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Published on August 31, 2017 | Choosing a Career| Choosing a college| Education News| Engineering| Entrance-Exams
IIT – An Engineer Aspirant’s Treasure Trove or a Pandora’s Box?


Why IIT is not the be-all-end-all for a student.

Right after completing his 12th boards Ashwin Pasagada had started to attend a coaching institute that would train him for the upcoming JEE main exam. Instead of rejoicing in the new found freedom of no more school and an infinite summer vacation. Ashwin had to wake up at 6 A.M every day and attend 5-6 hours of training sessions at a coaching institute. Where he would be grilled in physics, maths, chemistry and other such subjects that he had supposedly rid himself off until he had decided on a course to pick for college.

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This is not an uncommon story, such is the case of many students and children who start preparing for the IIT- JEE main exam even as early as class 6. Yes, class 6. Children are sent to training institutes during their summer vacations to train for national competitive exams and also for the ever elusive JEE main. No wonder it was formerly called Aieee!!!! So what’s all the fuss about these exams?

A good rank = A bright future?

In today’s world of competitiveness, there isn’t enough preparation that one can feel satisfied with. The corporate rat race has spread from the confines of tall glass towers to our schools and colleges. If you want a great job you need to get into a great college. Want to get into a great college? You need to pass out of a great school. And mind you an Institute seal isn’t enough, you need to outperform and outscore your classmates and friends while you’re at it. There are famous personalities without a degree who conquer the world in their respective fields, then why to worry if not get selected IIT.

The JEE exams organized by the Central Board of Secondary Education in India is a national level competitive test for admission to various undergraduate engineering and architecture courses in institutes accepting the score, mainly 31 National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and 20 Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIITs). So why is it considered one of the toughest examination in India? Well here’s a few stats.

Over 12 lakh aspirants registered and attended the JEE Main, which is the first phase of the exam Out of these only 2.2 lakh aspirants will make the merit list for the next exam JEE Advanced. That’s a qualifying rate of 18% meaning only 1 in every 6 candidates qualifies for the advanced version of the exam.

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Now, considering that all the IITs in India only have a total of over 10,500 seats. The qualifying rate is hence further reduced to 5%, roughly equalling 1 in 20 students. To put this in perspective, only the top 1% of all applicants actually make it to the IITs. Which is why come June, engineering aspirants seem tensed and anxious about the results. Which would fill many hearts with joy and break countless more.



A new hope?

In a world where futures are defined by grade, marks, and ranks, Students are often disillusioned about their strengths and let their weaknesses define their prospects. Candidates with an insufficient All-India Rank (AIR) would feel like they’ve missed an opportunity. Being competitive is always beneficial as it spurs one to excel. That competitiveness, however, might make a good performance seem like a failure.

Anything less than the best seems like a compromise. Except it isn’t. IIT isn’t the only way to achieve one’s dreams.

Success is a journey and not a milestone. And there’s is more than one way to travel this journey.

Here are a few alternatives that you could consider with your JEE score.

  1. IIST: Seek a career in space technology? The Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology is a great choice. Directly managed by ISRO, candidates can apply for the five-year dual-degree program with master’s degree, that bolsters their chances of entering ISRO. IIST also considers a candidate’s JEE Advanced score and AIR for admission.
  2. IISc: The Indian Institute of Science 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.
  3. IISER: Another great option for pure sciences and research is the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research. Having branches in Berhampur, Bhopal, Kolkata, Mohali, Pune, Thiruvananthapuram and Tirupati. IISER assesses the JEE Advanced score and state-board percentage of each candidate. If the candidate has given the KVPY exam, that score is considered too.
  4. BITS: Birla institute of Technology and Science branches are also highly reputed institutes. Additionally, eligibility to BIT’s is based off an entrance test for which candidates must have passed or should be appearing for their 12th state board or CBSE board exams.
  5. IIIT:- International institute of information technology have several branches and have several modes of admission into their undergraduate programs.
  6. NIT:- Admission to the various branches of National institutes of technology are highly sought after as well.
  7. IIM: Meant for the business inclined candidates who have graduated. Competition to join leading IIM’s is also severe. However, there is an Integrated 5-year Management course at IIM Indore for 12th pass outs on the basis of their Class XII percentage and an entrance examination.
  8. State-Funded institutes: Within every state itself there are reputed institutes that many often turn a blind eye towards as it is state maintained and isn’t as quite glamorous as other colleges.

For those still keen on joining the IIT’s fret not you do get more than one chance:-

  • IIT+ IISER: Get a second shot at IIT which offers an integrated M.S. + Ph.D. course. They can alternatively choose to pursue this course at IISER.
  • GATE exam: Candidates can choose to take the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering for admission to postgraduate programs at IITs, NITs, and various other state-funded engineering colleges.

And all of these are just the options we could think of available within India! You could also pursue your higher studies abroad with a few additional exam scores such as IELTS, TOEFL, etc. You’ve got to remember while a good institute does provide you with the environment and tools necessary to achieve and excel it is up to you to utilize them. At the end of the day, an I.I.T graduate is also just a person like you.

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Source- Dilbert, Andrews McMeel Publishing.

Well……. almost.

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