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How to Prepare for Entrance Exam

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If you are preparing for the highly competitive entrance exams such as Engineering, Medicine, Law, Design etc., the following guidelines should help you framework your exam strategy.

1. Get the big picture: Understand what is being tested in the exam. Study the earlier exam papers to understand the objective in terms of what theoretical, objective and problem solving skills are being tested.

2. Set the bar: The cut-off rankings generally show an upward trend and hence, you need to have a clear and specific goal. Find out the previous years cut-off rankings to assess the desired ranking.

3. Research well: Understand the format of exams. This involves collecting information about time available per question, negative markings, minimum marks per section etc. which are crucial to plan your strategy.

4. Craft your strategy: Balance speed and accuracy. A key strategy to succeed is all about balancing speed and accuracy. Attempt simpler sections and questions, before attempting the tougher ones. Depending on your competencies and comfort levels, have a subject wise strategy. Students often tend to leave questions, even when there are no negative marks for wrong answers. Do intelligent guesses by eliminating one or two possible wrong answers and gain crucial additional marks.

Good luck!
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B.Arch Admissions after Class 12

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Update (11 June 2017) : For students who will appear in 10+2 exams in 2019, there is an update - pls read our news "From 2019, non-Science students  not eligible for B.Arch, eligibility changed by CoA" . Note - no change for students appearing in Class 12 final exams in 2018.

The National Aptitude Test in Architecture is a national level examination for admission to undergraduate courses in Architecture. NATA is conducted by National Institute of Advanced Studies in Architecture (NIASA) which is a body of Council of Architecture, New Delhi in India.

While many institutes offer B.Arch admissions on the basis of NATA scores, not many people are aware that some institutes conduct their own entrance exams. Also, the eligibility criteria to admissions to some of these courses vary. For instance, NATA stipulates that any candidate who has secured 50% marks in 10+2 or equivalent examination with Mathematics as one of the subjects shall be eligible for admission to B.Arch Course.  However, when it comes to admission to B.Arch program at one of the IIT's, then the candidate should qualify in the Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT) conducted by the IIT's.

This blog can be used as a guide by students to know about the criteria used by some of the institutes (or exam conducting bodies) for admissions into their B.Arch programs:

Note: P - Physics C - Chemistry M - Maths

Admissions via NATA (Only Maths required in Class 12)

Admissions via own entrance exam (Eligibility in brackets)

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5 Not To Be Missed Media Courses After 10+2

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“The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses” - Malcolm X

Media is considered to be the backbone of a health democracy. Acting like a mirror and also a watchdog, it keeps the public informed of all that is happening and makes the Govt answerable to the public at large. With growing freedom of expression, technical advancements in electronic outreach and Right To Information (RTI) Act, it has gained a very coveted role and thereby offers excellent career opportunities. Its importance can be gauged from the fact that Media is considered to be Fourth Pillar of a democracy, the other three being Legislature, Executive and Judiciary. Access to global news is just a click away today.


With this backdrop, we provide below a list of Media related 5 premium courses that students can pursue after 10+2.


1. University of Delhi

Course : BA (Hons) Multimedia and Mass Communication

About the University : The University of Delhi is the premier university of the country and is known for its high  standards in teaching and research and attracts eminent scholars to  its faculty. It  was  established in  1922 as a unitary, teaching and residential  university by an Act of the then Central Legislative  Assembly. The President of India is the Visitor,  the Vice President is  the Chancellor  and  the  Chief Justice  of the Supreme Court of India is the Pro-Chancellor of the University.

Admission : Through entrance exam. Check details @ DU-MMC


2. Christ University, Bengaluru


a) Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Communication and Media, English and Psychology

b) Bachelor of Arts (BA) Honours in Journalism

c) Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Journalism, Psychology, English

d) Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Media Studies, Economics, Political Science

About the university : Christ University (formally Christ College) was founded in 1969 by the religious community, the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI). Christ College was the first educational institution to be awarded A+ by the NAAC, UGC.  Christ College was declared Deemed to be University in July 2008. 

Admission : Through entrance exam, skill assessment, personal interview. Check details @ Christ Univ - Journalism


3. English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad

Course : BA (Journalism and Mass Communication) at Shillong campus

About the University : The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, was founded in 1958 as the Central Institute of English (CIE), as an institution to impart quality training in English for teachers. Gradually the Institute extended the scope of its goals, viz., to improve the standard of English Teaching; to undertake relevant research; and to publish materials, to foreign languages. It was therefore renamed the Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages (CIEFL) in 1972 with the addition of three major foreign languages German, Russian and French. In 1973, CIEFL was awarded the status of a deemed university. Venturing into newer territories like curriculum development, evaluation, and methodology researches, two new campuses were set up at Shillong (1973) and Lucknow (1979) to include a larger population in its activities.
In 2006 CIEFL was given central university status and accordingly came to be called the English and Foreign Languages University by an act of the Parliament. Now, the EFL University has 7 schools and 26 Departments. Apart from graduate, postgraduate, and Research programmes, EFLU offers postgraduate diplomas, and distance and part time mode courses.

