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6 Little Known Facts about B.Arch Eligibility

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In our previous blog  ‘NATA 2017 - Take Note of 6 Changes' we wrote about the changes introduced in National Aptitude Test in Architecture NATA exam in 2017. We were overwhelmed by the number of queries received from anxious students especially regarding eligibility criteria for B.Arch programs in India.  But we were not surprised. Not the least because this is a pretty confusing topic even for the experts.  In this blog, we will bring forth the facts. So, here you go.

But hey, to begin with, let us put forth one of the key but very little know facts – in many institutes (Govt as well as private), you do not need to be a science student for admission in B.Arch. And this is the last year for this – from next year (2019 batch),PCM in Class 12 will be made mandatory for B.Arch admission. So read on …

1. For Architecture programs in IITs (IIT-Kharagpur & IIT-Roorkee)

Compulsory subjects in Class 12: Physics & Mathematics

Eligibility : Top 2,24,000 in JEE-Main 2018 Paper-1 (Physics, Chemistry & Maths)

Selection : Qualify in JEE-Main Paper 1 + Qualify in JEE-Adv (Paper 1 & Paper 2) + Pass in Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT)


2. Architecture admissions in any of the NITs, IIITs and CFTIs (Centrally Funded Technical Institutions)

Compulsory subjects in Class 12: Mathematics

Eligibility : Min 75% (65% for SC/ST candidates) or be in top 20 percentile in Class 12 board

Selection : Paper 2 of JEE-Main  (Maths, Aptitude & Drawing).  Candidate need not apply for Paper-1 (Physics, Chemistry & Maths) if he/she interested only in Architecture.


3. Admissions to architecture programs in UP

Compulsory subjects : Physics & Mathematics

Eligibility : Min 50% aggregate and passed without grace in compulsory subjects

Selection : Paper 4 of UPSEE: Part A: Maths & Aesthetic Sensibility  Part B:  Drawing Aptitude


4. Admissions to architecture programs in West Bengal via WBJEE

Compulsory subjects : Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics.

Eligibility :  Aggregate 50% in Class 12

Selection : (WBJEE Paper 1 & Paper 2) + (NATA or Paper-2 of JEE-Main)


5. Admissions to architecture programs in Jadavpur University

Compulsory subjects : Physics & Mathematics.

Eligibility : Aggregate 60% (45% for Reserved Category Candidates) in PCM taken together & Min 30% in English in Class 12

Selection : WBJEE Paper 1 & Paper 2 + (NATA or JEE-Main Paper-2)


5 Admissions to architecture program in AMU

Compulsory subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics & English

Eligibility : Min 50% in aggregate in PCM & English

Selection : AMU Paper 1 (Physics, Chemistry & Maths) + AMU Paper 2 (Aesthetic Sensitivity & Drawing)


6. Admissions to other architecture programs across India via NATA

Compulsory subjects : Mathematics

Eligibility : 50% aggregate marks with Mathematics in Class 12

Selection : NATA

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Humanities and Commerce students can get into IITs

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Students of humanities and commerce now can get through into IITs. For instance, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-Madras) offers a 5-Year Intergrated M.A. in two streams.

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.

Admissions to these two streams is via the Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination (HSEE) usually held in the month of April. The program is offered by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) at IIT-M. The department is essentially multi-disciplinary in nature and has faculty from diversestreams, such as Development Studies, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, FilmStudies, Health Studies, History, International Relations, Philosophy, Politics, and Sociology.

See details at

Industrial Design @ IIT-Bombay

Another little known to many is that Industrial Design Centre (IDC) at IIT-B is the mecca of design in India for Industrial Design, Visual Communication, Interaction Design, Animation and Mobility & Vehicle Design.

IDC at IIT-B offers 4-Year under-graduate Bachelors of Design program in Industrial Design for which admissions are offered via an Entrance Test called The Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design (UCEED)

Eligibility: Students from any stream who have completed their Class XII or are presently in Class XII may apply.

Application process: Application for UCEED starts pretty early sometime early/mid October and ends in November. The entrance test is held usually in the month of January, much before the actual entrance exam season begins.

Details @

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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 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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Eye Opener #18 : Actuary (Institute of Actuaries in India)

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Actuary’s career : An actuary is a business professional who analyzes the financial consequences of risk. Actuaries use mathematics, statistics and financial theory to study uncertain future events, especially those of concern to insurance and pension programs. An Actuary works as consultant either individually or in partnership with other Actuaries in multi-disciplines like insurance, information technology, taxation, employees benefit, risk management, investment, etc. Evidently, the scope of the functions and duties of an Actuary has increased considerably under the changed conditions. But what sets them apart from their counterparts in other professions is the natural mathematical, economic and statistical aptitude, awareness and the ability to apply these to situations in the real financial world.

