Prepare a list of colleges, courses and the combination of both, and write down the options before entering it in the website.

The engineering web options will open on Friday for the first 40,000 rankers and students will have time till Saturday night to fill in the options.

Since ambiguity on the fee structure has been cleared and students now are aware of the fee devised for each college there is no panic on that front.

However, choosing the combination of courses and colleges continues to be a complicated issue.

Handy tips

Here are a few tips to keep in mind while choosing the options: Since the institutions play an important role in shaping the student, parents should check the profile of the college with the professors working there and senior students. Consider the distance from home as travel time leaves students drained. Availability of hostel is key, more so for girl students, if the distance is far. Most importantly, leave the choice of the course to the students as they will be pursuing it and not the parents.

Prepare a list of colleges, courses and the combination of both, and write down the options before entering it in the website. Irrespective of the rank one can choose the combination of best colleges and courses as their first options.

“Never hesitate to choose the best colleges and courses first. After exhausting the best ones you can include the ones that are likely to get you a seat based on your rank and reservation category,” says Raghunath, Camp Officer for Admissions.

Candidates should not enter the colleges that they are not interested in. Since the allotment of seats is done on rank, local area, gender, reservation category and the options given there is a likelihood of students getting allotted any college given in the preferences. “So avoid colleges that you don’t want to study in.”

“Don’t share the password with anyone as it might be misused. Last year hundreds of students faced this problem with some private agents who obtained the passwords promising freebies and changed the options given by the students. Don’t depend on private agents and choose your preference based on your needs,” says an official.

Students can get a fair idea of the seat allotment based on their rank if they go through last year’s seat matrix that is available on the EAMCET website.

Video presentation

The Hindu has posted a video presentation by experts on choosing the web options on its website. The videos give important tips to be followed while exercising the options. The videos can be accessed at ‘bit.ly/web-counselling’.