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Hi all,
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You can now apply for the entrance examinations of Symbiosis Deemed University – SNAP 2009 (for MBA)
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Check and inquire yourselves about the details.
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Link: http://www.snaptest.org
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P.S: You can apply online

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Regards,

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Arunanand T A,

CEC 2010 CS.

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Dear all,

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One more offer for you in INDIAN NAVY based on B.Tech Qualification.

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You can download the form and advertisement from
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Last Date: 14-Nov-2009

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Details of the offers are given below.

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N.B: This Job Offer Applies only for Passed out ELECTRONICS Branch, in CEC
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(NOT for ongoing Students)
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OFFER
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(B.Tech Qualification)
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The Indian Navy

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As short service Commissioned Officers in Naval Armament Inspection Cadre of Executive Branch  Course Commencing July 2010

Applications are invited from unmarried male candidates for grant of Short Service Commission in Naval Armament Inspection Cadre of Executive Branch of the Indian Navy for course commencing July 2010 at Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Kerala. Candidates to fulfil condition of nationality as laid down by the Government of India.

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Eligibility conditions

Age. 19 ½ to 25 years i.e. born between 02 July 1985 and 01 January 1991; both dates inclusive.

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Educational Qualifications. Any of the following:-

(a) BE/ B.Tech in Electrical/ Electronics/Mechanical from an institution recognized by AICTE.

(b) Post-graduate Degree in Electronics/Physics from a recognized University.

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Physical Standards

(a) Height and Weight. Minimum height – 157 cms with correlated weight.

(b) Eye Sight. The minimum acceptable vision standard for distant vision 6/60, 6/60 correctable to 6/6, 6/12 with glasses. Should not be colour/night blind.

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Selection Procedure

(a) Short listed candidates will be called for Service Selection Board (SSB) interviews. If a candidate possesses higher qualification with better percentage, his higher qualification will be considered for cut off. Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence (Navy) (IHQ-MoD (Navy)) reserves the right to short-list applications and to fix cut off percentage without assigning any reason. No communication will be entertained on this account.

(b) SSB interviews for Short-listed candidates will be scheduled during Jan – Jun 2010 at Bangalore, Bhopal or Coimbatore.

(c) The SSB interview is conducted for a period of five days in two stages. Stage-1 includes Intelligence test, Picture perception test & Group discussion and is conducted on the first day. The candidates who qualify Stage-1 are made to appear for Stage-2 and the rest are sent back on the same day. The Stage-2 includes Psychological tests, Group Tasks and personal interview conducted over the balance four days. The successful candidates would then have to clear a special medical examination at the same venue (approximate duration 3-5 days).

(d) Candidates recommended by the SSBs and declared medically fit will be appointed for training in order of all India Merit depending on the number of vacancies.

(e) Change of SSB Centre for interview is not permissible under any circumstances.

(f) Candidates who wish to change their SSB dates must apply to the President of the SSB. Award of fresh dates for SSB would be subject to availibility at respective SSB.

(g) Any injury sustained during the SSB interview will not be compensated.

(h) ‘Candidates appearing for SSB interview for the first time for this entry would be given free rail sleeper class return fare’.

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Training

The training is scheduled to commence in the month of Candidates will be inducted as officers in the rank of Sub Lieutenant and undergo Naval Orientation Course at the Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Kerala followed by professional training at various Naval Training Establishments/Units/Ships. Full pay and allowances are admissible to officers whilst undergoing training.

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How to apply

(a) Application Forms in accordance with the prescribed format and complete in all respects with superscription on the envelope “APPLICATION FOR SSC NAIC – July 2010 COURSE Qualification…………….. ….. Percentage…………………. % ” are to be sent to the address given below by 14 Nov 2009

POST BAG NO. 04,  Chanakyapuri,  NEW DELHI – 110 021
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(b) Application must be sent in the format given in the advertisement, otherwise it will be rejected.

