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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! 

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

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

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

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

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

Admission to IIITs - All Your doubts Cleared

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Data compiled by the MyExamPlan research team.  (c) 2019 Thinkrucible Solutions Pvt Ltd & www.myexamplan.com

Animation & VFX - A Career Path Worth Exploring

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Animation and VFX (Visual Effects) in India grew at a healthy 16.4 per cent in 2016 as per a KPMG India - FICCI 2017 report on Indian Media and Entertainment Industry.  The animation and VFX industry is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 17.2 per cent over 2017–21 to reach a size of INR131.7 billion.  Breaking this down a notch deeper, the growth will be in part driven by 9.5 per cent growth in animation and a 25 per cent growth in the VFX segment.  

So, let us examine the key drivers behind this amazing growth in the Animation segment in India. 

  • Huge Outsourced projects from film and television sectors (Currently this caters to 85% of the animation services in India)
  • Digital advertising 
  • Animation Intellectual Property production (starting own animation companies and producing content. e.g. Green Gold Animations produces Chotta Bheem)
  • Broadcasters partnering with Animation studios 
  • Growing use of VFX in films

Want to pursue a career in Animation and VFX?  The path to Animation is clear if you are passionate about this segment.  There is no restriction of subjects to pursue Animation.  A Humanities, Commerce or Science student can apply and enrol into the Animation programs.  Selection is either via an Entrance exam or via Class 12 merit usually.  

Well, here's a list of 13 good bachelors programs offered by universities and institutes.

1. 3 Year B.Sc. Animation from Manipal Academy of Higher Education (earlier known as Manipal Univ) - School of Communication, Manipal  [Details]
2. 4 Year B.Sc. Animation & Multimedia from BIT Mesra (Noida Campus) [Details]
3. 4 Year B.F.A. Visual Communication from Univ of Delhi [Details]
4. 3 Year Bachelor of Science in Animation and Gaming from Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be Univ) [Details]
5. 3 Year B.Sc. Animation from Jain University, Bangalore [Details]
6. 4 Year Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation from Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture & Fine Arts Univ, Hyderabad [Details]
7. 3 Year B.Sc. in Multimedia & Animation from VIT, Vellore [Details]
8. 4 Year B.Design in Animation & Film Design from NID Ahmedabad [Details]
9. 4 Year B.Design in Animation from MIT Institute of Design, MIT University, Pune [Details]
10. 4 Year B.Design in Animation & Motion Graphics at Unitedworld Institute of Design (UID), Karnavati University, Gandhinagar (Gujarat) [Details]
11. 3 Year B.Sc. Animation from Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar [Details]
12. 3 Year Bachelor of Visual Arts from iCAT Design & Media College, Bangalore (affiliated to Bangalore Univ) [Details]
13. 4 Year B.Design in Animation & Multimedia from Apeejay Stya University, Gurgaon [Details]

Data courtesy: KPMG India - FICCI Report and Economic Times

Planning for MBBS abroad? Know these first

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Admission to MBBS in India in becoming increasingly difficult, given the disproportionate skew in number of aspirants against the number of seats, especially in Govt colleges.  Approx 1.4 Million (14 lakh) aspirants vie for nearly 60,000 seats every year, of which roughly only 50% (33,000 seats) are Govt. seats.  That translates to 42 candidates competing for each government MBBS seat!  The cost of getting admissions into private MBBS seats, meanwhile, is typically out of reach for most candidates since it sets back the parent by at least Rs.60-80 lacs on an average. 

Chasing the MBBS dream abroad

The low number of Govt. seats and high cost of private medical seats is now driving parents to consider overseas MBBS options for their children.  And in that  many Indians tend to look for relatively cheaper options in countries based in Eastern Europe, Russia, Nepal and China. The overall cost of medical education ranges between 20-35 lacs in these countries.  At the surface, it sounds lucrative, especially if a career in medicine is what the child is passionate about.  However, as we will explain below, the journey is not without its pitfalls. 

FMGE

While pursuing an MBBS from Eastern Europe (Russia, Ukraine, Georgia etc.) or China is understandable from the point of view of affordability, it does have a flip side, and a rather serious one – the abysmal low success rate in FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduate Examination) – which is required to be cleared by such foreign MBBS degree holders in order to get a license to practice Medicine in India.  