Becoming an Actuary : To become an actuary, the student must clear the Actuarial Common Entrance Test (ACET) conducted by the Institute of Actuaries of India. ACET is conducted twice a year - April and October.

Course Path

1) ACET : Candidate (min eligibility Class XII) takes ACET to become a student member

2) CT: Student takes the core Technical (CT) stage exams - there are 9 subjects in CT stage. Student gets a Certificate in Actuarial Technique (CAT)

3) CA: Student is required to pass the Core Applications (CA) in 3 subjects. Student now becomes an Associate Member of the Institute.

4) ST: Student then moves on to take Specialist Technical (ST) exams. There are 9 subjects in ST of which student needs to choose 2. Student gets a Diploma in Actuarial Technique (DAT)

5) SA: Finally student needs to take one out of the 6 Specialist application (SA) subjects. Student now can be admitted as fellow member of the Institute.

Eligibility : The only eligibility criterion is that the examinee must have appeared for 10+2 examination or an equivalent examination with English as one of the subjects at 10 + 2 level

Admission Procedure : Admission is through ACET, as stated above.

- Online (computer based)

- 70 Qns, 100 marks

- 3 hrs duration

Section-I will contain Mathematics, Statistics and Data Interpretation and will constitute contain 55% of weightage.

Section II will have English and Logical Reasoning will contains 45% of weightage

1. 45 questions – 1 mark each

2. 20 questions – 2 marks each

3. 05 questions – 3 marks each

- Negative marking is applicable - 50% of each incorrect question

2018 admission info & tracking : Admission is through an entrance test. Check

IIST 2018 Admissions - B.Tech (Aerospace / Avionics), MTech Dual Degree

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Course(s) offered

4-Year B.Tech. ( Aerospace Engineering ) (60 seats)

4-Year B.Tech. ( Avionics ) (60 seats)

5-Year Dual Degree (B.Tech. + Master of Science/Master of Technology) (20 seats)

The 5-year Dual Degree programme leads to B.Tech. degree in Engineering Physics and any of the following Post-Graduate degree specializations:

(i) Master of Science (Astronomy & Astrophysics) (ii) Master of Technology (Earth System Science) (iii) Master of Science (Solid State Physics) (iv) Master of Technology (Optical Engineering) (There is no exit option at the end of four years).

About IIST (Indian Institute of Space Science & Technology) : IIST, situated at Thiruvananthapuram is a Deemed to be University under Section 3 of the UGC Act 1956. IIST functions as an autonomous body under the Department of Space, Government of India. The idea of such an institute was mooted keeping in mind the need for high quality manpower for the Indian Space Research Organization, one of world’s leading scientific organizations engaged in space research and space applications. The institute is the first of its kind in the country, to offer high quality education at the undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral levels on areas with special focus to space sciences, space technology and space applications. IIST was formally inaugurated on 14 September 2007 by Dr. G. Madhavan Nair, the then Chairman, ISRO and was temporarily housed in the premises of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, very close from where ISRO built and launched its first rocket. Both the founding fathers of the institute, Dr G Madhavan Nair and Dr B.N. Suresh, the latter being the first Director of IIST, played a very important role in the formation of the institute, facilitating its establishment and contributing to its vision. Dr B.N. Suresh piloted the institute from the conception of the idea to its realization in a permanent campus near Thiruvananthapuram in 2010.

Absorption in ISRO/DoS for B.Tech and Dual Degree Students joining IIST  : As performance based financial assistance is provided by DOS to the B.Tech. and Dual degree program students of IIST, ISRO/DOS will have the first right to absorb them, subject to the human resource requirements of ISRO/DOS.

The job absorption will be as per the recruitment norms of ISRO/DOS Centres for IIST graduates. To be eligible for absorption in ISRO/DOS, the student should have completed the B.Tech. Programme in four years or the Dual degree programme in five years with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 7.5 out of 10. However, the eligible student(s) will be offered absorption in the order of Merit, only to the extent of vacancies notified by ISRO Headquarters for the purpose of absorption in the year of completion of the course. Students will not have any claim for absorption in ISRO/DOS against the other vacancies or the vacancies notified for absorption occurring thereafter in ISRO/DOS Establishments during subsequent years.

