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Low JEE Main Score/Rank? Evaluating These Options Might Help

Last updated on September 16th, 2020 at 01:34 pm

“The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart”

This proverb holds true in different practical aspects of life as well. There might be a lot of students who prepared diligently throughout the entire year or maybe for even two years but still could not get good rank due to some unfortunate reasons.For them, it is important not to lose hope at this point of time or get disheartened even if this was their second attempt. Now is the time to be vigilant and apply a new strategy of analyzing and improvising which might not help them to make it to IITs but will definitely help them seek admission in good reputed colleges such as NITs, IIITs, GITFs, etc.

If the student could not secure a good JEE Main Score, there might be a problem either with their preparation or the execution. Hence, the first step is to analyze where the void is. For example,

  • There might be students who were not completely prepared for the exam and left some of the important topics which unfortunately came in the exam. Therefore, there was a lag in preparation.
  • There might be a student who could not perform well because he got anxious during the exam and committed silly errors which resulted in a drop in rank. This is an example of a problem in the execution.

So, it is better for them to analyze what went wrong and how they can work on it. Now, there are three options which you can choose from:

  1. Prepare for the next attempt and drop this year
  2. Settle with the college that you can get with your JEE Main score
  3. Wait for successive counselling sessions

Let us dive deep into each option and students can make a wise decision if you secure a low JEE Main score.

1. Prepare for the Next Attempt and drop this year

This is an alternative which you can choose if you have appeared for the first attempt with the board exams. This will help in learning and studying more for JEE Main and keeping your focus only on this exam.

  • Taking a one-year drop will give you an added advantage since you would have already experienced the exam once and also your preparation would just need more focus and brush-up.
  • Complete dedication and determination of study will sail you through the JEE Main exam.


  • From 2019, JEE Main is conducted twice a year.
  • Candidates have an option to not drop a year and prepare for the second attempt if they are not satisfied with the result of the first attempt.
  • So candidates have a chance to appear twice in a year. If a candidate secures a low JEE Main score in the first attempt, then he/she can appear for the second attempt.

However, if you are taking a drop for your third attempt, it can be risky and you need to make a wise and calculated step. You should be confident about this decision and be aware of the shortcomings of your preparation and the reasons not to score well in the past attempts. If one is confident about the preparation and knows that dedicating one year will help them to get over these shortcomings, then one can take this decision to drop another year. But if the students have doubts over their preparation and are not sure, then they can choose the other options which we will discuss further.

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2. Settle with the college that you can get with your JEE Main score

It is pretty obvious that every student who is preparing for JEE Main exam dreams of getting into the top IITs or NITs. However, with the limited number of seats in these colleges, it is practically impossible for every student to get admission in these colleges.

  • Further, there are more than 4500 engineering colleges throughout India. There are ample opportunities for students since these colleges also have skilled faculties and good resources.
  • The other private and state universities offer B.E or B.Tech courses and have a wide range of courses and specializations to choose from.
  • The basic concepts of teaching and the engineering essence would remain almost the same in every college.
  • The students who are getting other private universities and colleges should not hesitate to opt for these.
  • To have a better picture, they can contact the students from various colleges and get to know about the quality of education in these colleges.
  • They can also visit websites and placement reports to get a fair idea about the college they are opting for.
  • Checking if their alumni are holding good positions in the industry can also be a parameter to judge the college.

All these factors will help in deciding the college in which you wish to spend your next crucial four years. Hence, the students are advised to broaden their perspective and look beyond IITs and NITs too if they have already attempted JEE Main twice.

3. Wait for Successive Counselling Sessions

There is also a good probability that you might get a good college in the subsequent JEE Main counselling rounds.

  • A lot of students drop or change colleges, which helps the other students to get a chance.
  • A lot of students are not sure about the result of the successive counselling and they end up making decisions in haste due to delayed counselling sessions.
  • It is important to first analyse the complete situation and decide after considering each aspect.
  • There are cases where students got into very good universities during mop-up counselling rounds.

Hence, one should wait and appear in each counselling session in which they are eligible to attend. This is also a great option to get a private college which is in the range of your marks. The placements and education quality of some renowned colleges are up to the mark with IITs. Therefore, keep calm and choose wisely.

