Many students who opt for science spend 2-4 years in preparation for their engineering or medical entrance exams. These students give their all – relentless studies, persistent coaching and sleepless nights. However, with the sheer number of entrants every year, the number of failures is not all impossible!
Any student needs to have a backup plan in place, but alas, not many keep one, and that is the reason many are left clueless of what to do if they have not got the proper rank in the entrance exams. So, what comes next?
What is NEET/ JEE/ NATA?
JEE or Joint Entrance Exam and NATA are the two competitive exams held every year for students who are seeking to pursue architecture or engineering courses in India.
The IIT-JEE mains are held twice every year for IIT aspirants and students who aspire to pursue B.Tech from the most prestigious institutes of India – Indian Institute of Technology. Last year, close to 10 lakh students had appeared for this examination, making it one of the most competitive examinations in the country. The final examination follows two phases of filtration wherein approximately ten thousand students register their seats in one of the 23 IIT’s of the country.
NATA is short for National Aptitude Test in Architecture, which is conducted by the Council of Architecture for students who are aspiring to pursue a Bachelor in Architecture. It is held twice a year for students to gain admissions into renowned architecture institutes in India. Close to one lakh, eighty-four thousand students appeared for the exam last year in the two exam sessions put together. Though NATA has no negative marking like the JEE Mains, it requires students to be adept with both drawing and technical skills to be able to crack a good rank in the exam.
The NATA syllabus tests students on all technical topics related to architecture such as the history and current ideas of structures, monuments, and logos whereas JEE Mains evaluates students on their Mathematics ability at a slightly higher level. NEET stands for National Eligibility cum Entrance Exam which is the qualifying examination for students looking to pursue further studies in the medical stream, for courses in MBBS/BDS. It is a single umbrella that covers more than 600 medical and dental colleges in India. Around fifteen lakh students appear for the exams this year. And, the governing body noticed a spike in registrations despite the pandemic.
What are the options beyond NEET/ JEE/ NATA?
Lakhs of students appear for these exams. However, with a limited number of seats and limited institutions who can provide a standardized level of education for the aspirants and job placements, each passing year becomes more competitive for students. This reality doesn’t even touch upon the various tragic natural events, travel restrictions, etc. due to which a lot of our student community in India have to look the other way to build a fulfilling career and life.
From the beginning, our society has furthered the cause of engineering, medical as a career with a stable future, however, in the current scenario and the new normal, career development has taken a significant shift. We can confidently say in today’s digitalized world that there are options for our students beyond a NEET/JEE/NATA. In this digital age, design has become prominent in product development, organizational development, and reasoning etc. Such skills can help us transform the future. In the period of creativity and design, it has opened up avenues that we could not fathom in the last decade or so. Whether it’s producing a Youtube channel, developing games, designing automobiles or building apps – design has become an integral part. It is, for this reason, there is a certain level of admiration, appreciation and respect for design-centric organizations all over the world.
For students, it becomes a question on how they can enter this world of creativity and imagination and join the future. There are other options for students in today’s age and time beyond NEET/JEE/NATA that not just provide a stable but also a fulfilling career as well.
There are hundreds of career options now available for the youth to pursue with an immense amount of lucrative opportunities if not more than the traditional engineering, medical and architecture fields.
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Growth and Opportunities
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Scope of innovation and creativity
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To sum everything up, engineering and medical are careers – dream or nightmare depends on the prerogative. And with the advent of technology, we live in these transformative times where gainful opportunities have opened up for future-led jobs. Countless students decide every year not to become an engineer or drop out of engineering colleges due to various factors; I am sure after reading this, you will make the right decision. Not going ahead with JEE/NEET/NATA may turn out to be such a bad thing after all.