Pune: While several results of boards as well as other entrance examinations bring cheer to many, yet they leave many more heartbroken as well. While some end up compromising for some other college, there are a handful, who choose to take a gap for a year after Std XII to do better in exams and pursue a course of their choice.
Trend hasn’t yet picked up in Pune
“Although this trend is followed by many in our country, it is yet to pick up in Pune,” said Durgesh Mangeshkar, Director, IITian’s Prashikshan Kendra Pvt Ltd.
He said, “The trend has been observed for long in places such as Delhi, Kota and Hyderabad, where the number of IIT aspirants too is high, and so are the repeaters. In Pune, the number of aspirants has increased in the last decade or so, which is around 4,000 now. But of these, hardly 100 to 150 actually take a gap and repeat.”
Why take a gap?
“Sincere students, who have the potential, and yet haven’t got the rank they deserve, should give it a shot and take a gap of a year at least,” said Vaibhav Bakliwal, Director, Bakliwal Tutorials, one of the popular IIT coaching centres in the city.
“Many students who cannot crack the JEE, usually end up compromising for some other college instead of trying for IIT again. However, if a student has the potential, parents as well as teachers should encourage them to take a gap, as getting admission to the IIT would be anytime worth the wait. Children shouldn’t take admission anywhere just for the sake of it,” Bakliwal added.
He said there are students who have actually done better on their second or third attempt. He said, “When you take a gap and focus on studying for the JEE, your familiarity with the exam increases. Thus, your chances of clearing it go up.”
More repeaters for NEET
Mangeshkar said if you compare the JEE with NEET, the number of repeaters is much higher for NEET. “Maharashtra and Pune has numerous ‘A’ Grade engineering colleges that the students can opt for, even if they do not get admission to the IITs,” said Mangeshkar.
Nupur Das, who took a gap after her Class 12 a couple of years ago for preparing of the then AIEEE, said, “I took a gap as I hadn't scored well since I was very good in Physics and Chemistry. However, even on second attempt, I didn't score good and decided to change my side and took admission to BCA. I think that was a good turn of events, as it has helped me. Taking that gap certainly gave me time to give my career options a thought.”
Nupur is now pursuing MCA and also got placed at a good company.
Nishant Patil, another repeater, who has done well after repeating the JEE this year, shared his success story, saying, “Last year, after I couldn't get admission to any good college, my parents and teachers encouraged me to take a gap. In the past one year, I worked on my weak areas and studied accordingly. As I was familiar with everything this year, I was more comfortable answering the examination and I had strategies to score higher.”
While Nishant got the 14,000th rank last year, he secured AIR 547 this year and got admission to the IIT Madras in Electrical Engineering.