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After completing school, choosing the right college is one of the most important decisions that a student takes. The choice he/she makes at the time determines his/her whole future in terms of jobs, career growth and standard of life. College is not just a place to pursue higher education but it is a place where students have access to innumerable possibilities and they also get the right resources to realize their dreams. The right kind of college will help a student grow, enhance their personality, brush up their skills, provide them with a platform to exhibit their talent and above all, it provides them with quality education.

There are number of factors related to a college that contribute to the development of a student such as validity of degree, infrastructure, faculty, pedagogy, placements, and exposure to the professional world. Hence, when a student is looking for a college he/she should take into consideration certain points before enrolling into one. There are usually two options for students who are looking for college admission, government colleges and private colleges.

A lot of students prefer government colleges because of low fees, and a degree guaranteed by the government. However, unless one is studying in a highly reputed government institution, government colleges often lack in terms of infrastructure, regular access to faculty, help with placements and well-designed pedagogy among others. Government colleges do recruit highly-trained faculty but once recruited the faculty generally have a secure guarantee for a life-long job and are not motivated to improve in terms of their pedagogy and the support they offer to the students.

The administration in government colleges seldom improve infrastructure, student access to resources, pedagogy, offer support to students for placement purposes and so on. This is because of two reasons. First, to implement any policy or procedure in a government college, the administration requires government approval and given the rigid bureaucracy of the Indian governments, it is a very complex process which the college administration wishes to avoid.  Second, the government colleges do not have any financial motivation to improve so as the government guarantees their operational costs.

Private colleges do not come with the assurances of government colleges but they provide the best platform for the students to explore their talent and have a holistic development, which would help them further professionally. As private colleges do not have the financial support of the government like government colleges, they have to charge much higher fees from the students. In order to attract the students, they need to prove themselves solely through what they can offer.

Thus, many private colleges generally offer excellent infrastructure facilities, regular access to all kinds of resources including faculty, innovative pedagogy, guest lectures, industrial visits and all possible help during placements to the students in hope of inducing students to enroll. While private colleges always do not recruit the best faculty, they motivate the faculty to do their best and offer them good career growth if they prove to be valuable to the institution. The rise through the ranks is easier for good, hard-working and motivated faculty in private colleges. It is easier for the administration of the private colleges to implement the policies and procedures they want as they do not have to go through the government bureaucratic structure like government colleges. However, the degree of a private college may/may not be recognized by the industry depending on various factors which can hamper a student’s professional growth irrespective of the quality of the education he/she has received in a private college.

It is in the above context that government-affiliated private colleges play a unique role as they combine the best of both government colleges and private colleges. They are not entirely private and are affiliated with government/public universities. While the degree they offer is backed by the government, they are free to implement most of their policies and procedures like private colleges. They have to meet their operational costs from students and hence, they offer the same advantages that many private colleges offer. They provide good infrastructure, access to all possible resources required for professional training, innovative pedagogy and best possible help during placements The students are provided with full support and guidance, which help in their holistic growth.

With a fast growing number of graduates competing for jobs in the market day by day, every student needs to have as much advantage as possible. In terms of their education, government affiliated private colleges offer them benefits of both government and private colleges. From providing summer internship, organizing educational workshops and inviting guest lecturers to providing best possible support for placements, these colleges help their students in every possible manner to make them ready for the professional world. Once a student completes his/her education from an institution like this, he/she gets degree from a public university, thus getting the best of both worlds.



Dr. KJS Anand

The author is Executive Director IMS NOIDA, one of the leading Management Institutes in the country. He can be reached at

Staff Selection Commission - Combined Graduate Level Examination, also referred to as SSC CGL, is often conducted by the Staff Selection Commission for recruiting candidates for the multi-tasking staff jobs in central government ministries and departments spread across different states. Around 4733 vacancies will be filled up in 2017. The time duration of SSC CGL Tier I exam to be held from August 5 to 24, 2017 has been changed from 75 minutes to 60 minutes. The reduction in time duration indicates that this year, clearing SSC CGL Tier 1 will not be a cakewalk for everyone. However, candidates with Persons with Disability (PWD) status will be given 'extra time or compensatory time' in the CGL Examination this year. 

