Chennai: With engineering counselling set to begin next week, many engineering aspirants are still not sure about how to prepare a choice list and are unaware about the importance of the order of preferences in the choice list.
To their part, the Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions (TNEA) committee has already given an information booklet containing the information about all 510 engineering colleges, besides releasing the details of maximum rank and cut-off marks details of previous years.
The dates for online engineering counselling are yet to be announced as the government has sought an extension of the deadline to conduct the engineering counselling in the Supreme Court.
MBBS counselling is likely to go until July 12 and the engineering counselling will start after the completion of the first phase of MBBS counselling.
The experts believe it is ideal time for students to prepare the choice list which is very important in getting allotment in the online engineering counselling.
“Seat allotment depends on the rank and the order of preference of the choices of the candidate. Hence choosing right choices and ordering them properly based on their cut-off marks is important,” said V. Rhymend Uthariaraj, secretary, TNEA.
TNEA's official web portal ww.tnea.ac.in gives cut-off marks for the last three years of institutions, including the year of starting the branch and NBA accreditation and other details.
In the first place, students need to prepare a shortlist of interested institutions and the branches.
“If engineering aspirant is interested in a particular branch, he can choose the branch and get the details about various institutions offering the branch from the information given along with cut-off marks in TNEA web portal. The aspirant has to compare the last three years cut-off marks of those branches with his cut-off marks. Based on the comparison, he can prepare a list of institutions,” he said. “Students have to leave the institutions which have much higher cut-off marks (above 5 marks) since there is a remote chance to get a seat in such institutions,” he added.
They can also collect information in other ways like selecting colleges by entering college code and choosing colleges in a particular district and can select a branch or also can look for a range of marks. Students can select any college, see the cut-off marks and maximum rank for shortlisting the institutions.
“If the range of marks used is small and filtered with the district, the total number of institutions may be less. As we are yet to know this year's trend, it is safe to slightly increase the range. Need to make sure of including the colleges which have fewer cut-off marks than the aggregate marks in the choice list. If the choice list is small, the student may not get any seat allotted,” he cautioned.Students will be given specific windows to enter their choices. After entering, they can modify the choices according to the vacancies.