What to do if you scored less in board exams and CUET?

While candidates will be allotted a seat in all central colleges based on their CUET score, colleges/universities are at liberty to consider board results (in a small percentage).

Although the board result scare has subsided, it does not mean that students are not worried about a high cutoff in central colleges. “There is no doubt that the CUET exam was much easier than our board exams, but that also means that most students may have performed well. Then the cutoff will be high and I have some friends who are not confident about their performance. In the end, it all comes down to the students who worry about whether we can get selected in the ever-higher cut-off,” says Rishi Khanna, a DU aspirant from Haryana.

His friend agrees with him and explains, “I am not sure if I will be able to score very well in CUET and my board exam score is between 75 and 80 percent. So for me , it’s the same. I’m still stuck,” Krish said.

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There might be many students who scored less than 80 percent in board exams and also not scoring very well in CUET. For these students, there are many options.

Choose open universities instead of regular colleges: Getting less marks in board exams or CUET is not the end of the world, and you don’t need to spend a lot on private institutes tuition fees. Students should remember that open schools or colleges are a good respite from cut-offs and ever-increasing tuition fees. In open schools, candidates are not required to attend regular lectures/classes (as in regular universities) but are expected to appear in all examinations and complete their assignments/projects.

Students who score less this year can opt for IGNOU or any other distance college. If one wants to study only in Delhi University, one can also choose courses in Campus Open Learning (COL) (earlier known as School of Open Learning). COL offers 25 online and offline courses and the admission process is ongoing.

If you want to get into regular Delhi University colleges, you can also wait till second or third cut off Delhi University off-campus schools like Lakshmibai College, Maharaja Agrasen College, Institute of Home Economics. , Kalindi College, PGDAV College, Satyawati College and many more. These colleges usually have lower cut offs and aspirants can wait till their second, third or even fourth list (if they are published) or even night colleges to secure a seat in these colleges DU.

Anju Srivastava, principal of Delhi University’s Hindu College, also advises students to explore options in the form of state or other universities. “Now, because of NEP 2020, things are changing positively in other institutes. So students who are not able to get a seat in DU can try other colleges. People from other states should also look at their state universities as this is a very good option and these institutes are also providing quality education now, especially after the implementation of NEP,” he said. indianexpress.com

Presentation to oppositions: 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 who are 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 as per the recently released schedule will be held on 5th March 2023.

Candidates who are interested in teaching can also apply for BEd degree from various colleges and universities including IGNOU.

If anyone is interested in Civil Services, NDA/NA, Indian Army Technical Entry Scheme, Indian Navy Sailor Recruitment or BTech Entry Scheme among others. You can also prepare for UPSC, Bank PO exam or apply for other defense services exams.

Consider going abroad for higher education: Although this is not possible for everyone due to expenses and limited time, it is worth a try. Getting admission abroad mainly depends on your work experience/internships, whether you have qualified in class 12 exams, interview and mainly based on an essay in which the candidate is asked to describe yourself, why you want to join the course and the university. .

For students who have scored less than 80 per cent, many countries such as the UK still offer the ‘foundation year’ option. “UK universities also have training programs that include ‘Foundation’ and ‘Year 1 diplomas’. Foundation programs act like Year 0 but have assured pathways to universities,” explains Suneet Singh Kochar, Managing Director, Fateh Education.

“Though an extra year seems hard to digest, but in the long run it balances out. For courses like engineering, IT etc, there is not even a loss of a year. Indian degrees in these fields are of four years, while those in England are of three years, so that even with an extra year the student would finish at the same time as his schoolmates in India, but from one of the 200 best universities in the world.

In addition, foreign tests such as the 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 very important. Most countries will now have another intake in January 2023 and students can use the next few months to research, plan, apply and prepare for the admissions process.

However, “It is strongly recommended that students do not base their undergraduate university decision on the ease of getting into a specific institute or country. It should be based on whether you really want to settle abroad,” explains Gaurav Goel, Co-Founder and CEO of Toprankers.

Follow the “disadvantaged” courses: Gone are the days when conventional courses like BCom, BBA etc. were the only options available. Now, students can choose courses based on their interests, aptitude and score. Students who are interested in public dealing can even try Real Estate Business Management, Property Management, Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication, Interior Design, Ethical Hacking and Cyber ​​Security, Jewelry Design, Animation and Graphics in motion, travel and tourism, photography, air hostesses. and many more.

“A student can opt for courses that are less common but are expected to have a wide scope in the job market in the future; such as actuarial sciences and marine engineering. You can also opt for vocational courses that impart practical skills and hands-on experience in fields as varied as web design and gemology,” explained Pranay Aggarwal, sociologist and educationist.

In addition, students may also consider obtaining diplomas or certificates in foreign languages. “One can increase one’s marketability by simultaneously pursuing a diploma or certificate program in a foreign language such as French or Chinese,” Aggarwal said.

Take a year off: It may seem like a big deal and the concept of taking a gap year is often frowned upon in India, but skipping a year and trying your desired course again is better than committing and settling for a course you don’t like like

However, students should remember that a gap year does not translate into a holiday and they should be clear about how they will use that year or months. “They should talk to older generations who have the benefit of life experience. An 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 can affect their future. Students need to think about it objectively and carefully consider the pros and cons,” says BS Ventakachalam, Principal, Narayana e-Techno School, Bengaluru.

Therefore, if a candidate decides to take a year off, they can reassess their performance and assess 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 manner as this time it will be without the pressure of board exams.

During this time, they can also gain some work experience by doing internships or freelance work in the field of their choice. In this way, they will also be able to assess whether the desired field is really what they want to do for the rest of their lives.

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