(c) Application must be accompanied by attested copies of 10th Standard Certificate (for verification of Date of Birth) and other educational certificates as required

(d) Application must be accompanied by two self-addressed stamped envelopes.

(e) Application and requisite enclosures must be properly tagged/stitched by thread only.  Applications to be sent by ordinary post only. Courier/Speed/Registered Post will not be accepted.

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Best Regards,
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Arunanand T A,
College of Engineering Chengannur, 2006-10 CS.
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Examination Stress and Solutions

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Dear all,

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How to overcome Examination Stress?

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The major causes of stress for students are exams. Exam stress varies from student to student. There are some students who are better at handling exam stress.

A lot of students find that the stress before exams is often worse than the actual examination and it can be made even worse if they are compared with others within the family who have already done well and hence feel pressurized to match up to their standards.
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Tips for reducing examination stress
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A) Start planning for the examinations well before the exams begin.
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B) Prepare brief notes to make the subject easier and quicker to digest, especially if you don’t like the subject or find it difficult.
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C) Study during the time of the day that suits you the most. Some students prefer studying till late night while others prefer to wake up very early in the morning to study. But ensure that you get enough sleep of atleast six hours per day. A 10 to 15 minute nap anytime during the day will help a lot in refreshing yourself.
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D) If you have difficulty in concentrating, take a short break of about 15 minutes. This break could be utilized as relaxation time in which you don’t even think about your studies – you listen to light music, munch something, do yoga, use breathing and relaxation techniques, do whatever you enjoy and whatever helps you to feel relaxed. That way you will feel more motivated to continue revising after your relaxation time.
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E) Identify the difficult topics and prepare a revision timetable accordingly.
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F) Highlight the difficult portions and make a list of all the doubts. Discuss with your friends / teachers to ensure all the doubts are cleared.
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G) Always seek help if there are things you don’t understand, and especially if you are feeling stressed out.
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H) After every chapter, try solving the relevant questions from the previous examination papers.
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I) Relieve your stress by exercise, aerobics, walking, cycling, swimming, dancing once or twice during the week
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J) Make sure you spend time together with all your family members at least for 15 minutes each day.
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K) Have a balanced diet. Keep intake of fluids high. Make sure that you always have your breakfast, otherwise, you will feel restless and out of energy throughout the day and will not be in the right frame of mind to study. You can only concentrate properly when you are physically and mentally fit.
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L) Never go to sleep straight after revising – you need to have some relaxation before the end of the day. Maybe have a relaxing bath and do meditation before going to bed.
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M) A couple of days before the commencement of examinations, check out the details of the examination and make sure you know when and where the examinations will be held.
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N) Don’t do last minute revision. Stop all studies the night preceding the examination. Have faith on yourself.
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O) Prepare everything the night before, your dress, shoes, socks, etc. that you will be wearing, check that you have packed your bag with everything you will need – hall-ticket, pens, writing pad, water bottle, and so on. On the morning of the exam, tension can make you forget something important.
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P) On the day of your exams, get up early so you can take things at your own pace – don’t rush and get panicky. Stay cool and relaxed.
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Q) Have a good nourishing breakfast. Keep all books away.
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R) Give yourself plenty of time to reach the examination hall.
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S) Do not carry any study material like notes, books, etc. with you to the examination centre.

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T) Avoid last minute revision.
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U) Visit the loo and relieve yourself just before the exam starts.
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V) Read the complete question paper carefully before starting the examination as that will give you an idea of how much time you will need for each question. Many students fare badly because they misread the questions.
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W) If you can’t answer a question – don’t panic – go onto the questions you feel more confident about and come back to the more difficult ones afterwards. Pick the choices judiciously.
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X) Keep an eye on the time and follow instructions carefully.
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Y) If you feel getting stressed and panicky- take some deep breaths, slow down breathing, this will help you to calm down.
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Z) Always keep 10-15 minutes for revising the answer paper, check for mistakes and ensure that you have numbered the questions correctly and have answered all the questions.
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And finally, don’t crib after your exams. You have done your best. Give yourself a pat and commence studying for the next examination.
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Source Courtesy: Internet, TechFirstOnline

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Regards,

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Arunanand T A,

CEC 2010 CS.

