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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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How to Become a Supreme Court Lawyer

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Lately I have come across the query - "How does one become a Supreme Court Lawyer?".

The Bar Council of India (BCI) has come out with new Certificate of Practice and Renewal Rules, 2014 that prohibit an advocate from starting to practise in the Supreme Court unless they have practised for

  1. at least two years in a trial court and
  2. three years in a high court in India.

In light of these new rules from now the certificate of practice needs to be renewed every five years. This is to be done by filing an application with the relevant state bar council six months in advance from the date of expiry of the certificate.

According to a recent report in the Economic Times, the reasons of the new certificate of practice rules states "There is an urgent need for laying down some conditions for practising law in different courts so as to give due weightage and credence to experience. Before an advocate could practice law in higher courts, there is need that he is exposed to real court experience in lower courts/trial courts. This will help in integrating the whole judicial system from the perspective of the bar".

Currently all categories of advocates are allowed to appear before the Supreme Court. However, only Supreme Court Advocates On Record (AOR) are eligible appear, act and plead for a litigant before this court. An AOR is an advocate who has cleared the Supreme Court AOR exam. Note that to be eligible to attempt AOR, an advocate needs to have practised in the chambers of a Supreme Court AOR for at least five years.

In 2013, Supreme Court had banned the advocates enrolled for less than one year from appearing before the Supreme Court.

The new issued rule will help fresher advocates in learning the ropes from lower and high court and will make them understand courts functioning.

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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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Computational Linguistics - For the Computer Obsessed

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Ever wonder how Google Translate works? Well, if you haven't tried Google Translate so far, then I recommend you do.  It is a free multilingual machine translation service to translate text, speech, images, sites, or real-time video from one language into another.  Or, heard of Siri, the personal voice assistance found in iPhone4S and above? 

Now how can a computer detect the language being typed and translate it into another of your choice?  That is the job of computational linguists.  Described as a sub-field of artificial intelligence, computational linguistics involves programming computers to process or produce language in the same way as humans. This complex, yet fascintaing, field utilizes disciplines such as computer science, linguistics, and mathematics. 

Computational Linguistics - Applications in Industry

The work of computational linguists is slowly making its way into many working systems today, including speech recognition systems, text-to-speech synthesizers, automated voice response systems, web search engines, text editors and language instruction materials.  It is also seeing increaing applications in military intelligence. 

How & Where to Apply?

Sounds interesting?  Are you wondering how can you become a computational linguist?  Well, this is an extremely specialized field of reserach that is usually found in global ivy league universities such as MIT and Sandoford.  The good news is that this program is available in India too.  International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) offers B.Tech in Computer Science and MS by Research in Computational Linguistics (5 year Dual Degree) after Class XII.

To make it into the CLD program, you will need to crack a separate Entrance Exam conducted by IIIT-H.  The entrance exam is typically held in the month of April. MyExamPlan covers UGEEE-CLD(IIITH) under Maths&Science section.

So, all you computer geeks, go ahead and explore this opportunity!

About IIIT-Hyderabad

The International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) is an Deemed University founded in 1998. A Governing Council consisting of eminent people from academia, industry and government presides over the governance of the institution. Some of the luminaries in the council are Prof. Raj Reddy (University Professor of Computer Science & Robotics, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, USA), Shri R. Chandrashekhar (President - NASSCOM), Shri S. Ramadorai (Vice Chairman - TCS), Prof. Ashok Jhunjhunwala (Professor - IIT Delhi) etc.

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Why JIPMER, AIIMS, JEE-Adv are the toughest exams

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Now that the exam season is behind us and students and institutes are busy with counselling and admissions, we thought it pruduent to share certain statistics. In this piece, we would like to share about success ratio's for some of the entrance exams in Engineering & Medical.  Success ratio is the ratio of available seats to the number of candidates who took a particular entrance exam.

Let us begin with Engineering.

JEE Mains:  
Success Ratio: 2.25% (Appeared: 1120000  Seats: 221000)
(Considering seats in NITs, IIITs, GFTIs)

JEE Advanced:  
Success Ratio: 1.14% (Appeared: 1120000  Seats: 12717)
(Considering seats in IITs, IISERs, IIST, RGIPE, IIPE, IISC)
(Although only 170000 of those who appeared for JEE-Mains qualified to write JEE-Adv, we have taken 1120000 as the total population who attempted to qualify for JEE-Adv) 

Success Ratio: 47.47% (Appeared: 291000  Seats: 138136)

Success Ratio: 33.94% (Appeared: 58932  Seats: 2000)

CET-K-Eng (Karnataka):  
Success Ratio: 44% (Appeared: 125000  Seats: 55000)

Success Ratio: 41.98% (Appeared: 131000  Seats: 55000)

Success Ratio: 83.74% (Appeared: 187484  Seats: 157000)

GCET-Eng (Goa):  
Success Ratio: 24.04% (Appeared: 5116  Seats: 1230)


Success Ratio: 0.11% (Appeared: 189000  Seats: 200)

Success Ratio: 0.25% (Appeared: 284737  Seats: 700)

Success Ratio: 8.34% (Appeared: 1138894  Seats: 95000)

From the extreme low success ratios, it is clear that JIPMER and AIIMS, both from Medicine, are one of the toughest entrance exams to get through. This is followed by JEE Advanced and JEE Mains in Engineering.  No surpsrise then in the clamour for coaching for these entrance exams!

