Every year thousands of aspirants appear for IIT JEE but only limited qualifiers are able to make it for admissions to IITs. Moreover, the out of the total aspirants who appear for JEE Mains, only 20% are able to qualify for JEE Advanced, which is the next challenge for admissions to IITs, NITs, IIITs and CFTIs. The competition is tough and students are stressed, therefore, they decide to drop a year and prepare for the exam. But, students should know when to drop a year for IIT JEE preparation and why?
There are various reasons that stop students from cracking JEE Main, most commonly –
- Anxiety for exam – Even though students are prepared well for exams but they are not able to perform their best because they are under stress due to competition as in JEE Main there are more than 11 lakh aspirants who appear for the exam every year.
- Unpreparedness – Students, who are also appearing in the board examination in the same year as IIT JEE, only prepare enough to pass in the board exams. They appear in JEE Main exam only for trying to get an experience and not to qualify the exam. In such cases, students should not prepare for JEE Main exams again, as they don’t have serious interest in qualifying the exam.
Here we are discussing the reasons why students re-appear in JEE Mains. Let's know about those reasons in detail:
1. When they don’t get their choice of branch in IIT:
Generally, students who qualify IIT JEE exam but do not get their choice of branch in their chosen IIT decide to re-appear for the exam. They put in their efforts and hard work and their experience from previous attempt to achieve their desired goal of getting admission into the interested branch of engineering.
2. Not being among top ranks of JEE Advanced:
Students who could not get good rank in JEE Advanced even after getting top rank in JEE Main, so they prefer to appear for the exams again. There are cases when a topper student who has got AIR 1 or AIR 5 in JEE Main but in JEE Advanced their ranks drop to near AIR 13 or 20 or lower than this as well. Their chances of getting into top IITs or their choice of the branch also drops so they decide to appear for the exams again.
3. Failing in JEE Advanced:
IIT aspirants work really hard to qualify for JEE Main and be among top ranks of total 2, 24, 000 students who get to appear in JEE Advanced. But if students fail the advanced level of IIT JEE admissions, then they have to attempt the exams again to qualify for admission and fulfil their dream of getting into IIT.
4. Not getting good rank in JEE Main:
Students are admitted into IITs on basis of the rank list after they qualify JEE Main as well as JEE Advanced as there is limited seats for engineering courses. Candidates who will be among the top rankers of the rank lists will be able to secure a seat in any of the premier engineering colleges such as National Institute of Technology (NITs), Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIITs) besides IITs. However, students who could not get good rank as required will have to appear for the exam again and ensure that
5. Not getting a premier college with JEE Main Rank:
Students go through rigorous exam preparation to get into good college, a premium engineering college. However, if they do not get a good college then they are not satisfied and hence, they appear for the exam again.
Conclusion: After considering all the options mentioned above, students who are appearing for JEE Main and JEE Advanced this year, they can strategise for their dream of getting admissions in IITs. If students have doubts in qualifying for the exam in their first attempt then they can drop a year for preparation. If they feel they can appear in the engineering entrance exam to get an idea of how to attempt the exams, then they can take the mock tests before attempting the exam. The students will get only limited chances to qualify for IIT JEE, so they must think about all possible scenarios before taking a drop.