UPSC score may no longer be enough to bag service; selection process to get tougher

UPSC score may no longer be enough to bag service; selection process to get tougher

UPSC or Union Public Service Commission as we know might be changed if a proposal to alter the format is accepted. In the proposed move, marks scored in the highly-competitive exams and cracking the interview might not be the only criteria to land the service candidates desire. The government is considering turning the 15-week long training course for new recruits at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) into an added criterion for allocating service and cadre.

The practice currently is to allot candidates who clear the UPSC exams the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and other services based on their ranks. Once that is done, the new recruits are sent to LBSNAA for training before they branch out into training programmes specific to their service.
According to a report in The Indian Express, the PMO now wants to change the process and allot services and cadres based on the performance in the Foundation Course. The report mentions that the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) sent letters to various ministries seeking their views. A DoPT official said that the discussion came up at a meeting at the PMO after which ministries were asked to send in their views.
If this is implemented, the service recruitment rules would have to be altered to suit the new format.
Currently the Foundation Course counts for 400 marks but only assists in ensuring seniority within the batch. It is a mix of activities ranging from public administration and political science to extracurricular activities like visiting villages, trekking and interaction with colleagues.
While some experts think that this is a welcome move, some are far from okay. Padam Vir Singh, former director of LBSNAA believes that the interview is not enough to judge the candidates properly. Another senior bureaucrat believes that this will only intensify the competition and make it a rat race, where everyone will compete for every single point in order to get their preferred cadre.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi tweeted his displeasure at this proposal. “The letter below reveals the PM’s plan to appoint officers of RSS’s choice into the Central Services, by manipulating the merit list using subjective criteria, instead of exam rankings,” he tweeted. He also posted the letter that reads, “Examine the feasibility of giving due weightage to the performance in the Foundation Course and making service allocation as well as cadre allocation to All India Service Officers based on the combined score obtained in the Civil Services Examination as well as in the Foundation Course.”




National Testing Agency To Release JEE Main Admit Card In 10 Days

National Testing Agency To Release JEE Main Admit Card In 10 Days

JEE Main January 2019 admit card will be released on December 17, 2018

New Delhi: While the National Testing Agency (NTA) will wrap the online application process for NEET exam for undergraduate courses, it will immediately gear up for the JEE Main 2019 (I) exam. JEE Main (I) exam will begin from January 6, 2019 and conclude on January 20, 2019. The admit cards for the JEE Main January 2019 exam will be released on December 17, 2018. JEE Main exam, starting from 2019, will be conducted twice in a year – once in January and again in April.

The JEE Main (I) admit cards would be released on the official website and will be available for download through the Candidate’s account created at the time of registration.

In case any candidate is unable to download their JEE Main Admit Card from the website, the candidate should approach NTA Help Line between 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from December 17, 2018 to December 23, 2018.

Candidates are advised to download their admit cards before December 23 and go through the particulars mentioned and in case of any discrepancy bring it to the Agency’s notice immediately.

JEE Main January 2019

Apart from the fact that instead of CBSE, now JEE Main is being conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA), another change has been the shift to computer-based mode for the examination. Until last year JEE Main was conducted in both computer-based and offline mode but starting 2019, JEE Main will be conducted only in computer-based mode.

Earlier, when the exam was being conducted in offline mode too, more candidates appeared for the offline exam in comparison to the computer-based test. In 2018, out of over 12 lakh students who had appeared for the JEE Main exam, more than 10 lakh had appeared for the exam in offline mode and about 2.19 lakh students had appeared for the exam in computer-based mode.

National Testing Agency, on its part, also made provisions for students to practice for the exam in computer-based mode by establishing a countrywide network of Test Practice Centers (TPCs).


Features You Should Look For In Live Interactive Classes For NEET Preparation


The Indian education sector has seen a significant growth since the advent of the internet and introduction of technology-based learning. The availability of various digital tools helps the students go beyond the traditional ways while studying hard for the competitive examinations.

Scoring a great result in NEET is getting tough as the competition is increasing at a rapid rate every year. This increased competition calls for hard-core planning to crack NEET. From study materials to the faculty and the learning mode, everything should be weighed well before making a choice. Thankfully, with the increased competition there is also an increase in the methods of learning – one of them being live interactive classes. By opting for NEET 2019 online coaching, students can give their preparation a solid backing while saving a lot of time that goes into commuting. However, before signing up for online coaching, they must look for certain features that make it the best.

Here is a list of features that differentiate between a good and an average online coaching class. Take a look!

Complete Syllabus Coverage

The syllabus of NEET is vast, and every chapter and topic hold great value. Leaving any stone untouched when preparing for NEET can hamper the final score. Thus, it is vital to go for an online learning program that covers the complete syllabus. So, while on a lookout for online coaching classes, be sure of checking whether each subject and topic is given equal time, and the concepts are explained in detail.

Doubt Clarification

The learning process is incomplete without a round of doubt-clarification. When weighing between different online coaching platforms for NEET, be sure of picking the one that offers specifically tailored doubt resolution sessions for the curious students with an aim to help them and provide a platform to grow. Online coaching platforms like Aakash Live offer regular doubt clarification sessions so that all students understand the concepts well and are on the same page with others. With so much buzz surrounding the entrance exampreparations, Aakash Live is undoubtedly a boon for candidates who need a digital learning platform for various reasons.

Comprehensive Study Material

Another factor that you must consider when looking for an online coaching is the quality of the study material. When we say quality, we mean the depth in which the topics are covered and the language used in explaining the concepts. Most of the online learning platforms like Aakash Live offer study material created by industry experts. With such comprehensive and easy to understand study material by your side, you will be able to grasp all the information and knowledge provided by the qualified and experienced faculty with ease. With the best online coaching backing your preparation, you will have access to the most comprehensive yet interactive study material that consists of all the course-wise concepts addressed in a readable manner.

Option to Replay Missed Classes

Another important thing to look for in NEET 2019 online coaching is if they offer the facility of replaying lectures and missed classes. This is especially helpful in cases when a topic is complex, and you are not able to understand it in the first go. With this facility, you can watch any missed lecture from the recorded lectures library repeatedly until the time the concept is not clear. This will also allow you to learn at your own pace and according to your preferred time. Doing this, you will end up saving a lot of time, energy and money which can be utilised in preparing better for the upcoming examinations.

Regular Performance Evaluation

When it comes to online coaching, most parents are doubtful about how the performance of their child will be evaluated. However, online coaching classes like Aakash Live offer the students a platform to compare regular performance with other students through regular tests and All India Aakash Test Series (AIATS). These tests not only help students to prepare for competitive entrance exams like NEET well in time but also allow candidates to assess their strong and weak areas. Thus, when you are planning to go digital for your NEET preparation, look for a program that offers you the chance to assess your performance on a regular basis.

 Live interactive classes are a revolutionary e-Learning program, which provides high-quality education on a digital platform. It bridges the gap for students who have no access to the quality education because of non-availability of a good coaching institute in their area and those who want to study from the comfort of their home.

Furthermore, just like classroom learning, it helps students deal with the competitive examinations and clear them with flying colours. It does not matter wherever a student is from, with online learning, they are never too far from their medical dream. Preparing and training for NEET – one of the toughest exams in India – has become convenient, thanks to the boom of the internet and online learning classes.