Updated on Mar 18, 2013 - 5:25 p.m. IST by Ajeet Singh

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 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.

Saurabh Kumar, senior faculty member at Vidya Mandir, which conducts coaching classes for Engineering Entrance Exam, says, “Don’t give a thought to college about which no information is available, and which is situated in a remote area. Choose old and established colleges over ordinary ones.’ In AIEEE institutes preference should be given to National Institutes of Technology, after that to Govt. Engineering Colleges or Engineering departments of reputed deemed universities. Remember there is a difference between old and new IITs. If you find it difficult to get admission in an old institute, then your priority should be the branch of your choice. Chances of getting good college in AIEEE is there when your rank is within 10,000 and you can make it to an IIT only if your rank is within 4,500. Magazine rankings can also be helpful.

During counselling

IIT-JEE: This entrance examination is held for 15 IITs, ISM-Dhanbad, IT, BHU. There are more than 100 Engineering graduate and integrated courses to choose from.

Online registration and fees: Access to the site will be available after registration and payment of fees on JEE’s online portal- htpp://www.jee.iitk.ac.in

Mention of choice filling or priority: After doing registration and paying fees you will have to mention your priority about institute and branch. This process is known as choice filling. In JEE you can fill more than 100 choices, but your choice will be allotted to you, only if it is vacant. Last year’s opening and closing rank can give you an idea of where you stand. IIT Delhi’s Asst. Registrar Atul Vyas says, ‘Go carefully throough JEE’s website htpp://www.jee.iitk.ac.in and its counselling portal. You can find counselling brochure and last two years’ opening and closing ranks. You can also find the guidelines about counselling process here.”

Seat allotment for first round will be on 21st June. After first round of allotment final allotment announcement for vacant seats will be done on 6th July.

AIEEE: For 30,000 + seats, nearly 10 lakh candidates try their luck here. According to performance in entrance test, all candidates will be given state-level rank. Candidates getting more marks than a certain cut-off will be called for counselling.

Online Registration: This also will be an online counselling, which will be conducted through website- www.ccb.in. After declaring results in the first week of June, online registration started on 11th June. Institutes of AIEEE, availability of branch, cut-off, and last two years’ opening closing is available on website; https://ccb.nic.in/ccb2011/home.htm

Allotment of seats: Based on the All India ranking of the candidate, first round of the allotment of seat was done on 25th June. Candidates getting a seat had to report at a scheduled centre for verification of their documents between 26th June to 2nd July.  If one doesn’t get seat in first round, then there will be second round on 5th July, third round on 13th July, fourth round on 25th July and fifth round on 2nd August for allotment of seats.

Freedom to change the decision: In AIEEE there is a provision to change the decision after allotment. If a candidate wishes so, he can refuse the offer even in the third round and reserve his claim for next round, If one doesn’t get seat even in fifth round, then, at regional centres, one can claim for vacant seats during spot round, which will be from 2nd week of August. This way, AIEEE’s counselling will be complete in many stages. Similarly different states have different counselling procedures. Some do it completely online (like JEE) and some expect to go to a central facility (like Tamil Nadu). Some have a mix of both online and offline model. Whichever be the case ensure that your preparation is thorough and your choices have sufficient alternatives.

Good Luck.

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