Scoring average marks and not getting into the top most colleges is NOT the end of the world. Many times, students feel dejected and hopeless if they can’t score above 90%, as cut-offs are too high, and their percentage doesn’t meet the required number. But, don’t worry, there are many options one can pursue after class 12th, even if you score average marks.

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  1. Course matters more than college:

Many times, students take up a course they are not interested in just because they are getting it in a good college. It is NOT the right thing to do. If you are interested in say Chemistry, do not go for a course in Economics just because of the college. Your interest area matters the most, you should stick to that and search other options where you can pursue it. If you do not like what you study, eventually you won’t be able to do well in it and hence score less. Whereas scoring well in something you’re interested in, in an even though ‘not-so-good’ college will lead to better placements and future opportunities.


  1. There ARE other options too:

Delhi University and IITs are not the end and the only places to get admission. There are many others like, which are relatively good options. They have good reputation and not so high fee. Such as:

  • Indraprastha University, Delhi
  • Ambedkar University, Delhi
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
  • University of Bangalore, Bengaluru
  • University of Calcutta, Kolkata
  • Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
  • Anna University, Chennai
  • University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
  • Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh
  • Panjab University, Chandigarh
  • Mumbai University, Mumbai
  • University of Pune, Pune

There are many other options too, so don’t restrict yourself.


  1. Private colleges to the rescue:

There are many private colleges and universities which are good and reputable. The only thing to keep in mind is to compare their level according to the course you want to pursue. Examples of top private universities:

  • Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) University, Vellore
  • Amity University, Noida
  • Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani
  • Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune
  • SRM University, Chennai
  • Apeejay Stya University, Sohna
  • Banasthali University, Jaipur
  • Lovely Professional University, Phagwara
  • Birla Institute of Technology (BIT), Mesra
  • Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) University, Bhubaneswar
  • Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore
  • Manipal University
  • Symbiosis International University, Pune
  • Sharda University, Greater Noida
  • Ashoka University, Haryana


  1. Choose the best of what you get:

Many times, it is so that one is getting various average colleges of various universities. So, it basically depends on the course you want to pursue on whose basis one should compare the standard of college and university, and then make a choice. So, analyse your facts of the average college list and choose the best.

For examples, if you are someone who is interested in ‘English Literature’, then the best top Universities for you would be Ashoka University, JNU, Calcutta University and Mumbai University. Whereas, these universities won’t be suitable if you’re someone who wants to do BCA. For BCA you should prefer universities like, Indraprastha University, Jamia Hamdard University, Amity University.

Also, you should compare the standard of colleges. Many times, it happens so that a high-ranking college of lower ranking University is better than the low-ranking ranking college of a higher-ranking University. So, you should choose accordingly.


  1. Vocational courses are also an option:

There are many institutions like that provide variety of vocational courses ranging from design, technical, languages, media etc, which help students a lot. Some of top vocational colleges in Delhi are:

  • Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan
  • South Delhi Polytechnic for Women
  • Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA)
  • Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA)
  • PUSA: The Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI)
  • Pearl Academy

Other than these institutes, many Universities like Delhi University, Mumbai University and private colleges also provide Vocational courses apart from regular full-time courses.


  1. Drop a year:

If you’re someone who is too determined and has a set goal, but haven’t been able to crack some entrance examination. Be it JEE, CLAT, NEET, NIFT or anything else, then it’s not a bad idea to take a year long time to practice and put in all efforts. Prepare again and practice more with proper coaching. There are many students who do that and get in top colleges next year, a year of studying only helps. But, be sure to be completely determined as dropping bring a lot of pressure and needs serious dedication.


12th board marks are surely important but not the whole-sole decider of your life’s fate. There’s much more to life and much more options that can make you reach heights. So, don’t worry even if you score less, there are many options to get you covered.

All the best !!

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