The National Testing Agency (NTA) recently announced the results of JEE Main 2019. As many as 2, 45, 000 candidates have successfully cleared the entrance test and have gone through to the next level, which is JEE Advanced 2019, scheduled to be held on May 27.
However, if you are one of those candidates who could not crack JEE Main, there is no need to feel depressed. There is a common notion that failing to clear JEE Main means there is no other scope of becoming an engineer. But students must remember that there are numerous other possibilities beyond IITs to kickstart an engineering career. In fact, many options to enjoy an alternate career are available as well.
Let us look at some of the options that candidates can pursue after JEE Main.
Go for state Common Entrance Tests
While jotting down the list of engineering entrance tests, do add the state level entrance exams in your list. While JEE might be tough to crack for many candidates, there are many state level engineering exams such as UPJEEE, WBJEE, etc. that are comparatively easier and render opportunities to get into an engineering college
Do background check of private institutions
Apart from state colleges, you can also consider private institutions and colleges to get an engineering degree. Various institutes such as Birla Institute of Technology, Vellore Institute of Technology, SRM University, Manipal University, Amity University etc. offer engineering options and conduct their own entrance exams. However, prior to taking admission into any such college, take your time to evaluate the college reputation, rankings, and other such relevant details.
Try for state universities
Even if you have not been able to clear JEE Main, you may find it easier to get admission into state universities or their constituent colleges. These colleges render standard engineering education. Take a look at some of the top state level engineering colleges:
College of Engineering, Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Cochin University of Science & Technology (CUSAT), Kochi, Kerala
Nirma Institute of Technology, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Faculty of Tech & Engineering, MS University, Vadodara, Gujarat
Look for alternate options in pure science
Courses such as BSc in Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics offer equally lucrative career options as engineering. Having a degree in these fields offers professional opportunities in pure and applied research as well.
Apply for a professional course
Courses related to Science and Mathematics such as Bachelor’s in Chartered Accountant (BCA), Bachelor’s in Architecture (BArch), BSc in Aviation, etc. are a few other options. These courses also provide some professional expertise and give your career a boost. Also, an added advantage is that entrance exams for most of these courses does not require any additional preparation, as most of the concepts that you have studied for JEE exam would be applicable and help you secure a good rank.
Look for alternate options
Be it law, management, psychology or even social media marketing, try to explore as many varied career options as you can. Find out what lies for you, what these careers render, what work people do in these fields, etc. Apart from your research, make time to talk to people who have more idea about these fields.
Though it still pays to be an engineer, the domains of non-engineering options are evergreen. Courses such as BS and MS Dual Degree Programme in one of the Indian Education of Science Education and Research (IISERs) can also be opted for apart from BTech.
In other words, if you aspire to be successful in life, what counts is your determination, dedication, and strength to get past your failures and choose the best.
(The author is national academic director (Engg), Aakash Educational Services Limited)