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Game changing rules for IIT Admissions: Who Wins and Who Loses?

Game changing rules for IIT Admissions: Who Wins and Who Loses? : Every Indian who has ever dreamt of becoming an engineer has certainly thought about pursuing it from IIT. From past several decades, almost one in every three Indian families has motivated their children to prepare for IIT. It is not at all surprising to witness 8th grade students going for IIT coaching to prepare for the entrance they will appear after minimum 5 years. But, Indian Institute of Technology deserves this fame. IIT has given many top engineers to the whole world. There is an IITan wearing the thinking cap in the board room of almost all leading companies. All though IIT is India’s foremost engineering institute, the diaspora of IIT alumnus is not restricted to the technological work. IITans have made significant contribution in a wide array of fields ranging from economics, business and literature to politics. Just like every good thing it is not easy to get a seat in the prestigious IITs. There is a steep competition for every branch of engineering and the number of aspirants keeps on increasing every year. Every year, the IIT council makes the rules more stringent to curb the competition. However, this year is an exception; the council has relaxed the rules this year. In this article, we’ll discuss the changes made in the IIT admission criteria and who benefits from it. Let’s begin with looking at some common facts about IIT admissions.   Number Crunch: Facts and Figures around IIT admission Process Every Year, more than 5 lakh students aspire to get admission in IITs for pursuing bachelor’s degree in engineering and technology. Including ISM Dhanbad, there are a total of 17 colleges falling under IIT. These 17 colleges together offer a total of 9784 seats every year. Comparing the number of seat vs the number of aspirants, we can calculate that 1 in every 51 aspirant get a seat in IITs. Half a decade back, a student had to only give one entrance test for IIT and the 12th standard score was not important to qualify in IITs. Due to this, there was a huge competition. The IIT council kept on making small amendments in the minimum eligibility criterion every year to cut down the number of applicants. However, there were some drastic changes made last year. To understand the recent changes in the IIT admission procedure, we’ll have to understand the IIT admission process in 2014.   IIT Admission Process In 2014 IIT admission is a three layered process. Ever student aspiring for IIT has to first appear for the JEE Main Examination. Once qualified, he/she has to appear for JEE Advanced Examination. Only the student who clear JEE Advanced can take admission in the IITs, those who only clear JEE Mains are eligible for NITs but are disqualified or IITs. However, in 2014, the IIT council added another criterion for admission in IITs. Now, even the 12th standard scores were considered for eligibility. Only the students who fell in the top 20 percentile in their board examinations were allowed. This stringent law, on one hand was appreciated by many, as it gave equal opportunity to all boards. On the other hand, many students found it very unfair, because the eligibility varied from one state to another. For example, the cut-off for 20 percentile in states like Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka went as high as 92%. This means, in 2014, the students from these states who scored up to 91% were disqualified for IIT. While in some states like Bihar and Odisha, the 20 percentile cut-off came down to 75%. So, this means that on one hand, Andhra Pradesh student scoring 91% was disqualified, while a Bihar student was qualified even after scoring 76%. This norm was hugely criticized in many parts of the country. Finally, the council has this year announce a major change in the norm.   Changes in 2015 IIT admissions Although, the basic format of the IIT admission procedure remains the same, this year the IIT council has given some relaxation in the minimum eligibility criteria. This year, the students will have to either score above 75% in 12th board or will have to have a 20 percentile score. These changes will be affective from the academic year 2015-2016. This news has come as a major relief for students from some states. Last year around 120 students were disqualified even after clearing the JEEAdvanced because they didn’t match with the 20 percentile criteria. Almost all of these 120 students had scored between 85 to 90%. Although, these changes have no direct negative impacts for anybody, there can be some tacit negative impacts for some students. Let’s look at some benefits and drawbacks of these changes.   IIT 2015 Changes: Who Wins? These changes have some major benefits for some students. Many students from states like AP, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu got disqualified even after scoring high marks last year. In these states, the cut-off scores were higher. Similarly, students hailing from CBSE and ICSE board had to deal with high cutoff. This year they have got a huge relaxation. These changes have brought a 10 to 15% window of opportunity for these students. It is also a good news for all the students who had been disappointed last year for not matching the 20 percentile criteria. This year they can appear they can again attempt for the examination without worrying about their 12th percentile.   IIT 2015 Changes: Who Loses? As mentioned earlier, these changes don’t have any direct negative impact. However, due to this change, the competition is bound to increase. There will be an increase in number of aspirants. Last year, the required JEE advanced score was comparatively low because many students were disqualified even after scoring higher marks in the examinations. For example, a Karnataka student with an all India JEE rank of below 5000 was disqualified due to his 12thpercent of 86%, which was not in 20 percentile. On the other hand an Odisha student with the all India rank of 9000 got a chance even after scoring just 78%. Hence, this is certainly not a good change for the low scorers in JEE advanced, as their seats might be occupied with more deserving candidates this year.   To sum it all up, this is a welcome change as it has more rewards than punishments. These changes also uphold the welfare of the deserving and also bring the students from all states and education boards under the same umbrella. Another impact of this change is that the JEE Advance score again becomes the decider. No matter how you perform in your 12th board, you will have to prove your mettle in the JEE Advance examination. The admission chances for high scorers in this examination will remain the same, while the low scorers might get into trouble.   iDC is focused on helping students choose a career in which their potential is maximized. In case you have any query relating to IIT, please post it here: SUBMIT

