Tuesday, 15 August 2017

MISTAKES USUALLY COMMITTED IN IAS PRELIMS & MAINS


MISTAKES USUALLY COMMITTED IN IAS PRELIMS & MAINS




A regular and consistent strategy is the way to go rather than unplanned way of reading
-Anmol Sher Singh Bedi,
IAS Topper 2016-17 Among Men

-          Do not read the material once; try revising it a multiple times. If the information
is read only once, there is every chance that one might not be able to distinguish between two similar although different instances of information in the final paper. Therefore, continuous revision is very important to achieve success in this exam.

-          Do not read only static information. There are certain portions of this exam
which are dynamic in nature, therefore it is important to update the information
regularly. For example, current affairs are highly dynamic and an important part
Prelims, therefore it is important to read newspapers and one magazine
that can provide an overall coverage of the same. Also, it is advised to experiment
with the sources so that one can build different linkages of the same information.
However, once decided it is important to stick to those resources.

-          Analyse the change in the pattern of examination of Prelims. There has been a
marked shift in the Prelims question papers from the previous ones, therefore an
aspirant needs to understand the deeper insights of this exam to predict next
year's Prelims questions. For example, current affairs are becoming important for the Prelims.

-          Do not crowd in too many sources, which have the same information given in
other languages. This can waste precious time and also lead to the loss in
remembering power.

-          Attempt Mock Tests regularly rather than attempting them in the end of the
cycle. A regular and consistent strategy is the way to go rather than unplanned way of reading.

-          Focus more on Economy and Ecology, for there are a number of fairly easy
questions asked in the Prelims.

-          There are certain portions of the syllabus which are difficult to learn on time.
Prelims has become unpredictable, so it is better to focus more on it.

-          Please Practice a few tests related to CSAT before going for Prelim

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- Give more time to answer-writing.

- Give holistic answers exploring all portions appropriately.

- Presentation of answers in Mains becomes more important.

- Ethics and Essays are the most important components, so it is better to focus

- Give genuine answers in Ethics, which are easy to understand No need to specialise
and use difficult words.
-          It is important to quote committees, schemes, new organisations and structures
etc. in GSIII
-          In GSII, quote all Constitutional Articles, Acts and Judicial pronouncements
related to the Question asked.
-          In GSI, Historical Facts are very important, so extensive rote learning is required.
Developing some depth may be important to score well.
-          Reframing the same line in multiple ways may be an important way to score

Remember, the better you score in Mains, the less shall be the unpredictability of

Interview affecting your Rank.

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Working under pressure, managing your time...


Do you work best under pressure?

Well against the deadline lack motivation and self-discipline, and end up giving less than their best.

They say time is infinite; it has no end. Well, who is to tell a 'deadline' that? There is nothing like a deadline to prove that time to be finite. Every kind of time ends - good or bad. And waiting to meet it at the end is a deadline!


Most of us wait for a deadline to loom large before putting our heads down to completing a task. Most bills get paid on the last date; we rush for meetings at the last minute; start studying for exams or writing articles when we can no longer put it off.

Because we are human, we find ways to make ourselves feel better. And so we declare, " I work best under pressure!" or "I deliver my best against a deadline". A more honest way of saying this possibly would be that you are basically lazy, undisciplined and lack motivation. You do not work best under pressure; you work only under pressure when you can no longer put off the task.

With less time on hand, adrenaline kicks in, sending your mind and body into an overdrive. A sudden Rush of energy does make one perform better and faster; also accelerates learning and absorption. Much like drugs or coffee, working to a deadline get get addicted because of the rush of energy and a quick relief you get upon completing your task. Staying Up All Night, managing to complete the seemingly impossible, or compressing the work of a fortnight into 2 hours can give you a rush that you want repeatedly. 

Also, as experts explain, your motivation to reach the finish line increases once it is within sight. So, the closer you are to deadline, the more motivated you become. The single minded focus you adopt under pressure helps. Earlier, you had the leisure to think to the difficulties of the task and your when to engage with it. But procrastination is no longer an option; so you focus. Also now your reputation is at stake. If you do not meet your deadline, you stand to lose face.

