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AILET Postponed. Last Date Extended

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The National Law University, Delhi (NLU-Delhi) has come out with a notification regarding posptponement of the AILET 2020 Entrance Exam.  AILET 2020 is mandatory for candidates seeking admissions into NLU, Delhi.

The notification states - "In view of the Covid-19 outbreak and nationwide lockdown announced by the Government of India, all the applicants may please note that the last date of submitting the AILET-2020 application form stands extended till 30 April 2020".  Earlier the last date to apply was 8th April 2020.

The notification further stated that the AILET-2020 Entrance Test will now be held on  May 31, 2020 (10 am-11.30 am). 

This is subject to further notification, if any, of the Govt. of India on the Covid-19 situation

CIFNET 2020 Admissions : 4 Year Bachelor of Fishery Science - Nautical Science

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Central Institute of Fisheries, Nautical and Engineering Training (CIFNET) offers a unique 4 year Bachelor of Fishery Science (Nautical Science) programme at its Kochi campus, the admission to which is through a Common Entrance Test, scheduled to be conducted on 13 June 2020.

About the course : The B.F.Sc.(N.S.) course offered by CIFNET is a 4 year (8 Semester) programme mainly concerned with study of fish capturing techniques, nautical science and operation of fishing vessels.  This programme has an exhaustive curriculum designed to provide profound practical knowledge on various aspects of the fishing and nautical sciences.  This Degree course is affiliated to CUSAT (Cochin University of Science and Technology), Kochi

This 4 year programme will be producing a new generation of experts in the fishing field who will be able to take up any challenges in the operation of fishing vessels and related research and academic spheres with confidence. 

The candidate who successfully pass this degree and the basic modular courses with required sea experience are exempted from all written papers and directly (without Post Sea courses) appear for the Mate Fishing Vessel oral examination leading to the issuance of Certificate of competency as Mate of a fishing vessel.

Candidates with PCM group will be directly eligible for GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress and Safety System) after BFSc(NS) degree. GMDSS is an internationally agreed-upon set of safety procedures, types of equipment, and communication protocols used to increase safety and make it easier to rescue distressed ships, boats and aircraft.

Selection criteria : Weightage of 50% for CIFNET entrance test and 50%  for qualifying exam result

NRI candidates need not come through entrance examination. Sponsorship by Non-resident India is only essential. If more candidates apply in this category, the selection will be on the basis of academic merit and performance in the interview

Foreign National candidates need Sponsorship of a foreign organisation. If more candidates apply in this category, the selection will be on the basis of academic merit.

Key dates

Last date to apply : 15 May 2020

Date of CIFNET entrance test : 13 Jun 2020

 

NEET UG 2020 Postponed

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The National Testing Agency (NTA) has postponed the NEET UG May-2020 Entrance Exam scheduled to be held on 3rd May 2020 in view of the hardships faced by parents and students due to the COVID19 epidemic.

The notice regarding the postponement was put up on the NTA website on 27th March.

Key points:
1. NEET UG May-2020 schedule for 3rd May 2020 is now posponed
2. Exact date will be announced later on after assessing the situation.
3. Admit Cards for the Examination which were to be issued on 27th March 2020 will now be issued later on after assessing the situation after 15th April 2020 only.

NTA Helpline numbers: 8287471852,  8178359845,  9650173668, 9599676953, 8882356803

BSc Nursing 2020 Admissions : Bharati Vidyapeeth, Pune

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Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University) Pune has started accepting application for its All India Common Entrance Test for admission in its BSc Nursing programme, offered at 3 campuses.

Campus wise intake

65 at College of Nursing, Pune

50 at College of Nursing, Navi Mumbai

100 at College of Nursing, Sangli

About the University : Bharati Vidyapeeth is one of the largest educational organizations in the country. It has 180 educational units under its umbrella including 80 Colleges and Institutes of conventional and professional disciplines.

The University was ranked 62 in NIRF-2019 ranking by Govt of India.

