How to Choose the Best NIT after JEE Main 2021, Smart Ways to Choose the Top NIT

Sakunth Kumar
Sakunth KumarPublished On: November 09, 2020 | JEE Main

Here is the answer to your questions on How to Choose the Best NIT after JEE Main?  Tips to fill best choices in JoSAA counselling for NIT B.Tech admission.

How to Choose Best NIT after JEE Main

JEE Main is the only B.Tech entrance exam that grants admission in NITs (National Institutes of Technology), and there is no provision for direct B.Tech admission in these premier institutes. Every aspirant must clear the JEE Main exam and participate in JoSAA counselling to be eligible for the admission. However, there is always a lot of confusion between parents and students on which NIT to choose.

Nowadays, choosing the best NIT has become tougher than clearing the JEE Main examination. Most often, students get confused about which branch is good in which NIT. Finding answers to these questions may be a difficult task for students. In order to solve students’ doubts and uncertainty on choosing the best NIT, CollegeDekho has come up with some smart ways that will help the JEE Main qualified candidates select the right NIT while exercising the JoSAA web options.

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Which is the Best NIT in India?

The first question student and parents get when choosing the NIT for B.Tech admission are ‘Which is the Best NIT in India?’ There are almost 31 NITs in India. Out of 31, there are older as well as newer NITs. Choosing between the older and newer NITs may be a challenging task. However, students and parents need to consider some factors before judging the best NIT in India for B.Tech admission. Check the following cases below for better clarity on this question –

Most Common Questions from Parents with Solutions

Case 1 – My son got a good rank in JEE Main and he may get admission in top NIT. The top NIT is located in another state, and I do not want to send my son far from home. Which engineering college is best in this case?

Solution 1: As per the above case, the parent does not want to send his son far from home despite his child’s good performance in the JEE Main exam. The first advice that we can provide is to not compromise on such things as the child has a good rank in the entrance exam and the chances for the admission in top NIT are high.

Solution 2: Secondly, the parent can identify whether there is an NIT located in his/ her location or nearby city. If yes, check the record of accomplishment of the institute such as previous placements report, fee structure and infrastructure. If all the aspects are satisfactory, it is advisable to choose the respective NIT.

Solution 3: Thirdly, if there is no NIT located in the city or nearby location of parent, he/ she can send his/ her son to the top private engineering college located in the region. While choosing the top private engineering college, it is advisable to do a background check.

Case 2 – I heard that NIT Warangal, Trichy, MNIT Allahabad etc are some of the top NITs in India. My daughter has got below 500 rank in JEE Main. She may get admission in any of these NITs. However, we cannot afford the fee structure in these NITs. Are there any scholarship facilities for students in NITs?

Solution 1: This is the most common case among most of the parents. Usually, first-year students in NITs do not get any scholarships. Based on the academic performance of students in the first-year, NITs offer scholarships/ grants to students in the subsequent semesters. In order to be eligible for the continuity of such scheme, students need to maintain good academic performance consistently. Summer Internships from the third year will also help students to cover a part of their academic fees.

Solution 2: Secondly, Education Loan is provided by various banks to students pursuing B.Tech in NITs, and he/ she can repay it after the completion of graduation. Therefore, parents who cannot afford high fee structure in NITs can rely on education loan. Pursuing in top NIT like Warangal/ Trichy will definitely land your daughter in top jobs, and repaying the education loan becomes easy.

Solution 3: Thirdly, it is advisable to make your daughter appear for the state-level engineering entrance exam. If she gets a good rank in it, she may get admission in a top private college where the fee structure may be relatively less than NITs. On the other hand, she may also get admission in top government engineering college run by the state government in your region.

Case 3 – I want to send my son or daughter to top NIT. Which are the best NITs in India for B.Tech?

Solution: In this case, the parent is clear about sending his daughter to top NIT. The list of some of the top NITs in India are as follows –

NIT Trichy

NIT Warangal

VNIT (Maharashtra)

MNIT Jaipur

NIT Puducherry

SVNIT Gujarat

For the complete list, please click here - List of NITs in India as per NIRF rankings.

