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Wouldn't it be an understatement to say that most engineering aspirants from India dream of a place in the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology. This is why over 12 lakh candidates are trying for two of the toughest competitive exams - JEE Major and JEE Advanced. However, only 2.2 lakh selected for the JEE advanced students that will be conducted this year will be from IIT-Kanpur. And even less so, the top IITs do it. This gap between the number of aspirants and the limited number of seats has increased the importance of these institutes. With this, come the widespread rumors and myths about the entrance exam and the IITs themselves. Let us take a look at a few of these myths and reveal the reality.
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Preparing for JEE Main and Advanced isn't about cutting ties with friends or family, not watching your favorite TV shows or not, playing your favorite sport. Preparing for JEE is as much about discipline as it is about being self-aware. Being self conscious would mean knowing your skills and mistakes. This will help you channel your efforts, reinforce your strengths and overcome weaknesses. You also need to focus on understanding the basic concepts thoroughly. This makes solving questions interesting and easy.
All of these will, in turn, help you plan your studies better, leaving enough time for fun. Not only will your performance improve, but you will also not feel as anxious as students who do not switch off at all.
You have to travel to crack Kota JEE
Kota is the hub of the most famous coaching classes, but who says you still need coaching classes to crack JEE? Often experts and alumni debate whether coaching classes are a trend or a necessity. Coaching classes add to the clutter of responsibilities while you prepare for JEE. They offer advice and support, but this is done in a time consuming manner, in an extremely large batch size with no personal attention. Another alternative would be to study reference books and digital.
Congestion is the order of the day at IITs
Entanglement was popular years ago when the Supreme Court took action and made entanglement an offense. Well, all of the faculty, including the deans of the various IITs, strictly prohibit congestion on campus. Now seniors can indulge in friendly constipations during the first few days of college, in an effort to break the ice among freshmen. Apart from this, anti-clogging cells are mandatory for all colleges and students can approach these cells for help in case of misconduct,
Students at IIT feel extreme pressure
A semester at IIT is only four months, and students don't end up studying through all of those months. Various tests, vivas, assignments and practical exams take place through the semester to keep the students on their feet. These are organized, keep the mindset and ability of the student in mind, and usually not to overload. Students find time for extracurricular activities and sports, especially if they don't plan ahead.
Internships are 100% or more
Recently, a rumor surfaced that a reputed IIT is providing 600 percent internships for their students. This means that for one student, there were six job offers. This is far from the truth. In fact, not every IITian goes out after four years with a job offer in hand. Underperformers can't even get job offers. This means that the fight doesn't end there to crack JEE Advanced. Students have had to be on their toes through all these years of degree college and work hard to get a job offer at campus placements.
All IITians earn hefty salary packages
Median salaries for IIT graduates are much lower than perceived. The news reports only mention the top deals on the top couple, which are paid in dollars by companies like Facebook, Google. What you're not talking about is how nearly 40 percent of the students in these prestigious colleges receive packages ranging from Rs 4-8 lakh per year.
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There are many software developers, mechanical engineers, and electronics engineers who will be better at their job than they are, even if they aren't going to a fancy college. In addition, some skills are only developed over time, with work experience. You will be judged more for your quality of work and your determination than your college.
IITs are the most reputable institutes for reason - while preparing for the JEE exam you will learn how to manage time, as well, and improve your problem-solving skills. Most IITs have been very knowledgeable and the professors are very approachable. Spending four years among the brightest minds in the country will help you in your personal growth. The IIT alumni bond is very strong and that will help you in unfathomable ways in the long run. If you are preparing for IIT or have cracked the JEE Main this year, continue your preparation with endless zeal. However, remember that you can become someone you want as long as you have the conviction.
The author is VP, Educational Content, Toppr.com
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