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News & Updates

NEET-2018 to Have Same Question Paper in All Languages

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This year the NEET was involved in a controversy since many students alleged that the questions in vernacular languages were of different difficully level than the English version.  This year the test was conducted in 9 other languages besides English. These were Hindi, Tamil, Bengali, Marathi, Assamese, Gujarati, Telugu, Kannada and Odia.  Students in Tamil Nadu had approached the Madras High court alleging that the English version was tougher than the Tamil version of the questions.  Cosequently the court on May 24th had stopped CBSE from announcing the results.  It was only upon the intervention of the Supreme Court later that the CBSE was allowed to declare the NEET-2017 results.

Given this background, the Union HRD minister Mr. Prakash Javdekar yesterday said that from 2018, all languages would carry common questions, thereby ensuring the same level of difficulty across languages. "The vernacular question papers for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) - the all-India entrance examination for entrance to medical colleges - will just be translation of the question paper in English", the minister told reporters.

MyExamPlan view:  We believe that in the ultra-competitive environment for undergraduate admissions in India for Medical seats, the exam conducting bodies must ensure the highest level of fairness and transparency.  While we laud their efforts in helping many students get a fair chance to compete by introducing vernacular language question papers, we see no case for different difficulty levels based on language of the paper.  The approach suggested by the minister is a welcome step in the right direction.

Registrations Start on 24 July for CSAB Special Counselling Round

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To enable aspiring candidates to get seat in SFTIs (Self Finance Technical Institutions) through a centralized and transparent procedure of allotment, a separate round of counselling called as Central Seat Allocation Board – Self-Financed Technical Institutes Counselling- 2017 (CSAB-SFTI -2017) will be conducted. The CSAB-SFTI 2017 will have only one round of seat allocation process as per the declared schedule and process only after completion of all rounds for JoSAA 2017 including the special vacancy filling round of counselling for NIT + system.

Schedule of CSAB-SFTI 2017 Counselling

Step 1 : Online Payment and Printing of Receipt of Initial Fee of Rs.21,000/-(Rupees Twenty One Thousand only) using SB-collect from the web portal of State Bank of India

July 24th , 2017 10:00 AM to August 1st, 2017 upto 04:00 PM

Step 2 : Online Registration and Filling the Choices of Branch / Institute as per preference

July 25th , 2017 10:00 AM to August 1 st , 2017 upto 11:59 PM


a) During the scheduled dates for registration and choice filling, it may take around three hours to enable the registration process after the online payment of initial fee.

b) Online Registration and Choice Filling for candidate who deposits Initial Fee of Rs.21,000/- after 8 PM on July 24th, 2017 to July 31st , 2017 will be able to start at 11:00 AM of next day.

c) Students need to frequently click the 'save ' button on their computer screen, while choosing options of Branch/ SFTI during choice filling.

Step 3 : Declaration of Result and Allotment of Seat

August 2nd, 2017 upto 02:00 PM

Step 4 : Reporting to Allotted Institutes (SFTIs) for Admission, Document Verification, Payment of balance admission fees and other fees as applicable

August 3rd , 2017 to August 8th 2017 (on working days and during office hours only)

Disclaimer : Role of CSAB is confined only to allocation of seats in participating SFTIs. CSAB will have no responsibility whatsoever regarding statutory approval of any of the courses, fee, placements, hostels, infrastructure, facilities etc in any of these SFTIs.

Participating Institutes (17)


















Application link : For application and other details, details, please visit

Major Change in Mathematical Olympiads Programme 2017-2018

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A pre-Regional Mathematical Olympiad (PRMO) exam will be held on August 20, 2017 at different centres all over India. In order to be eligible for the RMO it is mandatory that students qualify through this centrally administered PRMO. No other independently administered examinations will be recognized from this year onwards.  Until last year students applied for the RMO but this year onwards a PRMO shall be held.

The National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM) which is in charge of the mathematical olympiad activity, has entrusted its implementation to the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE).  For students to participate in the Mathematics, olympiads, the following stages apply:

The Mathematical Olympiad programme consists of six stages.