Milestones towards a Happy and Satisfied Career

Milestones towards a Happy and Satisfied Career : “We think our fathers’ fool, so wise we grow. Our wiser sons, no doubt will think us so”. These golden words of Alexandre Pope holds true for every generation. Change is the only constant in life and it is very true when it comes to education and career selection. Every generation, has a common job that every parent want their child to pursue. Before few generations, it was government job, last generation was engineering and medical and this generation is MBA. Kids of all these generations have been perplexed about why all parents direct their kids towards the same jobs. What parents are actually looking for is a stable and happy life for the kids and hence, they motivate their kids towards the career, they feel has the most career opportunities. But what is a stable life? Is it just a job that fetches good salary or does it require something more? Statistics reveal that, from an era when hobbies, skills and jobs where considered separately, to today when people are discovering career options based on their skills and hobbies, the work satisfaction is increasing and hence there is an increase in the happiness quotient. So, what sort of job can ensure you a stable and happy professional life? A happy professional life is nothing but a place where a person gets to do a work, which he likes doing and where he can innovate and make significant contributions.  Today, every company puts in a lot of effort to make the work place a place where people like to come and work happily. The reason behind this effort is the changing social expectation. It has been seen that a person performs better when he is free and happy. Many people believe that it is very difficult to find the right profession for them. But, contrarily, it is not that difficult. It is all about taking small right steps at the right time. The seed of future happiness and satisfaction has to be sown today. People who have clarity of what they want to be in future and work towards it from today, don’t only reach there early, but also have a better sense of achievement. Having said that, this journey towards a happy and content future has several important milestones. We should meet the requirements of each milestone before moving ahead. All these milestones cater to our dreams and play significant role in our life. Out of these, the most important milestones are course, college and career. These three vital ‘Cs’ have the maximum impact on our career and life.   Let us discuss these three Cs individually. First C: - Course Selection: Course selection is the most important milestone in one’s career.  It is the first step towards your future identity. For some people, it is very easy; they have always been in love with a subject or field and they know that it is the only thing they want to do all their life. But, for most of the people, life is not that ‘black or white’. Most of us get confused, when it comes to choosing something that we’ll have to stick to all through their life. If you are confused, don’t worry! It’s very natural to get confused and even the most successful people of our time, got confused when they were young. One can easily pick-out the right course for them by considering a few factors. The most important factor is passion. When you have passion, even a difficult task seems easy. All courses have their own hardships, passion in the field can keep motivating you to achieve more and more. Another important factor is your aptitude. All courses require certain amount of skills and attitude towards looking at things. Aptitude tests can let you know which field matches your profile and can direct your passion. Once you know your interest and passion, and you know that you are fit to tackle the challenges in a course, you can select the course and move to the second milestone.   Second C: - College Selection: Once you know your skills and interest, you will need a platform to polish yourself and prove your acumen. A right college provides you with this platform. It not only empowers you with knowledge and wisdom, it also works towards helping you refine your dreams and finding the career that is best for you. But, is it easy to find the right college? It is not as easy as it is considered! In a survey recently, 70% of the students reported that ranking helps the least in finding a right college. College selection is a multi-layered process. One should start by looking for certain important factors like courses offered, faculty, infrastructure, placement history, medium of instruction, etc. A right college is a cocktail of all these factors. Due to abundance of colleges, it becomes difficult to find the one college that can fit your profile the best. Hence, it is advised that you should start this process early and then take a well-informed decision.   Third C: - Career Selection: Out of the 24 hours in a day, we have 16 productive hours. And, in our professional life, we’ll be investing more than 9 hours daily in the career we choose. Hence, career selection is the process where you have to choose the work that you’ll be doing almost half of your life. There are many career options related to every course and you have to find the one career that gives you the chance to follow your passion and exhibit your skills. It is the most important milestone because, if you go wrong here, all your efforts in the first two milestones will be futile. Let’s take help of an example to understand this milestone clearly. Imagine you like writing and reading a lot and hence you choose B.A in English literature as your graduation course. You find the college that has some famous writers and literary experts in the faculty and has a huge library and also hosts many literary gatherings every year. After completion of your graduation and master’s degree, you get the following career options: content writing and digital media, paper media and journalism, publication industry or teaching. All though, paper media and journalism can offer you a comparatively higher pay package initially, it might not be the right choice for you as you won’t get enough scope to follow your passion and exhibit your creativity. The best option for you in this case will be going for content writing and digital media, where you’ll have a large scope of showcasing your writing skills and knowledge.   From the above example, we understand how important these milestones are and that you can find the right career by just meeting these milestones in the right time. Career counselling and guidance can help you tackle with these milestones effectively. A professional career counsellors can hand held you through the complete career selection process by finding your strengths, weaknesses, interests and passions. They can help you in finding the right college and getting through the admission process smoothly. They can then inform you about all the career options open for you and let you know about the pros and cons of each one of them, so that you can take an educated decision. This makes counselling the 4th important “C” in the career selection process. To sum it all up, your journey from being a student to a happy and satisfied professional is like a voyage, where happy and satisfied life is the destination. Course is your ship, which takes you towards the destination, college is the port that prepares you for the long journey and empowers you to tackle all the obstacles and career selection is the ship’s steering wheel that takes you towards the destination. Career guidance is a small compass kept on the ship’s deck board that keeps guiding you towards the direction in which your destination lies.    iDC is focused on helping students choose a career in which their potential is maximized. In case you have any career related query, please post it here: SUBMIT


