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Low Rank in JEE Main? Check these good Engineering Colleges for B-Tech


JEE Main 2020 (both January & April) sessions are conducted successfully. The results and qualifying cutoffs are out subsequently. Now, JoSAA has concluded the Round 6 of seat allotment process for the successful candidates this year. Now, students who secure a low rank in JEE Main, must not worry as this is not the end of the world. There are certain private as well as government colleges or universities still take admission based on lower JEE Main scores. In this article, we will share information about some NITs, Government & Private Colleges, and certain other entrance exams to help students out securing a low rank in JEE Main.

Low JEE Main Rank – List of Colleges

In case, you have a low rank in JEE Main; there is nothing to worry as plenty of other options are available. Mentioned below are some of the well-known NITs with high closing rank limits (General Category) based on Round 6 counselling.

Name of the NIT Name of the Course Closing Rank (General Category, Gender-Neutral)
NIT Jalandhar Biotechnology 81305
Chemical Engineering 62031
NIT Agartala Chemical Engineering 328292
Civil Engineering 263364
Computer Science and Engineering 63805
Mechanical Engineering 225804
NIT Durgapur Biotechnology 49673
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering 44134
NIT Goa Civil Engineering 98427
Mechanical Engineering 92630
NIT Hamirpur Chemical Engineering 82168
Civil Engineering 67987
NIT Meghalaya Civil Engineering 69624
Computer Science and Engineering 123163
Electronics and Communications Engineering 171943
NIT Puducherry Civil Engineering 217750
Computer Science and Engineering 94424
NIT Raipur Biotechnology 83411
Civil Engineering 58947

It can be seen from the above information that although JEE Main ranks low, NIT can still be admitted. The above table only mentions the names of a few NITs, and many other new NITs ranked above 50,000 in the previous year. 

Is it Ok to take Admission at newer NITs?

In case you score a low rank in JEE Main, and somehow make it to the new NITs, you may think whether it is the right decision or not. Well, in that case, we will suggest you take Admission to new NITs. The rich legacy of NIT will always be there whether the college is new or not among the top 10 NITs.  Students may get a chance to pursue newer and innovative courses and can enjoy good placements too.

Admission in the top Engineering Colleges with low rank in JEE Main

The score in JEE Main will be directly linked to the applicant’s level. The seat allocation will be conducted through JoSAA according to the ranking system; please note that the ranking will get based on your score. If you score low in the exam, then you will also secure a low rank in JEE Main. But there is a world outside the top IITs or NITs. You can find a variety of Government and Private colleges as well.

Despite the low ranking in the JEE Main entrance exam, you can still be admitted to top engineering colleges or recognized universities. The following examples will help you understand the different ways to apply for admission in top private engineering colleges or recognized universities with low rankings.

Score rangeRank range
285–300Top 100
275 – 284100 – 200
260 – 274200 – 500
250 – 259500 – 1000
240 – 2491000 – 1500
220 – 2391500 – 3500
200 – 2193500 – 6000
180 – 1996000 – 9500
150 -1809500 – 15000
120 – 14915000 – 35000
<120More than 35000

Government & Private Colleges other than NIT

This is a list of institutes other than NIT and IIIT that you can choose from.

IIIT, AmethiIndian Institute of Information Technology(IIIT), AllahabadBIT, RanchiBIT, Patna
KIIT, BhubaneswarJaipur UniversityLovely Professional UniversitySMVDU, Jammu Tawi
Kalasalingam, KrishnakoilMJPRU, BareillyAssam UniversityTezpur University
Vivekananda Global University, JaipurIIIT, GwaliorBIT, DeogarhIIITD and Management, Kancheepuram
MGRERI, ChennaiSPA, DelhiCollege of Engineering, PuneVNIT, Nagpur

The list of institutes mentioned above is not all, and some state universities also reserve seats for students from that state. Students can look for these options based on the state where they completed their studies. Another option is to choose a state-sponsored engineering exam, which is held at about the same time as IIT JEE and is relatively easy to crack.

What exams can candidates take apart from JEE Main?

Candidates who have secured a low JEE Main Rank, 2020, it is recommended that they take other Engineering entrance exams or exams conducted by recognized private universities. Achieving good results in these entrance exams will not only allow you to enrol but also help you save a year of preparation time. The following table highlights some of these engineering entrance exams.

Name of the InstituteLocationExamination
Birla Institute of TechnologyPilani, RajasthanBITSAT
Manipal Institute of TechnologyManipal, KarnatakaMUOET
Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering       ChennaiSNUSAT
R.V. College of EngineeringBangaloreCOMEDK
Vellore Institute of TechnologyVelloreVITEEE
SRM ChennaiChennaiSRMEEE
MS RamaiahBangaloreCOMEDK
Uttaranchal Petroleum InstituteDehradunUPES

Is a good score in 10+2 an advantage in case of low rank in JEE Main?

Yes, it is an advantage. If you score 80 or more in your 10+2, then even with a low rank in JEE Main, you can make it to decent colleges. With excellent board results, students can earn scholarships too.

Placements at some of the New NITs, Private & Government Colleges

Mentioned below is the placement statistics of some of these colleges –

  1. NIT Hamirpur – Average CTC is 6.7 Lakhs, PA.
  2. NIT Puducherry – Average CTC is 6 Lakhs, PA.
  3. NIT Meghalaya – Average CTC is 6 Lakhs, PA.
  4. BITS, Pilani – Average CTC is 9.17 Lakhs PA.
  5. KIIT, Bhubaneswar – Average CTC is 6.7 Lakhs, PA.
  6. Lovely Professional University – Average Package is 8.7 Lakhs PA
  7. IIIT, Lucknow – Average Package is 17.34 Lakhs PA.

So, students who are not able to secure a good rank or incase they secure a low rank in JEE Main must not be disheartened. Students must have all options open. The placement statistics and rank cutoffs in some of the colleges must have convinced you that there is always a way if there is a will.

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