What is National Aptitude Test in Architecture? Who can apply for this test? How much is the test fee? When is this test given?

Ans: The national aptitude test in architecture (NATA) measures the aptitude of the applicant for specific field of study, i.e. Architecture. Any person having passed 10th Standard or equivalent examination can apply for this test. The test fee is Rs.1000/- The test is conducted in two phases i.e Phase - 1 from 14th March to 25th May and Phase - 11 from June 1, 2014 to August 31 every year. You are advised to the check the official website ( for the latest dates


I am a student of Plus Two with keen interest in Genetic Engineering. How should I proceed?

Ans: Genetic engineering is the most powerful tool for biotechnology. Hence, you could opt for BE/ BTech Biotechnology degree course offered by various universities/ institutions like Delhi University, Manipal University, some of the IITs, VIT University Vellore, Padmashree Dr D Y Patil University, Navi Mumbai, SRM University, Tamil Nadu, Dr D Y Patil University, Pune and WBUT Kolkata. You can also pursue a career in genetic engineering after an integrated five year MSc/MS in the biological or life sciences or biotechnology (e g ,University of Pune offers integrated MSc biotech after class 12th through an entrance test), or a medical science/ agricultural science degree (followed by post-graduation in genetics or biotech, etc.). Examples and pathways are indicative. A research-oriented approach is useful for a career in genetic engineering and you must be willing to study till the doctoral level for long term career and advancement prospects.


I am studying law (5 year course) and wish to do Company Secretary Course alongside. Should I also do MBA  afterwards?

Ans: Combining a law degree with the Company Secretary course is an excellent choice. You may enroll for the CS Foundation Course after Plus Two or take up the Executive course after your graduation. An MBA should not be necessary unless you want to diversify into corporate management jobs rather than jobs in the legal department, legal practice or allied field. Rather than chasing qualifications, you should map out your goal before you jump into one course after another.


When does college admission in India begin?

Ans: Admission dates vary from college to college. Generally colleges in Southern India announce their admission earlier than colleges in North & Central India. Roughly speaking, the announcement for admission in Southern India begins from December to May while in the Northern India it is from April to June, 2014. We would advise you to check the websites of the college for the latest updates on admission.


What are the documents needed at the time of college admission?

Ans: You need to have the following documents with you:

  • Class X & XII Marks Card & Pass Certificate
  • Provisional Certificate of passing Class XII from institution last attended
  • Character Certificate from the Head of the Institution last attended
  • Date of Birth Certificate or Secondary School or equivalent Examination Certificate clearly stating the date of birth
  • Transfer Certificate
  • Migration Certificate
  • Students who have not studied Hindi up to class 10 are required to produce their class 8 marks sheets as evidence of having/not having studied Hindi up to class 8. (It is applicable in M S Baroda University)
  • Identity Proof (Aadhar Card/Registration Certificate)
  • 5 - 6 passport sized photoes (more you have the better)


What are the estimate expenses of a Chartered Accountancy course?

Ans: The tentative expenses for pursuing CA Course are as follows: ICAI Course Fee structure:

Course FeeAmount in Rs.Exam Fee
Common Proficiency Course (CPC) Registration Fee6000500 (on-line application)
Intermediate (Integrated Professional Competence) Course (Both Group) Registration Fee9,000 1,600 
Articled Training Fee2,000 
Final Course Registration Fee10,000 2,250
100 Hours Information Technology Training (ITT)4,000 
35 Hours Orientation Programme3,000 
Students those who register for Articled Training on or after 1st May, 2012 shall be required to undergo Two General Management and Communication Skills (GMCS) course of 15 days each. First GMCS Course shall be undergone during the 1st year of articled training and Second GMCS Course shall be undergone after completion of 18 months of training but before completion of articled training 4,000 (GMCS-I) 4,000 (GMCS-II)  
* Fee is subject to revision, therefore, check the website


My son is in class XII (PCB) and wants to join a B.Sc. (Biotechnology) program. Please tell me about the colleges which offer this course and also its career prospects.

Ans: Biotechnology is a research-oriented field for application in various areas such as medicine, pharmaceuticals, agriculture and environment. There are excellent career prospects for biotechnologists particularly in academic research institutes, and also in pharmaceutical, chemical, plastic and food processing industries. But it is necessary to complete a Master's level program to qualify for a good job. You can, therefore, go for a B. Sc. Biotechnology followed by an M. Sc. course or do a B. Sc. in any life science subject like Microbiology, Botany, Biochemistry, Genetics, Environmental Science etc., followed by an M. Sc. in Biotechnology or any of the specialized areas.
As this is a relatively new course, there are limited institutes offering B. Sc. in Biotechnology. Ch. Charan Singh University, Meerut; Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar; Institute of Applied Medicine & Research, Ghaziabad, Christ College, Bangalore and Panjab University, Chandigarh are a few institutes that offer a three year B. Sc. Biotechnology for science students who had Physics, Chemistry & Biology (PCB) in class XII. Delhi University offers a B. Sc. program in Microbiology as well as in other life sciences.
Prominent universities where you can do an M. Sc. in Biotechnology include IIT, Mumbai; JNU, Delhi; BHU Varanasi; Jamia Hamdard & Aligarh Muslim University. JNU holds a combined entrance exam for admission to M. Sc. program at some of these universities.