AIIMS MBBS 2015 :   AIIMS MBBS is a national level undergraduate medical entrance exam. This exam is conducted by All India Institute of Medical Sciences (New Delhi). AIIMS MBBS 2015 is to be held on 1 June, 2015.  Eligibility Criterion Candidates should have attained or will attain the age of 17 years as on the 31st December of the year of admission (2015). Candidates born on or after 2nd January 1999 are NOT eligible to apply. Candidates should have passed the 12th Class under the 10 + 2 Scheme/ Senior School Certificate Examination (CBSE) or Intermediate Science (I.Sc.) or an equivalent Examination of a recognized University/ Board of any Indian State with English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology as subject. Candidates who will appear for 10+2/HSC can also apply for AIIMS MBBS 2015. However, their candidature will be considered only if they provide documentary evidence of having passed the qualifying Examination with the required subjects and percentage of marks. If the Institute has to consider an Examination of an Indian University or of a foreign/university to be equivalent to the 12th class under 10+2 scheme/Intermediate Science Examination, the candidates shall have to produce a certificate from the concerned Indian University/Association of the Indian Universities to the effect that the examination passed by him/her is considered under 10+2 scheme/Intermediate. General and OBC candidates' must have passed 10+2/HSC in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English with 60% marks while for SC/ST/OPH the qualifying marks is 50%.  Exam Pattern  The exam is conducted in Computer Based Test ( CBT) Pattern. Duration of Examination - 3.5 hours. Question Paper will be provided either in English or in Hindi according to the choice of candidates. Applicants must choose in the application form whether he/she prefers to have the question paper in English or Hindi. This choice cannot be changed later at any stage. For each correct response candidates will get 1 mark. -1/3 mark will be deducted for each incorrect response. No marks will be given for the questions not answered or marked for review. The Competitive Entrance Examination will have one paper consisting of 200 Objective Type (Multiple Choice and Reason-Assertion type) questions from Physics, Chemistry, Biology and General Knowledge.   Subject No. of Questions Physics 60 Chemistry 60 Biology (Botany and Zoology) 60 General Knowledge 20                        No. of Seats and Reservation Criteria  S. No Location of AIIMS Unreserved (General) OBC SC ST OPH Foreign Total 1. New Delhi 37 50 11 05 3%Horizontal 01 73 (72 Indians) 2. Bhopal 50 50 15 8   100 3. Patna 50 50 15 8   100 4. Jodhpur 50 50 15 8   100 5. Rishikesh 50 50 15 8   100 6. Raipur 50 337 15 8   100 7. Bhubaneswar 50 50 15 8   100 TOTAL 337 50 101 53 01 672     Application Procedure and Fees Candidates must note that the applications are available in online mode. Click here to Apply. Click here to get complete information on registration procedure. The application form fee for General/OBC Category is INR 1000.00 and for SC/ST candidates it is INR 800.00.  Important Dates at a Glance Events Dates Commencement of Online Registration 17th March 2015 Last Date of Online Registration 10th April 2015 Status of Registration including rejection / deficiencies in application 30th April 2015 Last date for complying with deficiencies in application as indicated 8th May 2015 Uploading the Admit cards 16th May 2015 Date of Entrance Exam 1st June 2015 Expected Date of the declaration of Results 18th June 2015   iDC is focused on helping students choose a career in which their potential is maximized. In case you have any career related query, please post it here: SUBMIT


NCHMCT JEE 2015 :   NCHMCT JEE is the Joint Entrance Exam conducted by National Council for Hotel Management & Catering Technology. National Council of Hotel Management and Catering Technology is an autonomous body under Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. NCHMCT JEE 2015 scores will be accepted by 21 Central Institutes, 16 State Government Institutes and 14 private institutes of Hotel Management.   Eligibility Criterion   Pass in 10+2 system of Senior Secondary examination or its equivalent with English as one of the subjects. Candidate must have passed English as a subject of study (core/elective/functional) in the qualifying examination. Those appearing in 10+2 or equivalent examination can also appear in JEE 2015 on provisional basis. Provisional admission will stand cancelled if proof of having passed the qualifying examination (10+2 or its equivalent) is not submitted at the time of counseling or at the time of admission or latest by 30th September 2015.  The offer of admission is subject to verification of original certificates/documents at the time of counseling/admission. If any candidate is found ineligible at a later date even after admission to an Institute, his/her admission will stand cancelled.   Qualifying examinations for Indian students: Plus two level examination in the 10+2 pattern of Senior Secondary education of any recognized Central/State Board, such as Central Board of Secondary Education and Council for Indian School Certificate Examination or State Boards of Secondary Education. Intermediate or two-year Pre-University Examination conducted by a recognized Board/University. General Certificate Education (GCE) Examination (London/Cambridge/Sri Lanka) at the Advanced (A) level. High School Certificate Examination of the Cambridge University. Any Public School/Board/University Examination in India or in a foreign country recognized by the Association of Indian Universities as equivalent to 10+2 pattern of Senior Secondary education. H.S.C. Vocational Examination. Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Open School with a minimum of five subjects including English as one of the Subjects.   Age Limit as on 01 July 2015:  Candidates from General and OBC categories, upper age limit is 22 years as on 1st July 2015. i.e.: Candidates born on or after July 01, 1993 are eligible. In the case of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates, upper age limit is 25 years as on 1st July 2015. That is SC/ST candidates born on or after July 01, 1990 are eligible. Upper age limit for Physically Challenged candidates shall be reckoned as per the category he/she belongs to i.e. General/SC/ST/OBC. Date of birth as recorded in the Secondary Education Board/Pre-University Certificate shall be the authentic proof that will be accepted. At the time of counseling, this certificate must be produced in original as a proof of age, failing which the candidate will not be considered for counseling/admission.     Exam Pattern   Question Paper will be bilingual i.e. in English and Hindi (except for English Language) Duration of Examination: 3 hours Marking Scheme for JEE Written Test Each correct answer under Numerical Ability & Analytic Aptitude, Reasoning & Logical Deduction, General Knowledge & Current Affairs and English Language components carry one mark. For any wrong answer 0.25 marks will be deducted. The graded mark(s) will be awarded under Aptitude for Service Sector component in the following manner; the most appropriate answer carries 1 mark, the next appropriate answer carries 0.75, the next to next appropriate answer carries 0.50 whereas the last in appropriate answer shall carry a negative mark of 0.25.   Subject No. of Questions Numerical Ability and Analytical Aptitude 30 Reasoning and Logical Deduction 30 General Knowledge & Current Affairs 30 English Language 60 Aptitude for Service Sector 50   Examination Fess and Application Procedure   Examination fee is INR 800.00 for General/OBC categories and INR 400.00 for SC/ST/PD categories. The application form is available in online mode. Click here for guidelines of applying online through Credit Card/Debit Card Click here for guidelines of applying online through demand draft   Important Dates at a Glance   Events Dates Application form available online 10 December 2014 to 11 April 2015 Last date for receipt of filled-in form 11 April 2015 Availability of Admit cards on NCHMCT website 18 April 2015 Written Examination (JEE 2015) 25 April 2015 (10:00 AM to 1:00 PM) Result of JEE 2nd Week of May, 2015 Conduct of Counseling 1st week of June, 2015 Commencement of Academic Session 20 July, 2015   iDC is focused on helping students choose a career in which their potential is maximized. In case you have any career related query, please post it here: SUBMIT