Admission : Through entrance exam, skill assessment, personal interview. Check details @ EFLU-BAJMC


4. University of Allahabad

Course : BA (Media Studies)

About the university : The history of the University of Allahabad dates back to the days of the ascendency of the Raj in India. It was established on September 23rd, 1887 by the Act XVIII of the then Central legislature and became the fourth University to be established in the country after Calcutta, Bombay and Madras. Its first entrance examination was held in March 1889. The University made significant contributions in various fields of knowledge and because of this has earned an encomium *Oxford of East*.

Institute of Professional Studies (IPS) is an institute setup in 2000 by Allahabad University (a Central University). The institute runs five centres offering various professional Undergrad, Grad and Diploma courses including the Centre of Media Studies.

Admission : Through written test and interview. Check details @ Allahabad Univ - Media Studies


5. Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Gujarat

Course : Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication (BJMC)

About the university : The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, originally founded in 1881 as the “Baroda College” is a premier unitary residential University, established on 30th April, 1949. It is a state University with English as its medium of instruction, having 13 Faculties, 3 Constituent Colleges, 2 Institutions and 8 Centers of Specialized Studies. It houses 89 departments spread over 6 campuses (2 rural and 4 urban). There are 16 hostels (12 Boys and 4 Girls), which accommodates about 4103 students. There are 475 residential quarters too for teaching and non-teaching staff.

The University offers around 98 postgraduate courses, 66 Ph.D. programmes, 39 post graduate Diploma courses and 88 undergraduate courses with an option of 347 programmes in 92 subjects. It also offers 11 certificate programmes and 3 post diploma certificate programmes. As many as 205 students are currently enrolled in Ph.D. programmes across various departments, of which 33% of the students are from outside Gujarat State.

Admission : Entrance test, Group discussion & Interview. Check details @ MSU-BJMC


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Admission in IIT / IIIT for Commerce & Humanities students without JEE Advanced

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JEE Advanced is the gateway for entry into core engineering and some BS courses in IITs where primarily PCM students are eligible. However, many students are unaware that there are other Undergrad programmes as well (including a B.Tech in Computer Science at IIIT Hyderabad) where even Commerce & Humanities students are eligible. And admission to these is through entrance exams other than JEE Advanced.



Programme 1 : Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-Madras) conducts Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination (HSEE) usually in April and offers a 5-Year Intergrated M.A. in two streams. Non-science students are eligible.

a) Development Studies and
b) English Studies for students after Class XII.

The first two years of the curriculum are common to all students after which, they branch out into the two streams. Allocation of streams will be based on students' performance during the first three semesters as well as their preferences.

Development Studies: This stream addresses questions of "order and change" in a globalizing world and aims to explore available approaches to fostering development, understood broadly as the goal of providing people the freedom to make their lives better.

English Studies: The  English Studies stream has been designed for students with sensitivity for literary and linguistic analyses.

Distinctive Features of the Prpgram:

1) A very distinctive feature of the programme is the involvement of the Engineering, Sciences and Management facultie s in offering innovative courses in collaboration with the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.

2) The programme imparts substantial knowledge of Indian economy, literature, philosophy, culture, society, and public policy. It provides opportunities for learning a foreign language. Currently German, French and Chinese are offered.

Programme 2 : IIT Mumbai conducts UCEED entrance exam (usually in the month of Jan) for admission to 4 year B.Design programme in which non-science students are eligible.

Industrial Design Centre (IDC) of IIT Mumbai has been conducting M.Des and Ph.D programs. From 2015, it started a 4 year B.Des program. Also offered is an integrated 5 year B.Des + M.Des program (option being available after 3rd year). In addition to IDC of IIT Bombay, UCEED qualified candidates are eligible for admission to B.Des. programme at IIT Guwahati and IIITDM Jabalpur (PDPM Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design and Manufacturing, Deemeed to be university, under Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India ). However, in IIT Guwahati, candidates only from the Science Stream with Physics, Chemistry and Maths as subjects  are eligible to apply.

Programme 3 : IIIT Hyderabad conducts UGEEE-CLD entrance exam and offers a 5 year Dual Degree B.Tech in Computer Science and MS by Research in Computational Linguistics. Non-science students are eligible.

