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Backlogs in Engineering (B Tech): Effects, Consequences on Career and Job Prospects

Oct 17, 2016 17:42 IST
    Backlogs in Engineering
    Backlogs in Engineering

    Sometimes inspite of studying hard one gets backlog in a semester exam. Several questions cross our mind regarding clearance of backlogs and its effect on our career and job prospects. In this article you will get solutions for all these questions.

    What exactly is backlog?

    The word backlog is used to refer to the number of failed courses that haven't yet been cleared. Sometimes, it can just be used to refer such yet-to-be-cleared courses at the end of the fourth (normally, the final) year.

    To give you are clearer picture: Let’s say a person X fails in subject A of 3rdsemester. That person doesn’t have to stay in the 3rdsemester. Instead, that person can write and clear subject A in addition to the exams atthe end of 4th semester.

    Several questions cross our mind regarding clearance of backlogs and its effect on our career and job prospects.

    We at Jagranjosh.com will try to clear some of the most anticipated and genuine doubts of students regarding backlogs.

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    1. If you get a backlog in any subject in the first year, does it harm your intern and job prospects?

    The answer is NO. Until and unless you are not able to qualify this backlog till the date you are going for your internship, it’s not going to harm your intern or job. But you have to qualify it before applying for internship because the company may ask about it and you may lose any opportunity.
    Every company has different sets of criteria when it comes to backlogs. Some companies allow one Active backlog while others allow only Passive backlogs. A company like TCS sometimes allows 1 year drop in campus placements.
    But an eligibility criterion only decides if you're eligible to sit for the Aptitude Test or not. A backlog doesn’t really matter in the later stages. Nobody bothers about your backlogs if you perform well in interviews; the only condition is that you have to clear them before your course ends.

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    2. Can a backlog in any of the subject which I got during mycourse of engineering, will ruin my career?

    NO.One backlog in engineering won't ruin your career.Backlog doesn't mean you have less knowledge in that subject. Always remember that; in engineering sometimes getting with the exams is like adjusting with the system. Ups and downs are the part of engineering. We all are habituated to get good grades till class XIIth  and suddenly when we face situation in engineering we just cannot résumé as we are not used to such learning System. So, one should generally take this backlog as a turning point in his/herlife, and try to learn from the mistakes. You must be good at what you study and you should find a job only where you get to do what you are good at and what you love to do.

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    3. How to make a comeback after getting more than two or three backlogs in the first or second year of engineering?

    The answer lies in three D’s
    Discipline, Dedication and Diligent Work:Start working on your weak point. Try to know the reason of your failure, Chalk out a plan and work on it to make that failure your strongest point. This all should be followed with discipline on regular basis without failing for a day or two.
    Attend your classes regularly, make notes and always solve previous year’s papers.

    Procrastination- Beat it, and get better off it. Try to develop an obsession or a burning desire in your mind, to excel again and again. Whenever your feel like retreating from studying; always remember that you are on the verge of repeating the same mistake that led to your failure in the past.
    Time management is very essential try to get habituatedwith it.
    Jagranjosh.com hopes this article will help you a lot in knowing and getting away with the fear of backlogs. Remember! Success belongs to relentless learners! Try to learn something new every day!!


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