What After Failing in IIT-JEE, NEET

If you are a JEE aspirant and the luck did not favour you this time, here are some options to consider.

After a prolonged wait of five months, the JEE & NEET exams were finally conducted in India in September. The JEE exam was conducted from 1st to 6th September 2020 in CBT (Computer-based Training) mode in various cities across the country, and the results were declared recently. While a small percentage of the students were able to realize their dream through this exam and are geared up to get admissions into IITs or other colleges; a major chunk could not make it through the examination and are fretting over it.  

If you are a JEE aspirant and the luck did not favour you this time, here are some options to consider:

1. Explore other avenues in Engineering 

If engineering is your true calling but you could not crack JEE, then look beyond the IITs and NITs such as TNEA, UPJEEE, COMEDK, MHTCET, WBJEE, etc. These are relatively easier and definitely worth a try! 

Apart from state colleges, you can also apply to private institutes. Institutes such as Birla Institute of Technology, Vellore Institute of Technology, Thapar University, RV College of Engineering, SRM University, Manipal University, etc. also offer good courses in engineering and conduct their own entrance exams. However, when it comes to private institutes, take your own good time to evaluate the college reputation, ranking, and placements. 

2. Check out alternate options in the Pure Sciences 

If engineering is not your thing but you keep a keen interest in Science, you should look at degree programs in science such as B.Sc. Chemistry, Physics, or Mathematics that can satiate your quest for knowledge, and are equally lucrative options in the field of Science.  

Degree in these fields can open up great avenues in pure and applied research. With areas such as Robotics, Aerodynamics, Computational Physics, Data Science, Pharmacological Research, Operational Research open for you to explore, you will get to work at the forefront of innovations in science and technology. 

Many institutes such as the IISc, IISERs, ISI, University of Delhi, etc. offer courses in the pure sciences, which can be taken up to make a bright career in Science. While some of these institutes will require you to crack their respective entrance examinations, a lot many take admissions through merit too. So if you are able to score well enough in the board exams, these programs are a good option to explore. 

3. Explore other streams too 

If you've realized that Science or Engineering is not your cup of tea, you can easily switch to other streams like Arts and Commerce. You can explore various subjects like Economics, Psychology, English, Law, and Management to make a career in. 

4. Go with your passion 

If you are one of those people who opted for engineering or rather Science because of parental or peer pressure, now is the time to decide for your life. You will never be able to excel in a field if your interest lies somewhere else. Take some time out and ask yourself as to what you would like to do in your life and take a call. 

It’s now or never! 

5. Drop a year and study 

If engineering is where your heart belongs, there is absolutely no harm in dropping a year and preparing from the start. But before deciding to drop a year, realistically evaluate your chances of clearing JEE. If you missed out on it with a small gap, and you are patient enough to study the whole year again, then go for it! 

You can either choose to self-study or join a coaching centre which has a good record. You can also go for online classes. Vidya Mandir classes and its online platform can help you with your preparation. 

Medical and engineering are two dreams that many Indian students nurture. While there is no harm in harbouring this dream, there is no point in doing something because of peer/parental pressure. Countless students end up discovering they do not wish to be Engineers after/during their course. Don't put yourself in their position, and utilize this time to assess your options. 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article above are those of the authors' and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of this publishing house

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