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February 22, 2011

Success in the examination

In this section, you will find the information about - how to prepare for exams, how to overcome exam fear, what are the responsibilities of parents, what kind of diet have to take on exam days. Also you will find the experts tips on the above topics.
  • Study at a place with minimum distraction.
  • Try to coincide study time with the time you would be giving your exams Prioritise the workload.
  • Give your best concentration time to the toughest subject.
  • Ask someone to give you a test or do self-test.
  • Be sincere while writing for the test and observe a time deadline during exams, skip question that are causing you undue stress.
  • Move to the next question and try to come back to the ones you skipped after you've solved the rest of the paper.
  • Do not let previous results discourage you.
  • Identify your weak areas from previous exams and work on them .
  • Don't stop enjoying life.
  • One of the common mistakes children makes is to totally change the lifestyle. This is under the wrong assumption that if he isolates himself from all the leisure and fun times with friends and family and only study, then he will do better.
  • Do not let negative energies surround you. As exams nears, you must know your concentration levels and study hoping for the best
  • Avoid consuming too much coffee as caffeine affects the concentration level.

Exam tips for students and parents:

For students:
  • Take breaks for 10 minutes after studying for an hour or so to refresh your mind. Go for walks, swimming, cycling for at least 20 minutes everyday
  • Watch your breathing, tell your brain to relax, relax your shoulders
  • Do not compare yourself with anyone
  • Talk to a caring adult (parent, grandparent, teacher etc.) if you are feeling very anxious or depressed for more than a week
For Parents:
  • If a child is biologically or genetically inclined to symptoms of specific learning disabilities or clinical anxiety, depression, neurological issues, etc then the child should be helped with concessions provided by the boards and / or by medical treatment
  • The parents should also not be under their own peer pressure; they should know their child's strengths and weaknesses and help him / her accordingly.
  • Parents should indulge in relaxation exercises to keep themselves calm
  • They should not compare their child with anyone else, as each of us is different They should have a general Plan A (discussed along with the child for his college of choice, career, etc.) but importantly, should also have a plan B and plan C so that they have options to choose from. Failure of Plan A does not spell doom!
Article reference: Hemangi Naik, a counsellor in Seawoods talked to HT Live

Expert’s Answers to tackle exam fear:

What is exam stress?

It's the fear of student about performance. The fear of not getting admission in good college or a good job. It's also a negative thought of how to face parents and people around them in case of poor performance.

How to deal with it?

Students must challenge the thoughts that say `you are a failure and that you can't succeed.'They must remind themselves that it's just another exam and that he / she is capable of doing better. Judging oneself harshly won't help them do better.

They should not worry about admission and job. They should just concentrate on studies and be realistic about expectations.A below average student cannot become topper overnight. It is not impossible but it is a gradual process. Setting goals that are realistic will save them and their parents from disappointments.

When should one study -morning or night?

Children can study according to their choice. But they should ensure that they have enough sleep.Remember a human body requires an average eight hours sleep per day.So if a student thinks that he / she can get up early and feel fresh, then they can go to bed early and then get up early next morning and study.

On the other hand, if one thinks that he can study late in the night and can't get up fresh next day, then he / she should sleep late after studying and get up late next day.

How long should I study?

Don't study for more than two to three hours at a stretch.

Take a break. Go for a walk, do some exercises, call up friends and spend some time with family.Most children say that they don't have time for exercise during exams. But they are wrong.

Exercise is not only a stress buster but also has many other health benefits needed to keep fit during exams

What is the role of parents?

Parents should support and assure their children that marks alone are not going to decide their future. They must try to gain child's confidence and discuss his problem with him and help to find a solution. They must also guide them in planning, organising and setting timetable

Expert: Sam Skariah is an honorary faculty member of YMCA Counselling Centre,Mumbai

Diet tips during exam:

What to eat:
  • Take small frequent meals to ensure that the blood and brain sugar levels are well maintained.
  • Drink enough water to maintain the hydration level Take healthy snacks like channa, murmura with a few raisins, muesli, fruits, dhokla, roasted grains or idli
  • Take a small measure of raw sprouts and five almonds Have a glass of tomato + carrot + beetroot juice daily as this complete health cocktail will ensure that you get lots of antioxidants which will increase the body immunity and help repair cell damage.
  • To get a good night sleep, drink a glass of milk at bed time (asthmatics can skip this).
What not to eat:
  • Avoid large and heavy meals as they tend to make you full resulting in you feeling a bit sleepy
    Avoid junk food as they increase the insulin rush, which result in restlessness, rapid heart rate and inability to concentrate. 
  • These foods also cause sudden fluctuations in the levels of serotonin in the brain due to which the memory is affected Avoid processed food, artificial sweeteners, carbonated soft drinks, chocolates, egg, fried food, sugar, white flour products, chips and similar snack foods, foods containing preservatives or heavy spices. 

