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How to Choose Optional Subject in UPSC

The first exercise one has to go through after making the decision to plunge into UPSC preparation is choosing the optional subject. It is the only thing in the exam which is not same for all aspirants. If chosen carefully, it not only helps you beat the cut throat competition but also can make the preparation a lot easier and interesting.
Five things any UPSC aspirant should keep in mind while choosing the optional subject. The list is not random and follows a step wise methodology one should adopt.
 Guide to Choosing Optional Subject in UPSC
The subjects availability in the UPSC list
The educational background ie. The subject one pursued during graduation and post-graduation
The subject one is naturally inclined towards
The subject for which a good trainer or guide is available
The subject trends in UPSC exam
Subject Availability in UPSC List
The first thing an aspirant needs is to do is to have a look on the subject list of the ‘UPSC Civil Services Exam’. Not all subjects are included in the UPSC notification and an aspirant has to check whether his graduation subject is included, for eg. Computer Science and Engineering are not included in the subject list of civil services exam and one cannot choose it irrespective of him being a student of Computer Science.
Education Background
The second factor is the educational background of an aspirant. The subject one pursued during higher studies mayor may not be his choice. In fact many of the aspirants opt for UPSC preparation due to the fact that they do not feel any inclination towards pursuing a career in their graduation subjects or do not see a very steep growth in that career. If your graduation subject is the one you would like to study for next few years with the confidence of achieving mastery, you should opt for it without a second thought and any apprehension. However just check point 5 before you go. In case you do not feel inclined towards your graduation subject you need not opt for it as the UPSC preparation is a long and tedious job and a subject you have already tested for years that still cannot generate an interest towards must be avoided.
Personal Preference
The third step is to look for a subject you feel good about. Maybe some subject you found interesting during school days but could not pursue because of the peer pressure to pursue a career in Engineering/Medical or likewise. Subjects like Sociology, History appeal to many. In this case go through the UPSC syllabus of the subject, have a look on few basic recommended books and contact someone who passed the exam with the subject or at least preparing with that subject(one can find them on facebook in various preparation groups). In this week long exercise one will have a good enough idea of whether or not to opt for the subject. If you feel unsure about the size of syllabus or something similar, repeat the process with some other subject.
Availability of Guide
The fourth step deals with something you have little control on. Due to many constraints one cannot always find a good teacher or guide of his preferred subject near him. In the case you do not have very strong feeling for a subject, opt for a subject for which a good and trained teacher is available nearby. For eg, if a good Geography teacher with a good reputation is available nearby and you are still not sure about any subject, opt for geography. The like and dislike of the subject also depends upon pedagogy and the teacher. A good teacher in all likelihood will make you comfortable in the subject.
UPSC Trends
The last step is to check the performance of the subject you have chosen in the previous few years. In an ideal world, such advice is not given by teachers or guides but it is a reality in UPSC exams. Some subjects do not perform very well for many years continuously due to unknown reasons and should be avoided. However, there is no fixed time period of their poor performance and in a few years they may start performing well again therefore one is left only with his intuition to rely upon. For example, the subject of Public Administration has been performing very poorly since 2012 to the level that average marks in it were less than quarter of average marks in other subjects. However, this advice is for those who are not very sure on a subject and therefore can avoid such subjects. In case you are sure about your subject, do not change it on this factor. While Public Administration has performed poorly, it is also true that many students have cracked the exam with Public Administration as their optional subject.
Final Thoughts on Choosing Optional Subject in UPSC
A caveat before one start to work over the process. Generally the subjects are divided into two broad categories, ie. The Technical Subjects and the Non-technical subjects. The categorization is not by UPSC or some authority but is a general division after looking over the nature of the subjects. The technical subjects are those which largely deals with sciences like Physics, Mathematics etc. The marking of such subjects is very clear and largely predictive where a student can rate his performance just after the exam gets over. The Non-technical subjects largely deals with Social Sciences and Arts like Sociology and Literature etc. The marking of the essay type answers of such subjects is not very clear and student rarely gets an idea of his performance after the exam. The benefit of technical subjects is they are higher scoring and many top ranks achieved are due to such subjects. On the other side not only is the syllabus of such subjects is large, the mastery over them is also difficult to achieve and they do not provide any help in General Studies. The benefit of non-technical subjects is that they do not need much of the background and help in the General Studies part as well.
We hope this guide will help you in your UPSC journey and make choosing the optional subject in UPSC preparation easy.

