Wednesday, April 25, 2012

National Eligibility Test (NET) - June 2012

Important Dates
  • Application Submission End Date : Monday; Apr. 30, 2012
  • Last date for receiving the documents at the test center : Monday; May 07, 2012
  • Examination Date : Sunday; June 24, 2012
National Eligibility Test
The National Testing Bureau of University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi, has invited applications for its National Eligibility Test, popularly known as NET in arts and humanities subjects to be held on December 24 for determining the eligibility for the award for lectureship in Indian universities and colleges.

The University Grants Commission announces holding of the National Eligibility Test (NET) on 24 June, 2012 (Sunday) for determining the eligibility of Indian nationals for the Award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Eligibility for Lectureship in Indian universities and colleges. UGC will conduct NET in 78 subjects at 74 selected University Centres spread across the country.

The UGC will conduct NET in 78 arts and humanities subjects (including 'Bodo' as new subject) at 74 University Centres across the country. The candidates who qualify for the award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) examination are eligible to pursue research leading to Ph.D. One can apply either for JRF or lectureship or for both.

The test will be conducted in 78 subjects including Economics, Political Science, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, History, Anthropology, Commerce, Education, Social Work, Defence and Strategic Studies, Home Science, Public Administration, Population Studies, Music, Management, Physical Education, Arab culture and islamic studies, Indian Culture, Labour Welfare / Personnel Management / Industrial Relations / Labour and Social Welfare / Human Resource Management, Law, Library and Information Science, Mass Communication and Journalism, Performing Arts - Dance / Drama / Theatre, Museology & Conservation, Archaeology, Criminology, Sanskrit Traditional Subjects (including Jyotisha / Sidhanta Jyotisha / Navya Vyakarna / Vyakarna / Mimamsa / Navya Nyaya / Sankhya Yoga / Tulanatmaka Darsana / Shukla Yajurveda / Madhva Vedanta / Dharma Sastra / Sahitya / Purana - itihasa / Agama / Advaita Vedanta), Women Studies, Visual Arts (including Drawing & Painting / Sculpture / Graphics / Applied Art / History of Art), Geography.

Eligibility :
1) Candidates who have secured at least 55% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s Degree OR equivalent examination from universities/institutions recognised by UGC in Humanities (including languages) and Social Sciences, Computer Science & Applications, Electronic Science etc. are eligible for this Test. The Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST)/Physically Handicapped (PH)/Visually Handicapped (VH) category candidates who have secured at least 50% marks (without rounding off) in Master’s degree or equivalent examination are eligible for this Test.

2) Candidates who have appeared OR will be appearing at the qualifying Master’s degree (final year) examination and whose result is still awaited OR candidates whose qualifying examinations have been delayed may also apply for this Test. However, such candidates will be admitted provisionally and shall be considered eligible for award of JRF/Lectureship eligibility only after they have passed their Master’s degree examination or equivalent with at least 55% marks (50% marks in case of SC/ST/PH/VH category candidates). Such candidates must complete their P.G. degree examination within two years from the date of NET result with required percentage of marks, failing which they shall be treated as disqualified.

3) The Ph.D. degree holders whose Master’s level examination had been completed by 19th September, 1991 (irrespective of date of declaration of result) shall be eligible for a relaxation of 5% in aggregate marks (i.e., from 55% to 50%) for appearing in NET.

4) Candidates are advised to appear in the subject of their post-graduation only. The candidates whose post-graduation subject is not covered in the list of subjects in item No. 9, may appear in a related subject.
Age Limit

Not more than 28 years as on 01.06.2012. A relaxation upto 5 years is provided to the candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC/PH/VH categories and to women applicants. Relaxation will also be provided to the candidates having research experience, limited to the period spent on research in the relevant/related subject of post-graduation degree, subject to a maximum of 5 years, on production of a certificate from appropriate authority. Three years’ relaxation in age will be permissible to the candidates possessing L.L.M. Degree. Total age relaxation on the above ground(s) shall not exceed five years under any circumstances.
There is no upper age limit for lectureship.


The test will consist of three papers. All the three papers will be of objective type. There is no negative marking.
Paper-I shall be of general nature, intended to assess the teaching/research aptitude of the candidate. It will primarily be designed to test reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate. Consist of 60 multiple choice questions of two marks each of which candidates have to answer any 50.