CLAT 2015 - Gateway to NLUs

CLAT 2015 - Gateway to NLUs :   Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2015 is an all India National Law entrance examination conducted on rotation by 16 National Law Universities (NLUs) for admissions to their under-graduate and post-graduate degree programmes. The CLAT 2015 is conducted by Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University (RMLNLU) in an online mode. CLAT Eligibility Criterion    UG Courses: A candidate should have obtained Higher Secondary School/Intermediate (10+2) or its equivalent certificate from a recognized Board with 45% marks in aggregate (40% in case of SC and ST candidates).   Note: As per the latest notice issued by High Court, the applications for CLAT 2015 under graduate programme will be accepted irrespective of any upper age limit. The candidates exceeding the upper age limit as mentioned in the CLAT 2015 notification issued earlier shall also be eligible to submit their application online w.e.f. 16th of March, 2015.     PG Courses: A candidate should have obtained an LL.B/a five year integrated LL.B./any other equivalent degree in Law from a recognized University with not less than 55% marks in aggregate (50% in case of SC/ST candidates). The participating Universities have not prescribed any upper age limit for PG Programmes.   Note: Those who are appearing in their Class 12th and are awaiting results are also eligible to appear in CLAT 2015. However, such candidates are required to produce evidence of passing of qualifying examination with minimum required percentage at the time of admission.     CLAT 2015 Exam Pattern  UG Programme: Exam Duration: 2 hours Maximum Marks: 200 Total Number of MCQs (1 mark/question*): 200 *There will be Negative marking wherein 0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.   Subject Areas   Marks English including Comprehension 40 Marks General Knowledge and Current Affairs 50 Marks Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability) 20 Marks Legal Aptitude 50 Marks Logical Reasoning 40 Marks     PG Programme: Exam Duration: 2 hours Maximum Marks: 150 Total Number of MCQs (1 mark/question*): 150 *There will be Negative marking wherein 0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.  Allocation of questions to be asked from different Areas of Law   Marks Constitutional Law 50 Marks Jurisprudence 50 Marks Other Law Subjects such as Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, Family Law, Property Law, IPR, etc. 50 Marks     Application Procedure & Fees   Application forms will only be available online. No hard copy of the Application Form and Information Brochure will be sold. Click here to apply online Application Fees is INR 4000 (only for general category) and INR 3500 (only for reserved category). To gain complete information about the application procedure click here     Important Dates at a Glance   Application forms will be available from 1st January to 31st March 2015 Last Date to Apply is 31st March 2015 Admit cards will be available for download: 15th April 2015 Date of Examination: 10th May 2015 (3:00 PM to 5:00 PM) Declaration of Results: 20th May 2015 Admission Process: 21st May 2015 - 4th July 2015.   iDC is focused on helping students choose a career in which their potential is maximized. In case you have any career related query, please post it here: SUBMIT  

Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET) 2015

Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET) 2015 :   Symbiosis, being one of the prime educational institutes in India, attracts a lot of attention from students every year. Students from all parts of the country prepare themselves to get into such reputed institute. If you are looking ahead to study in Symbiosis, you need to know about SET the entrance test. This article will help you with the details you need to know to give SET.   What is SET Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET) is a common entrance test for the admission process of undergraduate Institute of Symbiosis International University. SET is held every year at several cities across India on the first Saturday of May. SET has different tests for different departments at the University; i.e. General, Design, Law, Engineering and Health Sciences. This is a mandatory test for the admission process of the following Symbiosis Institutes:   Symbiosis Law School [SLS] - Pune Symbiosis Law School [SLS] - NOIDA Symbiosis Centre for Management Studies [SCMS] - Pune Symbiosis Centre for Management Studies [SCMS] - NOIDA Symbiosis Institute of Design [SID] Symbiosis Institute of Computers Studies and Research [SICSR] Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication (Under Graduate) [SIMC-UG] Symbiosis School of Economics [SSE] Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts [SSLA] Symbiosis Law School [SLS]Hyderabad   There are many institutes in symbiosis where writing SET is not mandatory, Symbiosis Institute of Technology (SIT) also admits students through JEE Main scores. Following are the institutes were SET is not mandatory.   Symbiosis Institute of Technology (SIT) Symbiosis College of Nursing (SCON) Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences (SIHS) Symbiosis School of Photography (SSP) Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts (SSLA) Please Note: Candidates applying to the above mentioned Symbiosis Institutes should visit respective websites for further details. One should also note that SET is only the first step. Each Symbiosis Institute has its independent selection process.   Eligibility Criterion for SET Applicants having completed their 10+2 in any discipline from any recognized Board / Council / University with a minimum of 50% (45% for SC/ST) aggregate marks, or equivalent grades, are eligible to seek admission. Candidates expecting their 12th results may also apply. Their admission will be provisional and subject to furnishing proof of securing a minimum of 50% (45% for SC/ST) aggregate marks, or equivalent grades, in the same latest by beginning of the Second Semester. Candidate must be less than 20 years of age at the time of appearing for Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET) as on Saturday, May 03, 2015. (2 years relaxation only for SC/ST candidates i.e. they should not be more than 22 years of age on the specified date).   Exam Structure Candidate need to select a subject between Law and design for the morning session and the second subject from General, Engineering or Health Sciences for the afternoon session. Following table will give you an in-depth knowledge about the pattern. Session SET Paper No. of Section Programme Offered Morning Session Law 5 B.A.LL.B B.B.A.LL.B Design 1 B. Des. Communication Design Product Design Fashion Communication and Fashion Design Afternoon Session General 4 BCA BBA (IT) BBA B.M.S. B.Sc.(Economics) Bachelor of Arts (B.A) - Liberal Arts Bachelor of Science (B. Sc) - Liberal Arts Engineering 3 B. Tech. Computer Science Electronics and Telecommunications Information Technology Mechanical Civil Health Sciences 3 B.Sc. (Medical Technology) Cardiac Care Dialysis Respiratory Therapy Imaging Science Clinical Lab Operation Theatre and Anesthesia Technology B.Sc. (Nursing)   Things to note about the exam: SET is an objective type aptitude test Duration is 150 minutes Each question has four options There is no negative marking All sections are mandatory   Application Procedure:  To gain complete information about the application procedure click here.     Payment Options There are four payment options available for the application in SET: Cash Demand Draft Online payment through Credit Card Net Banking   Important Dates Registration closes on Sunday, April 12, 2015 Payment closes on Thursday, April 16, 2015 Admit Card will be live Monday, April 20, 2015 Exam will be conducted on Saturday, May 02, 2015 Morning Session: 9:30 A.M - 12:00 Noon Afternoon Session: 2:30 P.M - 5:00 P.M SET Result will be announced on Monday, May 18, 2015   Registration: For online application click here.     iDC is focused on helping students choose a career in which their potential is maximized. In case you have any career related query, please post it here: SUBMIT

Beyond the Classroom - Gyanodaya Express

Beyond the Classroom - Gyanodaya Express : The educational trip - Gyanodaya is an initiative of Delhi University's vice chancellor Dinesh Singh to broaden the perspective of education and extend it beyond mere geographical boundaries. This gives students an opportunity to explore the cultural wealth and heritage of our great country and also to interact with people and communities beyond the walls of D.U. In the words of Professor Vivek Suneja "Gyanodaya represents a journey and an adventure like life itself, it is a voyage into the unknown, and an opportunity to learn, laugh and make new friends". Gyanodaya Express takes around 900 DU students to various destinations in India almost every six months. The concept of the Gyanodaya train as experiential learning was inspired by the life of Mahatma Gandhi wherein he undertook many epic train journeys, which changed his outlook towards life.   This journey started back in 2012 as the 'College on Wheels' project. Gyanodaya I & II took place on 8 July and 29 September 2012 respectively and Gujarat, Mumbai, Goa, Bangalore and Rajasthan were the places mapped during this journey. After the huge success of Gyanodaya I and II, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh were covered in Gyanodaya III and IV which took place on 2nd September, 2013 and 19th March, 2014 respectively. The fifth edition of Delhi University's Gyanodaya Express is presently on the move to the seven sisters from 18 to 29 December 2015. Complementing with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's push to the North-East region, Gyanodaya Express started its voyage to the North Eastern states on 18th December taking close to 1500 students and 150 teachers. This trip includes visiting places like Arunachal Pradesh, Assam (Guwahati), Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura. The rationale behind this tour is to bridge the widening gap between the people of Northeast and those in mainland India and to spread across a positive message. Also the students will learn about the heritage and traditions of one of the most majestic places in India.   Preparations for this educational tour started months ago, the students going on the trip were offered north eastern languages course which would help them to interact with the locals. The selection of the students for this educational train journey is done on the basis of project proposals. Delhi University invited proposals from students about projects they would like to undertake on such a journey. A total of 63 projects have been approved so far. The approved projects have given importance to study of history, myth and folklore while also throwing light at tracking down the religious and linguistic roots of this region.   The students are accompanied by around 100 teachers and are divided into groups of 10-15. Also to familiarize students with the North Eastern culture, at least one person from the North east is present in each group. This is the great opportunity to enrich students' understanding about the culture and heritage of this region.   Behind the huge success of this educational and recreational tour lie the days and nights of toil by the whole team of Gyanodaya who have left no stone unturned in making this history. The 14-coach train has two classrooms with all infrastructural facilities, including projectors and LCD screens. There is a library and the train is equipped with Internet facilities to aid students in studies. Underlining the excursion experience and the projects undertaken by these students, Delhi University has decided to publish a book called 'Dharohar: The glory of the Northeast' after its Northeast tour. Gyanodaya carries the lamp of knowledge across the length and breadth of our diverse country. This educational and recreational tour is a trendsetter and a step towards practical innovative education beyond the walls of classroom. To sum up in few words - 'Train journey in India, is an education in itself'. We hope the Gyanodaya Express never comes to halt and such initiatives are undertaken by other universities as well.   By Palak Arora   iDC is focused on helping students choose a career in which their potential is maximized. In case you have any career related query, please post it here: SUBMIT _______________________________________________________________________________________ Latest Articles: A step closer to your Aspirations | Move on..Top Colleges don't decide your fate! | Wanderlust: Career in Travel and Tourism | Out of the box Career fields | MBA: Pursue only if it's your passion! | Behind the Scenes: With a Lawyer | Changes in CAT examination pattern 2014 | Tips for Online Entrance Exams