NITs Offering B.Tech Courses at Low Rank in JEE Main

Admission in NITs is possible even if your rank is more than 50,000. To get admission in top NITs one should rank below 10,000. Here is a list of some NITs with their closing rank in the respective course

Name of the NIT Name of the Course Closing Rank Category
NIT Agartala Chemical Engineering 3,19,419 Gender Neutral
NIT Agartala Civil Engineering 2,54,362 Gender Neutral
NIT Agartala Computer Science and Engineering 98,197 Gender-Neutral
NIT Agartala Mechanical Engineering 2,24,062 Gender-Neutral
NIT Durgapur Biotechnology 55,055 Female Only
NIT Durgapur Metallurgical and Materials Engineering 57,485 Female Only
NIT Goa Civil Engineering 1,46,182 Gender Neutral
NIT Goa Mechanical Engineering 60,750 Gender-Neutral
NIT Hamirpur Chemical Engineering 2,21,967 Gender-Neutral
NIT Hamirpur Civil Engineering 1,64,457 Gender-Neutral
NIT Jalandhar Biotechnology 93080 Female Only
NIT Jalandhar Chemical Engineering 80428 Gender-Neutral
NIT Meghalaya Civil Engineering 1,17,205 Gender-Neutral
NIT Meghalaya Computer Science and Engineering 59,052 Gender-Neutral
NIT Meghalaya Electronics and Communications Engineering 87,987 Open
NIT Puducherry Civil Engineering 96,543 OBC-NCL
NIT Puducherry Computer Science and Engineering 56,609 OBC-NCL
NIT Raipur Biotechnology 91,034 Open
NIT Raipur Civil Engineering 55,084 Open

List of IIITs in India

Other than NITs, students with low rank in JEE Main can also choose to seek admissions in IIITs. In the NIRF 2020 ranking of top IIITs in India list, IIIT Hyderabad has debuted and also positioned first among the IIITs. Further IIITDM Jabalpur jumped to rank 81, the institute ranked at 75 in 2019, while IIIT Allahabad shifted to 103 ranks; however, it was ranked at 82 in 2019.

Below-mentioned is the list of IIITs in India, their rankings, and the number of courses and seat intake.

Name of IIITs NIRF Ranking 2020 B.Tech Seats available Total B.Tech Programs
IIIT Hyderabad 43 130 2
IIIT Guwahati 66 200 2
PDPM IIITDM, Jabalpur 81 300 3
ABV IIITM Gwalior 100 248 3
IIIT Allahabad 103 300 2
IIITDM Kancheepuram 182 420 9
IIIT Pune Not ranked 120 2
IIIT Kota Not ranked 180 2
IIIT Sri City Not ranked 270 2
IIIT Vadodara Not ranked 200 2
IIIT Nagpur Not ranked 110 2
IIIT Kalyani Not ranked 130 1
IIIT Lucknow Not ranked 75 1
IIIT Dharwad Not ranked 180 2
IIIT Bhagalpur Not ranked 150 3
IIIT Bhopal Not ranked 180 3
IIIT Kottayam Not ranked 90 1
IIIT Ranchi Not ranked 120 2
IIIT Una Not ranked 160 3
IIIT Surat Not ranked 120 2
IIIT Manipur Not ranked 100 2
IIITDM Kurnool Not ranked 120 3
IIIT Tiruchirapalli Not ranked 60 2
IIIT Sonepat Not ranked 90

Other colleges which you can opt

Here is a list of some private colleges which you can opt if you have got a low rank in JEE Main:-

  1. IIIT Amethi
  2. BIT, Ranchi
  3. BIT, Patna
  4. KIIT, Bhubaneswar
  5. Jaipur University
  6. Lovely Professional University
  7. SMVDU, Jammu Tawi
  8. Kalasalingam, Krishnakoil
  9. MJPRU, Bareilly
  10. Assam University
  11. Tezpur University
  12. Vivekananda Global University, Jaipur
  13. BIT, Deogarh
  14. VNIT, Nagpur
  15. College of Engineering, Pune
  16. SPA, Delhi
  17. MGRERI, Chennai
  18. JSS, Noida

Nevertheless, if the candidate with low JEE Main score is dropping a year then he/she must do hard work, follow the right books and strategy to score better in the exam. Start with the decision about whether to do self-study or joining a coaching centre. If a candidate opts a self-study option then he/she must choose the right study material and approach.

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