CBSE JEE Main Results 2017: Selecting engineering colleges based on your JEE Main Rank, things to keep in mind

Kanika Khurana
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CBSE JEE Main 2017 Results are finally out. While a select few candidates would be now preparing for the JEE Advanced 2017 Examination, a lot of students would be now searching for select engineering colleges. Selecting the right engineering colleges based on your rank might seen a little difficult. The first choice remains the NITs or National Institute of Technology. However, selecting within the list of NITs bases your rank is difficult. Here is a guide to selecting the right engineering colleges based on your JEE Main Rank. Also listed below is the list of things you should keep in mind while making the choice. Also Read | JEE Main 2017 Results out, CBSE to provide photocopy of OMR sheets.

To begin with, students need to remember that though Class 12th marks would not be considered while calculating the JEE Main Ranks in 2017, the admission criteria to NITs continue to have a cut off for your class 12th results. As per the notification released, admissions to IITs, NITs and IIITs would require the students to secure a minimum of 75 percent in class 12 board examination. For SC/ST/OBS and PwD candidates, this cut off is relaxed to 65 percent. This is a qualifying criteria. Below are a few tips and things to keep in mind while selecting the engineering colleges based on your JEE Main Rank.

  • The first thing to keep in mind is not to follow the listing websites. Students often are not aware about the many engineering colleges available in the state and rely on the list of colleges and various tools available on listing websites. These tools would list out many private engineering colleges which might not be the best fit for your rank. So the first thing to do or rather not do is follow paid advertisements while selecting engineering colleges. Many private engineering colleges are closing down in the country. Remember to check the list of engineering colleges that have already applied for progressive closure.
  • Research the universities/ colleges you can apply to. Students can search for the ranking of various engineering colleges as released by the National Institutional Ranking Framework. A central government initiative, the ranking has taken into consideration a lot of aspects. The list of Engineering Colleges is also available and checking it would be a good way to start. Read | JEE Main 2017 Results: List of NITs and their All India Rank
  • Region matters…often one engineering college is ranked above another. However, while selecting an engineering college, a student should remember that nothing is better than a college closer to home. A major difference in rank or quality of education cannot ignored. However, for a difference of few ranks, selecting a region far from home might not be advisable. Clearing the entrance is only the first step…engineering education also requires support and if closer to home, it can provide the much needed balance and help from family. Not to forget the costs!
  • Research about Engineering college’s projects, extracurricular activities and participation in international/ national level events. Once you are done with your B.Tech, the experience accumulated with international exposure would make all the difference. So while selecting the college, look for the many initiatives taken. Best place to start would be the university/ institutions’ Facebook page.
  • Select stream over rank of the institution. Many students make the mistake of picking up a college which is better ranked but is not offering the course of their choice. This often ends up with poor results and a dented future. Remember, choosing a college is extremely important but the stream is equally important. Picking civil when your interest lies in electronics might not be a very good step and can lead to stress and poor performance. On the other hand, if it is selecting a Ranked University versus a private engineering college for your choice of subjects, some considerations can be done. Also, usually different engineering colleges are famous for different departments. Reach out to the alumni to find about it and make an informed choice.

In the end, choosing an engineering college can be tougher than clearing the JEE Main 2017. Whatever it may be, however, we urge students to make informed choices. There is a whole lot of information available on the internet now. Remember, NITs are also ranked, some State Universities are better than NITs and that there are certain private universities which have a better placement record. So before you select your engineering college based on your rank, remember to do your research.