Paper-II shall consist of questions based on the subject selected by the candidate. Consist of 50 compulsory objective type questions of two marks each.
Paper-III will consist of 75 questions of 2 marks each based on the subject selected by the candidate, all of which are compulsory

Application fess is Rs. 450 for general candidates, for OBC candidates Rs. 225, for SC/ ST candidates Rs. 110. Online application details

i) The candidates are required to download the Bank Challan Performa from the UGC website OR take photocopy from the UGC-NET Notification published in the Employment News and then deposit the requisite test fee in any branch of State Bank of India along with the bank charges (commission) of Rs.20/-
ii) Before applying Online, the candidates must possess the following : (i) Scanned passport (pp) size photograph in JPEG format of less than 300 kb, (ii) Copy of Bank Challan (fee receipt)

iii) Candidate seeking admission to the Test must apply online ( OR through a link available on the UGC website:
iv) After successful submission, the candidate should take printout of online Application Form (two copies), Attendance Slip (one copy) and Admission Card (one copy) on separate A-4 size papers.

v) SC/ST/PH/VH candidates and candidates belonging to OBC (non-creamy layer) (as per the Central list of OBC available on website : must enclose the attested copy of certificate for the same.
vi) Candidates seeking age relaxation must enclose the certificate of educational qualification/research experience entitling the candidates for age relaxation.

vii) The Application (consisting of two copies of printout of online application form, one copy of Attendance Slip and one copy of Admission Card) along with required documents must reach the Registrar of the University (UGC Test Centre).
viii) Application received after 07.05.2012 at the Test Centre will be rejected.
ix) Before applying Online candidates are advised to go through detailed notification available on UGC website and also to be shortly published in the Employment News. Please note that Fee submitted through any other mode like Money Order, Demand Draft, IPO etc. will be summarily rejected

xi) The candidates must affix their recent identical passport size photographs, at the places indicated, on the printout of Online Application Form and must sign across the photograph after it is affixed so that a part of the signature spreads over the Application Form beyond the photograph. Besides, it should be duly attested by the Head of the University Department/Principal of the College/Class-I Gazetted Officer.

xii) In order to avoid last minute rush, the candidates are advised to apply early enough. UGC will not be responsible for network problems or any other problem of this nature.
More details can be available from the UGC website

Best Wishes,
Farzad Damania

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Tips for Parents of children between 5-15 years of age

Tips for Parents of Children between 5-15 Years of Age
  1. Good investments in appropriate child growth plans can help to fund quality education after schooling.
  2. Take notice and fulfil the basic and essential necessities of your children (Do not indulge too much in external motivation factors such as a prize or gift for doing certain tasks).
  3. Take your children (with you) to parties and social gathering. This allows your child to open up with strangers and allows them to observe and explore the world outside home and school.
  4. Discuss your child’s weakness and potential areas of failure in private. Motivate them positively to allow them to grow and work on their weakness. Remember your positive support (like a pep talk, pat on the back, enjoying a success/achievement, etc.) will work wonders for your child.
  5. Take care of yours and your child’s health and fitness. A good diet and exercise regime will allow your child’s body be fit that (in turn) allows development of a healthy mind.
  6. Navigate your Child in the right direction. Be a leader and lead your child; at the same do not try to impose your desires and wishes on your child if the child is not interested in that particular activity.
  7. Act like a friend (Allow your child to openly talk about any topic with you, treat your child like a friend and explain concepts in a fun manner to get/remain connected to him/her)
  8. Be the source of inspiration and motivate your child for positive personal development. Remember that your child is always watching you at home. It is important for you (as a parent) to be congruent in what you say and what you do in front of your child.
  9. Do not compare your child’s abilities or performance with other children. Such comparisons may hurt your child and lower down his/her confidence. Talk to your child in private if you are unhappy about his/her performance.
  10. Do not impose your ‘Ways of Studying’. Children of different generations adapt to study pattern in a different way. For example: Studying at early hours (dawn) may be an earlier tradition, but nowadays studying late at night for exams works for a lot of kids.
  11. Avoid constantly repeating the study concerns or reminding tasks in the day. Your child may set his/her coping strategy and completely ignore you even while you may be sitting right besides him/her. Try to hold on to your thoughts and remind your child after long intervals.
  12. Spend more time with your child.
  13. Try to sense your child’s behaviour and body language to understand his/her needs at times when they cannot or do not wish to express.
  14. Allow your child to make ‘Mistakes’. With every mistake your child will learn a new way to avoid that mistake, as well as find other ways to grow and succeed.
  15. Avoid spoon-feeding your child. To allow your child to build his/her own character and values and belief set, it is important that you are not making your child dependent on your inputs every time. Allowing children to work independently and using their mind for making decisions for themselves, help them to mature quickly.
Farida Anajwala
Career Counsellor
EduGroomers Career Couselling

Monday, April 9, 2012

Tips for Time Management

Time management is a set of principles, practices, skills, tools and systems working together to help you get more value out of your time with the aim of improving the quality of your life.