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Top 10 Law Schools In India

The legal profession has always been a revered career option in India. The legal profession has given the nation many great leaders as well. Remember, Mahatma Gandhi was a barrister. The Indian legal profession has grown substantially in last few decades to become most influential and largest in the world in the governance of a country. As a result of this, the trend of making a career in legal profession is on an all-time high. This trend creates a demand for better law colleges in the country. Along the years, many law schools have come up that provide quality legal education and prepares the best of legal minds in the country. Have a look at the list of top 10 law schools in India.
Top 10 Law Schools
National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore

NLSUI enjoys the pride place of being the first ever National Law University to be established in India. NLSIU was constituted by the Karnataka Legislative Assembly for legal education in India. The Chief Justice of India is the Chancellor of the University. Admissions to the Law School are offered on the basis of performance at a National Entrance Test which is now, since 2008, is known as National Level Common Admission Test known as the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT). The school has an intake of 80 students in the undergraduate law program, 40 in Masters of Law and 40 in its, recently introduced, Masters of Public Policy.
Website: NLSIU
National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), Hyderabad

NALSAR was established in 1998 by a Statute of the State of Andhra Pradesh. With students admitted from all over the country and faculty drawn from home and abroad, NALSAR is counted amongst the top law schools of the country. NALSAR is famous for its prestigious undergraduate program which forms the core of its academic and co-curricular excellence. The school offers a five-year integrated B.A LL.B.(Hons.) program. Admission to the school is based on the score of Common Law Admission Test (CLAT). NALSAR also offers Post- graduate program. Admission to its 50 seats is based on the score of CLAT. From the academic year 2013-14, in a first of its kind initiative, NALSAR has started offering a 2-year MBA program.
Website: NALSAR
Campus Law Center, Delhi University

Campus Law Center or Faculty of Law was established in 1924. The center is situated in the North Campus of Delhi University. CLC offers three year law degree and is rated as one of the best law schools not only in India, but also in Asia. The alumni of the center includes Supreme Court Judges, Judges from the High Courts and many Civil Servants and famous lawyers. Admission to the center is offered on the basis of DU LLB Entrance Exam which is conducted by the University of Delhi. The Faculty of Law has three Centers, all three in Delhi. The center offers post graduate and graduate programs.
Website: Law Faculty
National Law Institute University, Bhopal

This institute was established in 1997 by the State of Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the first three law schools to have been established under the National Law School system. Admission to undergraduate programs is granted through Common Law Admission Test (CLAT). There are 100 seats for undergraduate programs. Since its establishment, NLIU has consistently been rated among the three best law schools in India. The university offers postgraduate and Ph.D. programs in the legal field.
Website: NLU Bhopal
Indian Law Society’s Law College, Pune

Indian Law Society was established in 1923 and the society established the Law College in 1924. The institute offers courses that include three-year and five-year degrees. In addition to the five-year degree course and the three-year degree course (for graduates in any discipline), the college offers diplomas and distance-learning courses. The college has been ranked as a top law college for more than a decade. Student placements for the last few years have been over 90%. Admission to the college is offered on the basis of academic cut-off.
Website: ILSLC
Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar

Gujarat National Law University was established in 2003 under the Gujarat National Law University Act (2003). GNLU is the sole National Law University (NLU) in India which offers integrated law degree courses in five distinct streams: Bachelor of Arts BA, LLB (Hons.), Bachelor of Business Administration BBA, LLB (Hons.), Bachelor of Commerce BCom, LLB (Hons.), Bachelor of Science BSc, LLB (Hons.) and Bachelor of Social Work BSW, LLB (Hons.). The university offers admission to its 180 seats on the basis of score of Common Law Admission Test (CLAT).
Website: GNLU
National Law University, Jodhpur

The National Law University, Jodhpur was set up in November 1999 under the leadership of Dr. N.L. Mitra. The institute claims to be first of its kind in the country where study of law is coupled with other disciplines such as Science, Management Science and Policy Sciences. The institute offers admission to under graduate courses on the basis of Common Law Admission Test. Admission to post graduate courses is based on the score of National Entrance Test which is conducted by the university every year.
Website: NLU Jodhpur
West Bengal National University of Juridicial Sciences, Kolkata

