Drop a Year or Not: The Age-Old Conundrum

The admission season is coming to an end. For those who couldn’t make it to the IITs, it’s time to consider other options. This essentially means choosing between studying in a non-IIT engineering college and dropping a year and taking IIT coaching to prepare for JEE 2020.

An easy way to make this choice is to flip a coin. Heads – go to college. Tails – drop a year. Boom! Decision made.

On a serious note, taking a drop is a big decision. Therefore, the pros and cons of dropping a year must be carefully considered before making a decision.

There is life beyond IITs…

As an engineering aspirant, the very first thing that you need to understand is this – not making it to the IITs is not the end of the road. Many of the well-known Indian scientists and CTOs, who failed to make it to the IITs, went on to achieve great things in life. Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, pursued his engineering from Manipal University. Kalpana Chawla, the first Indian woman in space, decided to pursue Aeronautical Engineering from Punjab Engineering College when she failed to clear JEE. APJ Abdul Kalam, one of the most admired Indian personalities, studied at Madras Institute of Technology. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Vinod Dham, Shiv Nadar – the list of successful non-IITians is quite long.

Secondly, many renowned colleges offer admissions based on JEE Main scores. These include National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology (NSIT), PSG College of Technology, Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, and IIIT Hyderabad etc. These and several other colleges have a good placements record with students being placed in top-notch companies in India and abroad. Securing a seat in any of these colleges is a safe option to avoid the uncertainties that come with dropping a year.

Have another go at JEE…

That said, however, dropping a year can be a good option for some students. If you are really keen on pursuing engineering from a top-notch engineering college, you may consider appearing for JEE Main and Advanced exam in 2020. At times, students find it difficult to balance board exams and IIT JEE coaching. As a result, they fail to give JEE Main/Advanced their best shot. In the drop year, students can focus exclusively on the JEE test.

So, if you are one of the engineering aspirants who are at a crossroads between dropping a year and taking admission in a non-IIT college, it’s important to weigh all the pros and cons of dropping a year before making a final decision.

5 useful tips for students preparing for IIT JEE 2019

It’s the dream of every engineering aspirant in India to secure a seat in one of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). To realize this dream, students need to crack the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE), which is counted among the toughest entrance exams in the world. JEE is conducted in two parts – JEE (Main) and JEE (Advanced). Among more than 10 lakh candidates who appear for JEE (Main) every year, only around 2 lakh candidates qualify for JEE (Advanced). A small percentage of these candidates finally make it to the prestigious IITs.

The more you look into the numbers, the more you are likely to feel that the odds are against you. However, if you are an engineering aspirant, you need to realize that cracking the JEE exam is not as tough as it looks on paper. All you need is the right approach and strategy. Here are some useful tips for those who are preparing for IIT JEE 2019 exam

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Get familiar with the latest changes

HRD ministry has announced several changes in JEE exam this year. It will now be conducted twice a year (in January and April) in multiple sessions. CBSE will no longer be the conducting body of JEE (Main). Instead, the exam will be conducted by the newly-constituted National Testing Agency (NTA). JEE Main 2019 will only be conducted in online mode.

Know the exam pattern

Although, no changes have been announced as far as the JEE syllabus and exam pattern are concerned, familiarizing yourself with the pattern of the exam is the foremost thing to do. Number of sections, duration of the exam, number of questions, and marking scheme are some of the things that you must be completely familiar with.

Get familiar with computer-based mode

As Paper 1 (completely) and Paper 2 (partly) of JEE Main 2019 will be conducted in online mode, it is important for you to gain familiarity with the way these tests are conducted. Appearing for online mock tests is one of the best ways to get used to answering questions on screen. This is all the more important for students from rural areas who have not had sufficient exposure to computers. NTA has also set up computer centres where students can take online mock tests.

Practice sample papers and mock tests

Practicing sample papers, previous years’ question papers and mock tests is an essential part of IIT JEE preparation. It’s an effective way to improve speed, enhance time management skills, and understand the types of questions asked in the exam. Most importantly, it helps you understand your current level of preparation and areas where you need to improve.

Stay motivated

While practice and hardwork are important, ultimately, it all boils down to how motivated you are. Going to the exam centre with a positive mindset can significantly improve your performance. Setting daily goals and rewarding yourself when you achieve your goals is a great way to keep your motivation level high during the preparation stage.

Preparing for IIT JEE and NEET – Your Role As A Parent

In India, engineering and medical entrance exams are fiercely competitive. Every year, lakhs of students compete for a small number of seats in India’s top engineering and medical colleges. As the students are selected on the basis of their scores in entrance exams, a lot of importance is placed on the result of these exams. The pressure to succeed on students can sometimes be overwhelming. If not handled well, it can cause a lot of stress and can have a negative impact on a student’s physical and mental well being. They need to manage exam stress brings us to the important role parents play in alleviating fears and anxiety associated with entrance exams.