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The major causes of stress for students are exams. Exam stress varies from student to student. There are some students who are better at handling exam stress. A lot of students find that the stress before exams is often worse than the actual examination and it can be made even worse if they are compared with others within the family who have already done well and hence feel pressurized to match up to their standards.
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Tips For Reducing Examination Stress
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A) Start planning for the examinations well before the exams begin.
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B) Prepare brief notes to make the subject easier and quicker to digest, especially if you don’t like the subject or find it difficult.
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C) Study during the time of the day that suits you the most. Some students prefer studying till late night while others prefer to wake up very early in the morning to study. But ensure that you get enough sleep of atleast six hours per day. A 10 to 15 minute nap anytime during the day will help a lot in refreshing yourself.
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D) If you have difficulty in concentrating, take a short break of about 15 minutes. This break could be utilized as relaxation time in which you don’t even think about your studies – you listen to light music, munch something, do yoga, use breathing and relaxation techniques, do whatever you enjoy and whatever helps you to feel relaxed. That way you will feel more motivated to continue revising after your relaxation time.
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E) Identify the difficult topics and prepare a revision timetable accordingly.
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F) Highlight the difficult portions and make a list of all the doubts. Discuss with your friends / teachers to ensure all the doubts are cleared.
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G) Always seek help if there are things you don’t understand, and especially if you are feeling stressed out.
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H) After every chapter, try solving the relevant questions from the previous examination papers.
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I) Relieve your stress by exercise, aerobics, walking, cycling, swimming, dancing once or twice during the week
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J) Make sure you spend time together with all your family members at least for 15 minutes each day.
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K) Have a balanced diet. Keep intake of fluids high. Make sure that you always have your breakfast, otherwise, you will feel restless and out of energy throughout the day and will not be in the right frame of mind to study. You can only concentrate properly when you are physically and mentally fit.
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L) Never go to sleep straight after revising – you need to have some relaxation before the end of the day. Maybe have a relaxing bath and do meditation before going to bed.
.M) A couple of days before the commencement of examinations, check out the details of the examination and make sure you know when and where the examinations will be held.
N) Don’t do last minute revision. Stop all studies the night preceding the examination. Have faith on yourself.
O) Prepare everything the night before, your dress, shoes, socks, etc. that you will be wearing, check that you have packed your bag with everything you will need – hall-ticket, pens, writing pad, water bottle, and so on. On the morning of the exam, tension can make you forget something important.
P) On the day of your exams, get up early so you can take things at your own pace – don’t rush and get panicky. Stay cool and relaxed.
Q) Have a good nourishing breakfast. Keep all books away.
R) Give yourself plenty of time to reach the examination hall.
S) Do not carry any study material like notes, books, etc. with you to the examination centre. Avoid last minute revision.
T) Visit the loo and relieve yourself just before the exam starts.
U) Read the complete question paper carefully before starting the examination as that will give you an idea of how much time you will need for each question. Many students fare badly because they misread the questions.
V) If you can’t answer a question – don’t panic – go onto the questions you feel more confident about and come back to the more difficult ones afterwards. Pick the choices judiciously.
W) Keep an eye on the time and follow instructions carefully.
X) If you feel getting stressed and panicky- take some deep breaths, slow down breathing, this will help you to calm down.
Y) Always keep 10-15 minutes for revising the answer paper, check for mistakes and ensure that you have numbered the questions correctly and have answered all the questions.
Z) Don’t crib after your exams. You have done your best. Give yourself a pat and commence studying for the next examination.
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Hi all,

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Opportunities for B.Tech at Indian Navy and at Dept. of Science and Technology.

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N.B: Source not verified. Kindly do investigate yourself before you apply.

