Getting admissions in any of the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) depends on the marks you score in your JEE mains. You have to prepare by setting a goal and by keeping in mind the cut off scores from the previous years. JEE exams not just question your intellect but also your ability to tackle given situations on the spot and reason out what could be the best possibility on the given conditions. Therefore, a thorough study and research are required if you want to crack these examinations and secure a good position in one of the top institutes of technology in our country.
The cut-off marks are the finishing lines which you have to reach to qualify to be among those who get a chance to take admissions in the reputed institutes of engineering. However, your aim should not just be focused on entering a particular university but you should keep in mind some alternatives too. This is because different institutes set different cut off marks and this cut-offs also vary for the different categories of applicants which they belong to. Sometimes, what happens is, the applicant cannot get through his desired college for his ranking or cut-off but the same marks and rank could get him into an institute which he had not even considered before appearing for the JEE main. Therefore, it is necessary to keep alternatives in mind.
Listed below are some of the factors elaborated to give you an insight on the operation of the cut off marks set up by various NITs in the forum. We will also give you a brief variation on the JEE Main colleges opening and closing rank.
Number of Applicants in the Examinations – Since these exams are held on a national level it is obvious that there will be a huge number of applicants appearing for the examination to seek admission in the top institutes of the state. However, when there are more applications, the competition becomes more difficult as there are so many competing against each other. Thus, the corrections are done strictly and cut-offs are usually high.
Availability of Seats for Admission – It is one of the most important factors on which cut-offs are based. Many reputed institutes have limited seats and so they set high percentages as cut-offs so that the competition grows tough and more and more students compete to secure a place in those reputed institutes. When there are too many seats available in a particular institute, chances are there that they could set a comparatively lower cut off than those with the limited seating capacity. Hence the cut-off marks are also largely influenced by the factor which determines the availability of seats.
Level of Difficulty in the Examination – This is one of the factors which you may have noticed in your previous board examinations as well. You should know that whenever any institute or body sets tough question papers or increases the level of difficulty in the examination, they are pretty lenient on the applicants while the corrections are done. Similarly, when JEE Main question papers are extremely tough, the institutes set low cut off marks so that more applicants could try their luck into getting admissions in reputed institutes.
Cut-offs that has been Trending Over the Past Few Years – If you have appeared for the January 2020 session of the JEE Main or if you are planning to appear for the April 2020 session of the JEE Main, you should go through the previous years’ cut-offs like NIT cut off 2016, NIT cut off 2017, NIT cut off 2018 and NIT cut off 2019. Check out the percentages and draw your observation on the JEE Main colleges opening and closing rank as well.
The Category of Applicants – You should be aware those belonging to SC, ST or OBC of the population are always given preferences and allowances over other applicants belonging to the general category. It is not just in the field of education but in all the other aspects of employment, reservation of seats in the parliament, etc. Therefore, if you are one among these then chances are there that you will be given the opportunity and privilege to get admissions in reputed NITs even with lower cut-offs.
Here is an example for you to get a better understanding of the terms. Say for example, based on the NIT cut off 2016 or NIT cut off 2019, the opening and closing rank of 20 applicants taking admission in a well-reputed NIT is 1012 and 4023. It implies that the highest scoring student taking admission is ranked 1012 and the lowest scoring student taking admission is 4032. Thus, the ranks of these applicants together make the opening and closing ranks for the institutes to maintain a record over the past years.
JEE Mains is conducted twice a year by the National Testing Agency (NTA) to test the eligibility of candidates for getting into the reputed institutes and universities of the nation offering bachelor degree courses in engineering (B. E), technology (B. Tech), architecture (B. Arch) and planning (B. Plan). The above-listed points are the main factors that impose a vast impact on the institutes on releasing their cut off percentages. And yes, you should not get confused by the NIT opening and closing ranks as these are just the range in which applicants have taken admission into an institute.