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45% of CFAL students qualify for seats at NIT’s through JEE main

Mangaluru: Along with the top three ranks, 45% students trained at Centre For Advanced Learning (CFAL), Mangalore have achieved distinguished ranks in JEE- Main 2016.

All these students will qualify for seats in the prestigious National Institute of Technology (NIT’s). CFAL is the institute with highest percentage student selections in highly competitive engineering and medical exams such as JEE main, JEE Advanced, KVPY, NMTC and Olympiads.


CFAL’s topper Dhanush is a NIOS (National Institute of Open Schooling) student. The NIOS board gives students the time and flexibility needed to cater their learning based on their stregths. Students who have more time to prepare are obviously able to score better in competitive exams. Also, since the JEE main ranking system gives 40% weightage to the board marks, the NIOS students are able to get good placements at NIT’s.

CFAL asks the students in their Centre to think big, and to aim to get into the top colleges in our country. Despite being 40000 seats in top institutes like IIT’s, IISC, IICER, BIT’s, NIT’s, very few students from Mangalore get into these colleges. Since there is general opinion that getting into top colleges is extremely difficult if not impossible, many students in the Mangalore region do not look beyond CET. CFAL was started with the aim of changing this paradigm and the results speak for themselves. CFAL promotes self-directed learning and the NIOS board is a wonderful platform for this.

This establishes the truth that we have very intelligent students in this region, and our students require a lot of guidance. The fact is that if someone is merely good in PU or has cracked CET, this may not be sufficient to top IIT-JEE. We still need more awareness. For example, if you look at Kota or Hyderabad, the number of students taking IIT may be more than those in Karnataka. The lack of awareness may be another reason. Karnataka students are very bright and capable, which is demonstrated once they enter IIT. Students from Karnataka are toppers in most departments in IITs. However, for JEE, students typically study for two years along with their 11th and 12th studies. Students from other states prepare for JEE from class eighth onwards or they study entirely for 2 years for these exams. This difference in preparation time, mentoring and lack of desire, is why our students are not in the top 10.

More than 11 lakh students appeared for JEE-MAIN 2016 across the country which was held on April 2016. These students compete to be eligible for seats available in 30 National Institutes of Technology [NITs], Indian Institutes of Information Technology [IIITs] and a few other technical Institutes funded by Central or a State government [Other-GFTIs] for which admission is on the basis of JEE (Main) 2016 All India Rank list. The Class XII board marks carried 40% weightage and JEE scores 60% weightage for admissions. The special attraction for the Karnataka students is that at NITK Surathkal, 50% of the seats are reserved for students from the state.

Students of CFAL also excel in other competitive exams:

In JEE-Advanced 2016, the students of CFAL achieved outstanding results with 12 of their students being selected. This is the highest selection from any institution in Mangalore and Udupi. 10 students from CFAL have been selected for Kishore Vaigyani fellowship in 2016.

IIT, BITS, NIT’s, IISC, IISER as well as other reputed institutions at national level are hubs of academic excellence attracting the brightest students from all over India. Students have access to world class facilities and are up to date with emerging trends and streams of thought and prepare to serve both the society and industry with innovative solutions for current problems. They are exposed to the best minds in the country through expert talks, workshops etc, which make them a dream destination for students. These graduates are highly sought after by prestigious companies and institutions with lucrative offers. In addition, the recognized faculty in these universities do noteworthy research, and mentor the students to continue education in international university, enabling them work with the best students from around the world.

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