The support provided by parents during the exam preparation phase can be of great help to children. Many parents wrongly believe that enrolling their children for the coaching classes exonerates them from other responsibilities. The truth is, even the best coaching institute for IIT JEE preparation cannot step into the shoes of parents when it comes to providing emotional support to children.

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Here is how the parents can help children stay focused and stress-free while preparing for engineering and medical entrance exams –

Realistic Expectations

It’s natural to want your child to succeed in life. However, an acute desire to see your kids making it big can leave you disillusioned. As they say, your kids are not your second chance in life! Having unrealistic expectations from children can cause a great deal of discomfort to both parents and children. Moreover, it puts kids under unnecessary pressure. While it’s good to encourage children to do their best in entrance exams, but you, as a parent, must keep your expectations real.

Communicate

Communication is the essence of any relationship, and parent-child relationship is no exception! During the exam days, it becomes all the more important for the parent to communicate with their children. It’s important to tell your child that an entrance exam is not the make-or-break moment for them. Using phrases such as ‘it’s just another exam’ and ‘your life doesn’t depend on it’ can work wonders when it comes to relieving exam-related stress among children. Besides, communicating regularly will also keep you updated on the progress they are making in their curriculum.

Healthy Lifestyle

As children try to balance school and engineering/ medical coaching classes, they often tend to ignore their health. Many students stay up late at night to study for exams. This can leave them sleep-deprived and can have a negative impact on their performance in the exam. Proper sleep, healthy diet and regular exercise can make a world of difference as far as the health and well being of students is concerned.

Also, it is important for the parents to ensure that they choose a good coaching centre that provides the right guidance to the students. Reynott Academy in Jalandhar is a premier coaching centre that specializes in IIT JEE coaching and AIIMS/ NEET coaching.

11 Important Things Every Student Should Know about JEE and NEET Exams

The Ministry of Human Resource Development has announced major changes in the national level engineering and medical entrance exams. From 2019, candidates will be able to take the IIT JEE Main exam twice a year. The change has been introduced to make the examination system more student-friendly and minimize the incidents of paper leak. Here is everything you need to know about the new examination system-

Is it mandatory for the students to appear for JEE Main Exam twice a year?

No, it is not mandatory to sit for JEE Main twice a year. Candidates can choose to appear only once if they are satisfied with their scores in the first attempt. However, candidates can take this test again to improve their ranks (higher of the two scores will be considered for admissions).

Will NEET also be conducted twice?

No. NEET will be conducted only once in 2019. Although, the HRD Ministry had earlier announced that the NEET exam will also be conducted twice a year, it has now withdrawn its decision.

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Who will conduct JEE Main and NEET?

JEE Main and NEET will be conducted by the newly-established organization – National Testing Agency (NTA).

It must be noted that CBSE will no longer be the conducting body of JEE Main and NEET.

Will JEE Advanced also be held twice?

No. It will be held once only. IITs will continue to host the JEE Advanced exam.

Will JEE Main and NEET be conducted online or offline?

JEE Main will be a computer-based test. NEET, on the other hand, will be held in offline (pen and paper) mode.

How will the final scores be calculated in JEE Main?

The scores obtained by candidates in two sitting will be equated using standardisation techniques and psychometric methods. The higher of the two scores will be used for admissions.

Is there any change in the exam pattern and syllabus of JEE Main and NEET?

No. The exam pattern and syllabus of both the exams will remain the same.

Will the candidates be able to choose the date of JEE Main exam?

Yes. As per the latest changes, JEE Main will be conducted in multiple (eight) sittings. A candidate will be able to choose the date of the exam.

What other exams will be conducted by NTA?

Apart from JEE Main and NEET, NTA will conduct National Eligibility Test (NET), Common Management Admissions Test (CMAT) and Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT).

When will the JEE Main exam be held?

JEE Main 2019 dates are as follows –

Phase 1 Phase 2
Application Form 1st Sept – 30th Sept 2018 8th Feb – 7th Mar 2019
Date of Exam 6th Jan – 20th Jan 2019* 6th Apr – 20th Apr 2019*
Result 31st Jan 2019 30th Apr 2019

*(eight sittings, candidates need to choose any one sitting)

When will NEET 2019 be held?

NEET 2019 will be held on 5th May 2019.

Events Dates
Application Form 1st Nov – 30th Nov 2018
Date of Exam 5th May 2019
Result 5th June 2019

What are test practice centres?

Test practice centres will be established by NTA for the benefit of rural students. These centres shall remain open on Saturdays and Sundays. Students from rural areas will be able to use this facility free of charge to prepare for entrance exams.

If you have any more doubts or queries related to the latest changes in JEE and NEET, you can contact the experts at Reynott Academy who would be happy to answer your questions.