The most important things for admission are PATIENCE and PERSEVERANCE!!!! There are a multitude of steps and stages and it pays to be patient till the end. Most people get admission only at third stage and beyond.
The Primary Entrance test has been changed over to IIT-JEE now. These exams are massively challenging and not for the faint of heart. You will not get high marks for the most part. That has nothing to do with engineering skills; it is designed to seperate out candidates. You are good enough for the best engineering colleges in Maharashtra and good enough for engineering with an extremely low score. Do not let the scores fool you into dropping out of engineering! You will not get good marks in these tests even after becoming an engineer. And you will still be the best and brightest engineer the country has to offer! Another reason for the Common Entrance Test is to get a larger pool of candidates into Engineering colleges; many seats were going unfilled with the existing Maharashtra-only entrance test. So this is good news for out of state students.
Preparing for one entrance test should help you prepare of any additional tests in your specific state or for any specific college.
Research is the key to selecting the right branch and the right location. Do not miss any deadlines. Keep track of dates and follow-up accordingly.
Visit the website for Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu etc and find out details for the various engineering colleges and branches. Other state websites only cater to diploma students or do not have complete information available yet; do your research as needed to identify colleges that you might be interested in.
Find out the level of risk you are comfortable with and select branches and colleges accordingly while applying. A good rule of thumb is to have about 30% of colleges that you might just miss out on, but would like to really get. On the one hand, IIT-JEEs are making the selection process harder, but most Engineering colleges are having empty seats now due to a oversupply. So you should be able to get into a reasonably good college.
If you have to get admission to a private college and are short on finances, get a loan! India is a rapidly developing economy and lots of student loan plans are available. Not having the money is simply not an excuse! Get help from your parents and other elders and visit some of the banks. Some of the bank links are provided on this page. If you know influential people or have rich relatives, use their help to get the loan. Don't be shy about it, it may be the most important decision of your life! You might get a loan if you walk into the bank yourself! Walk into your local bank for more information.
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Do not go by the current demand!! Information Technology is a good discipline! Any branch that has rapidly developing technology is a good branch to be in. This applies to chemical related branches too. Indians are reputed hard workers worldwide and you should be able to do well in the future.
Do not think that you cannot be an engineer. The branch requires diverse personalities.
Do not worry about not getting into government colleges where you might have paid lower fees! With the loans that are available, a good private college matches and in many cases exceeds government colleges.
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