Tuesday, December 29, 2015


The notice on the official site is given below:

In view of requests from various stake holders, the date of online submission of application form of JEE (Main) – 2016 and uploading of images has been extended up to 11.01.2016 (11.59 PM). The fee may be paid by the candidates through credit/debit card up to 12.01.2016 (11.59 PM) & through echallan up to 12.01.2016 (up to working hours of the banks). It is further informed that the other terms and conditions for filling up the application form will remain same. 

Monday, December 28, 2015

PLACEMENT STORY:At IITs, median offers are more modest

Contrary to the media narrative on crore-plus offers at the IITs, the median salaries offered to new graduates are far more modest, internal data on placements obtained by The Hindu shows.
Like most years, the headlines on the 2015-16 placement season at the IITs were captured by the minority of students who got crore-plus offers from companies including Google and Facebook. However, these headlines miss the reality of IIT placement offers, a range of official sources and students said.
The handful of students who get offers for jobs overseas which tip the payscales over Rs.1 crore — just five per cent of all placements last year at IIT Bombay for instance — skew the average IIT graduate’s starting salary, as do Computer Science graduates, placement officers at several IITs said. The median — which reflects what the average student is offered — is far more modest; Rs. 8.5 lakh at IITB in 2014-15 for instance, according to Rahul Soni, placement manager at IITB. Data for the 2015-16 season was not available as the process is ongoing.
At IIT Kanpur, the median salary in the Computer Science stream in 2014-15 was Rs. 18 lakh, while the median for aerospace and civil engineering was Rs. 8 lakh, internal documents of IITK’s placement office show. At IIT Madras, the median salary for B.Tech students placed in 2014-15 was Rs. 10 lakh.
Most of the crore-plus salaries reported by the media are simple conversions into Indian currency of placement offers made in U.S. dollars, placement officials said. Many, however, are keen to point out that this is an unfair metric. “Those [crore-plus] salaries are nothing special,” Brijesh Kumar, assistant professor at IIT Roorkee, told The Hindu. “Every engineer in these companies starts with those salaries when they work in California because the cost of living is so high over there. The crore-plus packages that the companies advertise include stock components payable over five years contingent upon the person working there for that many years,” he said.
Moreover, it is meaningless to convert these salaries to Indian rupees because if the income is in dollars, so are the taxes and expenses, Mr. Kumar said. “All it does is to create unnecessary stress for students and unrealistic expectations for the parents. I feel sorry for my students who are burdened by these unrealistic expectations of the society around them,” he said.
While most students at the IITs have a realistic idea by the time the placement season comes of what salary they should expect on graduating, some are demoralised by the ‘crore-plus headlines’, students say. “What it does is push you towards taking a job that might not even be in the area you have studied or your passion because you do not want to turn down the big sums,” a student at IITB who had not been placed in the pre-placement season said. “So the computer science guys turn to the tech majors and the rest feel like they should try and catch the investment banks and consulting firms,” he said. “While most students have realistic expectations, often there is pressure from parents who feel that they have to recoup their investment,” Yash Shahi, dual degree Electrical Engineering student at IIT Kanpur who got placed at Intel said.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Prominent Engineering Entrance Examinations

Prominent Engineering Entrance Examinations

1.      Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)
JEE is an all India common engineering entrance examination which is conducted for admission in various engineering colleges and courses all over the country.
JEE is being conducted in two parts, JEE-Main and JEE-Advanced.

JEE-Main exam is for admission in IIITs (Indian Institutes of Information Technology), NITs (National Institutes of Technology), CFTIs (Central Funded Technical Institute) and IIEST Shibpur, for admission to its dual degree programme.The Merit List is formed by combining the performance in JEE MAIN(60% weight age) and normalized performance in class XII boards(40% weight age).
Examination Pattern: JEE-Main Exam has two papers, Paper-1 and Paper-2. Candidates may opt for either or both of them. Both papers contain multiple choice questions.
·         Paper-1 is for admission in B.E./B.Tech (online and offline).This usually has 30 questions each of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.
·         Paper-2 is for admission in B.Arch and B.Planning (offline only).
Tentative Schedule: Usually the notification and forms are relaeased in November. Exam Takes place in early April.
Official Website: www.jeemain.nic.in

