• Umashankar Sarmah

How to Choose the Best College : A Complete Guide

(Note: This article is also available in Assamese. To read in Assamese, click here)

Make choosing the best college for yourself easy

Each year, after a stressful routine of Board Exams followed by a long nail-biting drama of results, the students of Class 12 have to cross the hurdle of choosing the best college for their higher studies.


But choosing the best colleges for yourself isn't easy. With so many colleges and universities in Assam, there's always a lot of confusion while choosing the best options.


It wasn't so long ago when I had to choose a college for myself. I remember getting stressed finding the best college for my career. Not just me, there were so many others I knew who were feeling the pressure as well.

For me? I had many questions, but there was no one to answer them. So, I kept googling things like "best colleges in Assam", "Top 10 colleges in Assam", "Which college should I choose?" and what not!


Now that you've cleared your Assam Higher Secondary Examination Council (AHSEC) or Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) exams and got your results, I'm guessing you are going through a similar situation as well.

You're confused and frustrated and tired of deciding on your own what type of college you should choose, which course you should opt for, have different queries in mind about the short list of colleges which you may have already made (if not, you will create a list of your own at the end of this article) and are probably looking for answers for all of these on the internet, like I once did.


In my case, I was finally able to choose the right course and the best college for myself by keeping in mind a list of very simple things.


I followed few very simple steps to find out the best options available to me and chose the one which I felt was the right college in Assam.


You can follow these steps in the order given below or in any order you may want to.



#1 – Course


The first step toward searching the "Best College" starts by choosing your desired course. Choosing your course is the most important part. When you’re looking for a college, it is important that you have proper understanding about your own aspirations first. I know, sometimes it can be difficult to figure out which course you should go for, but mapping out your interests and ambitions makes it easier to choose the right one.

Ask yourself questions like -

"What do I like?",

"Which subjects are related to my interests?",

"What are 'my strongest subjects' among them?",

"Am I interested in those subjects?"

"How dedicated am I or can be in pursuing them?",

"What do I see myself become if I pursue them?"

"Have I secured enough marks in the Board exams to be eligible for those subjects?" and so on…


Once you ask these questions and answer them, you should have a better understanding about which is the best course for you.


In my case, I felt Law was the right career path for me as it suited my interests, ambitions and also my personality.

#2 – Location

Once you have a general idea about what you want to study, the next step is to find out "where you want to study?" This is mostly easy because now you only have to search for those places where there are colleges or universities that offer your desired courses.


But there can be a lot of other factors which affect your choice of location; particularly your parents' or guardian's decision. For you to pursue your college education at a different place than your hometown, your parents/guardian must be supportive of that choice.


Apart from that, things like travel expenses, availability of accommodations, day-to-day expenses, safety and medical facilities, nearness to home etc. are also equally relevant.


So, to decide where you want to study, start by making a list of places where there are colleges that offer the courses you want to apply for. Then sit and discuss about it with your parents. Talk about the expenses, the difficulties and also the benefits of studying there.


By the end of your discussion, you should have at least two options (your hometown and the other place) or maybe more.

#3 – Colleges/Universities

Now comes the most difficult part where you decide your college. To make things easier, you can break it down into two stages.

In the first stage, start by listing out colleges that offer your course in the location where you want to study. For example, if your desired location is Guwahati and you want a Bachelor of Arts degree with an English major, you should search for colleges in Guwahati for Arts that offer this course.


Once you have a list of colleges you can go to the second stage, where all you have to do is inquire about them one by one. Things like "How good is the college?", "How good are the teachers?", "What are the facilities available?" are some frequently asked questions.

To get answers of these questions, you can ask any relative of yours or those senior students from your school, who is/are studying in any of these colleges. If you do not have any relative or senior friend studying there, then you need to find someone who will be able to answer those questions. Even your school teachers or Principal can help you find answers to those questions. So, all you have to do is ask around.


(And if you still do not find anyone, you may refer to the list of colleges in Assam/Guwahati given below)


#4 – Availability of Seats and Eligibility Criteria



The second thing to consider while listing out your options is "Availability of Seats". Every college offers different number of seats and has fixed number of reserved seats for particular categories, as per the Government's guidelines. They also have different eligibility criteria for those reserved/unreserved seats.