Test Centres : The Common Entrance Test will be held in the following 58 cities across the country in Online (Computer Based Test) mode :

Agra, Ahmedabad, Ahmednagar, Akola, Allahabad, Amrawati, Amritsar, Aurangabad, Bangalore, Bareily, Baroda, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Dehradhun, Ernakulam / Cochin / Kochi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Imphal, Indore, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Jalgaon, Jammu, Jamshedpur, Jodhpur, Kanpur, Karad, Karnal, Kolhapur, Kolkata, Kota, Latur, Lucknow, Meerut, Mumbai, Muzafurpur, Nagpur, Nasik, New Delhi, Noida, Panaji, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Rajkot, Ranchi, Rohtak, Sangli, Shimla, Solapur, Sri Nagar, Surat, Thane, Varanasi

Key dates

Last date of application : 17 May (for taking test on 24 May)

Last date of application : 31 May (for taking test on 7 June)

 

Jamia Extends Application Dates, Postpones Entrance Exams

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In light of the evolving Covid19 situation in India, Jamia Millia Islamia, a premier Central University, has extended the last date of applications to its various programs including UG programs.  

The University has also postponed the UG entrance exams in light of the same.  Fresh dates shall be notified in due-course of time.

Following UG programs with admission through Entrance Exams are offered at JMI:
B.A.(Hons) Economics
B.A.(Hons) Political Science
B.A.(Hons) Psychology
B.A.(Hons) Sociology
B.A. (Hons) Mass Media (Hindi)
B.B.A.
B.Sc. BioTechnology / BioSciences
B.Sc (Aeronautics) in (a) Mechanical (b) Avionics
Bachelor of Hotel Management & Bachelor of Tourism and Travel Management
B.A.LL.B

Last Date of Online Applications Extended to 15th April, 2020

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10 Key Points You Did Not Know about JEE-Main 2020

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The JEE(Main) – 2020 Information Brochure for April 2020 had now been released.  Reading through such a lengthy document is no fun and many times we skim through the content.  However,  thats when we miss out on some really juicy stuff.   We thought we could highlight some interesting points for all of you.  Happy reading.

1. Eligibility:

Chemistry is not a compulsory subject for any candidate to be eligible to apply for the JEE(Main) 2020. However,  the entrance exam will have questions from Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.  Technically, a student with Maths, Physics and Biology is eligible to apply for JEE(Main)-2020 but would have to clear the Chemistry questions of the test.  Weird, but true.

2. Year of Appearance in Qualifying Examination (QE)

A candidate who has completed class XII in 2018 can apply for JEE(Main) 2020 and is eligible to get into IIITs, NITs, CFTIs, but that candidate is not eligible to apply for JEE(Advanced) 2020. Strange, but true.

3. Age Limit            

For appearing in the JEE(Main) 2020 examination there is no age limit for the candidates. They must, however, satisfy the Eligibility and Year of Appearance in the Qualifying Examination.

4. Challenging the Response or answer keys:

It is going to cost you ₹200 per question if you either would like to challenge the recorded response or if you would like to challenge the answer keys.  Would deserving, but economically weaker, candidates be disadvantaged if they would like to challenge?

5. In case of a tie

Older candidates would get higher rank if NTA score of their individual subjects are same as that of a younger candidate.  This time, experience wins!

6. Only Maths required for B.Plan (Bachelor of Planning) Eligibility 

For B.Arch, the candidate needs to have 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and also 50% marks in aggregate of the qualifying examination.  However, for B.Plan program, the candidates should have passed qualifying examination with 50 % marks in Mathematics and 50% marks in aggregate of the qualifying examination.  Physics & chemistry are NOT mandatory subjects in the qualifying examination. 

7. AADHAAR is NOT mandatory

AADHAAR was mandatory for JEE(Main)-2019 but is NOT mandatory for JEE (Main) 2020.  As per NTA, any one of the authorized photo IDs (must be original, valid and non-expired) –PAN card/ Driving License/ Voter ID/ Passport/ Aadhaar Card (With photograph)/E-Aadhaar with photograph/Ration Cardwith photograph/ 12thClass Board Admit Card with photograph/ Bank Passbook with Photograph is applicable.

