I still remember the day when I gave my JEE 2017. My centre was one of NITs and my expectation had also melt down from IIT to NIT post my test series results. From the dream of getting into one of the IITs, now I was ready to settle for any of the NIT.

I entered the examination hall at around 8 AM. As is customary, my father dropped me at the centre even though I could have easily gone by myself. I had crammed all the shortcuts and formulae for JEE(Main). It was time to apply those. Question papers were distributed at around 9:20 AM and exam started at 9:30 AM sharp. As soon as I got the paper, I realised that questions this time were different from previous JEE questions. I had obviously taken the previous tests multiple times. I thought it was good as it would take the cutoff down.

I started my paper with math’s section. I generally follow the sequence of Maths, Chemistry & Physics. This is because, for me, Mathematics is the toughest section in paper, followed by Physics and Chemistry.   I start with Maths as it requires most time and analysis, Chemistry in between provides a breather. Chemistry is more of a fact based exam. You either know it or you do not.

Mathematics section was tougher than expected. I was done with Mathematics with 20 minutes before half time. Then, I switched to Chemistry. Chemistry was easy and most of it was directly from NCERT. So, if anyone is planning take JEE(main) in future,  be very thorough with NCERT. One should be clear with all the concepts and formulae mention in the NCERT book. Conceptual clarity is a must to answer the question. I had an hour to spare for Physics. Physics questions were of intermediate difficulty level. There were few questions which were testing multiple concepts together; let’s say the friction and buoyant force.

These are following pointers which I want to share with other JEE aspirants-

1)      It’s very important to know when to give up. There were times when I thought I had the answer if I devoted little extra time. But rather than devoting too much time on one question and risking others, I would simply flag these questions to review later.

2)      If you do not know an answer. You may also try to eliminate the options that you know for sure are wrong. Out of 4, if you can eliminate 3 choices, you have your answer. If you eliminate 2, you have better odds even if you take a guess. Always take an informed guess. Blind guessing is NOT advisable at all.

3)      It is very important to keep a time check. Every hour, take a minute break and assess your progress and recalibrate your speed accordingly.

Finally, the bell rang. It was 12 noon.  Invigilator was standing infront of my desk. I requested him to give me few extra seconds so that I could mark few of the Maths questions that I had left for review. But he insisted and snatched the answer sheet.


I came out of the exam centre and my parents were waiting outside. They had the most clichéd question that every parent ask, “Kaisa Hua?”. I also replied how everyone else does, “Theek hua”. Then we strolled around the campus. The campus was huge with greenery all around. There were multiple hostels and academic blocks and it was all very luring. But somewhere in my mind I was still juggling through the questions. There were few questions where I had got the unit wrong or forgot to divide the sum by 2 to get the final answer.

My parents were busy talking to students presently studying in NIT. The journalist in them had taken the driver’s seat and they interviewed students about various branches, the faculty, the facilities, the food in mess, their branch, their CGPA and last but not the least, the PLACEMENTS.

After all this, we finally went back to home. Later in the evening, I checked my tentative score. There was detailed solution available on JEEtips.com website. After evaluating the paper, I was very thankful to the invigilator. The Maths section was tricky one and I would have scored negative if I would have taken wild guesses at the eleventh hour.  My score is good enough to get me into one of the better institutes in India.

Fingers crossed. Hoping for the best!


Written by Aashish Aryan

I am angry. Very very angry. And my anger has its reason. Sample this. The IIT-JEE results come out, each year. And with them come the claims of most of the coaching institutes that the toppers of these exams were their own students. Is it humanely possible that each one of these toppers could have studied at all these coaching institutes at the same time in the same year?

Each year these institutes lay claim on the respective toppers and top hundred rankers of the various coaching institutes. And it is highly possible that most of the top hundred students might have been their students, but where I disagree is the claim that they lay on the top few rankers.

The concern is because India is a country where the age old theory of that what bells – sells (Jo dikhta hai wahi bikta hai) is widely accepted. The parents want their child to be the toppers in all the competitive exams that they appear. And so they are sent to concentration camps which exist primarily in KOTA! And coaching institute they choose is widely based on the ad that these institutes place in various electronic and print media.

