VITEEE 2016: Exam Details


Vellore Institute of Technology Engineering Entrance Examination (VITEEE 2016)is an annual entrance exam conducted by Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT). Established in 1984, VIT is one of the leading institutes in south India which offers a wide range of courses in engineering like chemical engineering, civil engineering, electronics and electrical engineering, information technology, production and industrial engineering, and many more. The entrance exam is open to all the interested candidates born on or after 1 July, 1994 and have studied full time formal education. The candidate must have scored 60% or above in physics, mathematics, chemistry to be eligible to appear for the exam. For the students belonging to ST/SC and those hailing from Jammu and Kashmir and North Eastern States, the minimum score should be 50% in the same subjects. Click here to check the VITEEE 2016 Exam Dates.

They are nearly 5,000 B.Tech seats for which approximately 2 lakh candidates appear every year in VITEEE. The application form will be available in December 2015. The exam is conducted in April every year. The entire admission process, right from the filling of application forms to issuance of admit card will be conducted only in the online mode. So, the candidates should be ready with a registered mobile number and an e-mail id for the contact.

The exam pattern this year is the same except the additional subject of English which has been allotted 5 marks. All in all, in this computer based test there will be 125 questions out of which physics, chemistry and mathematics have been allotted 40 marks each and the rest 5 marks are for English. The questions are of objective type. The duration of the exam is 180 minutes. The good news is that there will be no negative marking for wrong answers.

The exam syllabus for this year is available on the VIT’s official website. Broadly, it consists of physics, chemistry, and mathematics for the non- medical aspirants, and medical students will have biology in place of mathematics. The important topics are-

  • Physics– Topics like optics, current electricity, electrostatics, nuclear physics, properties of matter etc. are of prime importance.

  • Chemistry– In this, the candidate must prepare topics like atomic structure, p, d and f block elements, electrochemistry, thermodynamics, alcohols and ethers to score well in this section.

  • Mathematics– In this section, the must do topics include vector algebra, differential calculus, probability, complex numbers and integral calculus and its applications.

  • Biology– taxonomy, genetics and evolution, reproduction, biodiversity, ecology and environment, biotechnology and its applications, cell and molecular biology are do or die topics in this section.

Finally, these are a few tips to help you excel in VITEEE 2016

  • BASIC CONCEPTS FIRST– follow your textbook religiously whichever board you belong to. For CBS, the NCERT textbooks are a great help for cracking the exam.
  • SPEED AND ACCURACY– As the exam is a bit lengthy, so you cannot afford to be slow. So, while practicing, keep in mind that the accuracy is achieved with a considerable speed.
  • SHORT NOTES– Make short notes that are handy, they will help you greatly in the last-minute preparation.
  • ATTEMPT 100%– As there is no negative marking, try to attempt 100%. Even if you are lagging behind, there is no harm in trying your luck.
  • PRACTICE QUESTION PAPERS– After you are done with the basic concepts, do solve some previous year’s question papers as well as few sample papers. The more question bank you try your hands on, the easier it gets.

Finally, stay calm and composed during the exam. You are all set to come up with flying colors. All the best! J

5 promising careers

5 Most Promising Careers

5 promising careers

While the career profiles of doctors and professors continue to be the modest and respectable job around the world, but over the decade, there has been a noteworthy change in the career prospects. So, here is a list of the five top most promising careers in India as well as are a hit abroad too.


You will be surprised that in a country like India, which is deep-rooted in rituals, why would any family need any wedding planner? But, gone are the days where ‘dadis and nanis’ used to tell everything in the wedding, today’s couples demand a professional wedding planner to design their dream wedding. The entire paraphernalia is being planned, designed and executed by these well-trained professional planners. Right from the lagan ceremony to the ‘mandap’ to your Bidaai in ‘doli’, everything is being taken care of. Instead, in abroad the trend is on the rise wherein the Indian wedding planners are invited to design their wedding with an Indian flavor. The career of wedding planners in such circumstances is only set to further blossom.


Given the stressful lives we live in, we all need the psychologists at the end of the day with whom we can discuss anything and everything and get the best advice. The scope of psychologists today is only expanding given the branches it is growing in from the child psychologist, social, developmental, organizational psychologist and many more. This career is growing by leaps and bounds in abroad and is very acceptable and respected career profile, while in India the psychologists are increasingly in demand.