8. Language of JEE(Main)-2020

Interesting to note that Gujarati is one of the languages in which JEE(Main) 2020 shall be administered in.  This facility has been provided since at least the last four years. However, Gujarati language option will be available only in test centres cities in Gujarat, Daman & Diu and Dadar& Nagar Haveli.  It is fascinating to note that nearly 15 out of top 200 ranks in JEE(Main)-2018 were from Gujarat. Coincidence?

9. Recognized board for Qualifying Examination:

Candidates from NIOS (Open school)  are eligible to apply besides CBSE, ICSE and State Board candidates.
In addition, NDA Year 2 candidates and any Public School/ Board/ University examination in India or in any foreign country recognized as equivalent to the 10+2 system by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) are also eligible.

10. Here are the States/Institutes that used JEE (MAIN) -2019 ranks to fill seats through their own Seat Allocation Process last year:

Institutes and States that are not admitting students via JoSAA/CSAB (Centralized counselling) but use the  JEE(Main) 2020 rank as one of the criteria could add other criteria while granting admissions.  For instance, IIIT-Delhi could arguable use a combination of JEE(Main)-2020 rank of a candidate and her Class XII marks in some proportion to create its own admission rank list. 

  • Haryana
  • Madhya Pradesh
  • Nagaland
  • Odisha
  • Bihar
  • Uttarakhand
  • Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar
  • Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh
  • Indian Institute of Science, Banglore
  • Indian Institute of Space Technology, Thiruvanathapuram
  • Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology,
  • Delhi Technological University, New Delhi.
  • Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University
  • Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology
  • JamiaMilliaIslamia, New Delhi

Updated on 26th February, 2020

7 Careers Options with a Geography Degree

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What is common between Marco Polo, Vasco da Gama, Amerigo Vespucci and Christopher Columbus? All of them were great explorers of their time.  And to explore the world they would have had to understand Geography well.  Imagine the world today without the science of Geography!  We would, most likely, be living in small units of civilizations without interacting with rest of the world.  Inventions would not reach other places and perhaps we would not have had the industrial revolution or even the world as we know today.  Thus, what we are today, to a large extent is because of the science of Geography that allowed people and civilizations to understand our world better from a physical cartographic perspective. 

Geography and its relevance from a career path

Geography offers students great number of opportunities from a career perspective:

  • Cartographer - Cartography is the study and practice of making maps. The modern cartographer is trained at taking raw digital (or satellite) data and transforming it into a useful, accurate, and attractive maps related to land, sea and air intended for use across various industries.
  • Geologist - A geologist is a scientist who studies the solid, liquid, and gaseous matter that constitutes the Earth and other terrestrial planets, as well as the processes that shape them.
  • Environmental Scientist - Environmental scientists conduct research to identify, control, or eliminate sources of pollutants or hazards affecting the environment or public health.  A thorough understanding of Geography is necessary to link environmental impact to changes in earth's physical conditions. 
  • Town Planner - They design new cities and towns, help draft urban regulations, drive land planning and conservation and help make schemes wherein communities can live sustainably with the environment.
  • GIS & Remote Sensing Scientist - GIS scientist captures, stores, manipulates, analyzes, manages, and presents spatial or geographic data that can be used for various civilian and military applications.  Remote Sensing Scientists apply GIS to analyze data and solve problems in areas such as natural resource management, urban planning, or for interior security. A strong background of Geography is preferred to get into this field.  
  • Landscape Architect - A landscape artist or architect designs outdoor areas, landmarks, and structures to meet environmental, social-behavioral, or aesthetic requirements.  A strong spatial sense and knowledge of Geography helps in charting a career in this direction.
  • Academician / Researchers / Teacher - One can take up teaching Geography in schools, colleges, Universities or take up research work in higher educational institutions or research organizations. 

