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What students should know about the counseling process

Published On: 08 May 2013 | Last Updated On: 10 May 2013

The engineering counseling process is the formal process of seat allotment to candidates based on an engineering exam test score. The organizing body, usually a consortium of engineering colleges appoints a board to oversee the counseling process. The counseling process will ensure that engineering seats are distributed as per the rank obtained during an entrance test. Students are divided into batches based on rank and will be able to choose an engineering course and college from a list provided. Students with higher ranks get to choose their institution and branch first.

The counseling process is often a tense period for parents and students alike. To make the best of the counseling process a student should come prepared.

Some information and advice regarding counseling process is as follows:

  • Research available colleges based on your rank. If your scores are not what you expected them to be, don’t waste time lamenting. It is better to prepare for the next step. Try finding out a course of interest that may be offered as per your score and concentrate on trying to get in.  

  • Parents and students should both jointly choose the college and the course. A student can choose from a choice of ten colleges. A students’ interest should be the first preference while selecting a college. Advice from friends and relatives should be considered as supportive factors. The selection of college should depend upon factors like infrastructure, quality of faculty, placement and ratio of professors to students. The tenure of the principal should always be factor to be considered. A frequent change of principals in a college indirectly implies a lack of healthy management in the institution.

  • It is important to check the fee structure of a prospective college. Affordability of college fees is vital while selecting a college. If the college demands a fee higher than the prescribed fee in the booklet, then one can lodge a complaint with the Directorate of Technical Education.

  • There are a certain percentage of seats allotted to various segments of society. Admissions are allotted considering all these quotas. Quota privileges also exist for students excelling in sports, children of ex-servicemen, etc. Students getting admission through sports quota have to show promising sports records for four years.

  • No age limits have been set engineering students except for an upper age limit of 25 for marine engineers. Also females are not applicable for mining courses.

  • Maintain a cool composure during counseling.  If you have not received a call letter, reach your counseling center 2 hours earlier. Duplicate call letters will be provided at the center a few hours before the counseling begins.

  • There are both online and offline counseling processes in engineering. The offline counseling process will require a little more research on your part.  

  • As per the new admission mechanism of IITs and NITs this time, India’s two most reputed engineering institutes have decided to prohibit students from holding seats simultaneously in both NITs and IITs during the admission time. This decision has been taken so that candidates with lower ranks get a fair chance of attaining a seat in any of the 2 institutes.

Choosing an engineering seat can be a tense period in a student’s life, as a decision made at this point will affect the future prospects of students. The counseling process is set up to ensure that seats are allotted in a fair and systematic manner. Since counseling sees the allotment of thousand s of seats, there are certain procedures put in place to ensure smooth running. A student should be well acquainted with these regulations before attending the counseling session.  A student should also research and prepare a list of colleges based on rank, he/she would like to attend.

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