This is one profile that will never ever run out of demand as the key to success of any organization lies in them. Nobody but only a sales manager can only decide and predict what the financial return a company can expect. They are the real assets and face of the company to their customers. Patience is the most important pre-requisite for this career profile. The remuneration depends upon the performance on the job.


The career profile of investment banker would call for providing a range of financial services to companies, institutions and governments. They manage corporate, strategic, financial opportunities like mergers, bonds and shares, acquisitions etc.. The scope of this job profile is on the higher pace owing to the vast industry requirements. Although this career profile is lesser known in India, but if you excel in it you can be a great investment banker working in India or abroad. The remunerations are also well off to live a quality life.


This is a career profile in the aviation industry which people have rarely heard of. But, logically this is as much required as the road traffic controllers. Given the booming airline industry, the demand for the controllers is also increasing day by day. The earnings are well deserved as it is a highly responsible job. For this profile, one needs an engineering degree in telecommunication. The remuneration is also very high and further depends upon the performance.

Thus, you choose only from being doctor or engineer when you have so much to choose from? Today the time is to think, explore all these and decide on any one of them. The profile you choose will shape up your future, so think and choose wisely.


Montessori, Frobel & Steiner: The Three leading Pedagogies


These new pedagogies are blossoming alongside the traditional method of teaching. These are based on different principles, follow certain unique teaching methodology, and have their own advantages. So, let us see each of them to help you decide, which is most suitable for your child.


This approach of teaching was founded by Maria Montessori. It believes that children learn better when they are given freedom to choose what they want to learn and can learn at their own pace. Contrary to the traditional classroom, it is a close caring community with multiage children varying from 2.5 years to 6 years all learning at the same place. A trained teacher then guides the children to learn through the various activity stations they get involved in. The notebook learning is replaced by the process of self-correction and self-assessment.

Some pros of the system include-

  • Child is treated as a unique individual
  • Develop the social ethics very early like the kindness, support
  • Accommodates all learning styles
  • Children are more excited as they get to learn what they are genuinely interested in
  • Child-led, uninterrupted, three-hour working period
  • Children become confident, independent, co-operating, self-directed learners- all the skills which are the need of the 21st century.
  • Children learn through direct experience- by using the sensory-motor activities that develop the abilities like seeing, hearing, touch, movement, etc..


Friedrich Frobel was a German educationalist who believed that the very purpose of education is to lead to all-round development of an individual by creating a harmonious environment in the classroom where each child is treated with respect and individuality is maintained. He established a school common for all children between the ages of three and seven. He named it as Kindergarten, i.e. ‘garden of children’.

The chief feature of the kindergarten are-

  • Self-activity- Like construction of blocks, songs help develop self-realization among the toddlers. This further fills the gap between knowledge and action.
  • Creativeness- The creativity is other aim to be developed among children.
  • Social participation- As Frobel believed that man is social animal by nature so he emphasized the social aspect of education to be taught well.
  • Play is the real engine for learning- He firmly believed that the play is the best way to learn something as its imprints last forever in a human mind.


It is based on the education philosophy of Rudolf Steiner. Steiner divided the child education into mainly three phases-

  1. Early childhood education, wherein, a child learns through hands-on activities.
  2. Elementary Education- the focus is on developing artistic expression.
  3. Secondary Education- which develops the critical reasoning and empathic understanding among the students.

This model infuses art with academics as it allows the children to learn through activities like drama, music, dance crafts and visual arts. It believes education is beyond the concept of three R’s. There are no specific books as per the curriculum, rather each child draws and creates the things he learns which exemplifies his every lesson. The classroom is a mixed age one with the same teacher. The teacher usually incorporates the storytelling and fantasy in the curriculum.

Thus, all the three pedagogies are different; each is unique in its own way.  So, apart from the traditional way of teaching, there are options for your child to choose among all these.

Ways to Improve The State of Education for Women

Ways to Improve The State of Education for Women

 Ways to Improve The State of Education for Women

If we see the present picture of education among the fairer sex, the picture is not as bright as it should be. The state of education for women in India has undoubtedly changed drastically over the decades, yet there needs a lot to be done, further. Owing to the patriarchal notions that are deeply embedded in the Indian society, the women have been constantly denied equal opportunities as compared to their counterpart in almost every walk of life. But, the education for women, I believe, is equally important than that of males. Brigham Young rightly remarked, “You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman, you educate a generation.” So, let us see in what ways we can improve this bleak picture of state of education for women in India.