So, it is important that you know what your category is and also what’s the eligibility criteria for your category in those colleges. You can refer to the College's or University's Prospectus to find out about this. This will eliminate those colleges from your list, where you’re not eligible and you’ll probably save some money to apply in some other college where you are eligible or stand a greater chance of being eligible.


#5 – What does the college have to offer?


A college education is not just about the degree. It is a combination of different elements such as theoretical knowledge, studying environment, practical experience, extra-curricular activities and so on. It is important that you consider finding out about what the colleges in your list have to offer apart from the degree.


Things like Internships, Seminars (Workshops/Conferences) and other activities like Sports, Debate and Quiz competitions etc., that fall outside the academic curriculum are extremely important to look for.


Once you’re done inquiring about these things, you should have an even better understanding about the colleges in your list. And it should be easier for you now to decide which colleges you should apply for.

Choose the ones which you seems to be the best fit for you and your future.



Note:

  1. Have backup options. By backup option, I mean choices which you will make when things do not go as planned. It’s totally normal and there’s no shame in having a backup option.

  2. Keep checking the official websites of the colleges or universities for regular updates.

  3. There are colleges that conduct entrance examinations to decide the most eligible applicants. Make sure you prepare for these tests in advance. (E.g. Law colleges conduct entrance tests where they ask questions related to legal aptitude, grammar, mental aptitude etc.)


List of Top/Best Colleges in Assam (in alphabetical order) -


Best Colleges in Assam for B. Sc. (Bachelor of Science)

  1. Arya Vidyapeeth College, Guwahati

  2. B. Barooah College, Guwahati

  3. Bhattadev University, Barpeta (formerly known as Bajali College, Barpeta)

  4. Cotton University, Guwahati

  5. Darrang College, Tezpur

  6. Guwahati College, Guwahati

  7. Handique Girl's College, Guwahati

  8. Jagannath Barooah College, Jorhat

  9. North Lakhimpur College, North Lakhimpur

  10. Pragjyotish College, Guwahati

Best Colleges in Assam for B. A. (Bachelor of Arts)

  1. Arya Vidyapeeth College, Guwahati

  2. Bhattadev University, Barpeta (formerly known as Bajali College, Barpeta)

  3. Cotton University, Guwahati

  4. Darrang College, Tezpur

  5. Guwahati College, Guwahati

  6. Handique Girl's College, Guwahati

  7. Mangaldai College, Mangaldai

  8. North Lakhimpur College, North Lakhimpur

  9. Nowgong College, Nagaon

  10. Pandu College, Guwahati


Best Colleges in Assam for B. Com. (Bachelor of Commerce)

  1. B. H. College, Barpeta

  2. C. K. B. Commerce College, Jorhat

  3. Department of Commerce, Gauhati University, Guwahati (offers 5-years Integrated Course)

  4. Gauhati Commerce College, Guwahati

  5. Guwahati College, Guwahati

  6. J. B. College, Jorhat

  7. K. C. Das Commerce College, Guwahati

  8. Pandu College, Guwahati

  9. Pragjyotish College, Guwahati

  10. Tinsukia Commerce College, Tinsukia


Best Law Colleges in Assam

  1. B. R. M. Government Law College, Guwahati

  2. Dhubri Law College, Dhubri

  3. Dispur Law College, Guwahati

  4. J. B. Law College, Guwahati

  5. Jorhat Law College, Jorhat

  6. National Law University and Judicial Academy, Guwahati (Admissions through CLAT)

  7. N. E. F. Law College, Guwahati

  8. Nowgong Law College, Nagaon

  9. Tezpur Law College, Tezpur

  10. University Law College, Gauhati University, Guwahati


Conclusion


To sum it all up, choosing the best college for your higher studies depends entirely on your own aspirations and interests. Your career choices will decide what kind of colleges you should apply for.

Having experienced the situation, I believe in the steps mentioned above. I have tried these steps myself and they have helped me in choosing my course of study and the best college for it in the location I preferred. And I hope you find these steps helpful and are able to decide what's best for you.


All the best!



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