The problem that arises here is any institute, by paying the toppers some amount of money registers them as their own students and this is where it misleads the common man! (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/State-toppers-roll-in-wealth/articleshow/8669957.cms)

The parents also admit their own wards into the same institute with the hope that someday he/she too shall make them proud! Aren’t they misguided? So who is to be blamed? The coaching institutes which pay money and buy these toppers and their statements or the toppers themselves who to a point mislead their juniors, the appearing students?

A mother never lays claim on the success of her child, if the child does not bother to thank her! She still wants her child to have the best of life. But what is evident from these so called educational coaching centers that they are hardly concerned with the education they impart. This system is like the slow parasite which is surely and steadily weakening the education that we are proud of! What should bother us more is that these competitive exams toppers are that top cream layer of the millions who fill forms and sit for these exams. And if they endorse the wrong institute just for money, chaos is ensured. Somebody just needs to tell them the very well understood but rarely used fact that “With great power comes great responsibility.”

This practice is really pathetic and needs immediate addressing. Of course no rules can be applied to it, but the toppers themselves should abstain from promoting such fake money minting agencies. I do not understand as to how their soul allows them to sell their hard work of the entire year or two to these cheap idiots. This not only baffles me but also raises doubts over the mindset with which these students burn the midnight lamp oil.


I have never been a topper of any of the competitive exams till date. But these conditions raise a certain doubt in my mind on how the brain pattern of these students works.

And if it is bound to be in the way we see it these days, I quit the desire to top.


Dear All,

When I joined my college 4 years back, first question my parents inquired about, whenever I called back home was regarding ragging. Not only me but my entire family was stressed out due to the daemon called ragging. We were treated as if we were the least wanted species on earth. We were made to do everything that as human we were not supposed to do. In the garb of introducing us to college life, our seniors made our life hellish. We had to make class notes for seniors, take their cloths to laundry and complete their lab manuals etc. Some amongst us dared to complaint to authorities, but hardly any action was taken.

But there was a silver lining in this gloomy picture. By the end of first semester, we all were bound into a family. We would get all the books and notes from our seniors. They cared about us like our elder brother. The best part was your ‘boss’ (this is what we called our seniors) would never let you pay for anything. Suppose you were in the college canteen and your boss happened to come there, then he would have to pay for whatever you eat. So this was the price that seniors had to pay for entire four years.

But every junior didn’t have such a happy ending to his story. Many like Durgesh Shukla, Chetan Raj, S. P. Manoj lost their life or were forced to commit suicide due to ragging menace. Finally impelled by Aman Kachroo's death, University Grants Commission (UGC) framed UGC Regulations on curbing the menace of ragging in Higher Educational Institutions, 2009, in order to prohibit, prevent and eliminate the scourge of ragging in Indian Universities. This has made ragging a criminal Offence.

In addition, Apex court has issued following directives to be implemented without any further lapse of time
(1)The   punishment   to   be   meted   out   has   to   be   exemplary and justifiably harsh to act as a deterrent against recurrence of such incidents.
(2)  Every   single   incident   of  ragging where   the   victim   or his parent/guardian   or   the   Head   of   institution   is   not   satisfied   with  the institutional arrangement for action, a First Information Report (FIR) must be filed without exception by the institutional authorities with the local police authorities. Any   failure   on   the   part   of   the   institutional   authority   or negligence or deliberate delay in lodging the FIRwith the local police shall be   construed   to   be   an   act   of   culpable   negligence   on   the   part   of   the institutional   authority.  If   any   victim   or   his   parent/guardian   of  ragging intends   to   file   FIR   directly   with   the   police,   that   will   not   absolve   the institutional authority from the requirement of filing the FIR.
(3) Courts   should   make   an   effort   to   ensure   that   cases   involving ragging are taken up on  a priority basis to send the correct messagethat ragging is not only to be discourages but also to be dealt with sternness.
(4) In   addition,   the court directed the   possibility   of   introducing   in   the educational   curriculum   a   subject   relating   to   ragging shall   beexplored   by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and the   respective   State   Council   of   Educational  Research   and   Training (SCERT).     This   aspect   can   be   included   in   the   teaching   of   the   subjects "Human Rights".
(5)  In the prospectus   to   be   issued   for   admission   by   educational institutions,   it   shall   be   clearly   stipulated   that   in   case   the   applicant  for admission is found to have indulged in ragging in the past or if it is noticed later that he has indulged in ragging, admission may be refused or he shall be expelled from the educational institution.
(6) The Central Government and the State Governments shall launch a programme   giving   wide   publicity   to   the   menace   of   ragging and   the consequences   which   follow   in   case   any   student   is   detected   to   have   been involved in ragging.
(7) It   shall   be   the   collective   responsibility   of   the   authorities   and functionaries of the concerned institution and their role shall also be open to scrutiny for the purpose of finding out whether they have taken effective steps   for   preventing   ragging and   in   case   of   their   failure,   action  can   be taken; for example, denial of any grant-in-aid or assistance from the State Governments.
(8) Anti-ragging committees and squads shall be forthwith formed by the institutions and   it shall be   the job   of   the   committee or   the squad, as the case   may   be,   to   see   that   the   Committee's   recommendations, particularly those noted above, are observed without exception and if it is noticed that there is any deviation, the same shall be forthwith brought to the notice of this court.
(9) The   Committee   constituted   pursuant   to   the   order   of   this  Court shall   continue   to   monitor   the   functioning   of   the   anti-ragging committees and the squads to be formed.  They shall also monitor the implementation of the recommendations to which reference has been made above.