  • A change in mindset– India is a society where girls, right from the ancient period are seen as a curse rather than a blessing, burden rather than joy, and weakness rather than strength. Regrettably, the picture has not changed even today. That really needs to be changed. An educated woman will not only be financially independent, she will also be ready to shoulder her financial responsibilities and if needed she can run her own family. Moreover, an educated woman can actually teach her children well. So, in that sense, also if you want an educated generation ahead, you need to educate the woman in your family first.


  • Creating more awareness about the need for education– Through various programs and initiatives like “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao”, the importance of female education needs to be explained to the people, particularly living in the rustic areas in realistic terms. By doing so, the change brought at the central and upper level will be acceptable at the lowest levels easily. The campaigns can never be a real success if they are not being supported and ingrained by the people at the behest. Since, we belong to a society wherein the education for women is perceived as a threat for the society, there is a greater need for creating awareness about the fact that there is nothing wrong or against our culture to improve the state of education for women.
  • For the issue of safety, start the shift system-Though, the urban areas are well acquainted with the idea of co-education, the rural places have still not accepted it. The parents in a village do not allow their girl child to attend the schools with boys. In such cases, instead of spending extra money and resources to build girl schools, alternative shift system is a good way to ensure that the girls can access schools with the consent of their families and also there is no trivial expenditure made by the government to facilitate the girl education. However, the steps which are important for the girl safety must be undertaken in the rural areas and urban alike.


  • Scholarships to encourage greater female participation– The government as well as the private schools must encourage the girl child to participate in more and more education related programs, for those who cannot afford the schools the scholarships would be a boon. Because of it, the girls can actually start their schools and the brilliant minds would later help finance their own education. They do have dreams of making it big in life; you just have to give them wings.


  • Developing the facility system for higher education– Today, most of the places have achieved the primary education for the females, but the higher education is still a serious issue. Even if the girls are allowed to go beyond the school education, the facilities are not provided enabling them to pursue the college education. For instance, in the areas where colleges are accessible, due to the environment of the place the girls cannot afford to go for regular courses and mostly end up taking the non-regular ones. Also, if safe transportation can be made a reality for them, then the condition will definitely improve. Unless they are ensured of safety, their families can never be convinced of their higher education.


  • Giving the girls career-oriented education– After the primary education is done, mostly the families have the view that the girls no longer need to study. Thus, they are made to sit at homes. But, if they can be provided with the professional courses that can ultimately help them become something in life and also give them a decent earning, their families too will be ready for it. So, it is very important that they are educated with an aim to build up their own identity.


Thus, we can improve the state of education for women in India further. Having said that, one surely does not mean that there has been no improvement in this field rather the history has witnessed a huge change. From the period where women were not allowed to hear the Vedas, we have come a long way. But the journey ahead is still longer.


Vocational Education

Vocational Education – Need of the Hour

Vocational Education

With more than 28% youth, India has the world’s largest youth population. Today, the Indian education system is ideal for the academic growth of the youth, but one cannot deny the fact that our education system is yet to develop its focus on the vocational education and training. So, what does a vocation means altogether? Is academic education the only way to a successful career? No, it is certainly not. If you just look around, there are thousands of such jobs, which are beyond the domain of academic education in India, so to recognize them socially as well as help them grow economically, the only way out is “Vocational education”.

Before talking about it, have you ever thought what a vocation means to an individual? In my view, it is simply what you do with joy and fervor, something for which you have a fire inside and that is the spark in your life. This is what a vocation should become for us. It is not what our parents reinforce upon us, or need not be what comes from degrees, it is just your inner calling. For instance, if a person loves painting and has great potential in it, should he not be given the professional training in it, rather than enforcing science upon him? The primary education is a must for everyone, but with that the vocational education too needs to be incorporated.