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2017

The exam consists of 4 sections – General & Intelligence Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language carrying 25 questions in each section which is of 50 marks. It is a computer based online test of 200 marks in 60 minutes. There is a negative marking of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer. There will be no sectional cut off. CGL Exam Selected Candidates are Grade “B” and Grade “C” officers and have high social and government powers.

Understanding the Competition in SSC CGL Tier-1

For all aspirants preparing for the exam, it is extremely important to understand the competition they are facing, because ultimately they have to outshine others and grab the spot.

Approximately  15.46 lakh candidates will appear for the SSC CGL Tier-1 examination in 2017-18, which is nearly 25 percent more aspirants than in 2016. Thus the competition is huge and aspirants will have to prepare and perform better than their own expectations.

According to the report, northern states such as UP, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand have seen more number of applicants than the rest of the states because:



1. Government job is what they see aspire for since school.



2. Being hard working in nature, they are prepared to crack the toughest government exams.  

3. Parents are already working in the government sector.

4. Tendency to work free from the boss employee relationships unlike MNC's

Youth4work’s Prep Tests – online practice tests for competitive exams – is very unique and popular among aspirants. Aspirants can take self-designed mock-tests as well as practice for sections and topics separately. Youth4work’s unique and proprietary technology is helping lakhs of aspirants to reveal personal details on what are the strength areas of aspirants for any exam and also suggest how can they improve the performance.

Following are interesting insights from nearly 1 million question attempts on SSC CGL Tier-1 practice tests on Youth4work. Every aspirant is rated on a rating scale. The ratings of the aspirants change with every question attempt.

●          All the aspirants fall under a normal curve or performance.

●          Majority of aspirants practice for General & Intelligence Reasoning more than English Language and Quantitative Aptitude. This is in line with the facts of higher sectional cut-offs as compared to other sections.

●          The standard deviation is also higher for General & Intelligence Reasoning, i.e. there are more variations in scores of aspirants for General & Intelligence Reasoning than other two sections.

●          The mean rating of all the aspirants is almost same for all the four sections.

●          There is a stark variation in the time taken to attempt questions in all sections. Quantitative Aptitude takes highest of the time, while English Language takes least time.

●          This means General & Intelligence Reasoning is actually the deal-breaker section and not English Language or Quantitative Aptitude.

7 Tips to Crack the Competition in SSC CGL Tier-1

1.         Maintain Focus: Though General Awareness is the key section (as you can attempt more questions quickly), you should prepare for all the 4 sections equally. Of course you should play to your strength areas, but do not neglect the other sections.

2.         Increase Speed: Allot your time well between all 4 sections. This can be done if you understand and improve the time you take to attempt each question. Youth4work's technology manages the time for aspirants as for every question attempt, aspirants will get a time equal to average time of all previous aspirants’ attempts.

3.         Improve Accuracy: With the application of learnt concepts, you need to keep improving your accuracy. Since the syllabus is huge, it is tough to cover all areas equally few days before the exam. It is, therefore, necessary to go through important areas once more, before the exam day. This will boost your confidence as well.

4.         Take Mock Tests: Take as many mock practice tests as you can. Platforms such as Youth4work has launched dedicated apps for SSC exams by which you can practice either full exam or a section of any particular topic within the section at your convenience and improve your speed and accuracy.

5.         Waste No Time: During the day we end up spending quite some time eating, resting, bathing or just relaxing. When there is very little time left for an examination which might very well change the course of your career, it is crucial to not waste it. It might be hard, but highly beneficial if you can just fill the empty spaces of your next couple of days by memorising important formulae, years, concepts, etc.