Students who are offered a job in ISRO/DOS are mandated to serve as Scientist/Engineer-‘SC’ in any ISRO/DOS centres for a minimum period of 3 years. On failing to accept the job offer, a student is liable to pay Rs.10 lakhs to IIST/DOS as per the Surety Bond (on a Rs.100/- Non-Judicial paper duly signed by the student, parent and surety) executed at the time of admission to B.Tech. and Dual degree Programmes in IIST. If absorbed, they will be posted as Scientist/Engineer-‘SC’ in any ISRO/DOS Centre. Currently, Scientist/Engineer- ‘SC’ is placed in Level 10 of the Central Government 7th pay commission Pay Matrix Table. The basic emoluments at present will be approximately Rs. 56,100/- p.m. In addition, House Rent Allowance [HRA] and Transport Allowance at the prescribed rates in force at the place of posting are applicable. The employees will be governed by the National Pension System. Other facilities are available such as medical facilities for self and dependants, Leave Travel Concession Group Insurance, etc.

Admission : Candidates aspiring to join the above programmes must appear for JEE-Adv-2018 conducted by IITs.

Separate application for IIST : IIST Admission Rank list will be generated only for those candidates who register online for admission to IIST and satisfy all the eligibility criteria. IIST Admission Rank list will be prepared based on their JEE-Adv-2018  marks.

Eligibility for Admissions to Undergraduate Programmes

(a) Citizenship : Only Indian citizens are eligible to apply for admission in IIST.

(b) Date of Birth : Candidates belonging to General category (GEN) and Other Backward Classes (OBC) categories must have been born on or after October 1, 1993. Candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Persons with Disabilities (PD) categories must have born on or after October 1, 1988.
The date of birth as recorded in the high school/first Board /or its equivalent will be accepted. If the certificate does not mention the date of birth, candidate must submit an authenticated document from competent authority indicating the date of birth at the time of Counselling.

(c) Qualifying Examination (10+2 or Equivalent)

Must have secured at least 75% aggregate marks in the Class XII (or equivalent) Board examination. The aggregate marks for SC, ST and PD candidates should be at least 65%. The marks scored in the following five subjects will be considered for calculating the aggregate marks criterion.

- Physics

- Chemistry

- Mathematics

- A language (if the candidate has taken more than one language, then the language with the higher marks will be considered)

Any subject other than the above four (the subject with the highest marks will be considered)

Qualifying examination should be any of the following:

- The final examination of the 10+2 system, conducted by any recognized Central/State Board, such as Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), New Delhi; Council for Indian School Certificate Examination (ISCE), New Delhi, etc., recognized by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).

- Intermediate or two-year Pre-University examination conducted by a recognized Board/University.

- Final examination of the two-year course of the Joint Services Wing of the National Defence Academy.

- Vocational Higher Secondary Examination.

- Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling with a minimum of five subjects.

- 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).

- General Certificate Education (GCE) examination (London / Cambridge /Sri Lanka) at the Advanced (A) level.

- High School Certificate Examination of the Cambridge University or International Baccalaureate Diploma of the International Baccalaureate Office, Geneva.

In case the relevant qualifying examination is not a public examination, the candidate must have passed at least one public (Board or Pre-University) examination at an earlier level.

(d) Marks scored in JEE-Adv-2018 Examination

Candidates who are desirous to join B.Tech. Programmes in IIST must appear for the Joint Entrance Examination (Main)-2018 conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), New Delhi to qualify themselves to appear for Joint JEE-Adv-2018 conducted by IITs and secure the minimum prescribed category-wise marks in JEE-Adv-2018 as given below

- General Candidates (GEN): At least 20% marks in aggregate and at least 5% marks in each of the three subjects (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics).

- Other Backward Community – Non Creamy Layer (OBC-NCL) Candidates: At least 18% marks in aggregate and at least 4.5% marks in each of the three subjects (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics)

- Scheduled Caste(SC), Scheduled Tribe(ST) & Persons with Disabilities(PD) Candidates: At least 10%marks in aggregate and at least 2.5% marks in each of the three subjects (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics).