JEE-Advanced is for admission in Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), and Indian School of Mines Dhanbad (to be converted into IIT) .The merit list is purely on basis of performance in JEE ADVANCED examination.Students who qualify JEE-Mains can appear for JEE-Advanced examination. Approximately 150,000 students qualify to appear for JEE-Advanced examination.
A candidate can attempt this exam a maximum of two times and that too in consecutive years.
Examination Pattern: It consists of 2 papers of three hour duration each taken in two shifts on same day. Both papers have equal number of questions of Physics, Chemistry and Maths. It is available in two languages- English and Hindi. Candidates have to attempt objective type (multiple choice) and numerical answer type questions that are designed to test comprehension, reasoning and analytical ability of candidates. Some sections carry negative marking also.
Tentative Schedule: JEE Advanced is generally conducted in  fourth week of May for which online registration and filling of application form will commence from the month’s first week after declaration of JEE MAIN Score.
Official website: http://jeeadv.iitb.ac.in/

Other Colleges taking admissions on basis of JEE ADVANCED
Following are the colleges which gives admissions on basis of performance in JEE ADVANCED examination
1.      Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs)
To promote high quality scientific education, research and training, Ministry of HumanResource Development (MHRD), Government of India has set up six Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs). They offer a five year BS-MS Dual Degree program. It has three channels for admitting students
1.Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) Basic Science Stream
2.Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced)
3.State and Central Boards
Applications are invited in June month.
2.      Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST)
 It is the first university in Asia to be solely dedicated to the study and research of outer space.It was inaugurated on 14 September 2007 by G. Madhavan Nair, the then Chairman of ISRO.[3] IIST was set up by the Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO) under the Department of Space, Government of India.It offers  three different courses in B.Tech were offered, namely B.Tech in Aerospace, Avionics and Physical Sciences.
Admissions are based on performance in JEE ADVANCED. Forms and detailed advertisement is published around month of April.
3.      Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology
 It is a training and education institute that gives technical and management training to the petroleum industry and was formally opened on July 2008. It has been accorded the Institute of National Importance status and admits undergraduate students from the rank list of students who have qualified JEE(Advanced) Examination.
Official website: http://www.rgipt.ac.in/

4.      Indian Institute of Science (IISc)
Bachelor of Science (Research) Program is a new program offered from 2011. It is designed to serve as a launching pad for research and doctoral studies in science and technology. Major disciplines currently offered include Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Materials, Mathematics and Physics. Admissions are based on scores from the following national examinations: KVPY-SA, KVPY-SB, KVPY-SX/SB+2, JEE(Mains and Advanced), AIPMT.
Official website: http://www.iisc.ernet.in/ug/

Following are some prominent colleges which admit students on basis of JEE MAIN examination:
 IIITH is one of the top Computer Science institutes of the country. The institute runs Computer Science courses and research projects and is focused on research. Admissions are based on performance in JEE MAIN Paper-1 examination. Also it admits students qualified in Olympiads/KVPY on basis of a separate written test.
Forms are generally filled in May or June.
Official website: https://www.iiit.ac.in/

2.      IIIT Delhi/NSIT/DTU
Admissions to these institutes are done on basis of JEE MAIN rank. A separate Joint counseling is done for them. Separate forms are filled in June end.
Official website: http://www.jacdelhi.nic.in

3.      DAIICT, Gandhinagar
The institute's offers B.Tech program in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) .Admissions are done on basis of JEE MAIN. Separate forms are to be filled in May/June.

4.    LNMIIT, Jaipur
It is one of the better private colleges in India. Admissions are based on JEE MAIN Paper -1 Score. Applications are invited generally in March/April.
Official website: http://www.lnmiit.ac.in/
5.    NIRMA, Ahmedabad
Institute of Technology, NIRMA University admits students on basis of JEE MAIN examination. Applications are invited in June month.