However it is not possible to deliver the best under stress all the time. Though good in situations of emergency, continuous high levels of stress hormones can have detrimental effects on physical and mental health - leading to anxiety disorders, heart problems and high blood pressure apart from affecting memory over the long-term. So, working with the rush of adrenaline may seem to enhance your speed and performance, it just gives a glimpse of how much better you could do it if only you could motivate yourself to focus and work consistently.

You are prepared for war now, where is Idea UP east time process could have achieved the same task for more efficiently with better quality. 

Remember how many times you have told yourself that if only you had more time, you could have performed much better. Is life is really about creating a better you, then to work well in time and with focus as a discipline you must learn in order to give the best you have to offer


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Sunday, 6 August 2017

Maximizing Teachers Output in Delivering Maths




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"I am not a math person." This sentiment is a part of a culture that we have largely embraced as a country. Whether you are talking to a teenager or a middle aged individual, often disha away from being in situations where they need to work with numbers. And a major cause of this is the way that we have been taught Math in schools. Math is taught in a set method which often leads to gaps in conceptual understanding of students that later translates to Math phobia.

But there is the other side of the spectrum as well, who make students fall in love with math and proudly bear the Crown of most loved teachers. What is it that these teachers do differently? What can we do to make more and more of them?

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Teaching is a lonely profession and sell them do teachers get opportunities to upgrade their skills or college there's subject matter expertise. Hance, Maths is still a subject that is taught procedurally in schools. All of us have been taught in the same way and as a result, some of us also suffer from math anxiety when faced with a problem involving numbers.

Our mission is to create a complete activity based math learning and learning system that will make maths teaching fun for teachers and maximize the benefits for the students.

Teachers are supported through this process of change and equal to teach using this methodology, we provide teachers with training nodules on integrated planning using the learning aids and Technology. These trainings give teachers opportunities to not just understand the learning aid and Technology but also to experience being taught in a more conceptual way using the concrete-pictorial-abstract method which is a way for them to Cater to all different kind of learners in the classroom.

But training alone is not sufficient to drive a change, it needs to be followed up with guidance through classroom observations and a feedback process to a show teachers if they are on right track and what would it take for them to reach there. Now, teachers can access short videos that guides them on the process of teaching Math using learning aids.

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Friday, 4 August 2017

REVOLUTION IN K-12 EDUCATION



The establishment which also includes captains of Indian industry who incur arguably the highest personnel training cost worldwide and endure Rock bottom labour productivity is in denial. But there is a mountain of evidence which testifies that India's education system from kindergarten to PHD is slowly sliding towards a deep abyss. The Body of Evidence is as disturbing as it is overwhelming.

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In early childhood care and education the national early childhood care and education policy draught approved by the Union Cabinet of the Congress let you paid to government during its last few days in office, has disappeared into the bureaucratic maze under the rule of income and BJP led NDA government, which was voted to power at the centre with an overwhelming majority by exasperated electorate in general election 2014. Consequently, only 84 million of the country is 164 million children under age 5 are covered by the central government integrated child development services program which runs 1.34 million anganwadis countrywide. No has the union budget 2017-18 presented in Parliament on February 1 made any meaningful incremental outlet to enable in fusion of the 80 million infants  uncovered by the ICDS programme. In this connection, it's pertinent to know that according to undp is latest human development report 2016 released on March 21, 38.7% of India's 164 million children under age 5 suffer severe malnutrition and are in danger of stunting and brain damage.

In primary education, the picture is only marginally better. The authoritative and deeply researched annual status of education report 2016 widely respected Pratham Education Foundation, released in Delhi on January 16, highlights abysmal learning outcomes in primary education in rural India. In 589 rural districts out of total 707 nationwide, 52.2% of class 5 children are unable to read and comprehend class 2 text books. Moreover, 62.3% of children in class 7th are unable to complete simple division sums and 74.5% can't do subtraction sums correctly. 98% of India's children between the ages of 6 to 14 are enrolled in 1.4 million Government and private primary schools countrywide, very little learning is happening inside the nation's classrooms, specially in public primary is run by the country is 29 state governments.

