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Is It Better To Take A Drop For JEE Main Preparation?

Last Updated - December 28, 2017

A student knows his situation by analysing the capabilities to appear for the exam. For many of the students, it is quite difficult to bridge the gap between board studies and preparation for entrance exam. Read More.

After the board exams or JEE Main result, some plan for state or private engineering entrance exams and take admission in regular science courses. And then, some prefer to take a year drop to crack JEE Main with flying marks. But is it really a good idea to take a year drop or two?

“The board toppers are not always the JEE Main toppers but because their concepts are clear, therefore many crack the entrance exams in the first try.”  

Other than IITs, there are many other reputed colleges such as NITs, BITs, VIT and other GFTIs that have active placement cells and provide maximum emphasis on practical as well as on subjective knowledge.

Why taking a drop seems the best idea? Because:

  1. Right after +2, only a few months are left to appear for JEE Main and Advanced which can be distressing;
  2. The gap can be utilised in allocating proper time to each subject and learn properly;
  3. Better chance of scoring a fair AIR and securing a seat in IIT.

Why one should not take a drop for preparing for JEE Main?

The above strategy for clearing JEE Main with a great AIR may not always result in a positive way. For many of the JEE aspirants, the exam is a hard nut to crack. So, everyone cannot clear the exam in one go and then they reappear and opt for the second year drop.

A gap of 2 consecutive years, might raise eyebrows when a student appears for an interview in during placement. But if they have a good rank, the problem will be solved automatically.

By next year, NTA will conduct JEE Main and it may result in the change in exam pattern and level of difficulty of the exam. This may steer off the right path. NTA will act as a centralized agency which would bring a level of reliability in the conduct of examination with greater accuracy and transparency. It will also ensure the standardized level of difficulty of the exam across various slots, dates and languages. Read More.

Except for a few core sector companies, who don’t accept a student with an education or academic gap, other companies might question this, but this doesn’t hinder the placement process. If one has a proper explanation for the gap, then the companies pay less hinder to it.


Is taking a drop a better idea?

No. According to the analysis of 7,01,297 fresher, 1,67,352 (1-year droppers) and 25,882 (2-year droppers) from the past years on JEE Main 2017 result, 47% general category candidates out of the fresher, dropped the idea of taking admission. However, even after taking a year’s drop, nothing significant changed.

Just a little improvement after a year’s drop which can be seen from the following table:

CategoryFresher1-Year Droppers2-Year Droppers
-Average JEE MarksAverage JEE MarksAverage JEE Marks
General607766
OBC-NCL496664
SC445249
ST414846

Why take admission in first attempt?

This can be a big mess for many JEE aspirants. However, it is suggested as a good option because you need not waste one year and put your career back by one year. There is no guarantee that you may score exceptionally well hence it is better to take the admissions offered. 

Just after the board exams, the national level engineering entrance exam is conducted. The paper comprises questions based on class 11 & 12 science syllabus, mostly covered by CBSE.

Therefore engineering aspirants need to have a balanced preparation for both, their 12th board exam as well as the JEE. Studying hard will obviously give you your results, but studying smart will make it much easier for you to shine ahead of others. The smart study starts with synchronizing the preparation well. The preparation can't be done overnight, it has to start well in time to cover the whole syllabus.


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