Time is something that you need in order to do your work, accomplish your goals, spend time with your loved ones, and enjoy everything that life has to offer.

Time is a unique resource because you get the same amount as everyone else. Once it's gone, it's gone forever and you can never get it back. One thing that you CAN do with your time is change the way you use it.

Applying the powerful techniques of time management helps you:
  • Use your time to accomplish what you want.
  • Improve your productivity and accomplish more with less effort.
  • Make time for the things you want and value.
  • Find greater balance, fulfillment, and satisfaction.
  • Focus your time and energy on what is most important to you.
  • Set and achieve your long-term goals.
  • Reduce waste so you'll have more productive time each day.
  • Get things done while reducing anxiety, overwhelm, and stress.
  • Become an excellent time manager in all areas of your life.
Here are 15 practical time management tips to help you get started...
  1. Write things down: Using a to-do list to write things down is a great way to take control of your projects and tasks and keep yourself organized.
  2. Prioritize your list: Prioritizing your to-do list helps you focus and spend more of your time on the things that really matter to you. Rate your tasks into categories using the ABCD prioritization system described in the time management course.
  3. Plan your week: Spend some time at the beginning of each week to plan your schedule. Taking the extra time to do this will help increase your productivity and balance your important long-term projects with your more urgent tasks.
  4. Carry a notebook: You never know when you are going to have a great idea or brilliant insight. Carry a small notebook with you wherever you go so you can capture your thoughts.
  5. Learn to say no: Many people become overloaded with too much work because they over commit; they say yes when they really should be saying no. Learn to say no to low priority requests and you will free up time to spend on things that are more important.
  6. Think before acting: Before committing to a new task, stop to think about it before you give your answer. This will prevent you from taking on too much work.
  7. Continuously improve yourself: Make time in your schedule to learn new things and develop your natural talents and abilities. Continuously improving your knowledge and skills increases your marketability, can help boost your career, and is the most reliable path to financial independence.
  8. Think about what you are giving up to do your regular activities: It is a good idea to evaluate regularly how you are spending your time.
  9. Use a time management system: Using a time management system can help you keep track of everything that you need to do, organize and prioritize your work, and develop sound plans to complete it. An integrated system is like glue that holds all the best time management practices together.
  10. Identify bad habits: Make a list of bad habits that are stealing your time, sabotaging your goals, and blocking your success. After you do, work on them one at a time and systematically eliminate them from your life. Remember that the easiest way to eliminate a bad habit, it to replace it with a better habit.
  11. Don’t do other people’s work: Doing this takes up time that you may not have. Instead, focus on your own projects and goals, learn to delegate effectively, and teach others how to do their own work.
  12. Keep a goal journal: Schedule time to set and evaluate your goals. Start a journal and write down your progress for each goal. Go through your goal journal each week to make sure you are on the right track.
  13. Don’t be a perfectionist: Some tasks don’t require your best effort. Learn to distinguish between tasks that deserve to be done excellently and tasks that just need to be done.
  14. Beware of “filler” tasks: When you have a to-do list filled with important tasks, be careful not to get distracted by “filler” tasks. Things such as organizing your bookcase or filing papers can wait until you tackle the items that have the highest priority.
  15. Avoid “efficiency traps”: Being efficient doesn’t necessarily mean that you are being productive. Avoid taking on tasks that you can do with efficiency that don’t need to be done at all. Just because you are busy and getting things done doesn’t mean you are actually accomplishing anything significant.

Dr. Shreya Udare

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Career as a Company Secretary

A Company Secretary (a.k.a. CS) is an expert in Corporate Law, Security Laws & Capital Market and Corporate Governance. CS is responsible for all regulatory compliances of company and acts as corporate planner & strategic manager.