These steps have drastically reduced the ragging. Many colleges have been successful in establishing ‘zero ragging campus’.There have been two severe impacts of Anti-ragging act by UGC-
1) Most students don’t dare to promote or encourage ragging activities due to heavy penalties and punishment that they may invite if they are caught.2) College has no option but to take stern steps if any genuine ragging incident is reported by any student. (For details refer http://www.ugc.ac.in/ragging.html)

This is a good news for all parents and children who are too tensed in apprehension of ragging. With UGS empowering you with Anti ragging act, you may not be ragged at all. I personally feel that you should not mind if you are asked to introduce yourself. But anything beyond that, you

1)can access the Toll Free Helpline 1800-180-5522 and register your complaint
2) contact Ed. CIL (India) Limited, Ed.CIL House, 18A, Sector-16A, Noida-201 301, UP.

Wishing you a ragging free and success full college life

Your Elder Brother.


Don’t follow the crowd. Pursue your passion. Students generally have craze for computer science or electronics, but what one needs to realize is that the branch one chooses would become one’s profession and would remain for life-time. So select your branch judiciously, follow your instincts. No branch is good or bad. Every branch has infinite opportunities and possibilities. If a person who is inclined towards mechanical designs opts for computer Science just under peer pressure, he might repent his decision for ever.

Every branch has its own pros and cons. Electrical, Civil and Mechanical engineering are core branches and are evergreen. Computer Science and Electronics has seen a huge boom in the recent years. Biotechnology, aerospace and industrial engineering have incredible demand abroad. So the point which we want to drive home is, if you are a good engineer, no matter whatever branch you may belong to, you would be placed at par with anyone.


Generally during counseling, we are in dilemma whether to go to our dream college or to pursue our dream course. Ofcourse if one gets both together, one can’t ask for anything better. But that is not the case always. In such situations many students compromise with branch and opt for a good college or vice-versa. AIEEENOW recommends you to be flexible in your approach. Try to get the branch of your choice in a reputed college. Always give preference to your branch but make sure that you don’t compromise with the college too much. In the end, it’s the reputation of the college that makes your degree worthy.

In case you find yourself compromising too much with both the branch and college, there is some serious flaw in your planning and approach and you need to consult JEEtips



There are following 2 contrasting differences between JEE Main 2017 and 2016

1)      There will be no weightage of Class XII th marks in calculating JEE Main rank.

2)      For students to be eligible for the admission into IITs, NITs, IIITs or other centrally funded technical institutes that consider the rank of JEE(Main)/ JEE(Advanced), candidate should have secured atleast 75% marks in Class 12th or be in the top 20 percentile of the respective boards (whichever is lower)
For SC/ST the qualifying marks would be 65% in class 12th board.

This changes the overall college allotment process for this year. Unlike previous years where the rank was calculated by giving 40% weightage to class 12th marks and 60% weightage to JEE marks to finally arrive at the cumulative rank, this time you just have to have the threshold percentage. Anyone who has cleared the minimum requirement set would then be offered a seat as per his/her JEE rank.