WBNUJS is an autonomous law university offering under graduate and post graduate degrees. It offers a five-year integrated B.A./BSc. LLB (Hons.) degree program admission to which is based on the score of Common Law Admission Test. WBNUJS also offers Ph.D. and M.Phil degrees. Over the years, WBNUJS has also attracted leading academicians, as visiting faculties, from top universities such as University of Sydney, University of London, National University of Singapore, Freiburg University and others.
Website: WBNUJS
Faculty of Law, BHU

Faculty of Law is one of the earliest faculties to be established in Banaras Hindu University. The faculty offers full time three year LL.B. program and full time two year LL.M. course. It claims to be  the only Law School in India in introducing two years full time special courses of LL.M. in Human Rights and Duties Education. Admission to these courses is based on BHU UET which is conducted by Banaras Hindu University.
Website: BHU
Faculty of Law, AMU

Faculty of Law, Aligarh Muslim University is one of the top law institution in the country. The Faculty of Law offers 5 year B.A.LL.B. (Integrated) Course, 2 years LL.M. Course along with 3 P.G. Diploma Courses in various specializations. Admission to the courses is based on an All India Law Entrance Test conducted by the University. The test is conducted in the month of April. The faculty currently has 100 seats for the B.A. LL.B. course.
Website: AMU
Above mentioned law schools do not follow any specific order.

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Five Success Tips for Cracking Bank PO Examination

Careers with PSU Banks in India are a highly sought after field among lakhs of graduates. According to reports, Indian PSU banks will be providing job opportunities to more than 7 lakh freshers in the coming five years. But that is not to say that jobs will come easily. The competition for these jobs are equally high. Like all things in life, the key to clearing the Bank PO exams is through hard work and preparation. Only 5 – 10% make it through the Elimination round of the Aptitude Test. Hence it is crucial to prepare and make sure you cross this first step successfully.

Self Evaluation: Where You Currently Stand

Most students ignore this crucial step of self evaluation, often foregoing it and calling it as unnecessary. Bank PO exams test the very basic aptitude, and hence it is very easy to ignore the need for development and fall in the "Know It All" trap.
There is no denying the fact Bank PO exam covers basic arithmetic and aptitude. However, what applicants generally overlook is the need for master speed coupled with Accuracy. In a typical Bank PO examination, there is a intense time pressure. The applicant has to answer close to 250 questions in 150 minutes, which translates to a little above half a minute per question.
Hence, only knowing how to answer the question is not enough. If you know how to answer the question but you take five minutes to solve it, you lose time that should have been used for 9 more questions! It is very important before you start to take stock of where you stand with respect to speed and accuracy on the multiple topics that gets covered in the Bank PO exam.
Before starting with the Bank PO preparation, we suggest you take mock tests and gauge where you currently stand in terms of the marks scored by you, time taken and compare your marks with the cut off marks and other students.

Understand the Bank PO Exams

The best defence is to know the weaknesses of your enemy. In this case, good preparation for the Bank Exam requires you to know the pattern and trends of the Bank PO exam. The knowledge needed to clear most aptitude tests remains largely the same but the strategy you adopt in handling the exam will change dependent on the pattern of the exam itself.
For instance, the IBPS CWE gives more importance to a well rounded performance and there are individual cut offs for all section. Just being strong in one subject and scoring high in it does not ensure selection in the IBPS CWE until and unless the applicant meets the minimum cut off in all sections. Scoring high in one subject and not even attempting minimum score of other sections will ensure the applicant is not selected in IBPS CWE. The nuances and various patterns of every exam needs to be examined deeply by the student. Some of the key areas of exam pattern analysis are:
Minimum qualifying marks for each section

Negative scoring

Questions with differing difficulties & strategy for handling
Time management
Any penalty for not attempting the questions
Professional Coaching for Bank PO Exam
Another common doubt and source of anxiety among Bank PO aspirants is that ‘is there really a need to join a professional coaching institute for bank PO exam?’.
This doubt comes from the fact that as confident individuals we opt to believe that we are ready for the Bank PO challenge and we can crack any examination as we are well versed with most of the concepts. This confidence is necessary. However, confidence alone is not sufficient to get you through the gates.
An applicant who has an above average aptitude levels has a good chance to crack the exam despite coaching. However, if a professional coaching centre and guidance helps him to get 10-20 additional marks, this can make a huge difference – because the competition is intense and every additional mark is invaluable.
Many applicants are of the opinion that what is covered in the bank PO exam coaching were taught in school. But the truth is, most of us happen to forget what was taught in school and a refresher is necessary for the applicant to be prepared for facing the competition.
Professional coaching and guidance also help the applicant develop a strategy for the Bank PO examination, know what other applicants are doing and also get more laser focus attention on exam related development which will come handy in the GK section.

