When Should NRI Students Start Preparing for Indian Engineering Entrance Exams?
Most of the NRIs students might not be able to take admissions in the top-notch engineering colleges of India.
NRIs might not know when to start preparation, what to prepare for (JEE/SAT) and how long they should prepare to get into the prestigious engineering colleges of India.
The period of the preparation impacts a ton on students’ overall performance/score. Hence, it’s pretty important to make yourself familiar with the engineering entrance tests (for NRI students).
Let’s check the engineering entrance tests NRIs should appear for and the right time to start preparation.
2. SAT Subject Tests(valid till 2020-21)
Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) is an engineering entrance examination conducted for admission to various engineering colleges in India. It is constituted by two different examinations - JEE Mains and JEE Advanced . These JEE exams are of the objective pattern (except for JEE Mains paper 2’s Drawing Skills Test).
Through JEE Mains, students can get admissions in to the National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), and some other prestigious colleges designated as "centrally funded technical institutes" (CFTIs). JEE Mains are held twice a year(January & April). Those who clear the JEE Mains are only eligible for JEE Advanced. JEE-Advanced Scores are for admission to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) IIST, IISERs, ISM Dhanbad. Only the students selected in JEE Mains are eligible for appearing in JEE Advanced.
For NRI Students, the good news is that, JEE Mains Rank can help them in applying for admission under DASA/CIWG Scheme. Here is the reason behind it: From 2021-22 session, according to the latest official notification from DASA 2021, JEE Main score are mandatory for DASA/CIWG Scheme for NRIs/PIOs. SAT 2 Scores will no longer be required (from 2021 onwards) for DASA/CIWG Eligibility.
Let me laborate using a real life scenario. In academic year 2019-20, the candidates of Grade 11th who are studying/preparing to avail the benefits of DASA/CIWG Scheme, they are supposed to fight JEE Mains (for DASA 2021) to get admissions in NITs,IIITs,CFTIs of India.
Similarly, for the academic year 2019-20, the candidates of Grade 12th who are studying/preparing to avail the benefits of DASA/CIWG Scheme, they must prepare for SAT 2 (for DASA 2020) to get admissions in NITs,IIITs,CFTIs of India. This answers your question of when to start preparing for JEE Mains.
Most NRIs often start their exam preparation in 12th grade, but it’s a major mistake. You won’t be able to cope up with both 12th grade exams and JEE Preparation. In this busy atmosphere, it’s very unlikely to ace JEE with an incredible score.
Students should prepare for JEE while in both 11th and 12th grade to crack JEE with a good score. Or you can take an year extra after 12th grade just to prepare for JEE.
When Should NRIs Start JEE Preparation?
Right after finishing your 10th grade.
Let's elucidate this for you..
You have ample amount of time to invest in your studies after finishing the 10th grade. You can start your JEE preparation from your summer holidays as you get tons of free time to explore.
You can refresh yourself with all the fundamentals of JEE syllabus in the summer holidays. After finishing the fundamentals, you can start preparing for the JEE syllabus of 11th grade.
Preparing from the 11th grade makes a huge impact on your exam preparation. Meanwhile, do the same for 12th grade as well. This plan will save you a ton of time.
SAT Subject Tests:
Academic year 2020-21 will be the last year when SAT 2 scores are going to be considered in getting admissions in the top-tier engineering colleges of India like NITs, IIITs, SPAs and CFTIs under DASA / CIWG Scheme. From 2021 onwards, JEE scores will be mandatory under DASA/CIWG .
If candidates want to apply to the DASA/CIWG Scheme before 2021 session,
It is very important to know when to start preparing for DASA because DASA registration opens on 2nd Week of April. That is, you’ve to be done with all your 3 SAT Subject Tests by the Second Week of June, which is the last date of SAT scores submission.
Firstly, you have to make yourself acquainted with the SAT Subject Test dates. The international students can appear for the SAT Subject Tests just 5 times every year(Oct, Nov, Dec, May, June).
As College Board conducts SAT Subject Tests 5 times every year, NRIs have to finish their SAT Subject Tests by May to submit their SAT scores to get into the first 3 rounds of DASA Counselling. You won’t be allowed for the first 3 rounds if you fail to submit your SAT 2 scores by the last date of submission.
That is, you have to appear for the SAT Physics, SAT Chemistry and SAT Math II in October, December and June in individual. It’s to be noted that you won’t be able to do your best if you appear SAT Subject Tests in October, November and December in a row.
Hence, having at least a 2-month break would make you mentally strong and it will let you focus on one subject at a time.
When Should You Start SAT Subject Tests Preparation?
NRI Students should start preparing for the SAT Subject Tests soon as they reach in their 11th grade. Starting preparation in 11th grade always add an advantage to NRIs and it becomes easier for them to get into the highly-qualified engineering colleges of India.
Our renowned experts suggest you to appear One SAT Subject Test in October, another in December and the third one in May. That is, the subjects you feel easy should be given earlier in October and December and the tough subject (according to you) among them can be given in May.
We hope you liked our brief counselling here.
Check the list of Indian engineering colleges NRIs can get into here.