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Read it HERE

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Regards,

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Arunanand T A,

CEC 2010 CS.

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Dear all,

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Its eXcel time once again, folks!! The time has come where we test you with mind boggling challenges, where even the most brilliant of all minds think twice before answering. It is a battlefield out there, with eXcel-X (www.excelmec.org) proving to be not only bigger and better with prize money worth 2.5 lakhs, but even more challenging than ever before.
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So what are you waiting for?
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Battle it out at Model Engineering College, Kochi from Dec 11-13 and be a witness to several other extravaganzas including talks, technical workshops and a whole lot of fun.

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For registration, FAQs and other details, please visit:

 

www.excelmec.org

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Regards,

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Arunanand T A,

CEC 2010 CS.

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P.S: (as extracted from the mail received from MEC Excel Team)

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Dear all,

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Recent findings revealed that due to economic recession major industries in the country are interested to recruit experienced hands rather than freshers to meet their manpower needs. Till 2008, up to 65 percent recruitment was through campus interviews. This trend was more pronounced in the IT and IteS industry in the country.

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Around 7.4 lakh IT professionals are working in the country. Even during recession annual growth rate in this sector is nearly 15 percent. Almost all IT, ITeS, out sourcing, Agri Business, Hospitality Management, Marketing and Hotel Management companies are recruiting fresh graduates through campus interviews. Companies are interested to recruit more number of candidates from talent pool through campus interview. It is not only cost effective, but manpower shortage can be effectively compensated with the help of work efficient fresh graduates of younger age group.

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Moreover it is easy to train young graduates initially based on the need of the company. But recently it has come down to 25 percent. Retrenchment has also become a reality now. This will pave the way for tough competition during the selection process. Taking in to account the decreasing percentage of freshers’ recruitment, sufficient preparation and homework are needed before attending campus interviews. Students need not take this as their curricular activities.


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In India around 4 lakh Engineering graduates are coming out per year. According to NASSCOM, of them only 25 percent are employable. 75 percent are very poor in technical skills, English language proficiency, learning behavior, communication and oral presentation. NASSCOM survey adds. NASSCOM predicts that annual requirement of IT and IteS professionals in the country are around 5 lakh. If engineering and science graduates can further improve their technical, communication and English proficiency skills they can fully exploit this potential to meet the emerging challenge.

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IT companies in the country are interested to recruit more number of science graduates from the campus. They are getting placement in the areas of application support and maintenance at a lower wage rate. While attending the campus interviews, copies of your updated resume, recommendation letters, project information and referees details are needed. You can collect recommendation letters from two of your senior faculty members whom will strategically assess your performance. Referees can be those who will give right information about you as and when needed. Resume must be printed in a computer in Times New Roman with 11-12-font size.

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Campus interview has different stages. Basics, dressing right, way of answering questions, etiquette, interview process and preparation are more important.

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Your dress must be excellent to create impression in the panel. You must dress professionally. Never wear multi colored or glistening dresses. Wear only solid light colored dresses. Suits, tie, shoes and socks must be selected according to the dress code. Never take any food items just before the interview, which will create pungent smell in the interview hall. Too much cosmetic and ornaments have to be avoided. Girls must avoid high-heeled shoes or foot wear. Hairstyle should be in accordance with the norms and culture. You can use a deodorant if needed. Nails should be properly cut. Do not smoke before entering the interview hall. Reach the interview venue at least half an hour early. Behave properly with the receptionist and sit in the allotted waiting area.

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As far as interview is concerned, first 5 minutes impression will create the best impression. After wishing, face the panel, but never fall on the chair. You must be in a relaxed and confident mood. During this period you must impress upon the interview panel. Panel will carefully judge your jaw-to-jaw movement and words.

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Common questions for the campus interview are as follows:

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Tell about yourself ?

Limit this to 3-4 sentences. You must talk about the things you have done well at your college and how you wanted to perform in the first job.

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Why should we employ you ?

