What to do After JEE Main 2019?

Important Question for Any JEE aspirant - "What after JEE Mains?”

If I ask any engineering aspirant, “What is the most sought engineering exam for entry level?”, everyone will shout “JEE Mains & JEE Advanced” without any hesitation. Well, clearing JEE Mains means you have moved a step ahead towards getting admission in IIT/ NITs. But if I ask, “What after JEE Mains?”, as a JEE aspirant, you might not answer confidently till you get your JEE Mains result. For January exam, you already got your JEE Mains result, but you have to wait till May 30, 2019, if you attempt JEE Main in April.

In this blog, I will discuss the answer of a most important question for any JEE aspirant - "What after JEE Mains?”

Let’s come to the practical world!

  • • What if your JEE Mains score is low?

  • • What if your JEE Main Results did not meet the cut-off?

  • • What if, you have qualified for JEE Advanced?


  • Here we will look at different possibilities, and answer the question ‘What after JEE Mains”.

    First of all, check the official answer key to calculate your estimated score. Just compare your answers with the answer key provided by different institutes. When you know your score, you can actually guess your rank. This actually will help you to make a decision early, if you should start preparing for JEE Advanced or make your mind for counseling or plan something else!

    Your JEE Mains Results are Out!

    Scenario 1:

    If your JEE Mains score gets you rank among top 2,24,000 Candidates, then start preparing for JEE Advanced (May 27, 2019) without wasting time. These 2Lakh+ candidates will actually compete for 11k+ seats offered by the 23 IITs & 17K+ seats offered by the 31 NITs.

    And not only just IITs or NITs, but also you can get a seat in IISc (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore), IISERs (Indian Institutes of Science Education & Research), and IIST (Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram) with your JEE Advanced score!

    After your JEE Advanced score is out, you will be allotted seats in prestigious engineering colleges through JoSAA counseling (March for January session; June for April session).


    Scenario 2:

    Your JEE Mains Score actually did not meet the cutoff! You will feel bad but don’t be depressed. There are other good colleges accepting JEE Main Score too apart from NITs & IITs where you can pursue engineering and make a bright career. Just relax, stay positive and shortlist the good engineering colleges that accept JEE Score. Apart from that, if there is time, just appear for state JEE exams where fetching a good score can help you get a seat in a govt. Engineering college.

    Top Engineering Colleges other than IITs & NITs

    Other than IIITs, NITs, IITs, and CFTIs there are many engineering entrance exam options that can get you a seat in a top engineering college. There are state-level & private engineering entrance exams through which you can grab a seat in one of the prestigious engineering institutes. Apart from JEE, appear in other engineering entrance examination to get advantage from a wide range of selection.

    Various State-level Engineering Entrance Exam

    Don’t think that these state-level examinations are easy or fetching a good score will not get you a good institute! If you think so, you are totally wrong. These state level entrance exams are an entry key to the best government engineering institutes and you will be preferred over other aspirants if you meet the domicile requirements.

    There are some colleges in some states that consider JEE Main results, but it’s better to attempt state-entrance exam for a better opportunity!

    So fill your form for the top state-level engineering entrance exam as a back-up plan.

    Entrance ExamStateApplication Deadline (2019)
    AP EAMCETAndhra PradeshMarch 27
    Assam CEEAssamMarch 30
    BCECEBihar1st week of April
    CG PETChhattisgarhApril 7
    GCETGoaMarch 30
    GUJCETGujratFeb 16
    HPCETHimachal Pradesh April 28
    JEECE Jharkhand3rd week of April
    JKCET Jammu and KashmirMarch 27
    KCETKarnatakaMarch 20
    KEAMKeralaMarch 4
    MHT CETMaharashtraMarch 23
    TJEETripuraFeb 10
    TS EAMCETJNTU), HyderabadApril 11
    UPSEEUttar PradeshMarch 25
    WBJEEWest BengalJan 23


    Not only just state level exams but also there are some private engineering exams also that can fulfill your engineering dream! Here is a list of all those exams through which you can get a seat in those private engineering colleges.

    Exam NameCollege(s) where you can get admissionTimes ConductedConducting Body
    BITSATBirla Institute of Technology, And Science in Goa, Pilani, and HyderabadOnce in a yearBirla Institute of Technology and Science
    VITEEEVIT’s Vellore, Chennai, Bhopal, and Amravati campuses.sameVellore Institute of Technology
    KIITEEKalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), BhubaneswarsameKIIT, Bhubaneshwar
    SRMJEESRM Campuses in Kattankulathur, Ramapuram, Vadapalani and Ghaziabad campuses of SRM Institute of Science and Technology, ChennaisameSRM University


    Before you choose any college to pursue your engineering dream, check the following criteria as there are a lot of engineering colleges in India but only some of them provide quality education.

    So, What Should You Check Before You Pick A College?

  • Curriculum – The curriculum should be as per the industry demands & norms. And, it must be approved by a University.


  • Faculty – Besides curriculum, don’t forget to check the faculty who will be responsible to share knowledge of your interest. Go through their qualification, experience level and have a look at the student-teacher ratio.


  • Infrastructure –If you think ‘Infrastructure’ means a well-constructed building on a big campus, you are not right. Check if the college has modern pieces of equipment in laboratories, a good computer lab with proper systems, classrooms that can accommodate all students, recent journals & books in libraries and many more.


  • Reputation of The College – The college should be accredited by NBA or NAAC, as these are quality indicators in Academic delivery Standard.


  • Placement Record – Last but not least, placement! It’s something every student looks for when he or she completes a course. Just look out for the placement record of the college, talk to the alumni, final year students and get to know about the companies that visit the campus, salary package they provide and placed student percentage. This will actually give you a clear idea about the placement history of that college.


  • Lastly, if your score is not good in JEE Mains, you may start thinking to drop a year and prepare for JEE Mains again! But, I would say that’s not at all a great idea to drop a year just for getting admission in JEE. Instead, enroll in a university or college and study engineering or science but again, dropping a year and prepare again for JEE-this is totally your choice based on the situation!