranked first among Indian universities in the recent NIRF rankings released by the HRD Ministry. Hence, there is no need to panic about IITs if you have a chance of getting a seat in the “next best” engineering institutes.

Apply other Entrance Exams

Even if you didn’t score well enough in JEE mains. There are a number of prestigious technical institutions that conducts 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.

Choose a different course

Students should not limit their potential to a single field which is not easy to crack. Engineering is not the only proper career path for science students. 

“Students who are from the PCM background can pursue careers as Bachelors of Science in either maths, statistics, physics, electronics and other such courses,” says Jaideep Gupta, CEO and Founder of University.
He adds that students from PCB backgrounds can even take on BSc is biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, zoology and botany. 
Students can also take subjects like economics, BBA, political science, psychology, hotel management, mass communication and journalism. The options for a student of the science stream are limitless. 

Study in a Foreign Country 

There are a number of universities across the world that offer exciting courses in engineering and other science subjects that can push students towards either professionalism or academic research.
Students will have to clear their SATs, TOEFL and other exams. They also need to get student visa. Though studying abroad is a good option, but it expensive at the same time. 

Take a year drop 

For those who are confident enough to score well in the JEE next time when they try. It is recommended, only if you are dead certain about pursuing your engineering only from an IIT.

Experts advice caution against this move and warn that the tag of a “dropout” can have a negative effect. 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.

If you had missed your target by a small distance only then taking a year back would be advisable. It’s highly unlikely that one would get a 298 in the next mains, you might end up with a 188 or so which would land you in a very new NIT in a branch you have never heard of (even in the worst-case scenario). There's another side to the same, if you really think you can do it and take an oath to do the same you can get into an IIT/NIT into a good branch. Even the toughest times seem pleasant in an institution like those.
All the best in estimating yourself. Hope you take a good decision.

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