6.         Previous Years’ Papers: Though the exam mode has changed from offline to online, the assessment areas of candidates have not. Hence practise not only previous years’ papers but also new question sets available in the market to get acquainted with as many question types as you can.

7.         Build Confident: Unsteady nerves can hinder your performance in the exam despite good preparation. Hence, it is very important to be confident and calm before your exam. If it is hard to calm down, just try a few breathing exercises. This will help you relax immensely and boost your exam day performance.




To ensure smooth and transparent conduct of Management Aptitude Test (MAT), the All India Management Association (AIMA) has asked candidates to bring several documents to the centre of MAT exam for verification purposes. These documents would assist in verifying the identity of the applicants and approve their candidature in MAT.

MAT is one of the most sought-after management entrance exams conducted by the All India Management Association. Applications from eligible candidates are invited at the official website of Management Aptitude Test. The application deadline for MAT is sometime in March and the exam is scheduled in May every year. With growing popularity of MAT Exam, AIMA expects to see a huge number of applications this year.

The MAT Admit Card  is released in April every year. Although the application process of MAT exam is simple and clear, candidates still seem confused about the registration process. One of the most frequently asked queries is about the documents to be brought at MAT exam centre. So here is the list of all the documents required to be brought at MAT exam centre.



MAT Admit Card

MAT Admit Card is an important document released by AIMA to successfully registered candidates. The Admit Card of MAT is released at MAT’s official website in April. The Admit Card is a mandatory document that must be carried at all the stages of MAT 2017 including exam day, AIQ (All India Quota) & State counselling and Admission processes of various institutes.



Aadhar Card (UID)

Following the mandate to make Aadhar Number mandatory for all exams conducted by CBSE, candidates are required to present their Aadhar Card at MAT Exam Centres. The main purpose of Aadhar Card would be to support the details already present in MAT 2017 Admit card.

Aadhar Number is a twelve digit unique number issued to Indian Citizens on the basis of their biometric and demographic data. As of February 2017, 92.3% of total population of India have Aadhar Number. Considering its success and acceptance at such a large scale, CBSE made Aadhar Card mandatory for MAT 2017 Exam.



Passport Size Photograph

Along with MAT Admit Card and Aadhar Number, the candidates are also required to carry multiple passport size photographs to the exam centre. The Photographs must be same as used in MAT Application Form.

The purpose behind photographs at exam centre is documentation process. CBSE maintains an attendance sheet for appeared candidates and requires candidates’ photograph for the same. This is done to ensure clarity and transparency in the process.



What not to bring at the Exam Centre?

There are several documents/things that are barred from being carried inside the MAT exam centre. They are:

·         Electronic Devices including mobile phone, calculators, calculator watches and other such electronic devices are banned inside the MAT Exam Centres and should not be brought along.

  • Rough Paper: the candidates are provided with sheets for rough work and hence CBSE does not allow any type of paper inside MAT Test venue. However, candidates are allowed to carry Admit Card and other necessary documents.
  • Wallets: In addition to electronic devices and rough papers, the candidates are also not allowed to carry their wallets inside the test venue. However, the test venue does not guarantee safety of their wallets if handed over and thus candidates should make proper preparations prior to MAT 2017 Exam.



Other helpful tips for MAT aspirants

Listed below are some guidelines for candidates to follow on the test day.

·         Reach the test venue 90 minutes prior to the exam. Check the seating arrangement and note down your room number.

  • The candidates will not be allowed to leave the test venue before the conclusion of exam. Hence, candidates are advised to stay put and solve the problems calmly.
  • Bring your own stationery and avoid the possibility of anxiety at the test centre during last minutes.

MAT has now become the most sought after national medical entrance exam. The admission to leading management colleges across India (except IIMs) will accept MAT scores for MBA/PGDM Admission 2017-18.

