List of Colleges for Low Rank in JEE Main


Last Updated: September 5, 2022
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Over nine lakh students appeared for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Mains) in April 2019. That’s nine lakh dreamers hoping to land a seat in the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology! The competition is fierce, and for most, it is their engineering dreams on the line. That said, what do you do if you don’t manage to get a good enough score on the test? Do you just let your dreams crash and burn?

While you will want to sit around and mope about how you could’ve done and what you should’ve done, it is wiser instead to sit around figuring out what your next steps should be. Start with understanding why you didn’t do well.

Apart from not putting your best foot forward and the pressure of it all holding you back, if you believe that you didn’t do well because you aren’t really that interested in engineering after all, then you need to stop worrying about your JEE score and try to understand what it is that you would enjoy studying and pursuing as a career. We can help you there. The Mentoria Solution is designed to help individuals like you find their true calling so you can excel in your career.

If lack of passion was not the issue for you and you know you would make an excellent career through engineering, then you need to focus on achieving your dream, because it is still attainable – even with your low scores.

That’s right! As much as your professors and peers want you to believe that getting a high score and bagging a seat in the IITs is the end goal, it is not. Your end goal is to become an engineer because that is where your passion lies. And when you’re passionate about something, it doesn’t matter where you study from; it won’t stop you from excelling at what you do. All you need to do is understand how you can go about making your dream a reality. Here are two options we recommend:

1. Look for alternatives

2. Retake the exam

Alternative Options

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1. Colleges that have their own exams.

It is true that the IITs and the NITs are considered to be some of the most prestigious institutions to study engineering and information technology. However, there are several other good institutes that you can get into. Most of these institutes hold their own entrance exams for admissions. So, if you still want to get into a good college and don’t mind appearing for another entrance test, here are some colleges you can look at enrolling with:

1. Birla Institute of Technology

Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani (BITS Pilani) is a private institute of higher education and a deemed university. It is one of the premier colleges for engineering courses outside the IITs and NITs. The college offers many courses in engineering like Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, etc. They conduct their own entrance test – BITSAT – for admissions into these courses.

2. Vellore Institute of Technology

Vellore Institute of Technology is a private deemed university and an Institute of Eminence in Tamil Nadu. It is one of the top colleges of India among private engineering colleges. It offers courses like Bachelor of Technology in Software Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Communication, etc. The college conducts its own entrance test – VITEEE – for admissions into these courses.

3. Manipal University

Manipal University in Karnataka is one of the top universities in India that offers UG and PG courses in engineering. It offers courses in Computer Science and Engineering, Automobile Engineering, etc. The college conducts its own entrance test – MUOET – for admissions into these courses.

4. Symbiosis Institute of Technology

Symbiosis Institute of Technology is a part of Symbiosis University and one of the premier private colleges for engineering studies. With great placement records including companies like Google, PWC, Microsoft and Dell, Symbiosis is an industry-oriented institute. It offers courses in Mechanical Engineering, Information Technology, etc. The college conducts its own entrance test – SITEEE – for admissions into these courses.

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2. Colleges that accept state entrances.

Other than the private institutions mentioned above, there are also several state-funded colleges that you can enrol with. These colleges accept admissions based on state-level entrance tests. Getting into state-funded colleges is a better option, especially if you have limited finances. Here are some colleges you can consider:

1. College of Engineering, Pune

College of Engineering, Pune is an autonomous engineering institute affiliated to Savitribai Phule Pune University. It relies on your score from the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MHT CET) for admissions. The college offers courses like Bachelor of Technology in Computer Engineering, Civil Engineering, etc.

2. RV College of Engineering, Bangalore

Rashtreeya Vidyalaya College of Engineering is a private technical co-educational college located in Bangalore. It relies on your score from the Karnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET) for admissions. The college offers courses like Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science, Electronics and Communication Engineering, etc.

RV College of Engineering, Bangalore

3. Institute of Engineering and Management, Kolkata

Institute of Engineering and Management is one of the top private colleges in Kolkata offering engineering courses. It relies on your score from the West Bengal Joint Entrance Exam (WBJEE) for admissions. The college offers courses like Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, etc.

*Please Note: Each state has its own entrance exam and colleges you can get into. Keep an eye out for the exams happening in your state and make a list of colleges you would like to apply to.

3. Colleges that accept low JEE Mains Scores.

If you do not want to appear for more entrance exams and want to get into colleges based on your JEE rank, here is a list of colleges who have considerably lower cut-offs.

*Please note: The cut-offs vary every year and also heavily depend on the subjects you choose. Subjects like Computer Science and Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering have a higher cut-off. But, if you opt for Mechanical or Civil Engineering, the cut-offs are relatively low and lower still for specific courses like Chemical, Biotechnology, and Biochemical Engineering.

1. Nirma University

Situated in Ahmedabad, Nirma University is a well-known Institute of Technology. The campus has a great infrastructure and facilities, which makes it one of the top private engineering institutes in the country. Its students participate in national contests and are perceived as industry-ready.

2. Sastra University

Sastra is a Deemed University located in Tamil Nadu. A premier institution in South India, it is well-known for its engineering courses. Backed with great research facilities and campus placements, Sastra is a sought-after college in the South.

3. Shiv Nadar University

Located in Uttar Pradesh, Shiv Nadar University is among the newer institutions and was started in 2011. The university focuses on interdisciplinary studies and industry interaction. Over the past few years, it has gained considerable popularity as an engineering institute.

A low score in your JEE doesn’t spell the end of your career in engineering, there are many more colleges you can get into to pursue your dream. Just make a list of colleges that offer the course you’re looking for and go ahead and apply to them!

Apply for a Retest

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After considering all of your alternative options, if you still decide that you want to give the JEE exams another shot and are willing to wait for a year, go for it. According to the CBSE regulations, each candidate is allowed up to three attempts. One advantage that you will have over your peers this time around is that you have “been there and done that.”

If you had already enrolled for coaching classes the last time, use this time to focus on your studies and go through a lot of mock tests. If you appeared for the exam based on self-study, then this is a good time for you to perform a strengths and weaknesses analysis to understand where you need to focus your energy more.

Of course, most people will aim for an IIT enrolment. However, not getting admission in the IITs isn’t the end of your engineering dream. You’ve got a range of excellent colleges to choose from and build the foundation for a wonderful career. Best of luck with your admissions; you got this!

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