Note: The closing ranks for most of the courses in the above NITs are below 5000. Therefore, these NITs are mentioned as top NITs.

Case 4 – My son has gotten admission in the newer NIT that does not have a permanent campus. Will it affect his career? Alternatively, Should we wait for the better option in JoSAA counselling?

Solution 1: Most of the newer NITs in India do not have a permanent campus, and the construction of the same is underway. All new NITs will get permanent campus soon. If the NIT in which your son got admission did not complete its first batch of B.Tech, it is very difficult to analyze the placements record. However, you can interact with the second or third-year students pursuing B.Tech in the respective institute to have an idea of quality education and faculty track record. If you get a positive response, you can go ahead with the admission.

Solution 2: You will have freeze, float and slide option in JoSAA counselling. Therefore, you can choose the float option and wait for the better allotment. However, it is advisable to wait only until 3rd round and not delay much. If you do not get better allotment, you can proceed with the existing allotment.

Solution 3: If you are not willing to join your son in the newer NIT and the chances for admission in top NITs are less due to JEE Main rank, it is advisable to choose the top private engineering college in your region.

Smart Ways to Choose the Best NIT in JoSAA Counselling

Exercising options/ filling choices in JoSAA counselling is the most important aspect, as it will be deciding factor of admission chance in NITs on the basis of candidate’s JEE Main rank. It is important to consider a few factors before exercising the web options, and these factors will help you getting admission in top NIT.

Factor 1 – JEE Main Rank

The first factor that each student must consider before choosing an NIT is his/ her JEE Main rank. It is advisable to check the opening and closing ranks of various NITs in the previous years to have an estimate or idea of 2021 closing ranks. The data has been mentioned on this page at the end, and you can check the previous year closing ranks. As per your rank, exercise the web options. Since there is no limit on the number of options that a candidate can fill, it is advisable to fill as many choices as possible.

JoSAA Cutoff - Opening & Closing Ranks

Factor 2 – Category

The candidates must consider category before choosing the NIT. The opening and closing rank for each NIT for different categories may be different. The opening rank that is applicable for General Category may not be the same for SC or ST category. For example, the closing rank of an NIT for General category is 9400, it may be 12,000 for SC and 18000 for ST category. When you check previous year data, make a list as per your JEE Main rank and category.

The above two factors are most important when you choose an NIT. It will help you identify the best NIT as per rank and category. 

List of Popular B.Tech Colleges for Admission without JEE Main 2020

Here is the list of popular B.Tech colleges, which accept admission in B.Tech courses without JEE Main 2020 –

Bharat Institute of Technology (BIT) Meerut

KL University - Guntur

Jagran Lakecity University - Bhopal

Lovely Professional University

Mody University - Sikar

Sanskar Educational Group - Ghaziabad

Jaipur Engineering College - Jaipur

World University of Design - Sonepat

Raffles University

Brainware University - Kolkata

Aurora's Engineering College (Abids) - Hyderabad

Sage University - Bhopal

Rai University - Ahmedabad

Manav Rachana University - Faridabad

We hope that the above explanation has given you an idea of how to choose the best NIT after JEE Main exam. For more details about the JEE Main-based admission in NITs, please click on the links below –

JEE Main Counselling and Admission-Based Articles

You can click on the links below to check information on JEE Main/ JoSAA counselling and admission-related content -

JEE Main Counselling Process

JEE Main Merit List

JEE Main Seat Allotment

JoSAA 2021 Dates & Counselling Process

List of NITs in India

List of IITs in India

List of IIITs in India

Opening and Closing Ranks for NITs

Opening and Closing Ranks for IITs

IITs Fee Structure

NITs Fee Structure

NIT Warangal B.Tech CSE Closing Ranks

NIT Trichy B.Tech CSE Closing Ranks

List of JoSAA Participating Institutes

List of JEE Main Participating Colleges

List of Colleges Accepting 50000 to 75000 Rank in JEE Main

Admission without JEE Main Rank

List of Colleges Accepting 75000 to 100000 Rank in JEE Main

List of Colleges Accepting 75000 to 100000 Rank in JEE Main


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