#CareerBytes: Couldn't clear JEE Advanced? Here are seven alternative options
Results for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced were declared on June 14, and the counselling process for the same is currently underway. While 38,705 candidates are definitely celebrating for managing to get into some of India's most prestigious engineering colleges (IITs), others, who couldn't qualify, are heartbroken. However, all is not lost. There are other alternative options one can consider. Here are some.
If your JEE-Mains score is good, then the best option for you now is to consider the National Institutes of Technology and Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), which are also among the finest engineering colleges in the country. The counselling process of the same is underway; the chances of getting into these colleges are still high if you have aced the Mains exam.
Besides these national league colleges, there are also many state-based institutes like Institute of Engineering and Technology, Lucknow, Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bengaluru, etc. which are good options. The entrance examinations for such colleges, like UPJEE, WBJEE, COMEDK, MHTCET, TNEA, etc., are relatively easier. Furthermore, there are a number of private engineering colleges which have proved their potential with excellent placements and teaching facilities.
Birla Institute of Technology (Pilani), Vellore Institute of Technology (Vellore), SRM University (Chennai) and Manipal University are among the reputed private colleges in India, and they conduct their own examinations. Fun Fact: Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, is an alumnus of Manipal University.
If you are flexible, you can also look at the pure science courses at reputed universities like DU. Degrees like B.Sc in Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics can open up work opportunities in the areas of Pharmacological Research, Computational Physics or Data Science, respectively. Also, several specialized fields in Science courses, like B.Sc. (Hons) Computer Science, even attract various tech companies for placements at DU.
There are also a number of professional courses like B.Arch (Architecture), BCA (Computer Applications), B.Des. in Industrial/Product Design, B.FTech (Fashion Technology), B.Sc. Aviation (with Commercial Pilot training), etc., which can provide professional expertise and also help uplift your career. Among several colleges offering such courses, the National Institutes of Fashion Technology (NIFTs) provide excellent placements to its B.Des and B.FTech students.
If you aren't totally into science and engineering, you can also give a thought to courses in Arts and Commerce, like law, management, Economics, Psychology, English, media, etc. All major universities in the country provide courses like B.Com, BBA, BA in English/Psychology/Economics, Bachelors degree in mass media, etc. To note, in order to get into the National Law Universities, one has to write CLAT.
In 2019, the highest package recorded at DU (Rs. 38 lakh/annum) was offered to an Economics (Hons) student from Lady Shri Ram College for Women (LSR). Apart from Economic (Hons), B.Com. (Hons) and B.A. Statistics (Hons) also witnessed good placement offers.
All said and done, if your heart still aches for getting that prestigious IIT degree, then consider taking a year off to prepare for next year's JEE-Advanced. For this, you can either choose to enrol in a coaching institute or opt for self-study. There are various coaching institutes across the country, like FIITJEE, Narayana, etc., which provide one-year preparation programs especially for such students.