Behind The Scenes: With a Lawyer

Behind The Scenes: With a Lawyer : This week we are in conversation with Mr. Chetan Anand, a well known advocate based out of Delhi and practicing in the Delhi High Court. He has over 10 years of experience in legal matters including commercial litigation, property litigation, contractual disputes, criminal cases etc.   He has shared a lot with us from his experience in this profession which may help and encourage you in this career. It was a great experience to interview him. Hope you enjoy reading this as much as we enjoyed talking to him!   Interview with Mr. Chetan Anand  Palak: Tell us a bit about yourself? Chetan: I'm born and brought up in Delhi and studied in Air Force School. My parents are also Lawyers by profession so I practically grew up hearing them discuss their cases. I enjoy my work, always thrilled to go to a courtroom and argue my cases. While on work regardless of which day of the week, you would find me wearing white shirt and black trousers. So in a way my wardrobe is pretty much black and white. And when I'm not working, I am a different person all together. I love to travel and so I look for opportunities to get out of Delhi either through work or otherwise.   Palak: How did you shape your career as an advocate? Chetan: I did my A levels from London School of Economics (LSE) for 2 years, afterwards I came back to India and studied B.A. LL.B from Rohtak University. I started my career by doing internship under Mr. Gopal Subramanium (Solicitor General of India from 2009 - 2011) for a year. Then I practiced with Mr. Amar Jeet Singh Chandhok for another year, from there I went on to practicing with my father for a good amount of years. Now it's been close to 4 years since I'm practicing Law independently.   Palak: What does this profession mean to you? What do you love the most about being a lawyer? Chetan: For me it has become a passion more than a profession. I love the thrill; this is what really keeps me going. I look forward to those days when I have to go to court and argue a matter; it's a different feeling all together. This profession has given me a good amount of experience  I can somehow manage to read someone's mind, their body language. It's exciting to get a big brief and polishing it up. Even if my client is on the weaker side, I go out of my limits to try to make his case strong enough and argue it out, playing my part at the best.   Palak: What type of cases do you handle? Chetan: I mostly deal with a mix of property and criminal cases, per say 7 out of 10 cases are of property dealing and 3 are criminal cases. I argue from the defense side, however I advice my clients to avoid dragging the matters to court instead do an out of court settlement. In my experience of 10 years I have already settled 7 - 8 matters out of court. I am not a tax lawyer and I dislike matrimonial cases.   Palak: What surprised you the most when you started working in this field? Chetan: My first day in chamber was nothing less than a shock to me. One fine day I went to chamber with my father, he handed me the file of a case at 1:15, the hearing of this case was post lunch. I did not have the slightest idea about this case but as they say you need to jump into the pool to learn, so from 1:15 - 2:15 I kept reading the file. When I presented the case in the chamber, I was almost blank, not knowing how to present myself; the judge thrashed me like anything in an open court. You can imagine my embarrassment! But that was that and since then by God's grace I have never had such a day again. Now I'm always fully prepared when I go to court, in fact I will not take your case if I haven't been through every minute detail of your file. One should always go prepared!   Palak: What were the difficulties you came across to reach where you are today? Chetan: When I passed out and entered law firm, things were not as easy as they seemed. You need a lot of patience when it comes to this profession. You can't base your whole career on the fact that your father or mother is well established in that profession and likewise you are also going to work wonders. In fact, when your parents are big shots in the same profession then there are always pros and cons attached to it. Obviously the expectations go way beyond and everyone expects you to live up to them. You have both friends and enemies to carry forward. It is all about balancing it out. The general perception is that you will perform well. I don't think about what others say or think of me. I don't let this pressure build on myself and just believe in giving my 100%. At the end of the day it's totally your talent.   Palak: What are some of the main personality traits of a successful lawyer? Chetan: Being street smart and the ability to think on one's feet, is very important. You should be studious, by this I don't mean that you need to score 90% but a bookworm kind of person. You really need to read a lot, without reading this profession is nothing. One also needs to have awareness about what's happening in the world that too almost in every sphere. To reach this level, you don't need to be a topper, neither was I; I've always been a mediocre student or the back bencher for that matter. It is the hard work which is the key to success and patience is what this profession demands the most.   Palak: How important are the interpersonal skills for this profession? Chetan: Interpersonal skills are an essential or the pre-requisite to become a lawyer. Since this profession is all about convincing so traits of communication are a must for lawyers. You need to deal with people from all walks of life; you should know the art of playing with words. There should be commitment in your voice because it's all about public speaking.   Palak: How do you keep yourself motivated? Chetan: The greatest motivation factor is, when your passion turns into profession. Also, losing a case motivates me to work harder and to win the next one.   Palak: What is the hardest part of your job? And what is the favorite part of your job? Chetan: I love the discussion part of my job. Whenever a new case comes up, the way my team sits down on a matter and we take the entire day reading the file, discussing and coming up with the various arguments among ourselves is what I enjoy the most. Investigating one matter from different points of view; the interactive sessions that we have are brilliant. The hardest part is to satisfy a client. It's nothing less than a task. One day the client might be happy with you but it might not stay same forever.   Palak: Name a few lawyers who continue to inspire you? Chetan: When inspiration is right at home why to look outside. I look up to my father, Mr. R.K.Anand. He truly continues to inspire me.   Palak: How do you spend your free time? Chetan: I love to play tennis, watch movies and play with my daughter in free time.       Palak: If not a lawyer then what would you want to be? Chetan: I would have wanted to become a Formula 1 Race driver. I am a hardcore fan and almost have been to all the F1's.   Palak: What accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction and why? Chetan: Settling a matter outside court is nothing less than an achievement for me. Being able to satisfy both the parties, even though I'm not representing the other side. Both agreeing to a settlement; basically it's a win-win situation for all.   Palak: Can you tell me about a typical day on the job? Chetan: My day starts at 5:30 in the morning. Then I dedicate an hour to my fitness, from 6:00 A.M - 7:00 A.M I'm at the gym. After coming back home, I read newspaper and by 9:00 A.M I leave for my work. By 9:30 A.M I reach my chamber and the court starts at 10:30 A.M. Till 3:00 P.M I am in my chamber and from 3:00 P.M - 8:00 P.M available in my office. 8:00 P.M - 9:00 P.M is the time dedicated to play tennis. I am usually home by 9:15 P.M. That's it, that's my typical day!   Palak: Would you like to recommend this profession to the youth? Chetan: Yes, I would love to recommend this profession. Lawyer is a beautiful profession. In law, you not only get the opportunity to meet but also help a lot of people. You get a lot of exposure in almost every aspect of life. Your thought process becomes vast - it's just not confined to one field. It's like one moment it could be a murderer and another moment it could be a property dealer asking for help; you need to step into their shoes, study, think and get them out of the trouble. Knowledge is immense in this field. I strongly recommend this profession but only for the people who work hard because it's a lot of work and one has to flame those lamps at nights; I still do!   Palak: What are employers typically looking for when hiring people in this line of work? Chetan: One should have a good grasp over procedures and basics. Other than that it's the zeal and enthusiasm to learn which matters the most. One should not confine the thought process and should go beyond. One should take the initiative and come up with different arguments. And yes another important thing is - one should know drafting.   Palak: What advice would you give to someone who wants to get started with this profession? Chetan: You have to learn all the procedures; there is no way out. Your basics should be right in place; sometimes you can defeat the opposition with strong basics only. And basic doesn't come just by reading, you need to go to the lower courts to witness cases, start working with the lawyers who are good in working with the trial courts. Civil or criminal doesn't matter; one should work with lawyers in trial sides. As far as Law courses are concerned whether it should be a 3 year course or an integrated 5 year course, doesn't matter much because in our profession it's the practical experience or the knowledge of basics which matters the most. Anybody coming out of the Law College my sincere advice would be to work for a trial court on civil side at least for a year, then if you want to practice the criminal side give another year to know the basics after that sky is the limit for you. Initially don't think much about money, just work hard money will automatically fall in place and then you won't be able to stop it. Remember it's a grey hair profession and you need to have a lot of patience. Hope this interview inspires you all!! :) iDC is focused on helping students choose a career in which their potential is maximized. In case you have any career related query, please post it here: SUBMIT --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Latest Articles: Changes in CAT examination pattern 2014 | Tips for Online Entrance Exams | Career in Law at a Glance | Practice Law as a Career | 7 Tips for an Intern to Outshine | Behind The Scenes: With a Photojournalist | Zoom Into Photography | Click Of Your Career  