James Truslow Adams rightly remarked, “There are obviously two educations. One should teach how to make a living and the other how to live”. Our present education system teaches the latter more than the former. India has no dearth of colleges and universities, and every year, these numerous universities churn out thousands of graduates, but many of them are not able to make it in the real world. Our education is career-oriented, but the ground reality is that it is not really ‘job-oriented’. This is indeed a serious issue for the country with the largest number of youth.

Let us now talk about the ground realities which provoke the need of vocalization of education. Firstly, it is not accessible for the rural students to afford the education that usually is available for the students in the towns. Given the poor infrastructure of the rural schools and colleges, caste factor, issue of transport, and many other such factors, the education for the rural students is not so feasible. Even if they get the school education, the higher education always remains a far cry due to the financial strain that their families undergo. Under all these circumstances, the best solution is to provide vocational education and training after their school education. Rather, we should follow the models of Japanese education, wherein, the vocational education starts at the school level itself under the category of elective subjects from areas like agriculture, commerce, fishery etc..

India has a lot of options as well as resources for the incorporation of the vocational education within the basic education. According to the report of World Bank in 2008, India owns 6800 schools, majorly the government schools, which have enrolled 400,000 students under the vocational education scheme. Surprisingly, this figure indicates that presently just 40% of the available student capacity of these institutions is being utilized. These schools offer more than 100 vocational courses in fields like agriculture, humanities, engineering and technology, home science, business and commerce, and many more. If this amount is practically put to use, it can do wonders for our youth.

As regards the fields to promote vocational education, there are dissimilar options. Broadly the areas include hospitality industry, plumbing systems, librarian, lab technician, electrician, refrigeration and air conditioning, and many more. Let us take an example of the beauty and personal care industry. Today, women are so conscious and are actually willing to spend upon their upkeep that the industry is only set to grow by leaps and bounds. Given the higher rate of financially independent women now-a-days, it is very much feasible for them to avail these services. Accordingly, there is a greater need for the trained professionals in this sector which in turn calls for the vocational training to be provided to the people who wish to join this industry. In the rural areas, the issue of safety of girls hinders their higher academic education and also because of the lack of guidance and motivation at homes, many girls are not interested in further education. In that case, giving them such vocational training will give a boost to the industry with skilled manpower and for these rural girls, it would mean having their own identity and financial independence.

Though, the government is making serious efforts and taking up new initiatives, besides if the corporate sector too offers a helping hand, the target would be accomplished sooner and better. The corporate world needs to realize its CSR and give its best. That will be the biggest economical support in empowering youth. But, even the financial corporation is alone not sufficient. For the full incorporation of vocational education, the change has to come initially at the grass root level. In the Indian society, the academic education is prevalent while the idea of vocational education is reserved only for those who are either underperformers in academic education or those who belong to the economically lower classes. No matter how much we have absorbed the western notions of living and thinking, but in this aspect we have not come to terms with it. We need to understand that the education is useless if it does not help us to attain our livelihood. Also, the vocational training is equally significant as the academic one. Taking up vocational training is not a condition, but a choice.

Take the example of the famous personalities, do all of them are highly qualified academically? From Bill Gates to Mark Zukerburg to Ritesh Aggarwal to Rahul Yadav, all these entrepreneurs never graduated from college but are billionaires today. This itself proves that a successful person is defined by not his degrees in hand, but passion in his heart. So, the youth needs to be taught that let your passion drive you and decide what vocation you want to take up. Understand who you are and you will get the answer of what you need to do in life. The vocational training would then become a boon for the Indian society and economy.

university of Sydney

Study in Australia – University of Sydney

university of Sydney

Student life in Oceania, or for that matter in Australia, offers an excellent life off-campus apart from a good quality education. Australia is one of the most flourishing and lively countries, with culturally enriching rich cities and breathtaking natural wonders that are pleasing to the eye. Consequently, to truly appreciate student life in Australia, international students need to take out time to delve into everything this diverse country has to offer. University of Sydney was established in 1850 in Sydney, Australia. It is Australia’s No.1 University and regarded as one of the most prestigious university in Australia. It is ranked as 27th most highly regarded university in the world.  In 2013, apart from being ranked as the 37th best university in the world, the University of Sydney was also named amongst the top 0.3% colleges around the world by the QS World University rankings – an international university rankings organization. According to the 2014 estimates, presently, 52,789 students are studying in University of Sydney. Its campus is ranked amongst the top 10 of the world’s best campuses. The University of Sydney comprises of 16 faculties and schools, through which it offers bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees. The University consists of 11 individual libraries, Museums and galleries, residential colleges, student organization, etc. The top five courses offered at the undergraduate level are as follows:-

