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JEE Adv 2021 on 3 Oct, Note 7 Key Points

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Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, responsible for organizing JEE-Adv-2021 (Joint Entrance Examination 2021) for admissions in 23 IITs all over the country has announced the new date for the exam. Taking this account, 7 Key points to be noted are as below:

a) The exam was earlier planned to be held on 3 July 2021 but has been rescheduled (to be held on 3 Oct 2021 now) owing to the pandemic. However, the date for Architecture Aptitude Test (AAT) and other activities like application dates, counselling schedule etc are still awaited.

b) A much sought after relief has already been provided regarding Eligibility - doing with the “minimum 75% marks in 10+2” criteria.

JEE Adv 2021 New Exam Date and Key Changesc) Candidates who successfully registered for JEE (Advanced) 2020 but were absent in both the papers, i.e. Paper 1 and Paper 2, of JEE (Advanced) 2020 are eligible to appear for JEE (Advanced) 2021. However, they must successfully register for the JEE (Advanced) 2021 in the online registration portal and pay the registration fee. Further, these candidates would be considered in addition to and not as part of the total number of candidates who would qualify from JEE (Main) 2021 for appearing in JEE (Advanced) 2021. This is a one-time measure valid only for JEE (Advanced) 2021. These candidates can confirm their eligibility for appearing in JEE (Advanced) 2021 by visiting the official website and filling in the requisite information. A Unique Reference Code (URC) will be provided to the eligible candidates, which will be required during the registration process; instructions for the same shall be provided on the official website at the time of registration.

d) Those who opt for B.Tech. in Mining Engineering/Mining Machinery Engineering OR B.Tech. M.Tech. Dual Degree in Mining Engineering/Mining Safety Engineering OR Integrated M.Tech. in Applied Geology/Applied Geophysics OR Integrated M.Sc. in Applied Geology/Exploration Geophysics, must not have any form of colour blindness. A certificate to this effect from a govt. registered medical practitioner has to be uploaded at the time of online reporting for seat acceptance. IITs may constitute a medical board to test the validity of the candidate‟s medical condition.

e) PwD candidates cannot opt for B.Tech. in Mining Engineering/Mining Machinery Engineering OR B.Tech.-M.Tech. Dual Degree in Mining Engineering/Mining Safety Engineering OR Integrated M.Tech. in Applied Geology.

f) PwD candidates with locomotor disability cannot opt for Integrated M.Sc. in Applied Geology / Exploration Geophysics.

g) The standards of visual acuity with or without glasses will be adhered to strictly for candidates seeking admission to Mining Engineering as per DGMS Circular 14 of 1972. Persons with one-eyed vision are not permitted to work underground. Candidates with these limitations are not allowed to opt for admission to Mining Engineering and Mining Machinery Engineering.

List of 23 IITs : IIT Bhilai, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Dhanbad, Dharwad, Gandhinagar, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Kharagpur, Jammu, Jodhpur, Kanpur, Mandi, Mumbai, New Delhi, Palakkad, Patna, Roorkee, Ropar, Tirupati, Varanasi

Other institutes accepting JEE-Advanced : Other institutes which have used JEE-Adv ranks in the past include the following :

- Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISc)

- Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs) located in Berhampur, Bhopal, Kolkata, Mohali, Pune, Thiruvananthapuram and Tirupati

- Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), Thiruvananthapuram

- Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology (RGIPT), Rae Bareli

- Indian Institute of Petroleum & Energy, Visakhapatnam

 

Apply by 2 Aug, Thapar Univ 2021 Admissions on Class 12 Marks

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Thapar Institute of Engineering & technology (TIET), a Deemed to be University, Patiala, is accepting applications for 2021 admissions in BE / BTech programs and the first round shall close on 2 Aug 2021.