'Career in Law' at a Glance

'Career in Law' at a Glance : Last week we covered 'Practice Law as a Career' which gave you a brief overview of what to expect from this sector. This week we will help you dig deeper into Career in Legal Services.     Law as you may all know is a promising and highly sought after career choice across the globe; from science to commerce to arts, students from all walks of life want to pursue a legal career. The competition is high, the opportunities are plenty and with the right preparation my child you can excel in today's competitive legal market.   What we are about to cover in this article is - how to go about Pursuing Law as a Career, the Top Law Institutes in India, Eligibility Criteria, list of some of the Top Law Firms in India, options for Law graduates! So here you go:   How to start - Courses & Eligibility Criterion: Students who know Law is their calling as early as high school can do a 5 year undergraduate course straight out of school. Qualification required for this is 10 + 2 with a minimum of 50% marks. Another prerequisite is that the candidate should not be more than 20 years in age.  Students who decide to pursue law after their graduation can opt for the 3 year LL.B. course. Qualification required for this is a Bachelor's degree with at least 50% marks in graduation. Upon completing the undergraduate course, one can choose their field of specialization in LL.M. a 2 year full time PG course. Qualification required for this is a minimum of 55% marks in LL.B.     Top 20 Law Institutes in India: Here is a list of some of the best Law colleges in India: Name of Institutes Entrance Exams Courses Seats National Law School of India University, Bangalore CLAT B.A. LL.B. (H) | LL.M. UG 80 PG 50 National Academy of Legal Studies And Research (NALSAR) University of Law, Andhra Pradesh CLAT B.A. LL.B. (H) | LL.M. UG 80 PG 60 Faculty of Law, Delhi University D.U LL.B LL.B. | LL.M. UG 2310 PG 100 Symbiosis Law School, Pune SET B.A LL.B. (H) | B.B.A LL.B. (H) | LL.M*(*started 2014*onward) UG 300 PG 60 Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar CLAT B.A/B.Com/B.B.A/B.Sc/BSW LL.B. (H) UG 180 PG 40 National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal CLAT B.A LL.B. (H) | LL.M. UG 120 PG 47 Faculty of Law, Aligarh Muslim University Entrance Test B.A LL.B. (H) UG 100 ILS Law College, Pune Academic Cutoff B.A. LL.B. (H) | LL.B. | LL.M. UG 400 PG 60 National Law Institute University, Jodhpur CLAT B.B.A LL.B.(H) | B.A LL.B (H) | B.Sc. LL.B (H) UG 115 PG 100 Law School, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi Entrance Test LL.B. (H) | LL.M UG 384 PG 53 Amity Law School, Delhi CET B.A L.L.B (H) | LL.M UG 80 Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), Punjab CLAT B.B.A. LL.B.(H) | LL.M UG 120 PG 40 Government Law College, Mumbai Academic Cutoff LL.B | B.L.S. LL.B UG 560 University College of Law, Osmania University, Hyderabad Law CET LL.B. | B.A. LL.B | LL.M UG 120 The WB National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata CLAT B.A/B.Sc LL.B. | LL.M. UG 125 PG 42 Bangalore Institute of Legal Studies Academic Cutoff B.A. LL.B UG 60 School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore Entrance Test B.A. LL.B (H) | B.B.A. LL.B (H) | LL.M UG 300 Faculty of Law, University of Allahabad Entrance Test B.A LL.B | LL.B | LL.M UG 616 Faculty of Law, Jamia Milla Islamia, Delhi Entrance Test B.A LL.B | LL.M UG 80 PG 20 Army Institute of Law, Mohali Entrance Test B.A LL.B UG 80   Entrance Exams: The entrance exams for LL.B courses are similar as any other professional course. The exam tests students on General Knowledge, English, Numerical ability, Logical reasoning and Legal aptitude. Some of the commonly held entrance exams: Entrance Exam Participating Law Schools Seats Exam Type Availability of Application Forms CLAT 14 NLUs UG 1660 PG 491 National January LSAT more than 60 Law Colleges in India   International November AILET For admission to NLU (Delhi exclusively) UG 80 PG 20 National January SET Symbiosis University UG 480 PG 60 National February     Top Legal Firms: Some of the top Law firms in India offering handsome packages: Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co. AZB & Partners Khaitan & Co J Sagar Associates (JSA) Luthra & Luthra Trilegal Nishith Desai Associates Lakshmi Kumaran & Sridharan S & R Associates Talwar Thakore & Associates Platinum Partners Desai & Diwanji Kochhar & Co Finsec Law Advisers Phoenix Legal   Law Career Spectrum: Law students are not limited to practicing as an advocate in a court room; legal studies offer a gamut of options to choose from, some are given below: Legal Analyst Document drafting Lawyer Legal Journalist Legal Advisor Solicitor General Law School Professor Working with an NGO The good news is, the scope for a legal practitioner in India has grown tremendously in the past few years as India has opened its gates to many overseas law firms. Legal Process Outsourcing better known as LPO's have started to recruit young law graduates for their processes dealing in US laws or UK laws. We wish all the aspiring Law candidates a successful career in law. Do stay tuned to our 'The Chit-Chats' session where you will find our Interview with a Lawyer. (Disclaimer: The information given here is based on 2014 brochures to give Law aspirants a brief overview of all aspects of the Entrance Exams and top Law Colleges.) iDC is focused on helping students choose a career in which their potential is maximized. In case you are confused about pursuing Law as a Career, please post your queries here: SUBMIT By Palak Arora - Economics (H), D.U