List out your strength and opportunities for the job based on your knowledge and experience. Impress upon the panel based on your communication, analytical, co-ordination and planning skills. You must prove yourself through your words the ability to motivate people, good entrepreneurial skill, co-operative skills, ability to persuade others to do jobs and experience to work under different situations. Moreover it must highlight your team spirit and commitment.

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Do you have offers from other companies ?

It is a very difficult question to test your honesty. Answer must be according to your career goal.

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About the project work ?

Prepare thoroughly to answer the questions. List out its implications.

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Expected salary ?

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Your expectations ?

It must be based on the job, performance and skills.  Assess the company based on the growth rate, perks, promotion avenues, etc.

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About the company ?

Don’t give answer based on your opinion. It must be based on the reported/published facts. Talk about the product, market size, potential, annual growth rate, export potential, market perception, etc.

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If the panel suggests that you are over qualified ?

You must prove that over qualification may not be a drawback. Future growth of the company will be increased based on my experience.

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Your turn to ask questions towards the panel ?

Ask about the company, career goals, opportunities, training, promotion, work culture and management style.

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You will be judged based on your academic background, interview performance, project work and family back ground. Moreover your interpersonal skills, interests, enthusiasm, team spirit and commitment towards the organization will be judged during the interview.

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So sufficient homework is needed before attending the campus interview.  Please remember, ‘once you leave the campus, you cannot attend the campus interviews’

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Souce Courtesy: Dr.T.P.Sethumadhavan @ http://www.mb4education.com

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Now, here’re some invaluable items for you CECians, download and enjoy!

Resume Models

Interview Tips (64 Expected Interview Questions and their Answers)

(also available in the ‘Download‘ section of this blog)

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Regards,

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Arunanand T A,

CEC 2010 CS.

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Hi all,

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It is “Academic Project” season in most of the Indian colleges and also a thoughtful time for the students. The scenario is clear to most of the students as they know they have to complete the project at any COST. Academic projects these days are more or less about getting things done as soon as possible and with the least effort involved.  TF looks into the facts and significance of the academic projects.

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Academic Projects

Academic project is a matter of concern and a cause of worry for most of students and that could be the reason why students tend to choose the most common and undisputedly the easiest of the projects. What they fail to understand is that the academic projects are to enable them to understand the know-how about the real world. These projects should be considered as one of the major areas of students.  This academic project should also demonstrate the application of skills, knowledge of the discipline to solving a problem representative of the type to be encountered at the professional level and above all the enthusiasm to get things done positively and innovatively.

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The Scenario Today

Starting from September till March, is usually the project time for all BTech, MCA, BCA, MSC and CS students. And everybody is busy with either completing their project for their academic purpose or just completing their final semester hurdle. Most of the students are not aware about the importance, advantages and the requirements of the academic projects as it is considered to be a hurdle and not a learning experience. The sadder picture is the fact that most of the students tend to submit project that isn’t their effort instead someone else’s project, about which he or she would have a basic idea about, as part of their academic project. This is indeed an easy job done but this would surely backfire once you know the importance of the academic project in one’s career.

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“My academic project was based on DOT Net and fortunately I took my projects seriously and I learnt a lot during the course of my project. During the early days of my job that helped me a lot because I knew what it was all about” said Ashish Mahajan. There are projects available for lump sum money but what you fail to get is the experience and the knowledge that will help you grow throughout your career.

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Being Thoughtful

Many national and international universities promote and sponsor worthy projects. These projects develop into different kinds of functional commercial products, potential applications or both. The developments of such projects are possible through a holistic approach. Most students start thinking about their project only during the year they need to submit the project. Quality projects are built through long term planning and preparations. Each year of study should have an impact in the way one thinks therefore plans for the project.

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According to Clarence A K, Head of the Innovations Lab “Select a relevant topic, make sure that you are using the latest technology, industry tools and always be innovative”.