There are also many other colleges which admits students on basis of JEE MAIN viz TIET Patiala, IIIT Bhubaneswar,etc.

2.    BITSAT
The BITSAT is an online entrance test for admissions into the courses of the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani. There are nearly 200 seats in all which includes all three campuses namely Pilani, Goa and Hyderabad.

BITSAT  Paper Pattern
It’s a computer based teat comprising of 150 questions as explained in the table below
 BITSAT Exam Section
No of questions
Part I
Part II
Part III
(a) English Proficiency
(b) Logical Reasoning
Part IV


There are many other engineering entrance examination conducted by VIT, Manipal , SRM, etc.


IIT Bombay to start Bachelor's programme in economics

Source: BS

The Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay plans to start a four-year undergraduate programme in economics the coming July, if its Senate approves, enrolling 30 students to begin with.

Devang V Khakhar, the institute’s director, said they had ample qualified faculty in economics and, if required, could also draw from their Sailesh J Mehta School of Management. “We have a huge faculty in economics as we have a big humanities programme with 34 faculty members. So, faculty is not an issue for beginning the programme,” he said.

Students would be selected through the same Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) for engineering and the fee charged would be the same as for the BTech programme, Rs 90,000 a year.

Another IIT-Bombay professor said an economics programme was in high demand at the IITs and from companies coming for placement offers. IIT-Kharagpur and IIT-Kanpur have been operating a programme in economics for years and have seen good intake.

“Economics is no longer a liberal arts subject. It has acquired the characteristics of a science and engineering discipline,” said Vimal Kumar, convenor, economics discipline, IIT-Kanpur. They admit 40 undergraduate students for the economics programme, considered a successful one. Kumar adds, “If you look at the industry, they want people who can use economics well and analyse numbers. Our students of economics get as good placements as our engineering students.”

The new IITs at Patna, Mandi and Gandhinagar also offer various programmes in  humanities, arts and social sciences.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Admission to IITs, NITs: HRD Ministry gets positive feedback for JEE makeover

In what could lead to major changes in the admission process for IITs and NITs, the HRD Ministry has received positive public feedback on recommendations of a government-appointed panel, including introduction of a compulsory SAT-like aptitude test for aspirants, no weightage to school board marks and a single entrance exam.
The ministry had made the report of the Ashok Mishra Committee public last month for further consultation with stakeholders. The deadline for sending feedback was November 30.
According to sources, of the 100-odd responses received by the government, 67 have supported the removal of weightage given to Class XII marks at the time of admissions and nine have opposed the suggestion. Similarly, 23 are for introduction of a national-level aptitude test for engineering aspirants and two against it. Twenty-six respondents have favoured a single entrance examination — instead of the current two-tier test — for admissions to IITs, NITs and other centrally funded institutes.
Although the ministry has not taken a final decision, the feedback could push the government to announce another makeover for the admission process at the top engineering schools. However, no changes will be introduced for 2016-17.
The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) underwent a series of changes in 2013 after the then HRD Minister Kapil Sibal convinced engineering schools to give weightage to a candidate’s school performance. This was done to help students focus on their school education and wean them away from coaching classes. But a review by the institutions three years later showed the decision had made little difference to the coaching industry, in fact it increased its influence.
Both IITs and NITs are now in favour of scrapping the weightage to Class XII marks. The Ashok Mishra committee was set up to study this proposal and also the feasibility of conducting a single entrance test.
The panel also suggested that the candidates should take an aptitude test to prove their inclination for science and innovative thinking. Passing this test will be a prerequisite for appearing for JEE. The test, designed to reduce the coaching culture, could be offered two or more times in a year.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015


The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has released the examination date for All India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Entrance Test (AIPMT). 
The exam is scheduled to be conducted on May 1, 2016. 

