What if you scored lower on board exams and CUET?
While applicants will be awarded a seat at all central universities based on their CUET score, colleges/universities have the freedom to consider board results (in a small percentage).
Although the fear of board results has decreased, this does not mean that students are not worried about a high threshold in central universities. “There is no doubt that the CUET exam was much easier than our board exams, but that also means the majority of students may have done well. So the cutoff will then be high, and I have friends who are not confident in their performance. In the end, it all comes down to us students worrying whether we will be able to be selected from the ever-increasing threshold,” says Rishi Khanna, a DU aspirant from Haryana.
His friend agrees with him and explains, “I’m not sure I can do very well on CUET and my score on the board exam is between 75 and 80 percent. So for me it’s the same thing. I am still stuck,” Krish said.
Many students may have scored less than 80% on board exams and they may not be doing very well on CUET either. For these students, there are many options.
Choose open universities over regular colleges: Getting lower scores on board exams or CUET is not the end of the world, and there is no need to spend a lot on private institute tuition. Students should remember that open schools/colleges are a good respite from ever-increasing thresholds and tuition fees. In open schools, applicants are not required to attend regular classes/courses (as in regular colleges), but they must attend all exams and complete assignments/projects.
Students who score lower this year may choose to be admitted to IGNOU or any other distance learning college. If one wishes to study only at the University of Delhi, he/she can also choose courses at the Campus of Open Learning (COL) (formerly known as the School of Open Learning). The COL offers 25 courses in online and offline mode, and the admission process is ongoing.
If you want to gain admission into the regular colleges of Delhi University, you can also wait for the second or third term for the off-campus colleges of Delhi University such as Lakshmibai College, Maharaja Agrasen College, Institute of Home Economics. , Kalindi College, PGDAV College, Satyawati College and many more. These colleges usually have lower thresholds and aspirants can wait for their second, third or even fourth list (if released), or even evening colleges to secure a place in these DU colleges.
Anju Srivastava, principal of Hindu College, University of Delhi, also advises students to explore options in the form of state or other universities. “Now, thanks to NEP 2020, things are changing positively in other institutes. So, students who cannot get a seat in DU can try other universities. People from other states should also turn to their state universities as it is a very good option and these institutes are also providing quality education now especially after the implementation of the NEP,” she said. indianexpress.com
Enter the competitions: One thing to remember is that many courses and fields require a specific entrance exam. For example, JEE for Engineering, Architecture Aptitude Test, Chartered Accountancy, IPMAT, AIEEE, NCHMCT JEE, CLAT, AILET, etc. Those interested in design can try NIEFT, AIEED, National Aptitude Test in Architecture, National Institute of Design Admissions and more.
Medical students can apply for NEET 2023, which according to the recently released schedule will take place on March 5, 2023.
Candidates interested in teaching can also apply for a BEd degree from several colleges and universities, including IGNOU.
If one is interested in Civil Services, NDA/NA, Indian Army Technical Entry Scheme, Indian Navy Seaman Recruitment or BTech Entry Scheme among others. He/she can also prepare for the UPSC, Bank PO exam or apply for other defense service exams.
Consider going abroad for higher education: Although not something that can be done for everyone due to expense and short time, it is worth a try. Admission abroad mainly depends on your work experience/internships, your class 12 exam qualification, your interview and mainly on the basis of an essay in which the candidate is asked to describe himself, why he wish to join the course and the university.
For students who have obtained less than 80%, many countries such as the UK still offer the option of the “preparatory year”. “UK universities also have pathway programs including ‘Foundation’ and ‘Year 1’ degrees. The Foundation programs act like Year 0 – but provided pathways to universities,” says Suneet Singh Kochar, CEO of Fateh Education.
“While an extra year seems difficult to digest, but in the long run it balances out. For courses such as engineering, computer science, etc., there is not even a loss of a year. Indian degrees in these fields last for four years whereas those in England last for three years, so even with an extra year the student would end up at the same time as their classmates in India but in the top 200 universities in the world.
Additionally, foreign exams such as SAT and ACT can also be used as eligibility to study in the United States. To study in countries like Australia, UK, IELTS exam is of great importance. The majority of countries will now have another admission in January 2023 and students can use the next few months to research, plan, apply and prepare for the admissions process.
However, “students are strongly advised not to base their university decision on the ease of access to a specific institute or country. It should be based on whether you really want to move to one. ‘outsider,’ says Gaurav Goel, co-founder and CEO of Toprankers.
Follow “outsider” courses: The days when traditional courses such as BCom, BBA, etc. were the only options available are gone. Now, students can choose courses based on their interests, abilities, and score. Students interested in public transactions can even try real estate business management, property management, bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication, interior design, ethical hacking and cybersecurity, jewelry design, animation and motion graphics, travel and tourism, photography, flight attendant and many more.
“A student can opt for courses that are less mainstream but are expected to have a broad reach in the job market in the future; such as actuarial science and marine engineering. can also opt for vocational courses that impart practical skills and hands-on experience in fields as diverse as web design and gemology,” explained Pranay Aggarwal, sociologist and educator.
Additionally, students may also consider earning diplomas or certificates in foreign languages. “One can add to one’s marketability by simultaneously pursuing a degree or certificate program in a foreign language like French or Chinese,” Aggarwal said.
Take a year off: This might seem like a big deal and the concept of taking a dropout year is generally frowned upon in India, but skipping a year and trying again for your desired course is better than compromising and settling on a course you don’t like.
However, students should remember that a gap year does not translate into a vacation and they should be clear about how they will use that year or months. “They should speak to the older generations who have the advantage of life experience. Open dialogue with parents, teachers, older siblings and older students who have taken a gap year in the past will give them a balanced perspective on how the decision may impact their future. Students should think about it objectively and carefully consider the pros and cons,” says BS Ventakachalam, Principal of Narayana e-Techno School, Bengaluru.
So if a candidate decides to take a year off, they can reassess their performance and figure out where they went wrong and what can be improved. The extra year will give students time to prepare for entrance exams in a more focused and disciplined way, as this time it will be without the pressure of board exams.
During this time, they can also gain some professional experience by doing an internship or self-employment in the field of their choice. This way, they will also be able to assess whether or not the desired field is what they want to do all their life.