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,, 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:


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:


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.


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.


A sneak peek into actor Kiara Advani’s wardrobe

Kiara Advani (Fugly, 2014; MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, 2016) invites us over to her spacious home at Mahalakshmi one afternoon. We immediately notice her love for white, which is visible in the décor. No wonder then, she’s now an Abbas-Mastan favourite (directors of her recent film, Machine, who are known for wearing all-white ensembles). She’s warm, hospitable (treats us to some lovely biryani) and is excited for the photo shoot (she woke up early to put together her look).


Style statement: “I’m moody, so the amount of effort I take to dress depends on how I feel that particular morning. I don’t accessorise much — the only piece of accessory I’d put on is probably a pair of sunglasses. I prefer outfits that fit well and have a feminine touch to them.”

Guilty pleasures: “Sunglasses and footwear. I own over a hundred pair of shoes. I stick to classic colours so I can pair them with most clothes. I can run, and even work out in heels.”

Advani has a huge collection of sunglasses. (Aalok Soni/HT photo)

Colour code: “White dominates my wardrobe. I feel you can never have enough of that colour — it’s your closet essential and goes with everything. I have lost track of how many white racerback tank tops I own.”

Go-to clothes: “Tank tops and a well-fitted pair of jeans. Now that it’s summer, print dominates my closet too. I can also happily live in my gym wear all day.”

Shopping destination: “I love New York because you’ll find high street and high-end brands, small boutiques and local designers all in the same city. If I want to go on a quick shopping trip, Dubai is the perfect stop.”

A Zara jacket that the actor jazzed up with quirky badges. (Aalok Soni/HT photo)

Brand value: “For Indian wear, Papa Don’t Preach has a really funky collection. And of course, Manish Malhotra and Sabyasachi are every girl’s dream. Internationally, I’m loving Fendi and I recently bought a bag and shades. I do shop from flea markets and street shops as well.”

Stock up: “I’m a hoarder. I might still have my pyjamas from when I was eleven. Every time I prepare for a trip, my dad always tells me to first clear my closet before I decide to buy something new. But though you may not wear something five years old right now, it might just be the ‘in’ thing tomorrow.”

Big no-no: “Fishnet stockings. Anything punk does not go well with me. I’ve made it clear to my stylists that I’m not too daring with my look.”

A Céline handbag from Kiara Advani’s collection. (Aalok Soni/HT photo)

Snap decision: “I have only one shopping rule: if you like it, buy it. It leaves no room for regrets. My father is so embarrassed to travel with me that he doesn’t want to be seen anywhere around me since I have bags full of shopping.”

In hindsight: “When I was a kid, I used to take part in swimming competitions. Everyone used to wear these athletic swimsuits but my mom would make me wear a bright, shiny pink bikini because she thought it looked cute. I was known as the pink bikini girl. It was so embarrassing.”


Bosses of Goldman Sachs and Citigroup drawn into hoax by email prankster

The bosses of Wall Street banks Goldman Sachs and Citigroup are the latest executives to fall victim to an email prankster who has also managed to connect with the head of Barclays and the governor of the Bank of England.

While neither Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein nor his Citi counterpart Michael Corbat revealed any sensitive information, the exchanges will raise questions about the way banks’ computer systems handle emails to addresses outside their companies.

Blankfein was drawn into the simple hoax when he replied to an email purporting to be from his company’s president and co-chief operating officer, Harvey Schwartz, congratulating him on a tweet that Blankfein wrote last week on a trip to China about the country’s impressive infrastructure.

Goldman Sachs

“Tweet won some online award for humorous tweet – Trump will be so pissed ;)” the anonymous hoaxer, who used the Twitter handle @SINON_REBORN, said in a published exchange on the social media site pretending to be Schwartz.

Blankfein, who only recently joined Twitter, replied to whom he thought was Schwartz, saying he had tweeted when he landed in China because it “seemed like a good way to bookend my trip.”

When asked about the incident, a spokesman for Goldman Sachs in New York said: “In the aftermath of the elections in France and England, I would have thought Reuters had more consequential events to report on.”

The prankster then attempted to draw in Corbat and Citi’s head of global consumer banking, Stephen Bird, by masquerading as Citi’s chairman Michael O’Neill.

The hoaxer sent Corbat and Bird an online article from British newspaper CityAM about the exchange between Blankfein and the emailer, according to the prankster’s Twitter feed.

Corbat replied that he couldn’t open the link.

Bird replied: “Can never be too careful Mike. Hope that’s our real Chairman!” He then went on to describe Citi’s email filtering system before commenting on Blankfein’s mishap.

“At least Lloyd was responsive … in the new economy that’s something. Some of his peers are still getting their messages printed out.”

A spokeswoman for Citi in New York confirmed the existence of the email exchange but declined to comment further.

Due to concerns about hoaxing and security, a small group of the Wall Street elite refuses to say anything substantive in an email, text or chat, and some will not communicate digitally at all, Reuters reported in November.

Last month, Barclays chief Jes Staley became the first high profile executive to be caught out by the prankster, and the bank reportedly responded by tightening its computer security so employees get a warning whenever they are sending messages to someone outside the firm.

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney was also targeted and replied to an email he believed was from the head of the central bank’s internal oversight body, Anthony Habgood. In his response, Carney poked fun at the drinking habits of one of his predecessors.


