Congratulations! Clearing one of the India’s most prestigious examination is a herculean task, as a result of pouring out hours of hard work, battling with the cruelest question paper in scorching summer heat, qualifying the exam seems a sweet victory. But, it was only a major part of the process for getting admission to IIT’s, the challenging sequel lies ahead of you termed as ‘counseling’. It will test your decision making ability and surely making you realize righteousness of your choices. This guide aids to simplify the counseling process.
What is counseling?
Counseling is the process by which institutes (IITs) jointly offers a candidate after qualifying IIT-JEE or JEE Advanced, a seat in courses available in the institute. This process is based on the rank that candidate achieves while qualifying or the examination, based on the choices filled by all the candidates, seats are allotted in the ‘Seat allotment rounds’ conducted by Joint Seat Allocation authority (JoSSA), solely based on the higher rank basis (the better the rank, more will be your chances of getting seat).
1. Working with incentives
Since, you have just cleared JEE, you might not have any idea about the courses and the academics at IITs. What you have just studied might pull your incentives towards research (ex-physics), but don’t let be fooled over short emotions, research requires consistency and hard work over the years and IITs aren’t simply praised for research but rather placements. I have experienced myself passion for research of students fading away as early as start of first semester. If you are still determined for research then choosing IISc (for sciences), ISI (for maths, not ISIS :)) will be fruitful to you.
I will assume that you are one of those students who have only dreamt of IIT as sole means of getting good placement (job). But running after placements choosing the branch keeping you depressingly awake at night is no good. Trust me, after reading the post you’ll have enough information for making right decisions about your future.
2. Dilemma of Branch / College?
If you are facing trade off like ‘Should I choose Chemical Engineering at IIT Kanpur or Computer Science & Engineering at new IITs like IIT(ISM)?’, Then you should read carefully. For your convenience we have added details about all the branches with their curriculum (what you take away with degree), placements, internships, research fields etc. We recommend you using our search bar or by the link below, and reading the post on the branches you want to evaluate.
Also Read: Details of Branches offered by IIT’s
Answer the following questions:
- After skimming curriculum of both branches, choose the case in which you lie:
- ‘I didn’t find either branch interesting‘ : Prefer college keeping recent placement data in mind.
- ‘Fine with both‘: Prefer college keeping recent placement data in mind.
- ‘I found one of them interesting and hated other‘ : Choose branch
- If you have question like: ‘I like the branch at IIT-X(say) but considering IIT-Y(say) as better college I am probable to a branch I don’t like‘. Let’s break it down by emphasizing:
- Placement: If IIT-X’s branch (which you like) has better placement than IIT-Y’s branch (which you don’t like), then I would suggest you to trade-off college for better branch. Atleast you’ll love what you do, rether than cursing every second for 4/5 years of your life in college and afterwards.
- Curriculum: If you feel like the curriculum seems uninteresting of IIT-Y, then choose simply choose IIT-X. Trust me, you won’t remorse afterwards.
Let me tell you that it will matter which branch you choose for lifetime and as the brand name is of the IIT and not significantly of the institute, you might be cussing yourself for choosing low ranked IIT, but that will sway away after just 4 years. So that might be why you want to choose over the branch. Give preference to your incentive because choosing non-conventional branch with low opening and closing rank can make you feel humiliated sometime and if low placement then it’s like salt to the wound.
If you seriously want a better IIT irrespective of the branch, then I would like you to suggest some risky alternative (benefits of IIT) which IITs allow their students.
A risky alternative
- Branch Change: You can apply for a branch change if you have sufficiently high grades at the end of the first year or first semester (at some IITs). Branch change can be done across branches which varies according to the IITs. You can refer to the branch change rule here.
- Minor Degree: You can also apply for a minor degree at the send of second year and you are required to take additional courses based on the minor you want to choose alongside your major, it increases work load but works for hard-workers. The students of other discipline can opt for the Minor degree in the third year of their undergraduate programme.
- After both of the above possibilities you can choose to study which branch you like at any IIT by consulting professor who is allotted the course. You can learn sideways and apply for off campus placement, but many companies especially the high paying ones have ‘open to all’ criteria.
Some points worth considering if you like to go with branch preference at low ranked IIT. It’s better if you know your college better:
- Fake Information: You might not know about the IIT situated at hundreds of kilometers away, using online websites as a tool like – ‘quora’ can misguide you. Don’t be fooled by the lucrative information people post, to praise their college for reputation. Just like TV commercials, those people brandish their institute as if comparable to MIT.
- Brochures: I am not insane adding institute’s brochure to unreliable source for information. Reason is that in governmental colleges process take long time, being signed by authorities at various levels can be time consuming. It takes 10+ for an IIT campus to build and brochures contain information about future developments, it is possible for you to graduate with the development still in progress! (Asia’s largest library @IIT(ISM) is still in development phase, but 2013-17 batch graduated while waiting inauguration.)
If you can then have a trip to the IIT you wish you have a chance, analyze the facts, facilities you think you could get. You then would have a chance to change your preferences while you still can.
3. Creating preference list
Now that you have done choosing over the branch and prioritizing yourself over the branches and institutes, I think you have information for making a list about the choices you will make at the time of choice filling. You can follow the steps:
- Raw Data: Go to JoSSA site and copy all the opening and closing ranks for all the courses at all the IITs, and paste them to an excel spreadsheet. It’s easier to work in excel for that type of data.
- Start filling choices right from the starting ( ex. – IITB (CSE) -> IITD(CSE) and so on). Even if you have no chance of getting the branch filling the choice with few clicks takes a couple of seconds. You should fill every possible option.
- Closing ranks fluctuates every year, as the allotment round advances you can see significant change in closing ranks as compared to that it was in first round. If would not want to lament over a branch by simply thinking you wouldn’t get it according to last year’s statistics.
- End you list till you exhaust the possibilities or you have a margin of about a 2000 rank from your rank. I have seen people within top 200 filling as long as 70 choices, while they would have been locked at 3rd -4th choice.
- Save it and try gathering more information about the probable branch at institute’s website.
I cannot emphasize more but there’s no harm in filling many choices even if you seem they are redundant. What if your preferred had higher cut-off and you are out of the option, you won’t be allotted any seat and system will put you out of the counseling.
4. Filling of the choices
Fill your choices as early as possible, there can be last minute failures like your internet connectivity issues or server overload (common at the very end of time because of peak in users).
5. Post seat allocation
Now that you have successfully received a seat at IIT, struggling with the tremendously daunting syllabus and those decisions you are now at IIT, but ah-ah you have to go the IIT for seat acquisition process which depends on various IITs. Check your JoSSA page regularly for notices regarding the institute’s call notice.