NITs: Candidates can pursue computer science, electronics, mechanical or chemical engineering at the National Institutes of Technology. Older colleges such as Warangal, Trichy and Suratkal are better than some of the newer colleges. Regardless, all the NITs consider JEE Main scores and AIR for admissions.

    IIITs: Candidates can pursue electronics or computer science at the Indian Institutes of Information Technology. For admission purposes, all colleges in this institute consider JEE Main scores, KVPY and olympiad scores. Of them, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Allahabad, are the best ones to aim for.

    IIST: If it’s a career in space technology that one seeks, then the Indian Institute of Space Technology is a great choice.

    Directly managed by ISRO, candidates can apply for the five-year dual-degree programme with master’s degree, that bolsters their chances of entering ISRO. IIST considers a candidate’s JEE Advanced score and AIR for admission.

    IISc: The Indian Institute of Science, also known as Tata Institute, is another great option for those contemplating a career in pure sciences and research. These courses are also highly beneficial for those who wish to pursue higher studies. Located in Bengaluru, this institute assesses a candidate’s JEE Main, JEE Advanced, KVPY and olympiad scores, depending on how many exams the candidate has given.

    IISER: Another great option for pure sciences and research is the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune. This institute has published 900 research papers and helps candidates aspiring for a Ph.D. IISER assesses the JEE Advanced score and state-board percentage of each candidate. If the candidate has given the KVPY exam, that score is considered too.

    State-Funded institutes: If candidates are unable to get into any of the above national institutions, there are various state institutions they can apply to.

    IIM: For a different career choice, candidates can opt for the Integrated Management course at IIM Indore on the basis of their Class XII Board exam percentage.