Key dates

Release of admission brochure : 2 May 2018

Opening of online registration : 22 May 2018

Closing of online registration : 5 June 2018

Details of IIST B.Tech Admission (2017) : Opening & Closing Percentage of JEE Advanced 2017 marks are provided below for reference :

                        B.Tech (Aerospace Engineering)     B.Tech (Avionics)      Dual Degree

                                    Open   Close                          Open   Close              Open   Close

General                        64.21   53.83                           60.93   52.19               60.38   54.37

OBC                             53.55   44.81                           44.81   42.08               44.54   42.35

SC                               33.88   30.60                           34.15   27.05               41.53   28.96

ST                                29.51   20.22                           28.96   20.22               22.40   20.22

SRMJEE 2018 to be conducted Online from 16 to 30 April 2018

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SRM Joint Engineering Entrance Examination (SRMJEEE UG) for B.Tech is common for SRM Group of Universities viz., SRM University, SRM University HARYANA – Sonipat and SRM University ANDHRA PRADESH  - Amravati.

Course(s) Offered : B.Tech, B.Arch (5 Years), B.Design (4 years)

Majors / Minors /Specialisations Offered

(a) Engineering majors (can also be pursued as minors) : Aerospace, Automobile, Biotechnology, Chemical, Civil, Computer Science, Electronics & Communication, Mechanical

(b) Non-Engg majors : English, Management, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Economics, Finance, Journalism, Psychology & Patent Rights

(c) Specialisations : IoT (Internet of Things), Bioinformatics, Cyber Security, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Wireless Communication, Mechatronics, Nanotechnology, Genetics, IT, Software Engineering


(i) The University reserves the right to add and delete programmes depending on the viability to offer the same.

(ii) Choice of minors and specialisations will vary according to Universities & campus.

Key dates

Last date to apply : 1 March 2018

Entrance exam : 16 to 30 April 2018

For further details, check SRMJEE

Christ University 2018 Applications Started

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Christ University, Bengaluru has started the Admission process to its various undergraduate programs.  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. 

Admissions to most of the professional programs in Commerce, Law, Hotel Management and Social Sciences are via Entrance Exams.  Each program has a separate entrance date and timelines.  The entrance tests will be held in April & May 2018. The links below have the details.
Interested candidates will have to apply online to the programs.  The programs with Entrance Exams are the following:

Christ University Bachelor of Commerce programs which are Entrance Exam based
1. Bachelor of Commerce (Professional) - caters to students who would like to become Management Accountants (via CIMA) or Company Secretary program.
2. Bachelor of Commerce (International Finance) - caters to students who would wish to undertake CPA and CFA (first level)(USA)
3. Bachelor of Commerce  (Hons) - caters to students who want specialized knowledge in the field of Business and Commerce. 

Christ University BBA programs which are based on Entrance Test
1. Bachelor of Business Administration - offers high quality professional education to the management students.
2. Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance & Accountancy) - offers an understanding of Global Accounting, Auditing and Corporate Governance.
3. Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance & International Business) - offers an understanding of doing business internationally with a blend of entrepreneurship.
4. Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) - who wish to join as junior executives in industry, business and non-profit organizations and to seek entrepreneurial or self-employment positions. 

Christ University Law programs which are based on Entrance Test
B.B.A. L.L.B. (Honours)
B.A. L.L.B. (Honours)

Christ University Social Sciences programs which are based on Entrance Test
1. Bachelor of Arts (BA) Honours in English
2. Bachelor of Arts (BA) Honours in Economics
3. Bachelor of Science (BSc) Honours in Psychology

Christ University Journalism & Media Communication programs which are based on Entrance Test  
Programs that involve selection via Entrance Test, Skill Assessment & personal Interview
1. BA CEP-Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Communication and Media, English and Psychology
2. Bachelor of Arts (BA) Honours in Journalism

Christ University Bachelor of Hotel Management 
4 Year Bachelor of Hotel Management


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Chennai Mathematical Institute invites applications for the first edition of S.T.E.M.S (SCHOLASTIC TEST OF EXCELLENCE IN MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES). Students of Class 8 to 12 can participate. Provided below are the details of the programme (source :

Excerpt from CMI (  

About Chennai Mathematical Institute : Chennai Mathematical Institute is a centre of excellence for teaching and research in the mathematical sciences. It was founded in 1989 as a part of the SPIC Science Foundation, funded by the SPIC group in Chennai. Since 1996, it has been an autonomous institution.

CMI is managed by a Governing Council consisting of eminent persons. Today, CMI is a rare example of public-private partnership in research and education in India. The Institute receives major private funding, side by side with substantial financial support from the Government of India.

The main areas of research at CMI are Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics. In addition to a vibrant PhD programme, the Institute conducts BSc programmes in Mathematics and Computer Science as well as Mathematics and Physics, along with MSc programmes in Mathematics, Applications of Mathematics and Computer Science.


They do say that competition is healthy.
Here's a chance to display your aptitude for the noblest of all sciences. We invite you to test your skills at the first online contest in three disciplines - Math, Physics and Computer Science.