I am a class XII student studying in Namgyal Higher Secondary School, Nepal and interested in the integrated B.A. LL.B (Bachelor of Law) program. I want to know the names of institutions conducting the course in India.

Ans: Several universities now offer five-year integrated law course after 10+2 from any discipline. Admission is not on the basis of marks obtained in the class XII examination, but on an entrance exam which tests applicants in English, numerical aptitude, general knowledge & legal aptitude. Here is a list of Top law schools:

  • The National Law School of India University, Bangalore
  • National Academy of Legal Studies and Research University, Hyderabad,
  • Campus Law Centre, Delhi University, New Delhi
  • Symbiosis Society's Law College, Pune
  • National Law Institute University, Bhopal
  • Faculty of Law, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh
  • ILS Law College, Pune
  • Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar
  • Faculty of Law, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
  • National Law Institute University, Jodhpur


Which institution should I join for the Chartered Accountancy course? What is the process of entry?

Ans: After passing class 10th you may register with the Board of Studies of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India ( ) and prepare for the entry level test called Common Proficiency Test (CPT). Once you have completed class 12th and the CPT course, you may appear for CPT. You will become eligible for enrolment to the Integrated Professional Competence Course (IPCC) on passing CPT.
The following categories of students are eligible to register directly for Intermediate (Integrated Professional Competence) Course without passing the CPT:

  1. Graduates or Post Graduates from Commerce stream having secured in aggregate a minimum of 55% of the total marks or its equivalent grade or other Graduates or Post Graduates having secured in aggregate a minimum of 60% of the total marks or its equivalent grade in the examination conducted by any recognized University (including Open University).
  2. Candidates who have passed the Intermediate level examination or its equivalent examination by whatever name called conducted by The Institute of Cost Accountants of India or by The Institute of Company Secretaries of India.


Please guide me about the various diploma/degree courses in animation that may be available and guide me.

Ans: You could proceed with a formal Fine Arts/ Commercial/Applied Art degree/ Diploma first and then pick up training with animation software. Alternatively, try for admission to the Graduate Diploma Program in Design (Animation Film Design) at National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad ( after class 12th in any discipline or try for B.Des. Communication Design at Symbiosis Institute of Design Pune (, or B. Sc. Animation & Multimedia at Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi (, or B.Sc. Animation at Manipal University (, or B.A. in 3D Animation and Visual Effects by MAAC ( ) in collaboration with IGNOU (, etc.IDC, IIT Bombay, Mumbai ( offers M. Des. Animation to candidates with (i) Bachelor's degree in Engineering / Architecture / Design/ Interior Design or equivalent (ii) Professional Diploma in Design (NID/CEPT or equivalent of 4 years duration after 10+2) (iii) BFA (4 year professional programme, after 10+2) (iv) G D Art (5 year programme after 10th) with one year post qualification professional experience or (v) Master’s degree in Arts / Science / Computer Applications. Indicative examples


I am interested in studying Tibetan Medicine (Sowa Rigpa) course and wanted to know the names of the institute offering the course. How much is the tuition fee & what is the total intake of student for admission?

Ans: Tibetan Medical & Astrological Institute (TMAI) at Dharamsala & Central University of Tibetan Studies (CUTS), Varanasi offers five years Tibetan Medicine Course after class XII. The fee structure for the course at Tibetan Medical & Astrological Institute, Dharamsala is Rs. 3000/- per month whereas Central University of Tibetan Studies, Varanasi doesn't charge for course fee. The total intake of students is 7 at CUTS and 20 at TMAI. For details, you can visit their websites: and


I am in B.Com interested in a career in banking. What are the placement options and routes?

Ans: A career in banking can mean starting at the clerical level (in public sector banks) or the officer level across both public and private sector banks. Entry into public sector banks is through the Common Written Examination conducted by the IBPS ( usually. However, a few such banks also offer the option of a one year Post Graduate Diploma in Banking as the route to a career in the bank. IFBI ( conducts some courses for graduates under 25 years of age which lead to entry into private sector banks. All banks recruit specialists such as Chartered Accountants, MBAs, Law graduates, Computer Science & Engineering professionals, Agricultural graduates, etc. through a separate channel of entry.


What could be the job prospects after MSc. Biochemistry?

Ans: There is a steady demand for Biochemists from the industry - mainly food, drink, pharmaceuticals, and agriculture; also from medical research and hospital laboratories, specialist research organizations. Biochemical analysis is also used in clinical diagnosis or in forensic laboratories. For a career in research and development, teaching, consulting etc. a PhD would be useful.


Is writing an Entrance Examination a must to apply for the reserve seats for MBBS & Engineering course provided by the Department of Education? What are the names of the Entrance Examinations that a Tibetan student has to write to qualify for the reserve seats? Who will conduct the Entrance Examinations?

Ans: Yes, it is mandatory for any Tibetan students interested in pursuing Medical & Engineering Course to write the All India Pre-Medical & Pre-Dental Entrance Test (AIPMT) for MBBS/BDS course & Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) for B. Tech. or B. E course. These tests are conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Delhi.


What is the minimum score to qualify for the above two entrance examinations? How does Department of Education select the students for the reserve seats?

Ans: The Department of Education prepares the merit list of the Tibetan students who had qualified the AIPMT by attaining a minimum score of 360 out of 720. Similarly for the Engineering reserve seats; the students merit list will be prepared on the basis of 60% in Board Examination & 40% in JEE Main. Based on the merit position, the students will have the option to choose the College.


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