The FMGE screening test is mandatory for an Indian citizen/Overseas citizen of India possessing a primary medical qualification awarded by any medical institution outside India who is desirous of getting provisional or permanent registration with Medical Council of India or any State Medical Council. However, note that a candidate seeking provisional or permanent registration shall NOT have to qualify the Screening Test if he/she holds an Under Graduate and Post Graduate medical qualification from Australia/Canada/New Zealand/United Kingdom/United States of America.

The FMGE screening test is held twice a year in June and December. As per MCI (Medical Council of India) rules, a candidate must score at least 50% marks in the FMGE to pass the test.  And getting through FMGE is not easy. 

Reality bites

Now, consider the data published recently in Times of India about success rate in FMGE in 2016-17:

- Educated in China : 6.92% Passed FMGE (261 out of 3774)

- Educated in Russian Federation : 8.93% Passed FMGE (222 out of 2487)

- Educated in Ukraine : 10.34% Passed FMGE (179 out of 1731)

- Educated in Nepal : 11.49% Passed FMGE (158 out of 1375)

- Educated in Krgystan : 7.77% Passed FMGE (80 out of 1029)

- Educated in Georgia : 17.07% Passed FMGE (56 out of 328)

- Educated in Kazakhstan : 5.56% Passed FMGE (14 out of 252)

OVERALL : 8.84% Passed FMGE (970 out of 10976)

As is evident, overall, less than 9% students have been able to clear FMGE. So, while it may be cheaper to pursue the MBBS degree abroad, it is an uphill task to clear the entry gate required to start a practice in India.  Of course one can attempt FMGE multiple times but if less than 10% of applicants qualify, that perhaps gives an indication regarding the quality of the degree received from institutions in these countries.

If not abroad, then what?

There are a couple of drivers behind the decision by parents to send their children to pursue Medicine (MBBS) in these ‘less expensive’ countries:

1. Their children’s fascination for life-sciences career

2. Lack of awareness of good courses in Biology / life-sciences related fields besides MBBS/BDS

We believe that if parents and students are made aware of good opportunities and options in the healthcare and life-sciences areas, besides MBBS & BDS, there could be a potential re-think among many regarding the foreign MBBS option. We have written about some of these options in our blog “Beyond MBBS & BDS : Great Options in PCB After Class 12”. Probably being aware of such options could be a step in the right direction and may help save many students and their parents from undue anxiety and hardships.

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NLU Delhi Starts AILET-2020 Applications

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The National Law University, Delhi (NLU-Delhi) has started the application process for admission to its 5 Year Integrated B.A. LL.B Program.  Admissions to the program shall be via the All India Common Law Entrance Test (AILET-2020).

While all other 22 NLU's across the country use the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT-2020) for admission to thier 5-Year Integrated law programs, NLU-Delhi chooses to admit students via its own entrance exam AILET.

AILET-2020 shall be conducted in 22 cities across India on the 3rd of May, 2020.
The last date to apply to AILET-2020 is 8th April, 2020.

The Application fee to apply is Rs. 3050/- for Unreserved /OBC/SC/ST/EWS/Foreign Nationals/Kashmiri Migrants/Resident of Jammu & Kashmir
SC/ST and Persons with Disability (PwD) need to pay Rs. 1050/- 
No Entrance Examination fee for SC/ST Below Poverty Line (BPL) only

CAUTION : JEE-Adv 2020 and AMU B.Tech 2020 Entrance Exam on Same Date

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The  entrance exam for admissions in B.Tech in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) is scheduled to be held on 17 May 2020,which is the same as the date of JEE-Advanced. This has put students in a fix since AMU is one of the oldest premier Central Universities of India while JEE-Advanced is the route to premium IITs and other CFTIs.

It is not surprising to see such exam date clashes. Many other exams have date overlaps. However, in some cases, a student can manage to attempt exams of her choice since there is flexibility of selecting date of exam within a given dates window. But unfortunately, this is not the case in AMU and JEE-Adv this year.

Some other exam date clashes

Exam date of AIST-FFDI and JEE-Adv fall within the exam date window of BITSAT.

Exams dates of COMEDK  clash/overlap with exam dates of NPATUPSEEISIJEHOMMAH-HM-CETCLAT

So what next ?

It remains to be seen whether AMU will change the date of exam or NTA will change it for JEE-Adv … or will the students be left to forego one of these two ?!