    December 26, 2010

    Top 50 Engineering colleges in India (2009 Rankings)

    • Only those institutes which submitted complete objective data on time were ranked. Some like IIT, Delhi, which did not submit complete data were not considered.
    • NITs at Trichy, Calicut, Warangal and Rourkela; Faculty of Engg, Jadavpur University; Bengal Engg & Science University, Shibpur; VNIT Nagpur; Harcourt Butler, Kanpur; VIT, Vellore; and MANIT Bhopal did not participate.
    • IIIT, Gwalior, offers five-year integrated course instead of BTech/BE.
    * Formerly Delhi College of Engineering # Formerly Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh
    ** Formerly Koneru Lakshmaiah College of Engineering

    Top 50 Engineering colleges - Rankings (Source: Outlook)

    December 25, 2010

    Group discussion - Tips

    Here is an example of group discussion (Source: YouTube).

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    All India Engineering Entrance Exam (AIEEE)

    AIEEE is an all India entrance examination test for admission to various NITs, IIITs, deemed universities and for few state institutions, which will be conducted by central board of secondary education (CBSE) for B.E. /B. Tech and B. Arch/B. Planning courses
    • This year, for the first time, the board has also made facility available for appearing in online examination for one lac candidates on first come first served basis in select 20 cities with a capacity of 5000 per city 
    In this page you will find the following information; 
    • Exam notification
    • Eligibility criteria to appear for the entrance exam
    • AIEEE - test format
    • Important dates and deadlines
    • IIT official websites 
    All India Engineering/ArchitectureEntrance Examination (AIEEE) Notification - 2011 
    • The exam date for All India Engineering / Architecture Entrance Examination had been announced by CBSE, is on 01st May, 2011
    • Registration facility for submission of online application for AIEEE-2011 from 23/11/2010 
    • The sale of AIEEE 2011 application form from the identified branches of Syndicate Banks all over India, identified institutions and Regional Offices of CBSE will be started from 22nd December, 2010. 
    • The last date for online submission of form will be 14.1.2011
         As per the orders of the Min. of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India, the online examination would be conducted for a maximum of 1.0 lac candidates in BE/B.Tech only and remaining candidates will appear in Pen & paper mode (off-line) as conducted earlier.

    AIEEE Test format:

    Two modes of examination
    • Offline Examination (Pen & Paper mode)
    • Online Examination (Pen & Paper mode) as conducted earlier 
    Important dates and deadlines:
    • Sale of information bulletin will start from 22nd December, 2010 
    • The facility for submission of online application will be available from 23rd November, 2010
    • Sale of information bulletin will start from 22nd December, 2010 
    • The facility for submission of online application will be available from 23rd November, 2010 

    Admission Process in IIT's

    In this page you will find the basic information about admission process in IIT’s.  This page is divided into following sections:          
    • Entrance Exam notification
    • Eligibility criteria to appear for the entrance exam
    • JEE - test format
    • Important dates and deadlines
    • IIT official websites
    Indian Institute of Technology:
    1.     IIT Bombay
    2.     IIT Delhi
    3.     IIT Guwahati
    4.     IIT Kanpur
    5.     IIT Kharagpur
    6.     IIT Madras
    7.     IIT Roorkee  
    IIT - JEE Notification 2011:
    The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) is an all-India entrance examination administered and conducted by IIT’s for admission to undergraduate courses at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).
    Eligibility criteria for IIT-JEE 2011:
    • Candidates must have passed the qualifying examination, namely, XII standard or any equivalent examination, after 1st October 2009 or in the year 2010 or will be appearing in 2011.  Refer IIT website to know the details of minimum percentage of marks in Qualifying Exams
    • You can attempt JEE only twice, in consecutive years (that means you should have attempted JEE for the first time in 2010 or will be appearing in 2011)
    Note: For details of reservation of seats please visit IIT website

    JEE Test format:
    • 2 question papers and each will have 3 sections separately (Maths, Physics and Chemistry)Time period for each question paper is 3 hours
    • All questions are of objective type (multiple choice questions)
    • Answers should be marked on Optical Response Sheet (ORS) using HB pencils only
    • The candidate will have the option of submitting the application form either on-line or off-line
    • Incorrect answers will be awarded negative marks
    • Candidates can opt for Question Papers either in English or in Hindi.  This option should be exercised while filling the application form. It cannot be changed at any later stage    
    Note: For details of syllabus visit IIT website

    Important dates and deadlines:
    • Examination schedule: 10th April, 2011, (Sunday); Paper 1, 09.00-12.00 hrs; Paper 2, 14.00-17.00 hrs
    • Online application process: 01st November, 2010 to 15th December, 2010
    • Sale of offline applications: 12th November, 2010 to 15th December, 2010
    • Last date for receipt of duly completed application forms (off-line or printed copy of on-line) at IITs: 20th December, 2010
    Note: For details of application related queries, visit IIT websites.
    IIT's Official websites:

    IIT Bombay – http://www.jee.iitb.ac.in/
    IIT Delhi – http://jee.iitd.ac.in/
    IIT Guwahati – http://www.iitg.ac.in/jee
    IIT Kanpur – http://www.jee.iitk.ac.in/
    IIT Kharagpur – http://www.iitkgp.ernet.in/jee
    IIT Madras – http://jee.iitm.ac.in/
    IIT Roorkee – http://www.iitr.ac.in/jee

    Please post your comments or contact me if you have any queries.