Things are hardly better in Secondary Education. In 2010 for the first time, a selected batch of secondary students from Government and private schools in Himachal Pradesh and Tamilnadu - among the countries most educationally advanced States - code program for international student assessment standardized test in maths and Science, administer to 15 year old from 74 countries to access the real learning capabilities. the Indian students cohort was ranked 73rd out of 74 teams that participated. Since then, the union HRD ministry has opted out of the tri annual PISA routinely topped by students from Shanghai. Foreign evaluation tests such as PISA aside, even in the National achievement survey 2015 in which NCERT assess the real learning outcomes of 277416 class 10th students of 7216 schools affiliated with 33 school leaving exam boards countrywide through standardized testing, students averaged less than 50% in all the subjects like english, Maths, Science and social science except major Indian language.

Nor does India's higher education system provide any relief. Except for a handful of IITs and IIMs established half a century ago, and the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, none of India's 37000 undergraduate colleges and Eight hundred universities is rank among the Global top 200 by the reputed University ranking agencies QS and THE. Packed with mediocre, time- serving academics - themselves products of a dysfunctional education system- indifference to knowledge creation and research, most of the countries Institutions of Higher Education are haphazardly teaching and recklessly certifying an estimated 1.5 million graduates is prepared for the industry, agriculture and the professions.

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Saturday, 29 July 2017

CAT Notification 2017


IIM conducts CAT for MBA entrance. The official notification is released today!

Important Dates


CAT 2017 RESULTS AND SHORTLISTING
Information related to CAT 2017 results will be tentatively available starting second week of January 2018 on this website. The list of candidates shortlisted for the next level of selection will be made available on the website of the respective IIMs. Each IIM will send interview letters to the shortlisted candidates directly. The criteria for shortlisting vary from IIM to IIM. Please visit the admission hotlinks of the respective websites of IIMs for further information.
ADMISSION PROCESS
Please note that each IIM shortlists candidates for second stage of selection which may be independent of each other. The process may include Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI). Performance in CAT 2017 examination is an important component in the admission process. IIMs may additionally use other factors like previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience and other similar inputs in short listing and ranking of candidates at various stages of the admission process. The processes, academic cut-offs and the weights allocated to the evaluation parameters may vary across IIMs. For more information, refer the admissions policies of IIMs from their respective websites.
ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION
If a candidate is shortlisted for interviews by any IIM, he/she must comply with the following eligibility verification:
Mark sheets and Degree Certificate
A candidate must show all the mark sheets and submit attested copies to prove his/her eligibility at the time of interview. Further, if a candidate is selected for a programme, original degree certificate and mark sheets of all semesters/years along with their attested copies must be submitted for verification at the time of joining the programme.
Reservation Category Requirements
If shortlisted for interview, SC, ST, NC-OBC and PWD candidates must show the original caste/class and/or disability certificate and submit a photocopy at the time of interview. Further, if a candidate is selected for a programme, the original certificate of qualifying degree and attested copy of the same must be submitted for verification at the time of joining a programme.
Candidates in the Final Year of Graduation
If shortlisted for interview, candidates appearing for the final bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification examination must show an original certificate from the Principal / Registrar / Director of the university/ institution certifying that the candidate has obtained 50% marks or equivalent (45% in case of the candidates belonging to SC, ST, and PWD category) based on latest available grades/marks. He/she must submit an attested copy of the original certificate at the time of interview.
For the Post Graduate Programmes of IIMs, such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the programme PROVISIONALLY, only if they submit a certificate from the Principal / Registrar of their University/institution (issued on or before the date as stipulated by the respective IIM) stating that they have completed all the requirements (the results may, however, be awaited) for obtaining the Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate. Their admission will be confirmed only when they submit original mark sheet and qualifying degree certificate of having passed the bachelor's degree / equivalent qualification referred to in the certificate issued by Principal /Registrar of their college/institute. They must obtain at least 50% marks or equivalent (45% in case of the candidates belonging to SC, ST, and PWD category). They also must submit an attested copy of the mark sheets and qualifying degree certificate.
The deadline for submission of the mark sheet and the certificate is December 31, 2018. NONFULFILLMENT OF THIS CONDITION WILL AUTOMATICALLY RESULT IN THE CANCELLATION OF THE PROVISIONAL ADMISSION. Provisional admission will also be cancelled if it is found that the certificate is found to be incorrect subsequently.