The prize at stake - an offer to take part in a camp at our beloved campus and immerse yourself in the contemporary mathematical realm. We hope to provide an edifying experience!


We shall select exceptional performers from across the country for a three day interactive camp at CMI, to be held after Tessellate. The camp will feature some of the best Mathematicians, Physicists and Computer Scientists from some of the best research institutes in India, like CMI, ISI Bangalore, IMSc, IISc and the IIT's, etc. The complete list of speakers shall be uploaded soon. We shall provide travel fare, food and accommodation for the selected participants. Students from all age groups will have fair representation. It promises to be a great opportunity for the students to interact with CMI-ites and get an insight about college mathematics and college life(probably in that order, though). The camp shall also feature student talks from students of the aforementioned institutes. They shall also receive certificates signed by some of the best mathematicians of the country, books and other prizes. The top 100 participants shall receive certificates of participation.


Please read through the rules and register HERE


a) The entire contest will occur online in two parts for school and college students. The dates for the contest are 13th and 14th of January, 2018.

b) Both parts will take place according to the following schedule: On 13th, the Computer Science exam shall start at 12:00 PM and submissions will be accepted till 3:00 PM. After an hour's break, the Physics exam shall begin at 4:00 PM and submissions must be handed in before 7:00 PM. The Mathematics exam is to be held on the 14th. We shall be uploading the question papers at 12:00 PM, and the submission of answers must be made online by 6:00 PM.

c) For students who are writing MTRP: For students of class 9 and 11 who are appearing for MTRP, conducted by ISI, we understand that you might want to appear for both the examinations, and to avoid a clash with STEMS (school mathematics), we have decided that we can give those people a different time slot for writing STEMS. Please contact us in the given email IDs if you are interested in writing both exams, and we will give you a revised time slot fot STEMS Mathematics. Note that this will only be done for students who are writing MTRP and STEMS Math together, upon showing appropriate evidence.

d) The dates and times are subject to change. We will inform the participants in case such a change takes place.

e) The event is divided into two sections: Section A is for students from 8th to 12th grade. Section B is for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students. The question paper, needless to say, shall be different for the two sections.

f) The question paper shall consist of 20 Multiple Choice Questions and 6 Subjective Questions. The question papers shall be mailed to the registered participants exactly at the starting time.

g) Students are allowed to use books and electronic resources to solve the problems. However, your solutions must be strictly original. There might be an interview after the selection is made. In case of any discrepancies, the answer sheet of the student in question will be invalidated.

h) The solutions have to be submitted in the form of scanned copies or clear photographs of the answer sheets. Any electronic formats will also be accepted. They have to be mailed to from your registered email ID strictly before the ending time. Any submissions made after the deadline will not be accepted.

i) In the registration portal, please enter your name, gender, email ID, phone number, permanent address in the mentioned format. Fill in the name of your school/college with its city in the 'College/City' tab.

j) In case of any issues regarding registration, send us a mail at


The syllabus for the school examinations in Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science will mostly comprise of elementary high school concepts. We will not assume knowledge of advanced stuff, because students from grade 8th to 12th are writing the same examination. We have decided not to keep any prescribed syllabus for S.T.E.M.S. The knowledge assumed shall be exactly similar to what is assumed for the Olympiads in Mathematics, Physics and Informatics. Please have a look at HBCSE's website (, ISI's website for RMO ( and IARCS's website for INOI ( to have a fair idea. The focus is on problem solving, and not prior knowledge of advanced concepts. Please don't worry about the syllabus!

Sample Papers

Since this is the first edition of S.T.E.M.S., it is very difficult for us to provide sample papers. Please do have a look at the links that we have provided, in case you are worried about the kind of questions that will be asked. We advice you not to get worried and give your best shot in the exam! The ambition of S.T.E.M.S. is to unite the diverse mathematical community of India, besides identifying exceptional minds of the country and providing them a platform to nurture their skills and expertise. Do write to us at for any further queries.


The registration fee for the contest is Rs.100/- for each subject. Participants can apply to as many subjects as they want. In the registration portal, select the appropriate section (High School/College) and appropriate subject(Math/Physics/Computer Science). Click HERE to apply.
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Offline Registrations: If an institute/organisation is is of the opinion that there are enough students interested in writing STEMS and online registration is inconvenient, we are open to a potential option of conducting offline registrations. Please do contact us with the tentative number of candidates interested and the address of your organisation, and we shall reach you with offline forms.


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