1.  Date of Examination, AIPMT-2016
01/05/2016 (Sunday)
2.  Fee Details
Schedule for on-line submission of application forms
For Fee Through e-challan
For Fee Through other Modes
15.12.2015 (Tuesday)     to   08.01.2016 (Friday)
15.12.2015 (Tuesday)     to   12.01.2016 (Tuesday)
Last date for successful final transaction of fee
12.01.2016 (Tuesday)
12.01.2016 (Tuesday)
Schedule for on-line submission of application forms
For Fee Through e-challan
For Fee Through other Modes
13.01.2016 (Wednesday)  to   06.02.2016 (Saturday)
13.01.2016 (Wednesday)   to   10.02.2016 (Wednesday)
Last date for successful final transaction of fee
10.02.2016  (Wednesday)
10.02.2016  (Wednesday)
Date of uploading of Admit Cards on website
01.04.2016 (Friday)
Date of Examination, AIPMT-2016
01.05.2016 (Sunday)
Display Of OMR Sheet
Between 19th May, 2016 to 23rd May, 2016 for any three days
Display Of Answeer Key
24th May, 2016 to 26th May, 2016
Declaration of Result
By 5th June, 2016



Q.1- If a candidate has passed in 2014 and has appeared for improvement in 2015, what he will fill in the academic details section.
Such candidates have to decide as to which percentage of marks i.e. 2014 or 2015 is better and accordingly, they have to select the year and corresponding roll number in the first step of application form of JEE (Main) – 2016.
Further, the candidates who have passed class 12th in 2015 and appearing in improvement examination of class 12th in 2016, may fill the form in either of the following methods:-
a) Select the year of passing class 12th as 2015 and enter the roll number, name of the board in the first step of the application form. In the second step of application form select ‘yes’ in the column – appearing for improvement examination.
 b) Select the year of appearing class 12th as 2016 and fill the remaining form correctly. After declaration of result of improvement examination, there will be option on the website to provide the correct roll number of class 12 in which candidate’s result is better

Q.2- Which thumb impression should be used while filling JEE-Main 2016 form? What if a candidate has no thumb?
As per Page No 16 of Information Bulletin, the scanned image of left hand thumb impression (right hand thumb in case the candidate do not have left hand thumb or any finger if both thumbs are not there) is to be uploaded during online submission of application form of JEE (Main) - 2016. However, if a candidate has uploaded right hand thumb impression (by mistake), he/she need not to worry because the form will not be cancelled because of this mistake and he/she will be issued admit card for appearing in JEE (Main) – 2016 as usual.

Q3 – In case photograph is not having name and date, would the form be rejected?
 Name of the candidate and date on which the photograph is taken is to be mentioned on the photograph, but in case uploaded photograph does not have name and date, the form will not be rejected and no correction is required in such a case and he/she will be issued admit card for appearing in JEE (Main) – 2016 as usual.

 Q.4- How will an NRI or a foreign student enter his/her mobile number? 
Such candidates should enter the mobile number of his/her relative residing in India.

Q5. Will a candidate have a choice to change the mode of examination? 
Yes, but a candidate can change mode of examination from pen & paper examination to computer based examination and vice-versa.

 Q.6- What mistakes can be corrected during month of January 2016 when the corrections will be allowed by the Board? 
The correction in particulars can be done only if the candidates have paid the fee and completed all the steps of online application form of JEE (Main) – 2016. The candidates can modify all the particulars (including images of photo, thumb impression and signature) of his/her application form during the facility of correction in the 2nd fort night of January, 2016. The balance fee, if any due to correction in particulars, will have to be paid by the candidates during that period.

Q7- While paying the fee, what a candidate can do in case of failed transaction? 
If the payment status of online transaction (by credit/debit card) is not communicated by payment gateway in real time then fee payment is not completed. In this case, the candidates are required to pay the fees again either through online transaction or by e- challan and to download the acknowledgement page. Your amount of failed transaction of credit/debit card will be refunded back within 7 to 10 days. In case, fee payment is made through e-challan and the fee is not updated on the website, the candidate has to contact the concerned bank/branch for updation of fee. However, such candidates may also send the copy of paid e-challan through e-mail on jeemain@nic.in.