Great places for pursuing geography majors after Class XII:

1. BHU Main Campus (Male & Female): B. A. (Hons.)  Social Science: Economics, History, Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, Mathematics, Statistics, Geography. Via BHU UET

2. Central University of Karnataka: Integrated M.Sc. in Geography:  Via CUCET Entrance 

3. Central University of Rajasthan: Integrated M.Sc. in Environmental Science: Via CUCET Entrance 

4. Delhi University: BA (Hons) in Geography : based on Class 12 Merit 

5. Jadavpur University:  B.Sc.in Geography: based on Class 12 Merit

6. Presidency University: B.Sc. in Geography:  Via PUBDET (conducted by WBJEE) 

7. University of Hyderabad: Integrated M.Sc. in Earth Sciences: Via UoH Entrance Test

8. University of Allahabad: B.Sc. in Geography: Via UGAT conducted by the University

9. Pondicherry Univ : 5 Year Integrated MSc in Applied Geology : Via its own Entrance Test

10. Lucknow Univ : BA (H) Geography under Self Finance scheme : Via LU’s Entrance Exam

11. Jamia Millia Islamia : BA / BSc (H) Geography : Jamia Entrance Test

5 Important Changes in CLAT 2020

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The Common Law Aptitute Test or CLAT is the entrance exam for admission to the UG law programs offered by the 21 National Law Universities of India.  CLAT is conducted by the Consortium of National Law Universities with the aim of improving the standard of legal education in the country and justice system through legal education.  52 Private Universities accept CLAT score for admission into their 5 Year integrated law programs like B.A. LL.B and B.B.A. LL.B 

CLAT 2020 will be held on May 10th in an offline (pen & paper) mode across mutiple cities in India. The Consortium of National Law Universities has indicated that CLAT 2020 will see  major changes in its test pattern.  

  1. No static G.K section: CLAT 2020 will not have static General Knowledge Questions. E.g. Which is the largest river in India.  Instead, candidates will be assessed on their knowledge of current affairs.  This is to ensure that the candidates selected to the NLU's are well aware of the current political, economic and legal events around them.  
    Our advice to candidates:  Read newspapers regularly.
  2. Inferential Reasoning:  All sections are likely to have questions around inferential reasing.  There would be complex texts/paragraphs provided and students would be expected to draw inferences from these.  This change is primarily to move away from rote-based / memory-based learning.
    Our advice to candidates:  Do as many english comprehension / unseen-passage questions designed for Class 10, 11 & 12
  3. English Comprehension:  This section will no longer test the proficiency of the candidate in English grammar. Instead, candidates will be assessed on their understanding of the passage and its central theme and the context in which a word is used.  The stess is to move away from rote-based grammar knowledge to practical usage and meaning of words contextually.
    Our advice to candidates:  Read editorials and centre page opinion pieces of newspapers like The Hindu, Business Standard or magazine like The Frontline, Economic & Political Weekly.
  4. Mathematics: This section will no longer stress on quantitative calculations based questions (e.g. calculate speed of vehicle etc.).  Instead, the stress would be if the candidate can read and understand graphs, tables and other visual compilation of data.  The focus would move from testing mathematical ability to the ability to understand and extract meaning from quantitative data.
    Our advice to candidates:  Focus on Class 8, 9 & 10 statistics, data analysis, graphs etc.
  5. No. of Questions:  There is going to be a drastic reduction in the number of questions in CLAT 2020 from 200 Qns to around 120-150 Qns.  The duration of the test remains 2 hrs.  In ther words, candidates will have more time to answer the questions than earlier.  

The overarching purpose of the Consortium of National Law Universities in bringing about these changes in the CLAT 2020 examination pattern is to reduce memory-based testing and instead to assess candidates on their ability to apply their mind, think contextually and rationally.

Good luck! 

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MBBS Admissions - Impact of NMC Bill on AIIMS and JIPMER Exams

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The National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, 2017, which seeks to regulate medical education and practice, and replace the Medical Council of India (MCI), has proposed major changes in the entry and exit criteria related to medical education.  The MCI has been mired in corruption scandals and judicial interventions in the last two decades.

