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.


Your Favorite Way to Relax Could Make Summer Workouts Way Easier

For many, N-O-P-E is the only answer to exercising in the summertime, when heat can make your effort feel extra laborious. While that’s an A+ excuse to spend the season on your butt (you do you!), research recently published in the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research suggests bathing can help your body cope with crazy heat (and help you keep any fitness goals on track).

In the researchers’ small but thorough study, which involved eight men and just one woman, nine runners completed a 5K run in 90-degree conditions on four separate occasions: once without prepping at all; once after dunking their arms in cold water while wearing cooling vests and underwear to pre-cool their bodies; once after five days of biking for 90 minutes in 99-degree conditions to acclimate their bodies to the heat; and once after combining both heating and cooling approaches.

Interestingly, the group ran the speediest — 6.5 percent faster than without prepping at all — after several days of acclimating to the heat by biking in it. They ran slightly faster times after pre-cooling, alone, and saw no major improvements to their heat-acclimated times when they combined heating and cooling treatments.

Although the study didn’t examine why heat acclimation appears to benefit the body more than pre-cooling, one resounding theory is that over time, exposure to heat can teach the body to adapt more efficiently by sweating more and earlier, which keeps the body cool. This alleviates stress on the heart, which is otherwise tasked with sending extra blood to the skin to cool, a process that can impair blood flow to the muscles and ultimately affect your performance.

The best part of these findings: Researchers aren’t suggesting you bike in unbearable heat for an hour and a half a day to prep for your next outdoor workout — a good thing, since that sounds so torturous that no one in their right mind would do it.

Rather, lead study author Carl James, a senior physiologist at the National Institute of Sport in Malaysia, told the New York Times that you can achieve similar results from soaking in a hot bath for 30 minutes after your 30-minute run. In theory, this post-run treatment could help you cope better the next time you head out. And in practice? It’s the perfect way to make you feel like the queen you are for exercising in the first place. You deserve it!