“How to get in a top Engineering School?”

This is a question on everyone’s mind who wishes to make a career in Engineering. Getting a good college ensures you get good placements well ahead of completing your engineering graduation. Campus placements in IIT’s take well ahead of your last semester so you have an opportunity to weigh all options in your hand.

Here are some steps you should be aware of before you take a plunge:

Time Table of Exams

  • Be aware of the time and schedule of the exams like IIT-JEE, GRE, TOEFL, IELTS.
  • Best way is to note down every date in an Excel sheet with corresponding exams according to priorities and nail it on a board in front of you. It works as a great reminder for you daily.
  • Plan your preparation time for subject’s viz-a-viz exams. This may seem tedious but here is a simple example:
Week
Exam
Subject
Work Hours
Week 1
TOEFL
English
3
GRE
Mathematics
2
IIT
Quantitative Aptitude
2.5

This is just an example; you can rotate this plan every week. This is how I worked around at least on paper (I was able to achieve at least 90% of what I planned and it was good enough for me to get in IIT, Powai).

Strategy Factor

  • Plenty of books and thesis is being written nowadays on getting inside an IIT or a Stanford. Fact is it doesn’t work the same for all folks. 
  • I had a daily routine of around 5-8 hours of study and rest was fun.
  • Make sure you catch up with your hours when the exam comes nearer where you put in around 10 hours of work daily.
  • I made it a point to rewrite whatever concepts I understood in my own words on in figures, pictures. It helped me a lot to recall during exam times.

Fun Factor

  • Never forget to play guitar, watch/play football or do whatever you love to during your preparations. It helps you chill out and relax.
  • I occasionally had a break ever 30-35 minutes to relax and see some interesting facts of what I was learning online. It helped me stay on track and be more productive.
  • Write, Rewrite and Rewrite again before you submit
  • When you write a cover letter or a statement of purpose, be very thoughtful as it gives your 1st impression and also helps you get an opportunity.
  • Go through umpteen samples online, polish your English skills.

Meet people

  • Just being in a dark room studying hard won’t help in the long run.
  • Meet people who have already been there and done that. Learn through their experiences.

If you liked this article or have any more questions, just drop in an email thestoodentorganisation@gmail.com. I would be happy to reply.

About Author:Gowtham is an Independent IT consultant working out of USA with companies to achieve software business flows in organizations, systems engineering and UNIX (his love).He is guest lecturer at IIT’s and some top universities across the globe.

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