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So it is not just important to be thoughtful but at the same time it is important that the projects are chosen efficiently. According Biju Jacob, Director- Logic Software Solutions “Every student must take care while selecting the project. He or she should decide which career track they would opt for and accordingly choose the topic. Always ensure that your academic project is career oriented. Also know the technologies and select the one which is relevant”

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Process and Documentation

Most of the students are not aware about the importance of proper documentation and process.  In the case of industry projects they are giving equal importance to the documentation and process. The process involves following proper project management strategies.  For e.g.  Before the project starts you should have to prepare a Requirement Analysis Document, and then based on that a Software Requirement Specification (SRS) should be created, if any change is required. have to apply proper change management methods. The coding part should have proper coding standards and comments etc.

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“ln the case of our projects, we are utilizing more than 30% of our billable hours for process and documentation” Says Aarathi Gopal of Cognizant Technology Solutions. Be ensures that your projects follows proper process and documentation.

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Change is Needed

There is a tendency among students to grab a subject and work on it without thinking about what, when and how they are going to pursue it. A change has to be brought in, in terms of understanding the project and also about how you are going to pursue it. A clear understanding about the project would be a great help in completing it within the time frame and with a possible greater success rate. Most of the students are facing difficulties in identifying a good idea. In the current scenario, it is advisable to look for a project which has more commercial value with it. Understand the business/functional scenarios with different industry; find out a good requirement for those scenarios. Once the requirement is mapped brain storm your idea with the experts. Once you have identified a good idea, do proper financial analysis before finalizing the idea. You can approach any company or institution for their guidance on your proposed projects.

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The colleges should also care to take this initiative to make the students understand the importance of choosing a better project and at the same time guide them through the project completion. Kenny Jacob, former CTO of the much acclaimed student startup Torque talks about the kind of care an educational institution should take in order to produce good academic projects. “A drastic change is needed in the existing scenario. Students must be provided with reasonable time, proper technical expertise and support, otherwise the students may go for paid projects that are readily available in the market. lf the students seek the help of any institutions; don’t compromise in the quality of projects. Make sure it is of high quality from the synopsis and other specifications”.

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The Right Step Ahead

There are a few things that you might need through the course of time. A right advisor, a team and above all a right plan. Also you may either select a company or institution for the project development. Discuss with them about the projects to be developed, analyze whether they are capable for the project you want to take up. An industry related projects and exposure will help you to add more value to your profile. Even though, many multi national companies are not encouraging live projects in their premises, you can easily find an opportunity in a small or medium size company.

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Always ensure the following things while doing a project.

  • Examine your project options carefully and completely
  • Choose your project partners with care. Be confident that your team will share the work proportionately and they share the same level of enthusiasm for the project as you do.
  • Choose your advisor with the same care. this relation should be comfortable right from the start.
  • As a first step, with input from your advisor, develop a scope statement, action plan, and budget. this may be in the form of a project proposal.
  • Discuss the expectations of your advisor as to the expected end result of the project. Discuss such matters as frequency of meetings and progress reports. Set up a schedule.

The Evaluation

In the project evaluation process, many factors will be evaluated, those can be your involvement in the project, proper documentations, process followed, utilization of subject, out put, deadlines followed, presentation skills, knowledge about the subject and project management and structuring.

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According to Prof. Jyothi John, Principal, College of Engineering, Adoor “We generally evaluate the amount of involvement a particular student has in the particular project. The selection of the topic and its relevance to the discipline and the utilization of the theory that the student has learnt in the class. The originality of the selected topic or the idea also plays a major part in impressing the reviewer.

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Many students are not aware about the advantages and the requirement of the academic projects and fail to understand the seriousness of the projects. This leads to misuse of the older projects. This is not a good tendency because it affects their career indirectly yet severely. One should understand that the academic project is not just a hurdle to get across and complete your graduation, rather it is a tool to understand the industry requirement and polishing your skills which further will help you with your dream career.

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Source courtesy: TechnoFIRST Online

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Regards,

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Arunanand T A,

CEc 2010 CS.

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