CS’s Motto:
  • Handle Compliance
  • Give Legal advice
  • Administer
A Day in a Company Secretary’s Life
  • Responsible for corporate governance and legal matters of company
  • Provide secretarial assistance to company board, and give expert advice
  • Monitor general administrative activities of the company
  • Responsible for safekeeping of all legal and other confidential documents
  • Ensure that company complies with all corporate, security, statutory laws
  • Manage all board meetings, AGMs, and other delegations
Job Roles
  • Assistant to Board of Directors
  • Company Registrar
  • Legal Advisor
  • Corporate Policymaker
  • Chief Administrative Officer
Job Avenues
  • Government Offices
  • Bureau of Public Enterprises
  • Private sector companies
  • Department of Company Affairs
  • Stock Exchanges
  • CS Firms
  • Lecturer in Universities
  • Company law boards
Skills Required
  • Disciplined and organized
  • Strong legal aptitude
  • Good administrative ability
  • Excellent verbal and written skills
  • Firm ground in Accounts and Secretarial Practice
  • Understand and analyze complex issues
  • Being loyal to organization
Other Related Careers
  • Company Law Specialist
  • Compliance Officer
  • Merger & Acquisitions Associate
  • Administrative Executive
Professional Societies and Associations
  • The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICAI)
  • Corporate Secretaries International Association (CSIA)

Best Regards,
Farzad Damania

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Bachelors of Financial Markets (BFM)

Bachelors Of Financial Markets (BFM) - Mumbai University

The University of Mumbai started the Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Markets) course in 2008-2009. The course not only aims at training students to gain knowledge in the ever changing field of Financial Market but also leads to the all-round development of their personality.

The B.F.M. course provides comprehensive training to students in the field of Financial Market by way of interaction, projects, presentations, industrial visits, practical training, job orientation and placements. It is a perfectly designed full time course for all those aspiring to make a career in the growing and ever evolving field of Financial Market.

BFM Course Syllabus (Mumbai University):

The course shall be a full time course. The duration of the course shall be six semester spread over three years. The course shall consist of 38 modules of 100 marks each & 2 projects of 100 marks each. Total 4000 marks.

FIRST YEAR - Semester 1
- Principles of Investment
- Micro Economics
- Basic Statistics
- Basic Computer Skills
- Financial Accounting
- Business Environment

FIRST YEAR - Semester 2
- Environment of Financial Systems
- Macro Economics
- Statistical Applications
- Communication Skills
- Management Accounting
- Principles of Business Management

SECOND YEAR - Semester 3
- Debt Markets
- Corporate Finance-1
- Equity Markets - I
- Banking in Financial Systems
- Computer Application in Investments
- Business Ethics
- Organizational Behaviour

SECOND YEAR - Semester 4
- Commodities Market
- Corporate Finance - II
- Equity Markets - II
- Financial Services
- Taxation for Investments
- Security Analysis
- Business Law

THIRD YEAR - Semester 5
- Global Capital Markets
- Regulations of Securities Markets
- Insurance (Fund) Management
- Derivatives Markets
- Foreign Exchange Markets
- Portfolio Management
- Project - I

THIRD YEAR - Semester 6
- Risk Management
- Corporate Governance
- Computer Applications in Financial Services
- Marketing of Financial Services
- Mutual Fund Management
- Customer Relationship Management in Financial Services
- Project - II

Farzad Damania
EduGroomers Career Counselling

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Top 10 Tips for Self-Motivation

No one can motivate anyone to do anything. All a person can do for another is provide them with incentives to motivate themselves. Here are some very effective strategies to help you get up and get moving toward actualizing your enormous, untapped potential.


·      Be willing to leave your comfort zone. The greatest barrier to achieving your potential is your comfort zone. Great things happen when you make friends with your discomfort zone.

·      Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Wisdom helps us avoid making mistakes and comes from making a million of them.

·       Don’t indulge in self-limiting thinking. Think empowering, expansive thoughts.

·       Choose to be happy. Happy people are easily motivated. Happiness is your birthright so don’t settle for anything else.

·       Spend at least one hour a day in self-development. Read good books or listen to inspiring tapes. Driving to and from work provides an excellent opportunity to listen to self-improvement tapes.

·       Train yourself to finish what you start. So many of us become scattered as we try to accomplish a task. Finish one task before you begin another.

·       Live fully in the present moment. When you live in the past or the future you aren’t able to make things happen in the present.

·       Never quit when you experience a setback or frustration. Success could be just around the corner.

·       Dare to dream big dreams. If there is anything to the law of expectation then we are moving in the direction of our dreams, goals and expectations.

·      The real tragedy in life is not in how much we suffer, but rather in how much we miss, so don’t miss a thing.

Charles Dubois once said, “We must be prepared, at any moment, to sacrifice who we are for who we are capable of becoming.”

Source: Mike Moore is an international speaker/writer on the role of appreciation, praise
and humor in performance motivation and human potential. You can check out his
books, tapes and manuals at

Farida Anajwalla
Career Counsellor

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