Career alternatives other than JEE Main

    Urvashi Singhal Urvashi Singhal
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    • Kalpana Chawla - Pursued Aeronautical Engineering after NOT clearing JEE exam

    • Vinod Dham - “Father of Pentium Chip” failed in JEE exam

    • Satya Nadela - CEO of Microsoft; non-IITian

    • Venkataraman Ramakrishnan - Nobel Prize in Chemistry; failed both engineering and medical entrance tests.

    Is it necessary to qualify JEE Main 2020 to pursue your dream career? I guess not. What one needs is devotion to engineering along with an innovative mind, where your thinking crosses set boundaries, and your ideas go beyond well-read minds. So in case you do not qualify for JEE Main 2020, do not lose hope, for that’s not the end of life. There's a lot more to explore.

    Let’s analyse some data. There are around 11,300 seats available for admission in IITs and around 15 lakh students appear for the examination every year. This means that approximately 130 students compete for 1 IIT seat. Probably what all aspirants look for is a score of a minimum of 100. Now, the probability of grabbing that 1 seat is uncertain. Does that mean the world has ended for those who do not make it to IIT? Believe it or not, a lot can be done without ‘IIT’ tag.

    Why only IIT?

    No doubt getting into IIT is a dream of every engineering student. However, JEE also grants admission to 32 NITs, 18 IITs, and 18 GFTIs. Approximately, these 68 institutions offer 23,000 seats to students. Seeking admission into any of these institutes is nowhere a bad decision. The standard of education is at par with IITs. Anytime, it is better than dropping a year.

    Admission to these 68 institutes is done on the basis of JEE Main 2020 AIR. Weightage is not given to marks secured in 12th standard, all one needs is to meet minimum eligibility i.e. securing 75% marks.

    Exams similar to JEE Main 2020

    An aspirant who has worked day and night to prepare for JEE is well prepared to take other papers as well. It is better to apply for few examinations other than JEE, which are also conducted at national level.

    ExamCampusesExam Date
    BITSAT (Birla Institute of Technology and Science Admission Test)BITS campuses in Pilani, Goa and HyderabadMay 2020
    VITEEE (VIT Engineering Entrance Examination)VIT Vellore and VIT ChennaiApril 13 - April 19, 2020
    WBJEE (West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination)All engineering colleges in West BengalFebruary 2, 2020
    MHTCET (Maharashtra Common Entrance Test)All engineering colleges in MaharashtraApril 13 - April 17, 2020
    KCET (Karnataka Common Entrance Test)All engineering colleges in KarnatakaApril 29, April 30, May 5, 2020

     The level of examination is similar to that of JEE Main 2020. BITSAT is known to match its difficult level with that of JEE Advanced. Added to it is the fact that most of these exams offer admission into premiere government engineering colleges, which means affordable fees. Therefore, getting into any one of these universities will not be a decision to regret upon.

    How about becoming a job creator instead of a job seeker?

    We all are witness of the advancement of technology and the divergence of career paths. With changing times, many of the IITians have took the path of entrepreneurship.

    The population level of India is on the rise, with rise in unemployment too. The slowdown of the economy means high percentage of job crunch. At this time, seeking, and then saving your job in a high-profiled MNC is a big task.

    So, if you carry your own idea, that can bring a revolution in the information and technology sector, then why not work for it? Once you walk up your dreams, you will be in a position to help others pursue their dreams.

    Shanmuga Subramanian - An engineering graduate from the Government Engineering College, Tirunelveli, helped US space agency NASA to trace Chandrayaan-2's crashed Vikram lander on the Moon's surface.

    It is easy to give up in hard times, but real passion lies in not only walking, but living your dreams, for which it may not necessary to be an IITian. Even if you do not make it to IIT, do not tag yourself a failure, for there's a lot more to come and change in the life ahead.

    Good luck for the exam!



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