Architecture, Design, and Planning: – Architecture is a creative profession that operates at the intersection of art and technology. Architects combine knowledge of design, philosophy, materials, and construction in new and innovative ways. The Bachelor of Design in Architecture, offered at University of Sydney, teaches you the rewarding discipline of architecture and is your first step to becoming an architect. This program teaches you to plan designs, test assumptions, evaluate results, and refine your craft.

Arts and Social Sciences: – A Bachelor of Arts degree provides a rare chance for you to explore your passions, interests, and ambitions. University of Sydney provides education on Social Science which includes political, economic, and social issues. The Bachelor of Political, Economic, and Social Sciences degree gives you the chance to gain intimate knowledge of these core issues, and attain a working understanding of the environments in which they operate.

Law: – University of Sydney provides with the combined law study- The Bachelors of Law in combination with another degree. While pursuing this course, a student can follow these combination of course choice: Arts/Law; Arts (Media and Communications)/Law; Commerce/Law; Economics/Law; Engineering/Law; Information Technologies/Law; International and Global Studies/Law; Political, Economic and Social Sciences/Law; and Science/Law.

Engineering and Information Technology: Engineering includes Aeronautical, Mechanical, Mechatronic, Chemical, Bio-molecular, Civil, Software, Environmental, Geotechnical, Advanced, etc.

Music: – The Bachelor of Music gives you a unique opportunity of developing your teaching skills through studies in education, music education, choral, and instrumental knowledge and music technology. The professionally recognized program offered by the University of Sydney prepares a prospective student for a career as a music teacher in both the primary and secondary school environment. Students can also choose a course of study in performance, composition or musicology, and specific music education.

For further details on these courses and other courses and for more information on University of Sydney click here.

Interior Designing Colleges

Top Five Interior Designing Colleges

Interior Designing Colleges

Do you love imagining any house with designs running in your mind? By seeing any vacant place if your mind has sprawling ideas for fulfilling it with latest pattern and design, then you surely have the spark in you to become a successful interior designer. With more and more people willing to get their house designed by a professional who would best understand their tastes and preferences, the industry of interior designing is all set to blossom further. You need to have excellent drawing skills and designing edge to make a career in this profile. You can start after 12th itself, mostly the courses are also economical. The remuneration in this job profile is also quite good. With the increasing demand, a lot of interior designing colleges have started offering a course in this area, top among them are as follows-

  1. EduCADD Learning Solutions, Bangalore

This institute was established in 1999. It offers two courses in interior designing namely a Diploma in Interior Designing and a Master Diploma in Interior Designing. The Diploma in interior designing is a one year part-time diploma course for which the minimum eligibility is a 12th pass. The course is specifically designed after consultation from the industry experts to match the latest trends in the market. The second course is a Master Diploma in interior design for which the eligibility is a 12th pass, but must possess a flair for creativity. The duration of the course is barely 20 days, usually done after earning the diploma degree in hand. The institute has an excellent placement record with its students hired by major companies like lifestyle, Florid Kitchen, and many more.


  1. JD Institute of Fashion Technology, Bangalore

This prime institute came into being in the year 1988. It offers three courses in interior designing namely a B.Sc in Interior Designing, a Diploma in Interior Design (3 years), and a Diploma in Interior Design (1 year). The students also have an opportunity to study in the UK in their 6th semester to facilitate the foreign exposure. Its institutional partner is Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week. The major recruiters for its students include Madhura Garments, Shai Exports, Arvind Mills, Gokal Das Exports, etc.


  1. International School of Design, Delhi

It is a leading institute serving from decades in the world of design education, research and training. It offers a wide range of courses in interior design like a,, MBA in interior design, UG and PG Diploma courses in interior design. The program prepares the students to become a successful commercial interior designer, residential interior designer, institutional interior designer, exhibition designer, furniture designer, lighting designer, and many such career profiles. Besides it, the placement record of the college itself speaks for its reputation.