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NORMALIZATION OF CAT SCORES IN 2017
 
CAT 2017 shall be conducted in two sessions. Two different Test Forms shall be administered in two Test Sessions. In order to ensure fairness and equity in comparison of performances of the candidates across different test sessions, the scores of the candidates shall be subjected to a process of Normalization. The Normalization process shall adjust for location and scale differences of score distributions across different forms. After normalization across different forms, the scores shall be further normalized across different sections. The scaled scores obtained by this process shall be converted into percentiles for purposes of shortlisting
For reporting purposes, Scaled Scores for each section (Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Section III: Quantitative Ability (QA)) and Total along with the Percentiles shall be published.
The process of Normalization is an established practice for comparing candidate scores across multiple Forms and is similar to those being adopted in other large educational selection tests conducted in India, such as Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE). For normalization across sections, we shall use the percentile equivalence.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Exam Calendar 2017


Examination calendar! Kindly note: refer to official website for real time updates. This is a suggestive calendar and we are not responsible for any misuse of the information in any respect.

Category
Exam Name
Type
Month
Date(s)
Banking
IBPS PO Pre (CWE PO/MT-VII)
Online
October'17
7, 8, 14, 15th Oct.
Banking
IBPS PO Mains (CWE PO/MT-VII)
Online
Jan'18
21-Jan-18
Banking
IBPS CWE CLERK -VII (Pre)
Online
Dec'17
2,3,9,10 Dec'17
Banking
IBPS CWE CLERK -VII (Mains)
Online
Jan'18
21-Jan-18
Banking
IBPS CWE RRB-VI (Pre): Officer Scale I and Office assistant
Online
Sept'17
9,10,16,17,23,24 sep'17
Banking
IBPS CWE RRB-VI (Mains): Officer Scale I
Online
Nov'17
05-Nov-17
Banking
IBPS CWE RRB-VI (Mains):Office assistant
Online
Nov'17
12-Nov'17
SSC
Combined Graduate Level
Examination – 2017 (Tier-I)
Online
Aug'17
1-Aug to 20-Aug'17
SSC
Stenographer Grade ‘C’ & ‘D’
Examination – 2017
Online
Sept'17
04.09.2017 to 07.09.2017
SSC
Scientific Assistants in India
Meteorological Department
Examination-2017
Online
Sept'17
20th – 23th Sep.,2017
SSC
Rectt. of SI in CAPFs, ASI in
CISF and SI in Delhi Police Exam
-2017 (Paper-II)
Online
October'17
08.10.2017
SSC
Combined Graduate Level
Examination – 2017 (Tier-II)
Online
Nov'17
10.11.2017 &11.11.2017
SSC
Recruitment for Constables (Exe.)
in Delhi Police Exam-2016
Online
Dec'17
7.12.2017 to 10.12.2017
SSC
Junior Engineer (Civil, Electrical &
Mechanical) Examination – 2017
(Paper-I)
Online
Jan'18
5-8 January, 2018
SSC
Recruitment for Constables (GD)
in CAPFs Exam-2017
Online
Jan'18
30th Jan to 5th
Feb.,2018
SSC
Combined Higher Secondary (10+2)
Exam., 2017 (Tier-I)
Online
Mar'18
20th March to 20th April,
2018
Olympiads
SOF - NCO
OMR
Jan'18
23RD & 30TH JAN 2018
Olympiads
SOF - NSO
OMR
Nov'17
9TH & 23RD NOV
Olympiads
SOF - IMO
OMR
Dec'17
5TH & 14TH DEC
Olympiads
SOF - IEO
OMR
October'17
6TH, 12TH & 24TH OCT
MBA Entrance
Management Aptitude Test - MAT 2017 (SEPTEMBER)
Online
Sept'17
09th September 2017
MBA Entrance
Management Aptitude Test - MAT 2017 (SEPTEMBER)
OMR
Sept'17
03rd September 2017
MBA Entrance
COMMON ADMISSION TEST (CAT) 2017
Online
Nov'17
26 Nov 2017
MBA Entrance
XAT
Online
Jan'18
7th Jan'18
MBA Entrance
IIFT

Nov'17
4th week of Nov'17
MBA Entrance
IBSAT
Online
Dec'17
21 Dec'17 ownwards
MBA Entrance
NMAT by GMAC
Online
October'17
5th oct'17 to 18th Dec'17


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