The key changes that the NMC Bill will bring about are:

  • A single common MBBS entry exam, which most likely will be NEET.  The AIIMS and JIPMER exams are likely to be discontinued and all admissions to MBBS seats are proposed to be via NEET.
  • A National Exit Test (NEXT) that serves three purposes: (a) As the final-year MBBS examinatio (2) As a licentiate exam for getting permission to practice and (c) As the entrance exam for admissions to PG courses.  The Bill, however, has no scope for improvement if a student fails. Earlier, there existed an improvement exam for those who failed the final-year test. This test is also likely to serve as the screening test for doctors with foreign medical qualifications who want to practice in India. 
  • Determination of fees and all other charges in respect of 50% of seats in private medical institutions and deemed to be universities.  This control of regulating fee will vary from state to state as the governments would have more powers to determine the fee in such institutions.  At present the Governments regulate the fee of 85% of seats in such institutions.  With the new bill, the Government will be able to regulate a reduced percentage, i.e. 50%, of the totals seats in these institutions.
  • Concept of community health providers (CHP), who would be given ‘limited license’ to practise at ‘primary and preventive level’.  At the moment, the bill  does not define CHPs and also did not detail as to how they would practice modern medicine.  

Now that the NMC 2017 Bill has been passed in Lok Sabha, it will be important to note whether it would face scrutity in the Rajya Sabha and the how the changes would be brought into effect.  Whether AIIMS and JIPMER MBBS entrance exams would be abolished and merged into NEET from 2020 or 2021 is a question that will be known only in the coming few months.

About the author: Tarun is a Co-founder at MyExamPlan.com. He can be reached at tarun@myexamplan.com

Admission to IIITs - All Your doubts Cleared

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Are the IITs same as the IIITs?  Are the Indian Institute of Information Technology same as the International Institute of Information Technology?  How to get admission into IIITs?  What is the application procedure to get into IIITs?  We decided to unravel these mysteries for you.

India has 29 institutions that have the abbreviation IIIT.  But these are predominantly can be grouped into three major categories:

  1. Those that are run by MHRD and are Institutes of National Importance (5 institues)
  2. Those that are run under a Private-Public-Partnership PPP model and are Institutes of National Importance (19 institutes)
  3. Those that are predominantly a Deemed University, State University or are Private Institutions (6 institutes)

IIITs in categories 1 and 2 above are called the Indian Institute of Information Technology
IIITs under MHRD: ABV-IIITM Gwalior, IIIT Allahabad, IIIT Design & Manufacturing Jabalpur, IIIT Design & Manufacturing Kancheepuram, IIIT Design & Manufacturing Kurnool
IIITs run under PPP model: IIIT Sri City, IIIT Guwahati, IIIT Vadodara, IIIT Kota, IIIT Tiruchirappalli, IIIT Una, IIIT Sonepat, IIIT Kalyani, IIIT Lucknow, IIIT Dharwad, IIIT Kottayam, IIIT Manipur, IIIT Nagpur, IIIT Pune, IIIT Ranchi, IIIT Surat, IIIT Bhopal, IIIT Bhagalpur

Admission Procedure to above IIITs: Admission to these 24 institutes are via the Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) set up by the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) to manage and regulate the joint seat allocation for admissions to over 100 institutes.  The primary qualification is to have written the JEE Main 2019 entrance exam. The IIITs in these two groups have also been given the honour of being Institutes of National Importance (INI) like the IITs, i.e., they are free to grant own degrees and don't need the approval of UGC for this).

On the other hand, all (except one) of the IIITs in the third category are named as International Institute of Information Technology have no uniform admission criteria.  Some of them, like IIIT Hyderabad have a mix of entrance exams, JEE Main rank and KVPY, others rely on JEE Main rank but conduct their own counseling for seat allotment.  Given below are admission process of the 5 International Institute of Information Technology institutes. The last institute is called Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi.

  • IIIT Bhubaneswar: JoSAAA for All India Quota & own counseling for Odisha candidates
  • IIIT, Hyderabad: Own Entrance Exam, JEE (Main), Special Channel, KVPY/Olympiad (click for details of IIIT-H entrance exam here)
  • IIIT Naya Raipur: 35% are reserved for all India category via JoSAA, 15% seats reserved wards of NTPC employees, 50% seats reserved for students who have passed 10th & 12th from the State of Chhattisgarh.
  • IIIT Bangalore: Own counselling through JEE (Main) Score
  • IIIT Pune: Through Maharashtra DTE Centralized Admission Process  (CAP) after writing MHT-CET
  • IIIT Delhi: Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology. Admission through Delhi state Joint Admission Council JAC, through UCEEED Score (non-science students can apply), through Class 12 marks (non-science students can apply)

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