  1. Suryadutta Institute of Fashion Technology, Pune

Suryadutta Institute was incepted in the year 1990. It offers two courses in interior designing namely a B.Sc and a Diploma in interior designing. The admission procedure is simply served on first come first serve basis and there is also an option of online admission. It boasts of the richest and latest curriculum in the market, which keeps its students updated if every new trend in the market.


  1. Academy of Applied Arts, Delhi

Located on the south campus, Delhi, Academy of Applied Arts is a specialist institute in design and respective fields. The state of the art infrastructure along with best teaching faculty gives the college an edge over the others. Also, its unique pedagogy, guest lectures, industrial visits, corporate projects executed by the students all make it a win over all other institutes. The students are recruited by major companies like BG’s, Bon Jour, Arrow and many others.


So, you can start your great career in interior designing by enrolling into any one of the. Help shape homes of people and your career at the same time.

Teaching colleges

Top Teaching Colleges in India

Teaching colleges

It is rightly said that, “True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own”. This is why teaching is a noble and one of the most highly respectable profession. Teachers become the role models for the students who teach them what counts. For becoming a teacher, the qualification in India is a B.Ed. degree. It is a one year course which is offered by several colleges and universities throughout the country. To help you choose the right one, here is a list of the top teaching colleges in India.

RIT Foundation, Delhi

Set up in 1999, the name of the college is after a Sanskrit word ‘rit’ meaning truth. The college firmly believes that it is its prime duty to serve quality education. The college offers a full time 2 year B.Ed course which has been designed to train the professionals for entering and making it big in the world of education. It has government certified courses for proper recognition. There is state-of-the-art infrastructure which facilitates the congenial atmosphere for learning. The curriculum is also industry-relevant which ensures the latest pedagogy is taught to the students. The college further boasts of 80% placement record.


Wisdom School of Management, Bangalore

This well-known institute was incepted in the year 2006. It offers one year full time as well as part-time course in B.Ed. Admissions to this easily affordable course are offered on first come first serve basis. The eligibility is a graduate degree with 50% marks. Another highlight of the college is that it offers online admissions allowing the aspirants to take entry sitting at their homes itself. The college has 100% placement assistance for guiding the students after successfully completing their course.


SS Foundation Educational Trust, Delhi

This prime institute was established in 2009. It offers two courses in teaching. Firstly, it offers Junior Basic Training for the students after 12th who wish to make a career in teaching. It is a two year correspondence course which is highly preferred by the students. Secondly, it also offers a one year B.Ed course which is affiliated to MDU, Rohtak. This course aims to provide students with in-depth knowledge of the course and the ethics of teaching well before they start working as teachers.

University of Mumbai, Mumbai

This university came into being in the year 1857 and is one of the oldest universities in the country. It offers the course of M.Ed. under the faculty of education. The eligibility of the course if a B.Ed degree and admission is done on the basis of a written test. It is a one year full-time postgraduate degree which caters to the needs of teaching professionals who will be provided with theoretical and practical knowledge. The college organizes regular seminars, workshops, etc.. to train its students in the best possible way.

So now that you know about these colleges, you can pursue the course and fulfill your dream of being a great teacher.

XAT 2016

Zipping the XAT 2016

XAT 2016

Xavier Aptitude Test, better known as XAT is conducted by the Xavier Association of Management Institutes (XAMI) for admissions in the XLRI and other Xavier institutes. For more than 60 years, this exam has been conducted, and its scores are accepted by more than 100 management institutes in the country. It is considered as one of the toughest exams nationwide. For the upcoming batch, the XAT 2016 exam will be conducted on 3rd January 2016 in a single session. 4th September 2015 is the date for the commencement of applications and last date is 30th November 2015.

The XAT exam is primarily conducted for the admissions in the Xavier Labor Relations Institute (XLRI) which is a leading institute in India after the IIMs clan. So, let us the features of this college and some other Xavier institutes which will help you better know why to go for it.

  1. Xavier Labor Relations Institute, Jamshedpur (XLRI)

XLRI was set up in 1949 by Fr. Quinn Enright. It consistently is ranked among the top five B-Schools in India. It offers both the postgraduate courses as well as the fellowship courses. The stellar courses offered by the institute are PGDM in Business Management (BM), PGDM in General Management (GM), and PGDM in Human Resources (HR). It also offers PGDM in Global Business Management wherein each semester is held in Jamshedpur, Cleveland, and Shanghai. Besides it, there are several diploma, certificate and corporate programs undertaken by the institute. The institute has produced some of the best brains who are now working at the top positions like Vineet Nayar, former CEO, HCL Technologies, Naveen Jain, Founder and CEO, Infospace.

