Getting Candid with Dr. Bhaskar Gupta, Chairman, WBJEE Counselling Board

Nidhi Bahl updated on : 08 Jan 2016

Following are the dos and don'ts you should keep in mind during the WBJEE 2015 counselling procedure.

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Q. On a scale of 1 – 10, what is the most difficult/ confusing part of the WBJEE counseling process? And why?

A. The WBJEE counseling process has been developed for engineering aspirants. The e-counselling process is not difficult at all. The students should spend some valuable time to understand the process and follow as per the norms. Students can refer to the official website ( for details.

Q. What are the factors that a candidate should consider before choosing a college?

A. The students should spend time prioritize colleges. They should try to get maximum information about the college, the faculty, infrastructure, accessibility to the institute, past reputation and also should tally the fees structure. Also, special focus should be given to their placement history – average salary in the last 3 years, companies visited etc. Industry exposure given by a college can also be a determinant of the college’s merit.

Q. What are the common mistakes that a student makes during choosing colleges and how should one avoid them?

A. The primary rule is to AVOID third party help. Any student, who does the counseling process by himself herself, seldom makes any mistake because they take a call basis their strength and understanding. When a student goes to a third party, usually their potential is overlooked by external factors, which, in the long run, may be detrimental to the student’s career growth.

Q. If a student does not get the desired college that he/ she was aiming for in the first place, would you advise them to drop a year and try again the following year? Or should they consider the next best option?

A. The e-counseling process provides such a scope to the students that the students can choose any college as per their preference. The students thus should take time to decide on the college properly before finalizing. They get enough time to decide.There are good numbers of engineering colleges in West Bengal and if the choice of the students can reflect their enough efforts, they will get the college as per their quality and rank. Thus, they should always try to consider the next best option. Dropping a year should not be the ideal option for eligible students.

Q. Your advice to students who are going to follow 2015 WBJEE counseling?

A. The first advice is that the students should do the counseling process by themselves. They can take the help from the website to understand the entire process. There are facilities available at all the block offices and Tathyamitra Kendra by NIC at different parts of the state for the students to undergo the process and get clarity of any doubt that they may face for the e-counseling process.


About the author:

Dr. Bhaskar Gupta Ph. D (Eng), is an FIETE, SMIEE, FIE (I), LMSEMCE(I), Chartered Engineer. He has been a Prof.  in the Dept. of Electronics & Tele-Engg, JU & is currently the Chairman, West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination Board, based in Kolkata.


Dos & Don'ts by HTCampus for WBJEE Counselling Process 2015

  • You need at least 60% overall in classes X and XII to get into a good engineering college as well as to be eligible for campus placement in almost every company. If you don’t have that, think again about taking up engineering.
  • Be attentive in choosing your college and course. On-line counselling process is software-governed and logic driven. Even the last option chosen by your previous rank holders will have priority over your first one. So maintain a balance & variety in your choices.
  • Don’t choose college basis available streams or opening and closing ranks of previous years’ candidates. Do proper research on colleges carefully.
  • Be wary of colleges, where not even a single batch has graduated yet. Colleges boast of spectacular placement history displaying company logos on their websites. Connecting with alumni may be a good way to get clarity on this.

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