Click Of Your Career

Click Of Your Career : Are you artistic? Do you look at things with a creative perspective? Do you have an eye for detail? Do you often love clicking pictures rather than being clicked? Do you have hand-eye co-ordination? Then somewhere inside you resides a photographer. Photography is a medium of communication of expressions without words. Photographers hunt for stories. The composition of a picture should convey a story to the viewer. A good picture is self sufficient. No fancy captions needed. It speaks for itself. Imagine that the world is a canvas and you want to paint a picture. A picture by a photographer is a glimpse of imagination that you want to create with reality. Images could be about anything and everything. From shadow to light, from sky scrapers to mountains, photographers can capture whatever appeals to them. Photographers don't just take the pictures they also a add a personal shade to it.   Different Types of Photography: Photo Journalism: Popularly known as press photographers, hired by magazines or newspaper agencies. In this images are used to tell the news stories. You need be prompt, adventurous and even prepared to cover stories in risky zones. Fashion and Advertising Photography: This is the most creative and lucrative field in photography. Here one works for fashion magazines or houses, fashion models and advertising agencies. You should be updated with the latest fashion trends and should be open to experiments.  Nature and Wildlife Photography: If you are an admirer of flora, fauna and scenic beauty and you can freeze nature in one picture then definitely this field is for you. You can work for travel and geographic magazines capturing interesting shades of nature. Still Photography: This involves taking picture of inanimate or still objects. Portrait photography which is the oldest photography, is one of the examples of still photography. You can capture picture of your family members or children or pets. Event/Wedding photography: There is a huge demand for this productive photography nowadays. You need to be extremely spontaneous and be always ready to capture lively moments in your camera. Apart from weddings, the event photographers also works for family functions, sports meet etc. Scientific Photography: This is used for recording scientific research or medical data using knowledge of scientific procedures. You need to have knowledge in areas of medicine, engineering, chemistry and biology. There are other specialized type of photography including - Fine Art Photography, Aerial Photography, Forensic Photography and Industrial Photography.     Skill Set required: Apart from learning to see things creatively, the technical know how is equally important. You must have excellent people skills and also the ability to make people feel comfortable. You should have detailed knowledge of different shape, form or color. One should be quite patient as behind a perfect shot there are several clicks. Naturally clicked pictures are the best so always keep your camera ready to take some amusing shots. Now the question arises what makes a good picture stand out from an average picture? The one which is naturally clicked. The one which makes you to stop and think. The one which makes you curious and want to know more about it. Another question running in your mind must be how do we know when to press the click button? Is it just a question of chance? Yes, it might be a question of chance in the beginning but with experience you have to pick and force chance to come to you.   Caution: Be inspired by others but be the one of your kind. Take inspirations from your peers and from the legends of photography but don't forget to add your own touch to it. Try to see things from your own perspective. Be a first rated version of yourself. Once you learn all the rules of photography, forget it. Imagine things out of the box. Capture something that has never been thought of. Give yourself constructive criticism by comparing your first picture with the most recent one. If your attitude towards photography is that the best photograph of yours is yet to be captured then you have long way to go in this profession. (Image Courtesy - The filmy owl) iDC is focused on helping students choose a career in which their potential is maximized. In case you are confused about pursuing Photography as a Career, please post your queries here: SUBMIT ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Author: Palak Arora, an economics graduate from Delhi University who currently work with iDC as a content writer.