Accepted by a large number of management institutes in India, MAT is expected to cater more than 7,00,000 management aspirants this year. With the limited number of management seats vis a vis the large number of aspirants, the chances of success in MAT would be less than 7 percent.


Common Admission Test (CAT) 2017 has been the most anticipated notification for graduates who intend to get themselves enlisted into India's top B-schools in 2018.

Changing its directing body each passing year with an aim to have one of a kind CAT exam, the current year's CAT 2017 is being led by the old set up B-school, IIM Lucknow.

CAT 2017 is being held for graduates who aspire to pursue their Masters in Business Administration i.e. MBA as their post-graduation course from India's top B-schools such as IIM's, FMS and so forth.

CAT 2017 will be directed by IIM Lucknow. Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow is the most sought-after MBA institute with decades of experience and 100 percent placement record. Having been assigned the duty to direct CAT 2017, IIM Lucknow's chair professor would be designated as the "Convener" during the current year's CAT. The final date of CAT is still under planning but most likely it will be held in November or December 2017. 

Among all the hype, it is necessary to prepare thoroughly for this exam, so given below are some important topics which must be covered under CAT Syllabus 2017

1.   Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

This section is considered to be tricky and very time consuming by most aspirants. For 2017, the topics students should emphasise more while preparing are:


     Number System Approximately 3-4 questions can be expected to be asked covering sub topics such as divisibility and remainders and number properties. 


While preparing number system students should keep in mind to clear the basics because it can be tough to understand without getting the base right.

     Arithmetic - Though it is considered important, since past three years not many questions are asked from it.

So, candidates should concentrate only on those type of questions which were asked in previous years’ CAT exam.

     Algebra - Since past three years a lot many questions have been asked from algebra. Students should pay a lot of attention towards preparing probable sub topics like anything and everything where there is an equation with the variable 'x'.
2.Quadratic and Linear equations
3. Functions and Graphs
4. Maxima and Minima
5. Logarithms
6. Sequences and Series

Candidates should prepare these topics thoroughly and also they should learn and practice the pattern of questions which have been asked previously in CAT

Geometry: This topic too has been asked a lot in the past years. Sub topics such as Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Circles, Coordinate Geometry and Mensuration have been asked a lot over time.

Geometry can also be very time consuming so candidates should prepare in such a way that they have practiced various aspects of Geometry along with its implications and uses.

Permutation and Combination/Probability: This is another topic that contributes around one to two questions to the exam.

But there are chances that number of questions can increase, candidates should think very logically when attempting questions of this kind.

2- Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)

This section will check a candidate’s decision-making skills in less time. As for any successful manager, this skill holds the utmost importance. The manager is required to make many quick decisions and the scope of error is very less.

Data Interpretation: Questions from topics such as Tables, charts, data sufficiency, caselets will be asked to assess candidate’s ability to use common sense and logic to understand the situation given correctly.

Logical Reasoning: Data arrangement, Venn Diagrams, Matching Puzzles, Family Tree, clocks and calendars, assumptions and statements, all these hold a lot of importance.

Candidates should always consider questions based on such topics as a game. Logic and quickness in thinking will be judged or assessed through such questions. A manager has such situations to be taken care of in real life where his/her logic and objectivity is put to test.

 3- Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC)

This section is divided in two parts which are Reading Comprehension and English Usage.

     Reading Comprehension: Usually it carries 5 passages, each having 3-4 questions.



Tip: Candidates are advised to inculcate a reading habit. For quickly solving reading comprehension, students should be in a habit to skim through a paragraph with speed and at the same time being able to understand what is the summary of that paragraph. Only then can candidates score well in these questions.

      English Usage: Questions are ideally asked from topics like Fact Inference Judgment, Fill in the blanks, Grammar, Para Completion, Para Jumble, Sentence Correction, Verbal Reasoning, Word Usage (Vocabulary)

Tip: Candidates should learn new English words and use those words every day. Having a very strong base in grammar will help students in scoring more.