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IIT is a truly prestigious institute for higher technical education, and certainly the most popular choice for lakhs of students in India! Students join coaching and prepare for the extremely difficult entrance exams years before they need to appear for it. Due to the low number of seats available, very few make it. So you tried really hard, but it was not enough to make the cut. What should you do now?

There are thousands out there who are just as disappointed as you are right now. Many of them even worked just as hard as you did. Now is not the time to give up. Now is not the time to lose hope. Trust me, your life is only getting started, and there is plenty to be done and achieved in life even without an IIT degree.

Maybe it was your ambition to be a student at IIT or maybe you really wanted to fulfil your parent’s dreams. No matter what motivates you, now you need to decide where you will head next.

Do not get disheartened. IIT was just one way to help you achieve success in life. There are other ways to get a great learning out of college, and you still have a chance to enroll in another prestigious institution in the country, or even abroad.

Remember, while it is important to receive quality education, there are more than one avenue to get it! Even more important is to ensure that you follow your passion. If you wanted to become a great engineer, you will be surprised to find that there are several reputed institutes in India, government-run as well as private, which will help you achieve this goal. You will be able to pursue your passion, even without IIT.

Refer to the list below to find out more prestigious engineering colleges in India:

Top Engineering colleges of India
Name of Engineering college               University name Location Rank of 2015
Birla Institute of Technology and Science Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani Pilani 8
Delhi Technological University Delhi Technological University New Delhi 9
National Institute of Technology National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli Tiruchirappalli 10
Indian School of Mines University Indian School of Mines University Dhanbad 11
College of Engineering Anna University Guindy 12
Birla Institute of Technology Birla Institute of Technology Mesra Ranchi 13
National Institute of Technology Karnataka National Institute of Technology Karnataka Surathkal 14
National Institute of Technology National Institute of Technology, Warangal Warangal 15
International Institute of Information Technology International Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad Hyderabad 16
Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology University of Delhi New Delhi 17
Indian Institute of Information Technology Indian Institute of Information Technology Allahabad Allahabad 18
P.S.G. College of Technology Anna University Coimbatore 19
JNTUH College of Engineering Hyderabad JNTUH College of Engineering Hyderabad Hyderabad 20
Manipal Institute of Technology Manipal University Manipal 21
National Institute of Technology National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur Hamirpur 22
PEC University of Technology PEC University of Technology Chandigarh 23
College of Engineering Pune University Pune 24
Birsa Institute of Technology Vinoba Bhave University Sindri 25
Harcourt Butler Technological Institute Uttar Pradesh Technical University Kanpur 26
Thapar University Thapar University Patiala 27
Institute of Chemical Technology University of Mumbai Mumbai 28
ABV-IIITM ABV-IIITM Gwalior 29
Nirma University of Science and Technology Nirma University Ahmedabad 30
University Institute of Engineering and Technology Panjab University, Chandigarh Chandigarh 31
P.E.S. Institute of Technology Visvesvaraya Technological University Bangalore 32
National Institute of Engineering Visvesvaraya Technological University Mysore 33
Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute University of Mumbai Mumbai 34
Madras Institute of Technology Anna University of Technology, Chennai Chennai 35
R.V. College of Engineering Visvesvaraya Technological University Bangalore 36
University College of Engineering Osmania University Hyderabad 37

All these talks about IIT students securing 1 crore per annum packages are highly excitiing, but there are people out there who earn just as much, if not more, who could not get into an IIT either. You are still a student, and professional life is still farther than you think. Take your time. Your journey will begin in due time and this is most definitely not the end.

So stop worrying about everyone else. Do not pay heed to relatives or neighbours who are going gaga over some other kid who managed to clear the IIT JEE exam. Do not let their words discourage you. Keep in mind that the people who are talking about your failure to clear the exam are also most likely the kind of people who have themselves not even been part of an institute half as good. People love to take pleasure in someone else’s misery, and you should not give anyone a chance to do that.

It sucks to fail after trying so hard. It will suck even more if you give up now.

Check out other quality institutes that you are eligible for. You will be surprised to find that many of them have students who have performed just as well! And if your heart is really set on studying in IIT, there is always next year. Buckle up and start your preparation once again. Do not make the mistakes that you made this time around, and make sure that you try even harder!

Chase your passion with renewed vigour. If you have a vision, make sure that you bring it to life.

Life is like a beautiful painting. You won’t always have the right colours to fill it up with, but you can always create something unique and wonderful with what you have. So get your chin up, and stand tall. Your journey has only begun!

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