Practice, Practice & More Practice

The age old idiom of 'Practice makes a man perfect' can not be more true than it is here. More the time the applicant devotes to practice, the more is efficiency he can expect in the final exam. Practice will increase accuracy as well as speed, the importance of which we have stressed on already.
A serious applicant needs to devote hours of hard work to practice and preparation before he can hope to reap the fruits of his labour.
The practice must be well aimed. A practice without an aim or a direction may have the ill wanted consequence of de railing your preparation. Professional mentoring aids in analysing the topics which one is weak in. Professional guidance and mentoring goes a long way in helping one become better equipped to crack the Bank PO examination

 Self Determination & Positive Thinking

If you think you can do it, you probably can. You have to take enjoyment in what you are doing. It should not and cannot be a chore. Exam preparation for Bank PO exams is no amusement park ride, but one can keep spirits high by soaking in the learning while taking regular breaks. Motivate yourself with the though of the end prize- the light at the end of the tunnel. You just have to make sure to not give up in between. Else, you risk being run over a train in the tunnel.

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Best UPSC Books

UPSC Prelims 2015 is to be held on 23 August. With around 90 more days to go, there has been a big change in the pattern of the examination. The latest UPSC notification on the Civil Services Examination (23 May,2015) announces that the Board has reduced CSAT to a qualifying paper in the preliminary examination. Given that scoring above 33% in CSAT is easy, the General Studies paper is all that an aspirant needs to tackle to get through to the Mains this year. If you were depending on the CSAT score to pass prelims, you must be panicking now. Well, all that can be said is, "Gather your wits and start working!"… There are 3 months to go for Prelims 2015 : smart work can save the day.
Best Books for UPSC Preparation
Mc Graw Hill Education Series : General Studies GS Paper I for Civil Services Preliminary Examination
This mammoth of a book can look intimidating, but it is comprehensive and UPSC-centric. A wise investment, if you don't mind lugging it around. It covers the syllabus extensively in every subject. It also has previous year question papers as well as model test papers.
Spectrum’s A Brief History of Modern India
This book is utilitarian while it deals with the oft-questioned area of the syllabus. The Freedom Movement of India has been explained in a crisp fashion and the appendix tables in the book come in handy too.
Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations : M. Laxmikanth
This popular book is a must-have to crack the Polity-related questions. The MCQs in the book are beneficial.
India 2015 (Yearbook)
This Government of India publication gives one a fair idea of the Governmental Departments, Ministries and Schemes. Such information can be of immense value in prelims, mains as well as the personality test.
Certificate Physical and Human Geography by Goh Cheng Leong
The ICSE book on Geography that covers the major biomes of the world. Makes for an interesting read and is highly advantageous to take on the tricky questions in this area.
Facets of Indian Culture, Spectrum
The number of questions in the prelims asked on Indian culture has seen a steady rise in the recent years. It is most worthwhile to spend time and efforts in reading this brief account of the different facets of Indian culture.
Environment and Ecology by Majid Husain
2014 prelims saw a dramatic increase in the proportion of questions asked on environment, ecology and biodiversity. This trend is expected to keep up in 2015 too. A strong foundation in these topics could be laid by reading the Majid Husain book.
Indian Economy by I.C.Dhingra
The economics syllabus of prelims is relatively brief and hence it would take a short while to cover the salient points frequently tested in the exam. Misra and Puri’s book will suffice to the gain a good understanding of the basic concepts.
The monthly magazine, published by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, is an excellent collection of essays by experts, covering the latest news and debates on national issues in the socioeconomic sphere. The language and the content are both stimulating and beneficial to the serious aspirants.
NCERTs and NIOS course materials
These freely available online materials have proved to be treasure troves of fundas for every subject in the syllabus. The NCERT books are must-read - especially for Geography and History. The NIOS materials on ‘Culture’ and ‘Environment’ are of great assistance in covering these vital areas in the exam.