 

Galgotias Univ GEEE 2020 Registrations Started For BTech Admissions

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Galgotias University, based in Greater Noida,Uttar Pradesh, professional courses in Engineering and many other areas at both UG as well as PG levels. The admissions to BTech programmes will be through Galgotias Engineering Entrance Exam GEEE 2020, the applications process for which has been started.

Key dates

Last date of application : 30 May 2020

Date of GEEE 2020 : 15 June 2020

GEEE Rank based scholarships

Tuition fee waivers of 75% / 50% / 25% for GEEE 2020 rank holders 1-10 / 11-20 / 21-30 respectively.

This fee waiver is subject to renewal every year based on academic performance and discipline at the campus.

Key recruiters : Reliance, Amazon, HDFC Bank, ITC Ltd, Wipro, HCL, Infosys, Ericsson, Jagran, HP, Tech Mahindra,  EBix, NIIT, Just Dial, Newgen, IBM

 

BITSAT 2020 Applications Started, Dates Overlap JEE-Adv, AIST-FDDI

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Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani has started the registration process for admission in its various Undergraduate programmes offered across all campuses (Pilani campus, Goa campus, and Hyderabad Campus) through its All India Admission Test BITSAT-2020.

BITS Pilani is an all India Institution declared as Deemed to be University under Section 3 of the UGC Act. Recognized as an Institute of Eminence by MHRD, it is India’s leading Institute of Higher Education with an illustrious legacy, modern campuses and eminent alumni in leadership positions across the world. It is also India’s highest ranked non-Govt Institute as per QS Asia 2020 and QS India 2020.

Programmes offered : Integrated First Degree Programmes to which admissions are made on the basis of BITSAT are as below :

(i) at BITS, Pilani Campus

B.E.: Chemical, Civil, Computer Science, Electrical and Electronics, Electronics and Instrumentation, Mechanical, Manufacturing

B.Pharm.

*M.Sc. : Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Economics, Mathematics, Physics

and

M.Sc.: General Studies.

(ii) at BITS, K. K. Birla Goa Campus:

B.E.: Chemical, Computer Science, Electronics & Communication, Electrical and Electronics, Electronics & Instrumentation, Mechanical

*M.Sc.: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Economics, Mathematics, Physics.

(iii) at BITS, Hyderabad Campus:

B.E.: Chemical, Civil, Computer Science, Electronics and Communication, Electrical and Electronics, Electronics and Instrumentation, Mechanical

B.Pharm.

*M.Sc.: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Economics, Mathematics, Physics

* The candidates who joins in M.Sc. programme are eligible to apply for dual degree in Engineering at BITS Pilani after completion of one year. This assignment is made by competition on their performance at BITS at the end of first year .(For more details refer Admissions Modality available on BITS admissions website.)

Key dates for BITSAT-2020

Last date to apply online : 31 March 2020

Date of exam : 16 May to 25 May 2020

Clashing exams : Given the current status, exam date of AIST-FFDI and JEE-Adv fall within the exam date window of BITSAT. One needs to be cautious while opting for BITSAT exam date & time slot since JEE-Adv and AIST-FDDI do not provide date selection option.

 

ISDI Begins Regular Cycle Admission Process

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The Indian School of Design & Innovation or ISDI, a leading design institute in Mumbai, has started the Regular Cycle (Admission Tests in April'2020) of its admission process for intake into its UG Design programs starting in 2020.  The early round stage began in Nov'2019 and the results were announced in the first week of January'2020.   

ISDI offers a series of globally benchmarked Undergraduate Programs (UGP), four-year intensive programs (foundation year plus three-year specialization) for students across the disciplines of Communication Design, Fashion Design, Fashion Communication & Styling, Interior Design, Product Design, Strategic Design & Management. 

ISDI has been established in collaboration with Parsons The New School for Design, New York. Parsons has been recently named the No.1 Design School in design studies in the United States & has over a 100 years of legacy in creating world-class design leaders.

The institute offers 360 seats in UG and has 3 cycles of admission.  ISDI admission process consists of a) Design Aptitude Test (called ISDI Challenge) (b) Collaborative Studio (c) Portfolio Display & Interview.

The Regular round schedule of the ISDI Challenge (Entrance Test) is as follows:
Mumbai: 11-Apr
Delhi: 12-Apr
Ahmedabad: 19-Apr
Bangalore: 25-Apr
Jaipur: 26-Apr

The last date to apply to the Regular Cycle shall be 07th April, 2020.

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