Pb CM assures probe into diversion of scholarship scheme funds

Chandigarh, Jun 15 (PTI) The Punjab government will get probed the alleged diversion of the Post Matric Scholarship scheme SC funds and strict action will be taken against those found guilty, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said today.

Responding to a question of Congress MLA Raj Kumar Chabbewal during the Question Hour, the CM assured the House that the entire matter would be thoroughly examined to fix the accountability and identify lapses, if any.

The CMs assurance came amid claims by Minister for Welfare of SC and BC Sadhu Singh Dharamsot that no funds were “transferred” under the post-matric scholarship SC scheme.

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Chabbewal had raised the issue of alleged diversion of funds and inordinate delay on the part of the Centre in releasing the sum for disbursement of scholarships under Post Matric Scholarship Scheme for the eligible scheduled caste students.

To which Minister for SC/BC Welfare Sadhu Singh Dharamsot informed the House that the Centre has not disbursed a sum of Rs 717 crore, for the period 2016-17, as a result fee of students could not be paid.

He also said that the chief minister had taken up the issue with the government of India and had gone to Delhi with the Punjab Chief Secretary to pursue the matter and get the funds released.

Congress MLA Kuljit Singh Nagra, describing the delay in release of funds as a serious matter, said the previous SAD- BJP government had allegedly diverted funds meant for SC scholarship and sought a probe into the matter.

Later, Punjab minister Charanjit Singh Channi accused the previous government of not contributing its own share in setting up polytechnic colleges in the state.

Channi, replying to a query of AAP MLA from Budhlada Budh Ram who sought to know whether the building of government polytechnic college at Bareta in Mansa district had been completed, said, “During previous regime, the Centre had allotted Rs 86 crore for setting up polytechnic colleges in the state but the Punjab government did not put in its share”.

He alleged that the SAD-BJP regime played with “future of the students” of the state as only buildings were built but no staff was appointed.

Leader of Opposition H S Phoolka then sought to know whether the government had fixed responsibility on any officer or former minister in this regard.

To which Channi replied, “If he starts suspending officials then the entire Punjab State Board of Technical Education and Industrial Training board will become staff- less.”

The minister assured the House that anybody found guilty would not be spared.

Meanwhile, the CM announced that Sultanpur Lodhi city in Kapurthala district would get a complete facelift ahead of the 550th Parkash Utsav of Guru Nanak Devi to be held in 2019.

Congress MLA Navtej Singh Cheema had demanded that a new and spacious guest house should be constructed at Sultanpur Lodhi as the present PWD building was in deplorable condition.

In response to another question, the CM said the finance ministry will soon release a “white paper” which will highlight financial crisis gripping the state as a result of the mismanagement of the previous SAD-BJP regime.

In reply to demands by several MLAs about deploying more employees in government hospitals to cope with shortage of staff, Amarinder said it was not only the health sector that had been affected by the paucity of funds but other departments were also face the same problem. PTI CHS SMJ


Ever thought of taking a boat into a Hawaiian volcano spouting lava?

Kilauea Volcano

Is your experience with volcanoes limited only to what you learn in school and the movies Volcano (1997) and Dante’s Peak (also 1997)? You think they’re something only to be viewed on the Discovery Channel?

Well, for your next holiday you should consider exploring the Kilauea Volcano, Kalapana in Hawaii. Tourists can approach the volcano by boat and walk on its surface. Kalapana was a town which was completely covered in lava in 1986. Due to the slow lava movement, there were no casualties.

Kilauea Volcano is located at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, located on Hawaii’s Big Island. For this you need to fly in to Hilo International Airport (ITO), which is only 45 minutes from the Park.

Boat tours take 3 hours and are $200 (Rs 12,895) per person. A private charter would cost you $1200 (Rs 77,388)

Hikes take 3.5 hours and is $150 (Rs 9671) per person.

You also have the option of hiring as bike and doing the tour on your own, and each bike can be rented from anything between $20-$40 (Rs 1290- Rs 2579)

Kilauea volcano lava flow spitting into the air and ocean. (Shutterstock)

Tourist on hike near Kilauea volcano around Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, USA. (Shutterstock)

Hawaii tourist helicopter company flies at sunrise. (Shutterstock)

Kilauea Lighthouse on Kauai. (Shutterstock)

The Kilauea volcano erupts on the island of Hawaii with plumes of fire and smoke. Rivers of lava head to the ocean making new land. (Shutterstock)

Hikers in Kilauea Iki Crater (Shutterstock)

Active Halema’uma’u crater in the Kilauea caldera at Volcanoes National Park, Big Island of Hawaii. (Shutterstock)

How to Trick Yourself Into Eating Less

Ever notice how a bag of mini-chocolates is so much more appealing than a bar of the same stuff? You’re not the only one who feels that way.

Researchers from Arizona State University discovered that smaller pieces of food are more filling and satisfying to people than a single piece of the same food.

Scientists recruited 301 people, and gave each a bagel that was uncut or chopped into quarters. Twenty minutes later, they were told they could eat as much or as little from a complimentary test lunch. Researchers then monitored how much of the bagel and meal participants ate.

Chocolate can help with weight loss.

Here’s what they found: People who were given the uncut bagel ate more calories from the bagel and the meal than those who started out with the quartered bagel.

So, if you’re trying to get in shape, cut up your food into little pieces before you eat. It’ll help you slim down—and make you feel more full in the process.