Streams offered: Computer Science & Engineering, Electrical & Instrumentation, Electronics & Communication, Mechanical, Biotechnology, Chemical, Civil

Eligibility: In order to avoid delay in admissions for the session 2021-22, TIET has revised its criteria of admissions to BE/BTech 1st year as below:

a) Passed 10+2 or equivalent examination (passed 10+2 examination in 2019, 2020 or appearing in 2021) with at least 70% marks (65% for SC/ST candidates) in aggregate of three subjects, namely, Physics, Mathematics and any one subject out of Chemistry, Biology, Biotechnology and Technical Vocational subject* OR Minimum 70% (65% for SC/ST candidates) marks in a Diploma recognized by AICTE or a state board of technical education of at least 3-year duration.

b) Appeared in JEE (Main)-2021.

c) Possess a good moral character.

d) Be a citizen of India.

Admission criteria

(A) The admission shall be made on the basis of merit of aggregate of three subjects namely, Physics, Mathematics and any one subject out of Chemistry, Biology, Biotechnology and Technical Vocational subject (as listed below).

i. BiologyThapar University BTech Admissions 2021

ii. Biotechnology

iii. Computer Science

iv. Informatics Practices

v. Multimedia and Web Technologies

vi. Engineering Graphics

vii. Information storage and Retrieval

viii. Electronics

ix. Electrical Maintenance

x. General Civil Engineering

xi. Mechanical Maintenance

xii. Agriculture

xiii. Business Studies

(B) As and when JEE Mains 2021 result is declared, admissions for vacant seats (if any) in subsequent rounds of counselling will be done based on JEE Mains 2021 All India rank (AIR) only. For admission on the basis of JEE Mains 2021, a candidate must fulfil the following eligibility criteria:

a) Passed 10+2 or equivalent examination (passed 10+2 examination in 2019, 2020 or appearing in 2021) with at least 60% marks (55% for SC/ST candidates) in aggregate of three subjects, namely, Physics, Mathematics and any one subject out of Chemistry, Biology, Biotechnology and Technical Vocational subject )listed above).

b) Appeared in JEE (Main)-2021.

c) Possess a good moral character.

d) Be a citizen of India.

Admission schedule

a) Last date for receipt of completed application forms: August 2nd, 2021

(to be eligible for three rounds of online counselling)

b) Display of first list of selected candidates: August 10, 2021

Deposit of fee by the candidates: August 10- August 14, 2021

c) Display of second list of selected candidates: August 19, 2021

Deposit of fee by the candidates of second list: August 19- August 24, 2021

d) Display of third list of selected candidates: August 31, 2021

Deposit of fee by the candidates of third list: August 31- September 4, 2021

Note : Application form will remain open after the last date (August 2nd, 2021). However, candidates who will be applying after 2nd August, 2021, will not be considered for first three rounds of online counselling (10th August, 19th August and 31st August, 2021).

Application fee

Application received till August 2nd, 2021: Rs.1,500/-

Application received after August 2nd, 2021: Rs.2,500 /-

About TIET: Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology (TIET) is a premier educational and research Institute located in the 250-acre lush green campus, known as Thapar Technology Campus (TTC), in the historic city of Patiala. It came into existence in 1956 through an imaginative collaboration between the then State of Patiala and the East Punjab States Union (PEPSU), the Central Government and the Patiala Technical Education Trust (PTET) founded by the great captain of Indian Industry, Late Lala Karam Chand Thapar.

TIET is today recognized among the leading privately managed engineering institutions of the country and the best of its kind in the north-western region of India.

Thapar Polytechnic (TP) College established in 1956, Thapar Centre for Industrial Research and Development (TCIRD) established in 1982, Centre of Relevance and Excellence (CORE) and Science and Technology Entrepreneur’s Park (STEP) established by D.S.T., Government of India are other four institutions that exist on Thapar Technology Campus.

As a fitting recognition of its laudable achievements and its pioneering role in promoting the growth and development both at National and International levels, we were granted full autonomy and the status of a Deemed University in 1985 by MHRD on the recommendations of the UGC.

Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology expanded its operation by opening up an off campus at Derabassi.

ADMISSION GUIDELINES

APPLICATION LINK

 

NTA Starts ICAR AIEEA UG 2021 Applications

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National Testing Agency (NTA) has decided to conduct the ICAR’s AIEEA-UG 2021 Entrance Exam in the month of Sep and has started accepting online applications for the same.

Application and exam dates

Date of exam : 7, 8 and 13 Sep 2021

Application window : 25 Jul to 20 Aug 2021

Courses on offer ICAR AIEEA UG 2021 Application Forms Ongoing

(a) B.Tech in Agriculture Engg, Dairy Technology, Food Technology, Biotechnology

(b) BSc (Hons) in Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Community Science, Sericulture

(c) BFSc

(d) Food Nutrition and Dietetics (this course is subject to accreditation by National Agricultural Education Accreditation Board)

Universities & Intake : The admission is in Agriculture and allied sciences (other than veterinary sciences), at Agricultural Universities on 15% of the University seats (100% seats in RLB CAU Jhansi, NDRI Karnal and Dr RP CAU Pusa, Bihar). Further, not more than 40% candidates from any one state shall be admitted in any agricultural university/subject.

Subjects required in qualifying exam for AIEEA-UG

(i) B.Tech Biotechnology & BSc (Hons) Community Science /Sericulture / Food Nutrition and Dietetics : PCB / PCM / PCMB

(ii) B.Tech Agri Engg / Dairy Tech / Food Tech : PCM / PCMB

(iii) BSc (Hons) Agriculture / Horticulture : PCB / PCMB / PCM / Inter- Agriculture

(iv) BFSc & BSc (Hons) Forestry : PCB / PCMB / Inter-Agriculture

 

HPTU BTech Admissions : HPCET 2021 Cancelled, Apply by 10 Aug

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Himachal Pradesh Technical University (HPTU), Hamirpur, a premier institution of undergraduate, postgraduate teaching and research in the country, was established in 2010 as a State Government University of Himachal Pradesh.

This year (2021), as was done in 2020, HPTU has decided to not conduct Himachal Pradesh Common Entrance Test (HPCET). Instead, the admissions in BTech course shall be made through two channels : (a) JEE-Mains-2021 and (b) marks scored in qualifying examination (10+2).

HPCET 2021 Cancelled, BTch admission on JEE Mains and 10+2 marksBranches offered : Architecture, Automobile, Civil, Computer Science & Engg, Electrical, Electrical & Electronics, Electronics & Communication, Information Tech, Mechanical, Textile

Key dates

Last date to apply online : 10 Aug 202

Dates for rest of the activities shall be announced later.

No. of institutes/seats : Approx 3000 seats in following 13 institutes:

1. Jawaharlal Nehru Govt. Engineering College, Sundernagar, District. Mandi, (H.P).

2. Atal Bihari Vajpayee Govt. Institute of Engineering & Technology, Pragatinagar, District Shimla, (H.P).

3. Rajiv Gandhi Govt. Engineering. College Kangra at Nagrota Bagwan, District Kangra. (H.P).

4. HPTU Off-Campus Mahatma Gandhi Govt. Engineering College, Kotla (Jeori), Distt-Shimla (H.P.) Camp at JNGEC, Sundernagar, Distt. Mandi (H.P).

5. HPTU Off-Campus Hydro Engineering College, Bandla, Blaspur Camp at RGGEC Kangra at Nagrota Bagwan.

6. Govt. PG College Dharamshala, Distt. Kangra, H.P.

7. Green Hills Engineering College, Village- Gandhigram, P.O. Baholi, Nahan Road, Kumarhatti, Distt. Solan (H.P).

8. Himalayan Institute of Engineering & Technology, Sadhora Road, Kala Amb, Tehsil Nahan, District Sirmour (H.P).

9. Himachal Institute of Engineering & Technology, at Vidya Nagar, Tehsil Shahpur, District Kangra (H.P).

10. K.C. Group of Research & Professional Institutes, VPO. Pandoga Uparala, Tehsil & Distt. Una (H.P).

11. T.R. Abhilashi Memorial Institute of Engineering and Technology, Tanda, P.O. Balt (Ner-Chowk), Tehsil-Sadar, District Mandi (H.P).

