Career Options To Explore After Failing To Clear JEE Advanced 2019 Exam

If you are a JEE aspirant and still in the middle of your preparation or one with some disappointing results in hand, there are options to consider along with tips/suggestions for reappearing in exams next year


Engineering and IIT are twin dreams many Indian students nurture. There is no harm in harbouring this dream if you have the right vision of your longer-term goal. Don’t just be a part of the “Everyone is doing it, so why not me?” herd, and take the time to evaluate if Engineering is the right fit for you or not.

Many students appeared for JEE exams and tried to give their 100 percent but some succeeded, while others did not. Many of those that don’t make the cut, fail to properly comprehend a back-up plan. This is the reason many engineering aspirants are left clueless once they realize that they could not get through the JEE examination. However, a back-up plan is exactly what students must be aware of. After all, life can be full of possibilities if we look in the right places.

So fret not! If you are a JEE aspirant and still in the middle of your preparation or one with some disappointing results in hand, there are options to consider in case your JEE plan does not pan out:

1. Weigh Other Options in Engineering

If you are not able to clear JEE, but still feel that engineering is your true calling, then you need to look at some other options for engineering beyond the IITs and NITs. While JEE may be a tough exam to crack, there are many state engineering exams such as UPJEEE, WBJEE, COMEDK, MHTCET, TNEA, etc. that are relatively easier, and should be on your list of exams to be written.

Apart from state colleges, you can even consider private institutes. Institutes such as Birla Institute of Technology, Vellore Institute of Technology, SRM University, Manipal University, etc. also offer good courses in engineering and conduct their own entrance exams. They may not be as reputed as the IITs and NITs, but are good institutions for gaining knowledge.

However, when it comes to private institutes, do tread carefully. Take the time to evaluate the college reputation, ranking and placements before you take such a leap.

2. Look for Alternate Options in the Pure Sciences

When you start feeling that engineering may not be your calling after all, but maybe science is, you should look at degree programs in science. Programs such as B.Sc. Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics can satiate your quest for knowledge and are equally lucrative options as Engineering.

Degree in these fields opens up exciting professional opportunities in pure and applied research. With areas such as Robotics, Computational Physics, Aerodynamics, Data Science, Pharmacological Research, Operational Research open for you to explore, you will get to work at the forefront of innovations in science and technology.

Institutes such as the IISc, IISERs, ISI, University of Delhi, Loyola College, etc. offer courses in the pure sciences, which can provide a tremendous learning experience to students of science and mathematics.

While some of these institutes will require you to crack their respective entrance examinations, a lot many take admissions through merit too. 

3. Apply for a Professional Degree in a Related Field

If you think B.Tech. is the only professional course related to science, think again. There are multiple courses that you could look out for, that are related to science and mathematics.

Courses such as BCA (Computer Applications), B.Arch (Architecture), B.Sc. Aviation (with Commercial Pilot training), B.Sc. Nautical Science (Merchant Navy training), B.Des. in Industrial/Product Design, B.FTech (Fashion Technology), etc. are all options that branch out from Science. Moreover, they provide some professional expertise for you to give your career a boost.

You can keep such options as your backup in case your initial plan of engineering does not work out. Or you may even explore them as promising career options in themselves, in case you didn’t really stop to evaluate whether Engineering is the right option for you or not before getting into JEE preparation.

4. Look for Alternate Paths that May be Better Suited

Sometimes we may overlook the biggest signs that a certain career path is not meant for us. An inability to score well despite giving it your all, or a lack of interest in the subjects, being some.

It’s understandable. You may not have really stopped to evaluate if Engineering was the one for you, or you may have been under a misguided impression due to a lack of information about it.

So, what should you do when you have this realization? Below steps will help you how to look for more options

  • The first step is to open up your mind to possibilities. There are many lucrative career options out there, with an immense number of opportunities and avenues to explore. Be it Law, Management, Psychology, or even something upcoming like Social Media Marketing, the possibilities are endless.
  • Explore as many options as you can to find out what lies out there. Read up on careers; find out more about them, the opportunities offered, what work people do in those fields, the career path required, etc.
  • Beyond your research, take out the time to talk to people who know more about the fields you wish to explore – college students pursuing the course, professionals in that field, even career counsellors. 

5. Consider Taking a Drop Year if the Reasons are Legitimate

If you still feel that engineering is your blood and soul, and there is no other career you would rather pursue, then consider taking a year drop.

Realistically evaluate your chances of clearing of the JEE exam if you do take the drop:

Carefully think over these questions and decide if you have the right ability and patience for a second attempt at the JEE. If you have both, then there is no reason to not give it a try again.

Also, do not fear as we always have the option for reappearing the exam next year. If you are very clear about choosing engineering as a career option then find below some tips which will help you for taking the JEE Advanced exam next year:

  • Plan your day well: It is important to identify subjects/ concepts you struggle with. Revisiting them shall give you more significant insights, and more clarity, and help you fare better.
  • Clear all your doubts: Make sure you get your doubts cleared by your professor or your friends in advance of any revisional schedule.
  • Write mock exams: Solving mock papers and previous years’ sample papers will not only help in providing much-needed practice but will also acquaint you with different questions that can be asked in the real exam. There are two key aspects, to practicing mocks:
  • Replicate the exam-like environment: It’s essential that you attempt your mocks like you would attempt the real exam. Take no/minimal breaks and keep yourself away from distractions while writing a mock exam. Also attempt your mock between 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM (the board exam time), so that you get used to the timing and can focus more during those hours.
  • Don’t overdo them: Writing mock exams enables one to do systematic practice and identify concepts/areas that need a little more revision.
  • Pomodoro Technique: Set a timer to twenty-five minutes when you focus on your studies and when the timer rings take a five minutes break and then set the timer again. The small breaks in the middle help in relaxing and motivating you.

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