  1. Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB)

Founded in 1987, XIMB is one of the premier business schools in India. The flagship course of this institute is MBA in Business Management (BM) and its syllabus is regularly updated as per the latest market trends. Apart from this, it boasts of a large number of courses in numerous fields related to the corporate world. The institute as an excellent placement record as its students are regularly recruited in companies like Accenture, HCL, Godrej, ONGC, HPCL, HSBC, Hewlett-Packard, Pepisco, Ranbaxy, Reckitt Benckiser, and many more.

  1. Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship, Bangalore

Established in 1991, XIME is the only institute in Bangalore to be well recognized and accredited by several authorities. It offers its two courses, namely Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) and Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP). The EDP is a full time two week program which equips a person with all the required knowledge and skills which will help them start and run a new enterprise. Its notable alumni are Amer Qureshi, Director, Ernst and Young; Ganesh Shenoy, VP-HR, HSBC; just to name a few.

So, to get into these world-class institutes is not an easy task, so let us see what all is required to ace this exam. But before that, it needs to be mentioned that one must have a bachelor’s degree from a recognize university to be eligible for this exam. However, if you are a final year student, then you can appear for the exam.

The exam has broadly four sections-

  • Decision Making- This is the section which differentiates this exam from other exams like CAT, IIFT, MAT etc.. The questions are based on the case-studies. There are 25 questions out of which a student can easily afford to do 15 or more questions. For this section, one can practice XAT sample papers and previous papers, as this section is not easily available in other books.
  • Verbal and Logical ability- This section is designed to check the verbal skills of the candidate. Questions are majorly based on Grammar, Reading Comprehensions, and Verbal Reasoning. The second sub-section, i.e. logical reasoning is to check the presence of mind and logic of the candidate. Here are the books for this section-

For Grammar, one can swear by Wren and Marin.

  • For Vocabulary, refer to Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis.
  • For Reading Comprehensions, refer to Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension by Ajay Singh.
  • For LR- A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by R.S. Aggrawal, Publisher- S.Chand, 1st Edition
  • The Hand On Guide to Analytical Reasoning and Logical Reasoning, by Peeyush Bharadwaj, Arihant Publication. It is extremely useful as it has difficulty level graded exercises.
  • Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation

As the name suggests, it checks the mathematical ability of the candidate. For this section, one must practice calculations well to save time on the test performance day. The books recommended are-

  • The Pearson Guide To Quantitative Aptitude And Data Interpretation For the CAT by Nishit Sinha, Pearson Publication, 2012 edition. It is a lucid book which can be used directly after you are done with the basic one.
  • For more advanced practice- Quantum CAT (Quantitative Aptitude For Admission into IIMs) by Sarvesh K Verma, Arihant Publication, Latest Edition.
  • GK AND ESSAY- General Knowledge section is of qualifying nature but it is accounted at the time of final selection. You can refer to Lucent’s General Knowledge book and reading newspapers daily would be enough. As regards the essay part, for that you must practice a few essays, try rewriting some editorials.

Some tips for cracking the exam:-

  • The first step to start your preparation is to take a self-analysis test. By doing so, you will know your strengths and weaknesses. Then work accordingly.
  • Manage your time well. With just four months left, treat your time as money and spend every bit of it judiciously.
  • Put your 100% effort, do not cut down on it fearing negative results.
  • Plan a strategy for the exam and also practice the previous year’s question papers well so that you will have a better insight.

Use these resources and the tips well. Also, having a strong determination and perseverance will help you come up with flying colors.

All the best!

GATE 2016 tips and paper pattern

GATE 2016 – Tips and Strategies

GATE 2016 tips and paper pattern

For every engineering student, the GATE exam is the entry to the best institutions in India and hence is of prime importance. Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is the only yardstick to measure the real caliber of the students in a single standardized way, thanks to the mushrooming colleges and universities. It is primarily conducted by the Indian Institute of Science (IISC) and the seven IITs. It is conducted on the behalf of the National Coordination Board, GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. There is a general misconception about the exam that this exam is meant only for M.Tech programmes, leading to a career in teaching line. But, it is not so. The candidate appearing for the exam has other options as well.