B.Tech in Computer Science and MS by Research in Computational Linguistics (5 year Dual Degree) (CLD in short) is a unique program offered by IIIT-H.  Computational Linguistics (CL) deals with understanding and developing computational theories of human language. Such theories allow us to understand the structure of language and build computer software that can process language. There is a great emphasis today on machine learning where the machine learns from real life language data. Consequently, the field is close to both Linguistics as well as Artificial Intelligence.  If you have a fascination for scientific study of natural language and combining it with computer science., this area is for you. The dual-degree programme will give you a strong grounding in both Computer Science and Linguistics, and will prepare you for academic research as well as industry research jobs in Computational Linguistics.

Eligibility Stream I -Higher Secondary / Class 12 or equivalent in Science stream with Physics and Mathematics. A keen interest in prior work in languages and aptitude for Conceptual Analysis and Mathematics is essential.

Eligibility Stream II - Higher Secondary / Class 12 or equivalent in Humanities, Art and Social Sciences with Mathematics. A keen interest in prior work in languages and aptitude for Conceptual Analysis and Mathematics is essential.

How to spot a Fake University

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Lets begin with a simple exercise. From the list below can you spot the Fake Universities operating in India?

  • Indian Institute of Science and Engineering, New Delhi
  • St. John’s University, Kerala
  • Indian Institute of Alternative Medicine, Kolkatta
  • Gandhi Hindi Vidyapith, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
  • Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh

Well, how many of you guessed two? And how many finally said three?

The real answer is — ALL of the above are fake universities being run today in our cities as per the University Grants Commission (UGC).

It is impossible to guess whether a University is approved or not by just their names. I mean, who would think that a University associating their name with "Gandhi" or "Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose" would turn out to be fake?

St. John's” is a very common catholic sounding name and is unlikely to cause concern at the first glance. (Note: This University is not in anyway associated with St. John's Medical College, Bangalore, a reputed medical college).

Indian Institute of Science and Engineering sounds very authentic and 'Government-ish' ..... so one might miss this altogether if listed alongside institutes like Indian Institute of Technology or Indian Institute of Science!

IIPM, New Delhi, a brand with a recall value since many years, is NOT recognized by UGC!


So, here are some Takeaways:

  • University Names are deceptive — fake ones tend to sound as non-discreet as possible
  • Fake Universities also continue to operate and advertise themselves brazenly. Thus, seeing an advert in a newspaper or hoarding doesn't mean that the University is above board or approved.
  • Students continue to mindlessly seek admissions into many such Universities — only to realize later that their years, effort and money have resulted in zero outcome. (Donating the same money to charitable causes would have at least provided them reasonable tax exemptions!)

OK, so how to spot a Fake University

The answer is very simple - UGC provides on its website, a comprehensive list of fake universities which is updated regularly. All you need to do as an aspiring student or an anxious parent is to check this list before making any decision.

The link to the UGC page that offers this information is

Bottom line:

Always Exercise Caution, Stay Alert and Stay Informed.

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Eye Opener #6 : Integrated BA-MA in Social Sciences at TISS

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Programmes offered : (1) Integrated BA-MA Programme in Social Sciences (2) B.A.(Hons.) in Social Work with specialisation in Rural Development

About TISS : The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) was established in 1936 and was declared as Deemed to be a University under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act (UGC) in 1964. Over the years, the Institute has made consistent contributions to civil society and the development sector through its education, research, field action and extension. Today, the TISS has earned recognition as an institution of repute from different Ministries of the Government of India; various State Governments; international agencies such as the United Nations; and the non-government sector, both national and international.

Location : Integrated BA-MA Programme is offered at Tuljapur (Maharashtra) - 30 seats, Hyderabad - 60 seats and Guwahati - 60 seats. The BA (H) programme is offered at Tuljpur Campus - 30 seats


Students should have passed 12th Class or Intermediate in any subject stream from a Recognised Board. 

Candidate should be less than 23 years of age at the time of appearing for the Bachelors Admission Test

Selection Process : Admissions is a two stage proces
a) Stage 1: Entrance Test containing Part A & Part B  (See Test Pattern Section for details)
b) Stage 2:  Shortlisted candidates in the merit list for all categories will be called for a Personal Interview (PI) at Tuljapur campus. The Personal Interview carries 50 marks. This is to test the motivation and orientation of candidates appearing for this programme. 

Test pattern

(a) Stage 1: applicable for BA & BASW programs.  
Part A - (Online test) will be a 60 minute test with multiple choice questions on current affairs, social awareness and logical and analytical reasoning, carrying 60 marks.
Part B - (Offline test)  will be a written test with a set of descriptive questions in English. Candidate is expected to write two short answers in 30 minutes carrying 40 marks. It is compulsory for the candidates to attempt both the parts and make sure that they qualify in both the modes.
(b) Stage 2: applicable only for BA program
Shortlisted candidates in the merit list for all categories will be called for a Personal Interview (PI). The Personal Interview carries 50 marks. This is to test the motivation and orientation of candidates appearing for this programme. Candidates who score well in PI will be ranked on the BAT score and the PI score category wise and then selected for the programme.