Q8. In case a student fails to book his session for online examination after paying the fees, how will he know about the date and session of the examination?
If a candidate does not make any selection, he/she shall be randomly assigned a slot/date as per the availability of the same as per page no.11 of information bulletin. Details of session and slot will be given on the admit card which can be downloaded from 2nd Week of March 2016.

 Q.9. There is no provision for students wishing to appear for both the exams at different centers i.e Paper -1 be Computer based and Paper -2 being Pen and Paper based
Since Paper-2 is only in offline mode, a student who is appearing for both the papers , paper 1 being online mode and paper 2 being offline mode will only get such centers that have facility for both the modes of examination. For example: Test centers for this could be PATNA: PEN & PAPER BASED and COMPUTER BASED. Kindly refer to appendix 2 of information bulletin. Two different roll no and separate admit cards cannot be issued to a candidate to appear at different centres for paper 1 and 2 separately

Q10- Whether the Hindi Medium paper will come in both the languages? 
 Yes, Hindi medium paper will be bilingual in English and Hindi medium

Monday, December 14, 2015



Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) invited applications for admission in Master of Arts Programme (M.A.) through Humanities and Social Science Entrance Examination (HSEE). 
Online Application process (HSEE website) - StartsDecember 16, 2015
Payment of examination fee through Indian Bank challan /
Net Banking / Credit Card / Debit Card - Starts
December 16, 2015
Payment of examination fee through Indian Bank challan /
Net Banking / Credit Card / Debit Card - Ends
January 25, 2016
Last date for submission of online applicationJanuary 25, 2016
Last date for submission of hard copy of the self-attested
certificate of respective category [OBC(NCL) / SC / ST] /
Medical Certificate (PwD) as applicable from the candidate
by registered or speed post
January 25, 2016
Application status check on the websiteFebruary 16, 2016
Admit Card availability for download from the HSEE website
by candidates - Starts
March 14, 2016
Admit Card availability for download from the HSEE website
by candidate - Ends
April 16, 2016
HSEE-2016 ExaminationApril 17, 2016
Declaration of result on HSEE websiteMay 11, 2016
Offer Letters to Candidates - StartsMay 12, 2016


Excellence in higher education in the humanities and social sciences is evidently of growing importance around the world. By imparting quality education through this programme the Institute aims at producing well-rounded indvidiuals with sound training in thehumanities and social sciences to answer the needs of universities, research institutes and commercial and public sector enterprises. The programme draws its strength from the unique mix of streams. 


Integrated M.A. in Development Studies 
Integrated M.A. in English Studies 

A brief description of each stream of the programme is given below.

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. This will entail studying the web of relationships humans have with each other and the physical world, which can serve both as a constraint and a source of enormous creativity and ingenuity for achieving sustainable development. 

How to analyse and address these issues therefore requires knowledge and skills from across the social sciences, which is what the inter-disciplinary area of Development Studies seeks to do. It covers such topics as economic development, the role of the state and markets, globalization, inequality, poverty, gender relations, environment, conflict, new social movements, politics and institutions, and so on. Courses include those in economics, urbanization, gender studies and science and technology studies as well as advanced topics in political philosophy and social theory. Graduates have career opportunities in government, academia, research organisations and industry. 

English Studies:

The English Studies stream has been designed for students with sensitivity for literary and linguistic analyses. It provides an understanding of literatures in English from around the world with special emphasis on current debates in literary theory, lesser-known literatures and the importance of an interdisciplinary approach. It aims to introduce students to language, literary and cultural studies, with an emphasis on critical reading skills that would stand a student in good stead whatever s/he may eventually do in lifeStarting with introductory courses in the basics of language and literature, the stream covers the masters of English literary tradition, as well as major writers from other traditions – Asian, African, Latin American and Continental. A range of genre-based, author-based and period-based courses are offered so that students appreciate different kinds of literature in English in different periods of its history.

Courses in linguistics and the structure and function of natural languages as a system of cognition and communication are parts of this stream. Students are exposed to other Streams such as Economics, Sociology, History, and Philosophy so that they can have a range of career options from academics and editing to journalism and language training.