Second attempt at IITJEE/JEE:Should you go for it?
Every year after JEE this question haunts thousands of students in India.There is no specific yes-no answer to this question.It requires a lot of analysis of the situation you are in.It varies according to your rank in other examinations,your family condition,mindset and etc.I would like to analyse and help you in each of these conditions.If your situation is entirely different from these feel free to write it down in the comments.I would try to help you out.
Statistically it is found that repeaters are much more successful in clearing JEE than freshers.!!! Though the number of repeaters sitting in the exam are much less than freshers they account for about 60% of the selected candidates.!!! Isn't that encouraging !!!
Case 1: Cracked IIT with a low rank.
Now this is a very typical case where many students fail to analyse properly.In this case never ever go for any second attempt and I will tell you why.Take it from an IITian itself!
In each and every IIT there is an option of department change after the first year depending solely on your academic performance in the first year.Now when people think of taking an second attempt they do it hoping that they will study harder for 1 year and better their present rank to get a better branch in their desired IITs. But the fact is you can get a better stream without studying that hard and moreover without losing one year. There is also this chance that you may fall ill or maybe that somehow it becomes one of those bad days in your life!It becomes a huge stress also.The reason people don't think like this is because they don't know these rules before coming to IIT! I have known cases where students went for a second attempt bettered their rank got admitted and then in the end of their first year they end up getting such high marks that they regrett going for a second attempt.Moreover if you are dropping because the stream you would be getting doesn't have a high pay package according to you then take this.In all IITs the highest pay packages are always bagged by Computer Science students.The next group of firms those offer highest packages just after CS firms are the finance.consulting and investment companies!! And the fact is that they take students from all branches!!! They just see your analytical skills and number crunching capabilities!!! Most of the well placed guys even from departments like Mechanical Engineering end up working in investment banking firms.Now the grades required to get to a particular branch depends on its demand.I will try to give you a rough idea about the required grades in one of my later post.Now another thing is that if you are getting good branches like CS or ECE in the top NITs then you can consider that as well because from placement point of view the placements and packages of these branches in top NITs are even better than that of departments like Mechanical,Chemical,Metallurgy,mining etc of the IITs.
P.S.-Architecture is the only department from where or to where department change can't be done.
Case 2:Did not crack IIT but getting top NITs or other top colleges
If this the case then definitely go for the top NIT or the other top colleges like BITS-Pilani because it is a safer and much better option than taking another attempt.If you are getting a good branch than never look back and even if you are getting a not so good branch take it because again here also you have the option of department change and here its is a bit easier!
Case 3: None of the above.
If this is the case than first think what was the reason that prevented you from cracking IIT.Was your score close enough to the cutoff? Was it one of those unlucky days? Was it due to a lot of silly mistakes?Think and analyse if you can correct it over another year.Think if you have the grit to hold on for another year.Think if you are ready to take chances.If the answer is yes then definitely go for it
At the end its your life and your decision,others can just give advice and help you think.Think carefully again and again do what you think is the best cause this one decision can change your life!!!