12. Vaishno College of Engineering, Vill. Thapkour, P.O.-Bhadroya Tehsil Nurpur, District Kangra (H.P).

13. LR Engineering & Technology, Village Jabli-Kyar, PO-Oachghat, District- Solan (HP).

50% seats through JEE, 50% through 10+2 merit

The admission to the first 50% of the seats shall be made on the basis of merit / rank / score obtained in JEE-Mains-2021. The remaining 50% seats will be filled up on the basis of merit of the qualifying examinations. i.e 10+2.

In case the seats remain vacant after exhausting the merit of JEE-Mains-2021, the remaining seats will be filled up on the basis of merit of the qualifying examinations. i.e 10+2.

The admission in B.Arch shall be based on aggregate marks of 10+2 or equivalent and valid NATA score or score qualified in JEE-Mains-2021 Paper-II in the ratio of 50:50 (weightage).

 

NATA 2021 Third Test Applications Started

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Due to the pandemic situation and containment restrictions, the Council of Architecture has decided to conduct NATA (National Aptitude Test in Architecture) for the third time this year on 3 Sep 2021. in order that some of the candidates who may not have been able to take either of the two tests can register for the third test or have taken one test but wish to improve their score by appearing for a second time in the third test. The maximum number of attempts for a candidate in NATA 2021 shall remain two.

Who can appear in special 3rd NATA TestNATA 2021 Third Test Applications Started

Following candidates can appear in the Third Test :

a) Candidates who have not appeared in any of the two earlier tests

b) Candidates who have appeared in either one of the two earlier tests

c) Candidates who did register but could not appear or remained absent in either one or both tests

Application and test dates

Online application window : 26 Jul to 22 Aug 2021

Date of test : 3 Sep 2021

The First NATA 2021 test was held on April 10, 2021 while the second NATA 2021 test was held on July 11, 2021.

Best of two scores to be considered for admission : Candidates opting to appear in two tests (out of Three Tests) may note that they will be issued with separate score card for each attempt. The second score card issued shall contain the marks secured in the two attempts. The best marks secured in the two attempts shall be taken as the valid score for admission to B.Arch. Course.

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Actuary as a Career Path - Commonly asked questions

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Lots of students have tons of questions regarding Actuary as a career path.  Over a period of time, we collected the most common questions and answered them here.  Hopefully, this 10-minute read should help in bettering your understanding of this unique career path.  So, here we go:

Q1) What is an Actuary:
An actuary is a business professional who deals with the financial impact of risk and uncertainty. Actuaries use mathematics, statistics, and financial theory to study uncertain future events, especially those of concern to insurance and pension programs. In essence, they quantify risks in order to minimize losses associated with uncertain undesirable events.

Q2) Does that mean Actuaries can peep into the future?
Well, yes and no. Yes, because they can calculate the likelihood of an event occurring given certain prior conditions but they surely cannot predict anything if no quantifiable past-data exists.  For example, actuaries can estimate how long before the railway track will need to be replaced or how many times a person will need to toggle a light switch before the bulb fuses.  Sound knowledge of mathematics and statistics is what helps them manage this.

Q3) Which industries do Actuaries work in?
An Actuary works as a consultant either individually or in partnership with other Actuaries in multi-disciplines like insurance, information technology, taxation, employees benefit, risk management, investment, etc. 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.

Q4) Who can Become an Actuary:
Consider this career path if you are someone who
-  has passed Class 12 or equivalent passed, is a graduate, postgraduate, Engineer, MBA, CA, ICWA, etc with sound knowledge in Mathematics & Statistics
-  Loves logic and problem solving
-  Has an interest in the business of business

Q5) Which subjects are mandatory in Class 12 for applying to ACET?
To apply for ACET, you could be from ANY stream.  However, it is expected that you should have sound knowledge of Mathematics and Statistics of 10+2 level.  

