JEE rank not good? Relax, here’s how you can still get into a great institute

There is a reason the JEE is considered one of the toughest examinations in India, if not the world. The difficulty level of the papers in the exam is not the only reason though. The sheer competitiveness of the exam, owing to a massive number of applicants, is also a factor. When you look at the numbers, you realise how. Over 1.2 million applicants gave JEE Main; the first phase of this really tough exam. Just 2.2 lakh applicants qualified for the next exam – JEE Advanced. That’s a qualifying rate of 18%, roughly equating to 1 in 6 candidates.

Now consider another fact. IITs in India – that take in students qualifying this exam only have a total of a little over 10,500 seats. The qualifying rate is now further reduced to 5%, roughly equating to 1 in 20 students. To put this in perspective, only the top 1% of all applicants actually make it to the IITs.

It’s no wonder why engineering aspirants were eagerly waiting for June 11, 2017. Many of them did it though with a sense of nervousness and apprehension. And when the moment of reckoning did arrive, it filled many hearts with joy while breaking countless more.

According to Rajshekhar Ratrey, VP educational content, Toppr.com, an educational learning platform, candidates with an insufficient AIR (all-India rank) should not lose hope as IITs are not the only way to achieve one’s dreams. Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY, a scholarship programme funded by the department of science and technology) scores and Olympiad (such as the one conducted by IIT Bombay) count too. Success is a journey and not a milestone. There is more than one way to travel this journey. If candidates haven’t managed to make it to the IITs, here’s Ratrey’s advice on some alternatives they can consider:

IIT

Not just IIT,s here are some other institutes you can opt for

1.NITs: Candidates can pursue a career in computer science, electronics, mechanical or chemical engineering in the National Institutes of Technology. Older colleges like Warangal, Trichy and Suratkal are better than some of the newer colleges. Regardless, all NITs will consider JEE Main scores and AIR for admissions.

2.IIITs: Candidates can pursue a career in electronics or computer science in the Indian Institutes of Information Technology. All IIIT colleges consider JEE Main scores with AIR, KVPY and Olympiad scores for admissions. Of them, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad are some of the good ones to aim for.

3.IIST: If it’s a career in space technology that one seeks, then the Indian Institute of Space Technology is a great choice. Directly managed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), candidates can directly apply for the five-year dual-degree programme with masters, that bolsters their chances of entering ISRO. IIST considers a candidate’s JEE Advanced Score and AIR for admissions.

4.IISc: The Indian Institute of Science, also known as the Tata Institute, is another great option for those contemplating a career in pure sciences and research. These courses are also highly beneficial for those who wish to pursue higher studies. Located in Bengaluru, this institute assesses a candidate’s JEE Main, JEE Advanced, KVPY and Olympiad scores; depending on how many exams the candidate has given.

5.IISER: Another great option for pure sciences and research is the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research in Pune. This institution has published 900 research papers and helps candidates aspiring for a PhD. IISER assesses the JEE Advanced score, state-board percentage of each candidate. If the candidate has given the KVPY exam, its score is considered too.

6.State-funded Institutes: If candidates are unable to get into any of the above national institutions, there are various state institutions that they can apply for.

After completing one of the above courses, candidates can choose to opt for higher studies:

IN INDIA

1. IIT and IISER: Candidates get a second shot at IIT which offers an integrated MS + PhD course. They can alternatively choose to pursue this course at IISER.

2. GATE Exam: Candidates can choose to give the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering for admission to postgraduate programmes at IITs, NITs and various other state-funded engineering colleges.

STUDY ABROAD

1. M.S: Candidates can pursue their masters from an overseas university. Admissions are granted on the basis of their academic performance and a language test like IELTS or TOEFL. Universities in USA also require GRE and GMAT.

2. Ph.D: Candidates can also choose to pursue a PhD over a master’s degree.

3. Integrated courses (MS + PhD): Candidates can instead of for integrated courses that combine both of the above, at overseas universities.

 

Shashank Sharma from Mohali’s preparatory institute tops NDA entrance exam

Over 5 lakh students appeared in the NDA exam for entry to the armed forces this year.

Of these, two in the top 10 — including All-India Rank (AIR) 1 Nangal’s Shashank Sharma and Muktsar’s Armaandeep Singh, AIR 8— are from the same institute in Chandigarh.

With 25 selections of 41 students who appeared (the exam was held in September), the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institute (AFPI), in Sector-77 Chandigarh, a Punjab government institute set up in 2011, has been a consistent success.

