With the HRD Ministry's announcement about the National Testing Agency (NTA), a lot of changes are going to happen to the academic entrance examination. The most important development in the announcement is conducting of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) twice a year. According to the press release of NTA, JEE (Main) 2019 will be conducted in the months of January and April.
When the Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) is busy conducting the counselling event and announcing the seat allotments, a question regarding the second attempt of JEE strikes the mind of candidates who missed a seat in the top institutes. Frankly, not all the students can achieve a seat in the premier institutes such as IITs and NITs at one go. Here is the best advice about reappearing for JEE. Is it lucrative or not?
Count Your JEE Attempts
As for now, there are only three attempts provided to every candidate. If you have appeared for the first attempt and are not satisfied with the result, you can start preparing for the second attempt which will take place in January. This is surely a good news for students because it will not make them waste an entire academic year.
Assess Your First Attempt Score
To be honest, JEE requires a lot of energy to crack and that will be decreased while appearing for the exam for the second time. Hence, it will be a good idea to assess your strengths and weaknesses one more time before taking a decision to devote more time to JEE. Try to assess your positives and negatives based on your previous JEE scores for better judgement.
Where You Want To Pursue Engineering
Candidates will take JEE Main and/or Advanced for an admission to the best engineering institutes in the country. If you have tried your luck and failed to achieve that, then start assessing where you want an admission. If you really want to pursue engineering in the IITs and NITs, without any second opinion you can start preparing for JEE again. If not, then you can consider the other institutes.
Options Other Than JEE
Apart from the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), there are many state-level and university-specific entrance examinations conducted for an admission to the engineering courses. There are many institutes across the country such as BITS Pilani that are no lesser than IITs.
However, the tuition fee will not come cheap in private institutes. If you can afford an engineering course in the private institutes, you can start thinking about other examinations without wasting an academic year.
Missed IIT Seat In JEE Advanced
If you have missed the engineering seat in IIT though you qualified in JEE Advanced. Then you can plan to go for the second attempt because the chances you'll get an admit this time are high. However, if you have cracked the other entrance examinations such as BITSAT, take that into account as those institutes are as good as IITs.
Can You Devote One More Year
Candidates aiming for the second attempt should consider various factors before taking a decision because devoting one more year for the JEE examination at this age is truly a risk.
As the JEE Main is going to be conducted twice, students can strategically plan to crack the examination. We suggest aspirants be patient until the JoSAA counselling is completed. Once the final seat allotment in JoSAA is done, then start thinking about reappearing for the JEE Main exam.