Many PSUs accept the GATE score for selecting the candidates for their organization. The top companies include Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited (BHEL), Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) & Oil & Natural Gas Commission. If the candidate scores below 500 rank in Electrical, Mechanical, Civil, Computer Science, Electronics, Chemical, and other popular specializations, then one can easily apply in Navratnas, and Maharatnas like NPCC, MECL, GAIL, RVUNL- Rajasthan Vidyut Uttpadan Nigam Limited, HPCL, NHPC, ONGC, Central Electronics Limited, Power Grid Corporation of India, Coal India, etc.. These companies recruit the candidates as Trainee Engineer, Executive Trainee, Assistant Manager, Management Trainees and various such posts. Thus, this exam surely gives an edge in the technical knowledge in terms of interviews and also at the time of recruitment into the reputed companies. Interestingly, the exam score is also an eligibility clause for the award of Junior Fellowship in CSIR Laboratories. The exam score is valid for two years. The remuneration ranges from a package of Rs7 lakh to Rs30 lakh per annum depending upon the on-job performance. The cherry on the cake is that you get a chance to study in the prestigious IITs and live that IITian life.

The exam forms are available for online admission and the last date is 1 October, 2015.  The exam will be held during the forenoon and afternoon sessions on weekends between 30th January 2016 and 07th February 2016. It is a three-hour examination with a total of 65 questions. There are 30 questions of one mark and 35 questions of two marks. There are majorly two types of questions – multiple choice questions and numerical questions. There is no negative marking in numerical questions while for one mark questions, there is 1/3 mark deducted for every wrong answer and in case of two-mark, 2/3 mark is deducted. Also, there are general aptitude (GA) questions carrying a total of fifteen marks. The exam is being conducted for 23 different disciplines. The questions are designed in such a way that various abilities are put to test.

What’s New in the GATE 2016?

  • This year, a new paper – Petroleum Engineering (PE) – has been added into the previous list of 22 papers, taking the total number of papers to 23. The candidate can choose any desired discipline, but should choose it wisely as no changes are accepted after the submission of the online application.

  • After the completion of the exam, all answer keys will be available on their website and open to challenge. Anyone can dispute the given answer after paying a nominal fee for the same. However, it will be available only for a short period of time.

  • From this year, no physical calculators will be allowed to use. Instead, an online virtual calculator will be allowed. To get a hang of that, you can find the online calculator on the official website of GATE.

  • Furthermore, there are changes within each discipline also. To view the same, refer to the official website.

GATE 2016 Tips and Strategies

  • Get familiar with the pattern– You must see few sample papers and previous year’s papers before starting your preparation. By doing so, you will get an idea of the type of questions as well as the pattern and can start your preparation accordingly.
  • Books and notes– The right kind of books go a long way in helping the student prepare well. It is not important to buy each and every prescribed book, but do take a few important ones. Also, with the bliss of the Internet you can easily have access to a whole lot of study material and study notes of students who appeared earlier.
  • Cover the syllabus ahead of time – It is rightly said that “Time is money” and treat it like that only. Make your daily plans and adhere to them. Although there is no need to cover the whole syllabus, but also do not leave anything for the last moment. Follow the simple rule, “The sooner, the better”.

  • Well synchronized time-table – Set your time-table according to your priorities so that you distribute the subjects according to the marks allotted for each section. Otherwise, you may end up reading random topics and not have a scoring edge.

  • Balance between speed and accuracy– While solving numerical questions, start focusing on accuracy, but also gradually you must develop the speed too. Getting all the correct answers after the allotted time, would be of no value.

  • Plan a strategy– No matter how well prepared you are, or you have an experience of the exam, but a well planned strategy is the main key to success in these kind of competitive exams. So, always search and analyze all the ways you can attempt the exam and finalize one for yourself.

  • Time- management– It is one skill that needs to be honed by every candidate. Organize your time well and try to work smart if not harder. Always remember, in the end it is not only hardworking students, but mostly the smart ones that walk away with success.

Follow these handy tips and you are all set to shine in the exam! 🙂