Stage 1:
Pre RMO (Regional Mathematical Olympiad):  A screening of students who will be selected to appear in the RMO 
Stage 2:
The Regional Mathematical Olympiad (RMO) is a three hour examination with six problems. The RMOs are offered in English, Hindi and other regional languages as deemed appropriate by the respective RCs. The syllabus may be found at (give syllabus link). The problems under each topic involve high level of difficulty and sophistication.
Stage 3:
The best-perfroming students from the RMO (approximately 900) qualify for the second stage – the Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO). The INMO is held on the third Sunday of January at 28 centres across the country.
Stage 4:
The top students from the RMO (approximately 35) are invited for the third stage, the International Mathematical Olympiad Training Camp (IMOTC) held at HBCSE during April to May.
Stage 5:
The selected team undergoes a rigorous training programme for about 8-10 days at HBCSE prior to its departure for the IMO.
Stage 6:
The Olympiad programme culminates with the participation of the students in the IMO. The students are accompanied by 4 teachers or mentors.
The last date to apply for Pre-RMO is 25th July.  
Details can be obtained here.

HPTU B.Arch Applications Started

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Himachal Pradesh Technical University (HPTU) invites applications to its 5 Year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) Program to be offered by Rajiv Gandhi Govt. Engineering College, Kangra at Nagrota Bagwan, District Kangra.  This will be the first batch of B.Arch being introduced by HPTU.  

Total intake : 40 seats
HP students:  32 seats (80%)
All India Quota: 6 seats (15%)
NRI: 2 seats (5%)

Reservation (applicable only for HP quota seats):
Vertical reservation categories
Gen: 55%, SC: 22%, ST: 5%, OBC: 18%
HOrizontal reservation in each category
Defence/Ward of Ex-servicemen: 15%
Freedom Fighters: 2%
Physically Challenged: 3%
IRDP/BPL/Antyodaya Orophans: 15%
Sports: 2%
Backward Area: 4%

- 50% marks (45% for reserved category students) in aggregate in 10+2 with Maths as one of the subjects
- Candidates who have a Valid NATA 2016 or NATA 2017 score or have a score of JEE Main)Paper-II-2017
- Admission criteria shall be based on following weightage:
50% weightage for aggregate marks of Class 12 (or equivalent) and 
50% weightage for valid NATA-2016 or NATA-2017 or JEE Main)Paper-II-2017 score

- During Admission: Rs. 4700/-
- Various Fees per Semester: Rs. 10,000/-
- Hostel Fee per semester: Rs. 900/-
- Hostel Security (one time): Rs. 2000/-
- Tuition Fee Per semester: Rs. 30,000/-

Application Procedure:
- Applications are to be submitted ONLINE at 
- Application will cost Rs. 1550/- for General category candidates and Rs. 1400/- for Reserved category candidates.
- Last date to apply ONLINE is 31-July-2017 (upto 5PM)
- A candidate must be present in person at the time of counselling and should immediately report to the Admission Selection Committee on calling
- After completing the application form, take a print out of the Application Form (Confirmation Page) and get it signed from your parents/guardian and send it either through post to the Registrar, H.P. Technical  University,  Gandhi  Chowk,  Hamirpur  177001  (H.P.)  or  email  at:
- Counseling will be done at Venue: Auditorium-I, Government Polytechnic Baru, Hamirpur-177001 

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KVPY exam on 5 Nov 2017, Applications process started

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About KPVY

KVPY "Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana" is an ongoing National Programme of Fellowships, funded by the Dept of Science of Technology, Govt of India and implemented by the India Institute of Science, Bengaluru. KVPY was started in 1999 to encourage students who are studying Basic Sciences to take up research career in Science. The aim of the program is to identify and encourage talented and motivated students to pursue career in research.

Courses eligible for grant of Fellowships : Under the KVPY programme, attractive fellowships are provided to students studying in Basic Sciences courses like BSC, BS, B.Stat, B.Math, Integrated MSc, Integrated MS.

Fellowship amounts

Rs.5,000 per month + Annual Contingency Grant of Rs.20,000 during 1st to 3rd years of  B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math. / Integrated M.Sc. /M.S.

Rs.7,000 per month + Annual Contingency Grant of Rs.28,000 during  M. Sc. / 4th to 5th  years of Integrated M.Sc. /M.S./M.Math./M.Stat

IMP : Please note that KVPY is one the 3 channels for admission into the 7 prestigious Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER) at Berhampur, Bhopal, Kolkata, Mohali, Pune, Thiruvananthapuram and Tirupati. For admission in IISERs, KVPY fellowship winners are exempt from appearing in IISER’s Aptitude Test (ofcourse a cutoff KVPY score is applicable).

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