Tuition & other Fee: Rs. 41,500/- p.a.
Hostel & dining: Rs. 62,000/- p.a.

Placements :The average package for 2015-17 PG batch  was Rs.18.2 Lacs. Key employers have been Maruti Suzuki, BSE, Citibank, Kotak Mahindra,  General Electric, TAS, Deloitte, BPCL, Asian Paints, Colgate Palmolive,  ITC, Wipro, Airtel, Pernod Ricard, Tata Steel, Amazon, Ola Cabs, Accenture, AxisBank, SAP 

2018 Application Status : Yet to be announced. For details & tracking this opportunity, check TISS-SocialSciences

Beyond IITs - Miss these 15 Promising Options at your own risk

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Agenda of Workshop:  Beyond IITs - Miss these 15 Promising Options at your own risk

Please note that this webinar is NOT going to cover IITs, NITs, BITS, Manipal, VIT, SRM etc. Through this webinar, we will unravel 15 promising options that students usually miss.  Some of these are even better than IITs!  


Hence, attend this webinar if 
1.    you think your career is compromised if you don't make it in an IIT, BITS or NIT or
2.    you feel that Manipal, SRM, VIT etc. are your next best options or
3.    you believe there is no much future in pure sciences and maths or
4.    you need clarity on other alternatives or
5.    you hope your coaching institute / school counselor will tell you everything or
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2.    Get to know options better than Engineering
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JNU Applications Started for 2018 Entrance Exam

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Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, has started the applications process for Entrance Exam for admission to its BA(H) Foreign Language programmes for the 2018-19 batch.

Course offered : BA(H) in Persian, Pushto, Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, French, German, Russian, Spanish

No. of seats

French – 38

German  – 38

Russian  – 54

Spanish  – 31

Japanese – 38

Korean  – 35

Chinese – 45

Persian – 31

Pushto – 15

Arabic – 31

Selection Procedure

No viva voce examination is held for admission to B.A. (Hons). The candidates are admitted on merit on the basis of their performance in the written examination and the deprivation points added to their score in accordance with the approved admission Policy and Procedures of the University.

Key dates

Start date of online applications : 15 Sep 2017

Last date to apply online : 13 Oct 2017

Date of entrance exam : 28 Dec to 30 Dec

For Prospectus, Eligibility, Clashing dates etc, Check JNU-ForeignLang-BA

Controversy on JEE-Advanced being made online

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The decision to make JEE-Advanced completely online from 2018 has already run into controversy with students from Bihar taking up the issue with not only the Bihar Chief Minister and Union HRD Minister but also with the Prime Minister. Pankaj Kumar Kapadia, an IIT Delhi alumnus, has already emailed the PM to this effect. The concern arises from the fact that students from interiors and rural areas are not very computer savvy and hence may be at a disadvantage if the offline (pen and paper based) option which was available till now is done away with.

 “Already grappling to overcome the English language barrier, many of us who had earlier not even touched the mouse of a computer will now have to write the exam on a computer. It is like eliminating them in the very beginning. They deserve the right to equality,” Kapadia said.

It remains to be seen how the Govt responds to this. It is very likely that such requests may come up from other states as well, given the fact that computer literacy is still not universal and JEE-Advanced is probably the most critical opportunity for Engineering aspirants.

UP CPAT-2017 Applications Started

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University of Lucknow has started applications for UP CPAT-2017 Entrance Exam for admissions to B.H.M.S., B.A.M.S., B.U.M.S. courses in various Government and approved Homepathic/ Ayurvedic/ Unani colleges of Uttar Pradesh. This entrance exam is for candidates who have completed their class 12 / 10+2 / Intermediate in 2017 or earlier.  Note:  Candidates who are completing their 10+2 in 2018 are NOT eligible for UP CPAT-2017.

For admissions to Goverment B.H.M.S., B.A.M.S., B.U.M.S. collges, candidates must meet UP Domicile requirements.
For seeking admissions to private Arurvedic, Homeopathic or Unani institutions, the candidate need NOT be a resident of Uttar Pradesh.

The UP CPAT-2017 entrance exam will be OMR based and will have 180 questions in Physics, Chemistry, Botany & Zoolgy. Each correct answer fetches 4 maeks while 1 mark hsall be deducted for incorrect answer.

The applications have to be filled online. The registration fee is Rs. 2000/- (Rs. 1000/- for reserved category candidtes). 
The last date to apply is 25th Sept, 2017.
The date of entrance exam is 4th October, 2017.

Details can be viewed at UP CPAT-2017

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