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What is the selection ratios of India's toughest exams? Read on to find out
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GCET or Goa Common Entrance Test is a test conducted by Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), Government of Goa for admissions to professional undergraduate degree courses like MBBS, BDS, B.Pharm and B.E. Based on GCET score the admission is offered to various government and private colleges.
| GCET Snapshot
ExamGCET 2015
Mode of Exam
Offline: Pen and Paper
Courses Applicable For
MBBS, B.D.S and B.E.
Registration Begins (For GCET 2015)
March 23, 2015
Registration Deadline (For GCET 2015)
April 1, 2015
Exam Date
May 5 and May 6, 2015
Application Fee
Rs. 1500
2 Hours for each paper
1. Physics 2. Chemistry 3. Mathematics/ Biology
Accepted By
Medical and Engineering Colleges of Goa
| GCET Eligibility
1. Candidates must have passed 10+2 or equivalent from any recognized board.
2. Candidates appearing for the qualifying exam this year are also eligible to apply.
3. There are no age restrictions for the GCET.
4. Candidates appearing for MBBS test must be minimum 17 years of age.
| GCET Application Process
The application form (Form A) is to be downloaded from the official website.
Application form is to be filled by the candidate correctly.
Candidates can submit the fees through demand drafts.
| GCET Associate Colleges
GCET score is accepted by medical and engineering colleges of Goa.
Medical Colleges:
Goa Medical College
Goa Dental College & Hospital
Shri Kamaxidevi Homoeopathic Medical College & Hospital
Engineering Colleges:
Goa College of Engineering
Padre Conceicao College of Engineering
Shree Rayeshwar Institute of Engineering
Don Bosco College Of Engineering
Angel Institute of Technology
Goa College of Architecture
| Exam Pattern
Question Types: The GCET is a objective multiple choice question based test. Each question will have 4 alternate answers out of which only 1 is correct.
Duration: 2 Hours for each paper
Marking Scheme: 1 Mark will be awarded for every correct answer. There is no negative marking.
Sections: The paper consists of 3 sections:
1. Physics
2. Chemistry
3. Mathematics/ Biology
SectionDate of ExamNumber of Questions
May 5, 2015
May 5, 2015
May 6, 2015
May 6, 2015
| Syllabus
The paper will be based on syllabus of Class XI and class XII from CBSE and state boards. Detailed syllabus is provided on the official website.
| Sample Papers
Sample Papers can be obtained from here.
| Coaching Institutes for GCET
You can check out Coaching Adda for the best coaching institutes for GCET in your city.
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MH CET Guide

MH CET is the Common Entrance Test conducted by Government of Maharashtra for Health Sciences Degree courses (MBBS, BDS and other courses) for the academic year of 2015-2016.
| MH CET 2015 Snapshot
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| MH CET Eligibility
Academic Criteria:
All candidates must clear  SSC or equivalent examination from an institution situated in Maharashtra with English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology as compulsory subjects.
The candidate must have obtained a minimum of 50% marks in Biology, Chemistry & Physics taken in aggregate at the 12th class or equivalent examination. For SC/ST/PWD  candidates, this aggregate must not be less than 40%.
Additional Criteria:
The candidate must be an Indian National. NRIs/ Overseas Citizen of India(OCI)  are not allowed.
The candidate must be at least 17 years of age. Candidate must be born on or before December 31, 1998 to be eligible to appear for the exam.
The candidate must be medically fit.
| MH CET 2015 Application Process
1. Candidates are required to register online for MH CET 2015. After that they must fill in the details asked.
2. Candidates need to upload scanned photograph and signature.
3. Fee is to be submitted through a bank challan generated by the computer.
4. After 24 hours of fee payment, candidates need to confirm the payment details in their online form.
| MH CET Associate Colleges
MH CET score is accepted by both Government and Private medical colleges in Maharashtra.
Seth G. S. Medical College, Mumbai
B. J Medical College, Pune
Grant Medical College, Mumbai
Mahatma Gandhi Mission’s Medical College, Aurangabad
Topiwala National Medical College, Mumbai
Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Wardha
Smt Kashibai Navale Medical College and General Hospital
Maharashtra Institute of Medical Education and Research
Terna Medical College
Mahatma Gandhi Mission’s Medical College, Mumbai
| MH CET 2015 Exam Pattern
Question Type: The test will comprise of multiple choice questions with four choices and one correct answer.
Duration: Test duration will be of 3 hours.
Marking Scheme: 1 mark will be awarded for every correct answer. There is no negative marking in the test.
Sections: MH CET has 3 sections-
1. Physics
2. Chemistry
3. Biology
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| Syllabus
The test will be based on class XI and XII Physics, Chemistry and Biology syllabus as adopted by boards in state of Maharashtra. Detailed syllabus can be obtained from the website.
| Sample Papers
Please visit the MH CET website to access the latest sample papers.
| Coaching Institutes for MH CET
Check out our city wise listings of the best medical coaching institutes.
| Result
Result can be checked from here.
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MAT Guide

The Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is a standardized management admission test  conducted  by the All India Management Association (AIMA). 371 management institutes use the MAT score as an admission criteria to screen applicants.
Some of the top MBA institutes in the country accept the MAT, such as AIMS Bangalore, Amity Business School & PSG Institute of Management.
         | MAT Snapshot
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         | MAT Eligilbity
All candidates must have completed their graduation or must be in their final year.
         | MAT Application Process
1. Online Process- Register online via credit card & debit card. Further instructions can be found here.
2. Demand Draft & Net Banking- Candidates must get a demand draft of Rs. 1200 issues in name of AIMA- All India Management Association payable at any bank in Delhi. Candidate must register online with the DD or netbanking. Further instructions can be found here.
3. MAT Bulletin- Candidate can purchase MAT bulletin for Rs. 1200 from Nodal Centers of AIMA or the AIMA head office. The nodal centers of AIMA are as follows-
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         | MAT Associate Colleges
371 institutes accept the MAT as a criteria for entry into the MBA/PGDM program. A full list can be found here. AIMS Bangalore, Amity Business School, PSG Institute of Management, Asia-Pacific Institute of Management & ITM Business School are some of the top B schools accepting the MAT
         | MAT Exam Pattern
Question Types: The MAT has objective multiple choice questions (MCQ).
Duration: MAT has a duration of 2 Hours 30 Minutes
Sections:  The MAT has 4 sections-
1. Language Comprehension
2. Mathematical Skills
3. Data Analysis and Sufficiency
4. Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
5. Indian and Global Environment
         | Previous Years Papers
Previous Years MAT Papers with Detailed Answers
         | Recommended Books for MAT

Word Power Made Easy
By Norman Lewis

How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT
By Arun Sharma

Previous Years' Solved CAT Papers
By Arun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyay 