Twelve of the institute’s students are in top 100.

Students at the AFPI do their Classes 11 and 12 from Shemrock Senior Secondary School, Sector 69, SAS Nagar.

Final call letter for joining the academy is issued subject to medical fitness of the applicant, an official said.

Armaandeep Singh (HT Photo)

‘Discovery channel programme triggered desire’

Both Shashank and Armaandeep want to join Armoured Corps in the army.

“An episode on Discovery Channel in 2014, featuring the NDA motivated me to join the forces. Since then, I started dreaming about how to get into the army,” said Shashank, son of a BSNL employee.

Prior to joining the AFPI, he was a student of Mount Carmel School, Jindwari, Ropar.

The first in a family of civilians to harbour dreams of a military career, he said, “At the AFPI, we rigorously followed the programme that director Maj General BS Grewal (retd) chalked out. What also helped was that we did not have our mobile phone.”

“There was no distraction of WhatsApp and Facebook. I studied for five hours a day,” he adds.

Shashank’s father Dinesh Kumar Sharma belongs to Manakpur village in Nangal. His mother is a teacher.

‘Relatives inspired me’

Armaandeep, the son of a farmer from Muktsar, said, “I was hopeful of a good position but never thought, I will get be ranked 8th,” he said.

“A relative in the family who rose to the rank of a brigadier inspired me to join the NDA,” he added. He credits the strict regime and the discipline instilled at the institute as key reasons for his success.

52 applicants per seat at the institute

The first batch of cadets passed out in April 2013. So far, five batches have passed out from the institute and 63 students have joined various military academies.

Admission to the institute starts in January every year with an entrance test for boys from across the state. The exam is conducted at Jalandhar, Patiala and SAS Nagar and those in Class 10 can apply.

The batch starts in April. The institute’s intake capacity is 48 seats, with 2,500 students apply for admission. So, 52 apply for each seat. All students of AFPI do their Classes 11 and 12 from Shemrock Senior Secondary School, Sector 69, SAS Nagar.

 

Boy from Punjab-govt preparatory institute is 1st in NDA entrance

Over 5 lakh students appeared in the NDA exam for entry to the armed forces this year. Of these, two in the top 10 — including All-India Rank (AIR) 1 Nangal’s Shashank Sharma and Muktsar’s Armaandeep Singh, AIR 8, trained for the exam at the same institute in the city. With 25 selections of 41 students who appeared (the exam was held in September), the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institute (AFPI), in Sector-77, a Punjab government institute set up in 2011, has been a consistent success. Twelve of the institute’s students are in top 100 of the NDA exam this year.

Students at the AFPI do their Classes 11 and 12 from Shemrock Senior Secondary School, Sector 69, SAS Nagar.

Final call letter for joining the academy is issued subject to medical fitness of the applicant, an official said.

NDA

‘Discovery channel programme triggered desire’

Both Shashank and Armaandeep want to join Armoured Corps in the army. “An episode on Discovery Channel in 2014, featuring the NDA motivated me to join the forces,” said Shashank, son of a BSNL employee. Prior to joining the AFPI, he was a student of Mount Carmel School, Jindwari, Ropar.

The first in a family of civilians to harbour dreams of a military career, he said, “At the AFPI, we rigorously followed the programme that the director Maj General BS Grewal (retd) chalked out. What also helped was that we did not have our mobile phone.”

“There was no distraction of WhatsApp and Facebook. I studied for five hours a day,” he adds.

Shashank’s father Dinesh Kumar Sharma belongs to Manakpur village in Nangal. His mother is a teacher.

‘Relatives inspired me’

Armaandeep, the son of a farmer from Muktsar, said, “I was hopeful of a good position but never thought, I will get be ranked 8th,” he said. “A relative in the family who rose to the rank of a brigadier inspired me to join the NDA,” he added.

He credits the strict regime and the discipline instilled at the institute as key reasons for his success.

52 applicants vie for each seat at the institute

The first batch of cadets passed out in April 2013. So far, five batches have passed out from the institute and 63 students have joined various military academies.

Admission to the institute starts in January every year with an entrance test for boys from across the state. The exam is conducted at Jalandhar, Patiala and SAS Nagar and those in Class 10 can apply.

The batch starts in April. The institute’s intake capacity is 48 seats, with 2,500 students apply for admission. So, 52 apply for each seat.