Choosing a Career: Results, Counselling and Admission

Choosing a Career: Results, Counselling and Admission

Emphasizing on the power of education, one of the most renowned personalities of the world Nelson Mandela once said, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

Today, the economic and political growth of India is being hailed globally and education has indubitably played a pivotal role in it. The role of education in facilitating social as well as economic progress is also well recognized by the Government of India. No doubts, education provides humongous opportunities for personal as well professional growth.

In the recent times, India has witnessed major experiments in the field of information technology and communication, which even facilitated the expansion of educational sector and areas related to it. The launch of Akash tablets brought smile on many faces as the Government of India allocated Rs.765 crore to this world's lowest cost computing/internet device projects in the Union Budget of 2012-2013. This innovative project proves that India realizes the need of advanced technology in the field of education owing to the constant requirements of improvement in it globally. Such initiative will also change the way we look at the education today.

Adding to this, the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) initiatives undertaken by the Government also help students, parents and teachers to make the system easily accessible with transparency. The availability of online results, online forms, online gateways to pay admission fees and online counseling channels are helping students make an informed choice.

  Online Examination Results
Online Examination Results  

Result is one of the most awaited milestones by students as it awards them for their hard work and efforts put in the whole year. There was a time when students had to queue up for hours or elbow their way through enormous crowds to catch a glimpse of examination results on the diminutive school and college notice boards. In the days gone by, long queues, incomplete information and huge travel costs were the major pain points on way to charting an ideal career path. But today, the Indian education system has taken a digital leap with the help of the effective use of the internet.

Now students can access results with minimal efforts and time. To make the results readily accessible to every nook and corner of the country, the National Informatics Centre - External website that opens in a new window (NIC) has been disseminating results using multiple channels since 1997. Besides the internet, the results are also being made available through Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS), Email - External website that opens in a new window and SMS (Short Message Service) - External website that opens in a new window.

A specialized portal ( - External website that opens in a new window) is not only a single-point source for results of various examinations conducted in India, but it also facilitates access to other relevant websites, besides helping students and their guardians download mark sheets and various admission forms. Important announcements for students are posted on the portal both prior to the declaration of the result and post it being displayed on the Net. The process of accessing the results is also quite simple. The site basically offers the following type of results:

Important Links for online examination results


It is often seen that the students have to face difficulties while selecting their courses, colleges and universities. While various Boards, Institutes and Universities make their application forms, brochures, and dates, etc. available on their websites, parents are on tenterhooks nevertheless. Often students are shortlisted for various general and professional courses as per their performance in the entrance tests. There are instances when one student is selected for more than one courses while another fails to make it to even one. This is where online counseling plays a crucial role to boost students' morale.

Counselling helps a student identify the right career path, while taking into account their aptitude and areas of interest. With various universities providing free online counseling to students for admission to various professional courses, namely B.E., B.Arch., B.Pharma., MBA, MCA, MBBS, BDS, B.Ed., etc., students are no longer left in a state of confusion as regards the choice of career option.

Counselling makes it easier for students to choose their study centres and course on the basis of interest, skill, and the number of seats available etc. Various boards such as the All India Engineering Entrance Examination - External website that opens in a new window (AIEEE) and All India Pre Medical Test - External website that opens in a new window (AIPMT) provide online counseling, thereby saving time, money and effort of students.

The Central Counselling Board - External website that opens in a new window, supported by the Ministry of Human Resources Development - External website that opens in a new window conducts counseling during the first half July every year taking into consideration the AIEEE's merit scores. The CCB counseling sessions are held with the help of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the National Informatics Centre (NIC) and participating institutions like the National Institute of Technology (NITs), the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), deemed universities etc.

Several state organizations are also conducting online counseling for their respective state colleges.

Important Links for counseling


There can be different sets of requirements depending on the type of education you are planning to pursue in India. Admission rules and criteria can differ from one institution to another. Admission details are mainly provided in the brochures along with the form by schools, colleges and private institutions. Each course requires different eligibility criterion for students. These days most of the professional courses first require students to take competitive examinations while some institutions accept admissions only on the basis of merit. There are different procedures and rules followed for foreign students interested in studies in India.

The first four to five months are usually very hectic for both the educational institutions and parents as this is also the time when admission season begins in most of the institutions here. During this time, students and their parents can be seen lining up outside school, colleges, and other institutions to get admission in the best college and institute available.

Some education institutions follow merit, which enables students with the highest grades to get preference on a first come first served basis, as a criterion for admission. The Government institutions also follow the reservation as a criterion to meet the requirements of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other backward Classes and physically challenged students. Reservations mainly help the various underprivileged sections of the society to avail opportunities and a chance to study in the best institutions of the country.

Universities - External website that opens in a new window, colleges and institutions all make use of the online mode through their individual web portals in order to make sure that interested students stay in the knowhow of the admission procedure. Similarly, institutes following Open and Distance Learning - External website that opens in a new window (ODL) system also have facilities for submission of admission forms and choose various distant learning courses online.

Important Links for admission


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