How to select an engineering college/ branch
Team Careers360, 16 Mar 2013

NOW that, the results of engineering entrance exams are out, it is time to go through the most important stage in your admission process -  the counselling. It is this stage that decides which college and which branch you are going to get. Though a subsequent change is possible, it is subject to a lot of conditions. Hence students whose rankings aren’t that good, will really have a tough time now. When the rank is in thousands and you have to select one from hundred ordinary institutes, mistakes are bound to happen. 

With the number of Engineering colleges rising with every academic year, getting admission is not that big a problem. What is important is getting admission to a good institute in the branch of your choice. So preparation for counselling can be divided into two parts- first is to know about the process of counselling and enough home work to be done in advance so that you can take the right decision. Most of the counselling process is done online but processes differ.

Prepare yourself before counselling 
As soon as the result of the written test is out, you will come to know about your rank, and you can easily guess in which branch and institution you can get admission. In counselling, candidates are called according to their rank and are told to write down their priorities of branch and college. Candidates with higher ranking are first given seat of their choice, and your fate for the seats will be decided by the seats left and your ranking. So before going for counselling, decide the priority order of the institute and branch. Important thing to note here is that your priorities should be in accordance with your rank. If the choice of your institute and branch doesn’t match your rank, mentioning it will be of no use.

How to decide your priority
It’s a tradition that before granting admission in IITs, the students are informed about work sphere, nature and career opportunities of all the Engineering branches. This helps students get a clear picture to make choices according their aptitude, employment opportunities and possible demand for future professionals of that particular branch. In the same way, you can mention your priorities on the basis of placement record of the institute, fees, faculty and last two years’ cut-off. AIEEE’s opening and closing ranks’ information is available on the respective websites.

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