Once you have your JEE rank, next big hurdle is to grab the best seat available at your rank through Central Seat Allocation Board. Let’s discuss in detail as to how you should fill your choice while counseling.   




First of all you should demarcate all the colleges that you can take admission into. Categorize all the participating institutions into a list of three

(i)Dream Colleges


(iii)Not at all


Dream Colleges would be those, in which you would like to get into anyway. All colleges which may not be your first preference but you would not mind getting into them would fall into ‘comfortable’ list. And colleges which you would never join whatsoever branch you get should fall under ‘Not at all’ list. 

This list may vary from person to person and should strictly be based on one’s AIR. For instance: SVNIT Surat may be Dream College for one while other might not consider it at all.



On the same lines Categorizes all the branch available into a list three

(i)Dream Branch

(ii)Comfortable Branch

(iii)Not at all


Note: It is strongly advisable that your ‘Not at all’ list should be as small as possible as it reduces your options. 
The entire list need not be put on paper.



Look out for colleges and branches that you are most likely to get as per your rank  based on previous year’s cutoffs. Focus more on them and make sure that they are placed properly in your list. But cut-off is not the only criteria. For ex- NIT Silchar has a higher cut-off than Thapar University. But that doesn’t imply that former is better.

Prefer core branches like Mechanical over relatively newer branches like Mechtronics because core branches are evergreen.


There are two most popular approach to choice filling-

                a)College Centric Approach

                b)Branch Centric Approach


a)Branch Centric

There are students who are particular about a branch say Computer Science irrespective of College they get. So they are advised to fill choices is following manner-


1)NIT Warrangal-               Computer Science

2)NIT Tirchy-                     Computer Science

3)NIT Suratkal -                 Computer Science

4) NIT Calicut -                  Computer Science


At this point of time you should realize that Electronics in NIT W(say) is better than taking CS in MNIT Allahabad.

So you should then again repeat the same colleges

5)NIT Warrangal-         Electronics

6)NIT Tirchy-                Electronics



So the point is; you should group similar colleges together and make sure that you don’t compromise with college too much. In the end it is the college that matters most in placements.


b) College Centric Approach

There are students who are more concerned about getting into a good college than getting any particular branch. Their choice preference can be

1)NIT Warrangal-            Computer Science

2)NIT Warrangal             Electronics & Communication

3)NIT Warrangal-            Mechanical

At this point of time, Student Should realize that it would be better to opt for CS in other college than to go  for civil(say) in NIT Warrangal.

So you should continue as

4)NIT Tirchy-            Computer Science

5)NIT Tirchy             Electronics & Communication


NOTE: This list is just a suggestive list

At this point of time, it’s important to discuss these points

i) All branches are equal. There is a common myth that Computer Science is better than Mechanical (say). It all depends on personal inclination. If a person, who is inclined towards mechanical design, opts for computer Science just under peer pressure, he might repent his decision for ever.

ii) Both Branch and College Centric approach are equally effective. There is no hard and fast rule as such. Most of the time, we use both the approach together and interchangeably. The basic objective should be to strike a balance between branch and college.


You should have your final college list ready well before the last date so that you can make changes as per the indicative seats shown from time to time. This is the most crucial part. Most students procrastinate and exercise choice filling in the eleventh hour. One may commit blunders in hurry and then repent later on. So fill your tentative choices at the earliest and keep modifying as per the indicative seat matrix shown by CSAB from time to time.


NOTE: It’s not important that you get a seat in first counseling. But make sure that you don’t get a college that you don’t want at all.

Positively lock your choices by the deadline. It’s really disheartening to know that many students become ineligible just because they could not lock their choices in time.


The major dilemma arises over whether to participate in further rounds or to freeze your choice, once you are allotted any college. If you have filled your choices properly, participating in further rounds won't be a tough call. you would always get a higher preferred college in subsequent rounds.

But this golden rule is not applicable when there are fresh rounds of choice filling. Because of fresh choice filling, you may even get a worse college. Remember that once you surrender your seat, you lose your claim over that seat.


Introduction of SPOT Round is the most dramatic changes introduced by  CSAB. One or more SPOT rounds may be conducted depending on the vacancy available. But the most important point is that SPOT Rounds would occur after internal sliding in each colleges. So don’t expect any good branch to be available in spot counselling. Therefore, it won’t be a wise decision to wait for SPOT rounds.