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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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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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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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Panjab Univ 2018 CET Dates Announced

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Panjab University Chandigarh has announced the date for Common Entrance Test (CE) 2018 for admission to its various UG and PG courses.

One of the oldest Universities in India, the Panjab University (PU) initiated at Lahore in 1882, has a long tradition of pursuing excellence in teaching and research in science and technology, humanities, social sciences, performing arts and sports. The University supports excellence and innovation in academic programmes, promotes excellence in research, scholarship and teaching. 

The glorious traditions of the University established during the period of more than 133 years of its long service to the nation since its inception are a source of inspiration for the present generation of faculty members and students. By virtue of its history, experience, achievements and philosophy, the Panjab University has a national character and it enjoys an international stature drawing both faculty and students from all over the country and different parts of the globe. Its faculty includes some of the most distinguished scientists and academicians. It continues to attract celebrated scholars at the campus. Over the years, the reputation of the Panjab University has grown to emerge as an institution at the pinnacle in innovative teaching, research and community outreach. 

Key dates

PUTHAT (Hotel Management entrance test) : 6 May 2018

CET for BA/BCom-LLB Integrated Course : 15 April 2018

Check details at PUTHAT, PU-CET-BA-BCom-LLB


J&K 2018 Entrance Exam Schedule Notified

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The Jammu and Kashmir Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (JAKBOPEE) has notified the 2018 application and entrance exam schedule for admission to B.Tech courses. JAKBOPEE was established by an Act of the State Legislature (Act No. XXV of 2002). Under the Act, the BOPEE is entrusted with the task of conducting entrance tests and recommending candidates for admission to various professional courses in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. These, interalia, include Engineering Courses as well. The Common Entrance Test (CET) -2018 will be conducted for the purpose of determining merit of the students for admission the undergraduate Bachelor of Engineering (B.E) Courses in the Government run and privately managed institutions of the J&K State.

Key dates

Date of advertisement : 1 Feb 2018

Last date to apply : 28 Feb 2018

Date of entrance exam : 22 Apr 2018

For detailed information and prospectus, question papers, tracking/alerts, check JAKBOPEE-Eng

MHT-CET-2018 Syllabus, Weightage and Pattern

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As decided in the meeting of the experts from Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, given below is the syllabus, weightage and pattern forMaharashtra Common Entrance Test MHT-CET 2018 to be conducted in the month of May, 2018 for admission to First Year of Engineering and Technology, Pharmacy and Pharm D degree course :

1. Syllabus : The questions will be based on Syllabus of Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education.

2. Weightage : Approximately 20% weightage will be given to Std. XI curriculum and 80% weightage will be given to Std.XII curriculum while setting the question paper.

3. Difficulty Level : There will be no Negative Marking, however difficulty level will be at par with the JEE (Main) for Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and difficulty level for Biology will be at par with NEET. The questions will be mainly application based.

4. Pattern : MHT-CET will consist of 3 question papers of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) and each paper will be of 100 marks. Details are as given below :

4.1 Paper 1 (Mathematics)

      10 questions of Std XI

      40 questions of Std XII

      Total 100 marks

      90 minutes duration

4.2 Paper 2 (Physics & Chemistry)

      10 questions of Std XI (each in Phy, Chem)

      40 questions of Std XII (each in Phy, Chem)

      Total 100 marks

      90 minutes duration

4.3 Paper 3 (Botany & Zoology)

      10 questions of Std XI (each in Botany, Zoology)

      40 questions of Std XII (each in Botany, Zoology)

      Total 100 marks

      90 minutes duration

5. Syllabus

Whole syllabus of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics subjects of Std XII

Syllabus of Std Xi shall be as provided below :

a) Physics : Measurements, Scalars and Vectors, Force, Friction in solids and liquids, Refraction of Light, Ray optics, Magnetic effect of electric current, Magnetism.

b) Chemistry : Some basic concepts of chemistry, States of matter: Gases and liquids, Redox reaction, Surface chemistry, Nature of chemical bond, Hydrogen, s-Block elements(Alkali and alkaline earth metals), Basic principles and techniques in organic chemistry, Alkanes.

c) Mathematics : Trigonometric functions, Trigonometric functions of Compound Angles, Factorisation Formulae, Straight Line, Circle and Conics, Sets, Relations and Functions, Probability, Sequences and series

d) Botany : Diversity in organisms, Biochemistry of cell, Plant Water Relations and Mineral Nutrition, Plant Growth and Development

e) Zoology : Organization of Cell, Animal tissues, Human Nutrition, Human Respiration

2018 Admission Process Starts at Azim Premji University

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Early Admission Cycle for admissions to Azim Premji University has started.  Azim Premji University is a Private university located in Bengaluru.  The university has 5 schools and centres : School of Education, School of Development, School of Policy & Governance, School of Liberal Studies, School of Continuing Education & Univ Resource Centre.ia 

It offers three-year, full-time, residential program for following programs:  
1) B.Sc. in Physics or Biology 
2) B.A. in Economics
3) B.A. in Humanities

Admissions are via an Entrance test followed by an interview. 

Last date to apply for the early admission cycle is 5th Dec, 2017.  
The entrance exam for the early admission cycle will be on 17th December, 2017.

Eye Opener #10 : 5 Year Integrated BA-LLB (H), Univ of Allahabad

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Course offered : 5 Year Integrated BA-LLB (H)

Eligibility : 10+2 in any stream from a recognized University with at least 45% marks or its equivalent on Grading Scale of respective Boards/ Universities (42% in case of OBC, 40% for SC/ST).
Entrance Exam cut-off : All applicants belonging to General Category are required to attain 30% of the maximum marks of the respective test to qualify and to get admission in the course applied for. All applicants of OBC category are required to attain 27% of the maximum marks of the respective test to qualify and to get admission in the course applied for. However, there is no qualifying mark for SC/ST category students.

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.
The Department of Law has produced innumerable Judges including Judges of the Supreme Court and Chief Justice of State High Courts. Governors of States, Advocate-Generals, Ministers, Diplomats and Administrative Officers. Luminaries from the Dept. of Law include - Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant (first cheief Minister of UP), Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma(former President of India), Dr. G. S. Pathak (former Vice President of India), Former Chief Justice of India R. S. Pathak, M. H. Beg, J. S. Verma, Ranga Nath Mishra, K. N. Singh and V. N. Khare etc.
The University of Allahabad hold Entrance Test LFAT for admission usually in the month of May for candidates seeking admission to its self-financing B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) : Five Year Integrated Course.

Intake : 120 seats. Six (06) seats shall be filled by the ward of the Teacher / employee of the University in accordance by the University Rules.

Admission Basis : Merit in LFAT entrance exam of 2 hours duration in the following format

(i) Language Comprehension: The questions set shall aim at testing the knowledge of the candidate in English and Hindi language particularly in English Grammar and Composition.
Hindi 10 Qns (20 marks)
English 40 Qns (80 marks)
(ii) General Awareness and Current Affairs: The questions set shall aim at testing the general knowledge and awareness of the students about the current national and international affairs.
GK : 50 Qns (100 marks)
(iii) Reasoning, Mental Ability and Legal Aptitude: The questions set shall aim at testing reasoning power, the mental ability and the legal aptitude of the candidate.
Reasoning and Mental Ability : 25 Qns (50 marks)
Legal Aptitude : 25 Qns (50 marks)

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


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