Q6) What is the syllabus for ACET?
1) Mathematics (10+2 level)
2) Statistics (10+2 level)
3) English
4) Data Interpretation
5) Logic

Q7) Are there any good reference books to prepare for ACET?
IAI recommends the following books for preparing for ACET:
1. TOMATO (Test Of Mathematics at Ten plus Two-level published by ISI)
2. How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay, Mc Graw Hill
3. How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT Editor: Arun Sharma
4. Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations Editor: Abhijit Guha
5. The Pearson and Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning for the CAT Editor: Nishit K. Sinha
6. Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance Examinations Editor: R.S. Aggarwal
7. High School English Grammar and Composition- Wren and Martin
8. Word Power Made Easy Editor: Norman Lewis
9. Problem Solving Strategies Editor: Arthur Engel
10. Challenge and Thrill of Pre-College Mathematics by New Age International Publishers
11. Challenging Mathematical Problems with Elementary Solutions Editors: A.M. Yaglom and I.M. Yaglom
12. An Excursion in Mathematics Editors: M. R. Modak, S. A. Katre, V. V. Acharya, V. M. Sholapurkar
13. Problem Primer for the Olympiad Editors: C R Pranesachar, B J Venkatachala, C S Yogananda
14. Trishna’s Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning for the CAT and other MBA Entrance Examinations
15. ACTED Study Material - FAC and STATS PACK

Q8) What are the steps to become an Actuary:
Step 1: One has to become a student member of an actuarial body.  IAI (Institute of Actuaries in India) is an actuarial body. ACET (Actuaries Common Entrance Test), conducted by IAI, is the entry gate for students intending to become an Actuary.  Passing this entry gate makes him/her a student member.  ACET is conducted two times each year (occasionally three times).
Step 2:  The student then needs to pass examinations to earn an actuarial designation.  The examinations are based on a set of curriculum developed by the IAI.

Q9) What are the courses that I need to complete once I qualify for ACET and become a student member at IAI?
The IAI modified its curriculum in late 2019 to bring more uniformity and align it with the Education Standards across all Actuarial Bodies.
As per the revised curriculum, there are 4 Qualification components in the pathway of becoming an Actuary. And Memberships have been defined based on the Qualification Components completed.

Each Qualification Component consists of multiple modules.  
And each module is made up of one or more examinations.

There are 4 Qualification Components:
1. Core Principles
2. Core Practices
3. Specialist Principles
4. Specialist Advanced

Qualification Component 1: Core Principles
Modules: Actuarial Statistics(CS) - 2 papers, Actuarial Mathematics (CM)- 2 papers, Business (CB) - 3 papers
Papers/Subjects under CS: Actuarial Statistics (CS1), Risk Modelling and Survival Analysis (CS2)
Papers/Subjects under CM Actuarial Mathematics (CM1), Financial Engineering and Loss Reserving (CM2)
Papers/Subjects under CB: Business Finance (CB1), Business Economics (CB2), Business Management (CB3)

Qualification Component 2: Core Practices
Modules: Actuarial Practice (CP1) - 2 papers, Modelling Practice (CP2) - 2 papers, Communications Practice (CP3) - 1 paper

Qualification Component 3: Specialist Principles
Modules: SP0 Alternative Specialist Principles, SP1 Health and Care Principles, SP2 Life Insurance Principles, SP4 Pensions Principles and Other Benefits, SP5 Investment & Finance Principles, SP6 Financial Derivatives Principles, SP7 General Insurance: Reserving Principles, SP8  General Insurance: Pricing Principles, SP9 Enterprise Risk Management Principles