How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT
By Arun Sharma

         | Top Coaching Institutes for MAT
Check out our city wise lists of the best MBA entrance coaching institutes.
         | MAT Result
You can get the result of the MAT through the MAT site
Hope we helped.
MAT Guide
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Your exams will be starting in a month and you still haven’t opened up your book. Every day you think of starting your preparation from the next day. But the next day starts and ends at the same note. You have wasted countless days doing this and haven’t got a single thing done while doing nothing of importance or value.  You, like so many other people procrastinate knowing that you will regret it later. But now you have fallen in the pattern and cannot seem to do much about it. Well you can do a few things and try a few ways to stop procrastinating your exam preparation.
Ways to Stop Procrastinating the Exam Preparation
Track Your Day
Create a list of things that you plan to do in the day. Cover every small or big thing in the list. Now keep a track during the day of how many tasks you accomplish in a day out of the total planned tasks. Keeping a list will help you in knowing that where and in which activity you wasted your time. Now once you are aware of your daily routine, try to get the activities where you waste your time out of the list. Get studying to the top of your list and get down to accomplish it.
Divide Your Study Time
It’s not necessary for all to study for long hours. Divide your preparation time and then study accordingly. If you plan to study a lengthy chapter which you think will take much longer then do not try to study all of it at one go. Divide the chapter and then study it by taking appropriate pauses in between. This practice will keep you engaged in the chapter and will allow you to accomplish more and will gradually decrease your levels of procrastination.
Create Deadlines and Stick to Them
Here you will have to be a bit stricter and disciplined. Create deadline for a specific task and try to complete it within that time frame. If you have decided to complete an assignment by the evening then do make sure that you complete it by the evening. In this manner, by creating specific deadlines for specific tasks, you can accomplish more in the given time period. Your work efficiency improves. And deadlines will give you a reason for not procrastinating a particular task.
Perfect Plan
There is no such thing as perfect plan. Most of us often waste our time in thinking and planning. We do not work on our plan because we do not think that our plan is perfect. This approach is incorrect. Make a study plan and start implementing it. Do not worry about the flaws or loopholes in your plans. You can always make necessary changes in your plans as you move ahead. So if you have come up with a study plan then start following the plan. You will get to know about the improvements or changes that might be needed and you can make the necessary changes while acting on the plan.So the only perfect plan is to start acting now.
Block Out Distractions
Distance yourself from things or activities that distract you. There can be people as well who can distract you. Stay away from them. When we are surrounded by things which distract us, losing sight of the goal is easier. As a result, one will find easy ways (in form of these distractions) to procrastinate. If it’s your exam time and you are well aware of the fact that a particular game will distract you then for the time being keep it away.
Tell Others About Your Goals
This is one of the easiest way of keeping your vision only on your goals. If your goal is to clear a competitive exam then tell your friends and family about it. It’s only human for others to develop a curiosity about it. Because of the curiosity they will keep questioning you on your position, your performance, your actions in that direction. Their questioning (although annoying) will keep reminding you time and again about your goal.
Get in Touch with People who Inspire you to Take Action
Such people can be anyone: relative, a friend, a teacher or an actor or a player. People are often inspired by celebrities and famous personalities. If those are the people who inspire you then read about them. You can read an autobiography of an inspirational person. Other person’s behavior directly affects us. So reading about such people or hanging out with them inculcate their spirit in us. Inspiration is a good way to stay away from the habit of procrastination.
Look at the Larger Picture
Every time you feel that you are doing something which you should not be doing and you are simply wasting your time, try to think about the plans that you have made for yourself. If you plan to get into a good college then think about it and think of the ways to reach there. This will keep you away from procrastinating your work and you will get back to work without wasting any time. So always keep the larger picture in mind. However, do not confuse it with fantasizing as that’ll do you more harm than good.
Enjoy Your Work
One of the main reason that we avoid to do things is that those things do not interest us. You have been procrastinating your exam preparation because the subject does not interest you. In such situations try to devise methods that will make the things interesting. When things are interesting they seem easier as well. Stop complaining about the chapter being so boring and learn to enjoy it or create an interest value.
Start Now
You will never get a perfect moment than the present moment to start something. If you plan to study for your exams, start studying right away. That’s the secret of getting things done. The more you will delay things and look for the perfect moment the more time you will take in getting things done and over with. So start studying now if you wish to score good marks in exams.
Nothing can ever be achieved by simply dreaming about it. You need to work hard to get it. And before working hard, you need to get started. So stop procrastinating as you are simply wasting your precious time and with every second that is wasted, you are moving further away from your goal. Hope this will help you.
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GMAT Questions You Always Wanted to Ask
Have heard a lot about this test called GMAT but do not have exact information about it? Want to take GMAT but don’t know how and from where to begin? Have too many doubts and questions related to the exam? If yes, then do not worry. Here are solutions to all those frequently asked questions which confuse people. Have a look at GMAT FAQs and the answers.
What is GMAT?
GMAT or Graduate Management Admission Test is a standardized test used to evaluate the potential of prospective management students by Universities in U.S.
When is the test held?
The test is offered on demand and year-round at specific test centers across the globe. In India, the test is conducted in 17 cities. The test is conducted by Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).
Is there any eligibility criteria?
No such criteria is particularly defined by GMAC. However, a candidate must be a graduate and more than 18 years of age. Having a passport is a mandatory requirement to take the exam.
How many times can one take the test?
Within a year you can take the test 5 times. More than 5 times is not allowed. A candidate can take the exam once in a month.
What is the number of schools where GMAT score can be sent on the day of taking the GMAT?
GMAT score can be send to 5 schools for free. After 5, for every additional score report 28 USD are charged by GMAC.
What is the cost of the test?
The registration fee for the GMAT® is US $250. Extra rescheduling fee is to be paid if you wish to reschedule the date or time or test location.
How long is the score valid?
The GMAT score is valid for 5 years. However, universities accept score for the test taken in last 3 years.
What is meant by Computer Adaptive Test?
Computer Adaptive Test is the one in which the difficulty level of the questions and consequently the score goes on increasing or decreasing according to whether a given question is answered correctly or wrongly. This goes on until the computer adapts itself to the level of the test taker.
How to register for the test?
The registration can be done using 4 modes: Telephone, Postal mail, Online and FAX. Registration is done on first come first serve basis.
What is the test format and test duration?
The test consists of four sections: Analytical writing assessment, quantitative section, verbal section and integrated reasoning. Total testing time is three and a half hours.
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