Qualification Component 4: Specialist Advanced
Modules: SA1 Health and Care Advanced, SA2 Life Insurance Advanced, SA3 General Insurance Advanced, SA4 Pensions Advanced and Other Benefits, SA7 Investment & Finance Advanced

Depending upon the Papers cleared and Qualification Component stage that the candidate is in, he/she becomes eligible for one of the two Membership types:
Associateship: To get an Associate membership, the candidate will be required to complete the Core Principles and Core Practices components.
Fellowship:  To get a Fellowship membership: Core Principles, Core Practices, Specialist Principles-(Any two out of eight), Specialist Advanced (any one out of five)


Q10) Are these Subjects available under an on-campus program?
No.  IAI only specifies the Subject and the syllabus for each exam. The candidate has to prepare for these exams on his/her own while parallelly pursuing a regular degree program.  IAI conducts these exams which the candidate needs to clear before progressing to the next Subject and exam.

Q11) Which are some of the companies in India that hire Actuaries?
Some of the notable companies that hire Actuaries are:
Accenture, Oriental Insurance, CHUBB, Kotak Life Insurance, SBI General, Bajaj Life, AXA, AIC India, Star Union Dai-Chi Life Insurance, PwC, Milliman, Ernst & Young, March, United India Insurance Company, National Book Trust, Munich Re, GIC Re, HDFC Standard Life, etc.

Q12) Does one have to complete all the exams before applying for jobs?
Not at all. In fact, most companies consider applicants who have cleared just 3-4 papers in Core Principals to join them at an entry-level.  Further, many companies who recruit such candidates encourage them to continue taking and clearing more exams and offer them higher roles accordingly.  

Q13) Upon completing the exams/papers does one get a Degree?
Well, the candidates are expected to pursue a regular degree program while clearing individual papers of IAI and go on to get an Associate Membership or a Fellowship Membership.  The good news is that the Association of Indian Universities recognizes a Fellowship Membership attained through IAI after attaining a Bachelors degree to be equivalent to a Masters Degree program of an Indian University.  This implies that such a student can register for a Ph.D. program in any University in India.

About the Author : The data has been collated by the MyExamPlan research team

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

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This is an update of the blog that was first published in Aug 2017

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 programs 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.

Program 1 : Integrated MA in Development Studies / English Studies

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

a) Development Studies (23 seats) and

b) English Studies (23 seats)

The programme has been offered since 2006-07. 

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 Program :

1) A very distinctive feature of the programme is the involvement of the Engineering, Sciences and Management faculties 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.

Program 2 : Bachelor of Design

IIT Mumbai conducts UCEED entrance exam (usually in the month of Jan) for admission to 4 year B.Design program 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. In addition to IDC of IIT Bombay, UCEED qualified candidates are eligible for admission to B.Des. programme at IIT Guwahati, IIT Hyderabad and IIITDM Jabalpur (PDPM Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design and Manufacturing, Deemeed to be university, under Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India ).

i) Candidates from the Science Stream with Physics, Chemistry and Maths as subjects are eligible to apply to all the four institutes.

ii) Candidates from any other stream (Science without Maths or Physics or Chemistry, Commerce, and Arts & Humanities) are eligible to apply to only IIT Bombay, IIT Hyderabad and IIITDM Jabalpur.

Programme 3 : B.Tech in Computer Science & MS in Computing & Human Sciences (CHD)

IIIT Hyderabad conducts UGEE-IIITH entrance exam and offers this 5 year Dual Degree B.Tech in Computer Science & MS in Computing & Human Sciences (CHD) in which Humanities students with Maths elective are eligible.

This programme aims to produce a new type of student - equally well trained in computer and social sciences - who can bridge the divide between technology and the human sciences.

The main objective of the course is to build social science and humanities graduates who are proficient in computer sciences, with cross-disciplinary research capabilities which compare with the best in the world. This will be achieved by training students in the rigorous methods and deep understanding of the human sciences, while at the same time equipping them with state-of-the-art computer science knowledge.

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

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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