SAT II Subject Tests: Everything About It

SAT II Subject Tests:

The SAT II Subject Tests are created and administered by the College Board and the Educational Testing Service (ETS), the two organizations responsible for producing the dreaded SAT I (which most people call the SAT). The SAT II Subject Tests were created to act as complements to the SAT I. Whereas the SAT I tests your critical thinking skills by asking math and verbal questions, the SAT II Subject Tests examine your knowledge of a particular subject, such as Writing, U.S. History, Physics, or Biology.

Originally, SAT stood for Scholastic Aptitude Test. When the test changed a few years ago, the official name was changed to Scholastic Assessment Test. In 1997, the testmakers announced that SAT no longer stands for anything, officially.

It is administered seven times a year — usually in October, November, December, January, March, May and June — on Saturday mornings.  The dates for taking the exam are already fixed & hence it requires a consideration preparation schedule. SAT scores are quite significant for securing admission at undergraduate level. The SAT is a PBT (Paper Based Test).

The difference between the SAT I and SAT II?

SAT I is largely a test of verbal and math skills. True, you need to know some vocabulary and some formulas for the SAT I, but it’s designed to measure how well you read and think rather than what you know. The SAT II is very different. It’s designed to measure what you know about specific disciplines. Sure, critical reading and thinking skills play a part on these tests, but their main purpose is to determine exactly what you know about writing, math, history, chemistry, and so on


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Scholarship for NRI/PIO- SPDC 2010-11

The SPDC scholarship for eligible NRI/PIO students has been announced for 2010-11. This time, there would be no separate exam but the marks received in qualifying exams (eg. CBSE XII, ICSE and other curriculam) would decide the merit list. The completed forms need to be submitted to EdCIL by 10 June 2010.
Full details of the scheme can be found at below link
SPDC Guideline and Application Form
There are a total of 100 scholarships (50:NRI, 50:PIO) and the eligibility criteria for NRIs is salary less than US$2250 per month
Good luck.

How to Crack AIPMT Exam?

Please refer below link for NEET Syllabus

NEET Syllabus 2012 UG Medical Exam to be conducted by MCI

This post discusses few tips, tricks and ideas on how to sail through Pre-Medical (MBBS) national exams like NEET exam or AIPMT exam

1) About NEET & AIPMT:

NEET: National Eligibility and Entrance Test:

The MCI (Medical Counsil of India) has been nominated as the central agency to conduct NEET exam from 2012-13. MCI has prepared the draft syllabus (link) and had invited public feedback. We expect that the NEET exam would be similar to AIPMT exam and the necessary preparation required for AIPMT exam would suffice to clear NEET exam as well.

For more info on NEET exam please refer below link

NEET exam and Syllabus

AIPMT: All India Pre Medical Test

The All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) exam is conducted by the CBSE, Delhi for admission to MBBS and BDS courses in more than hundred medical colleges around the country.

AIPMT-2011-Information-Brochure and list of participating colleges

Currently, 15% of the total seats in all medical and dental colleges run by the Union of India, state governments and municipal authorities in India (except J&K & AP), are reserved for successful AIPMT candidates. AIPMT conducts exam at two levels. First part is preliminary exam normally held on 1st Saturday of the April month (3rd April 2010). The second part is mains conducted in the month of May (16-May-2010).

AIPMT exam pattern has been changed with effect from 2010. Now, the mains are to be made completely objective (MCQ) like the prelims, owing to complaints about the unreliability of the subjective mains. It is expected that more difficult and application-level questions would be asked on the pattern of AIIMS that has assertion-reason questions.

About 1950 MBBS and 260 odd dental seats are available through AIPMT in more than 100 colleges. However anyone getting ranks within 3000 can reasonably hope for selection due to overlap with other state-level exam. NCERT books are the best preparation ground for both the prelims and the mains.

AIPMT Exam Date: AIPMT exam would be held per following schedule in 2 Stages :

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AIEEE Exam- How to Crack it?

This post discusses few tips, tricks and ideas on how to breeze through AIEEE exam.

The AIEEE exam is conducted by CBSE for admissions to India’s premier national level institutes like NITs, IIITs (Indian Institute of Information Technology), DCE, PEC, many deemed universities, government funded institutions and technical colleges in the country. More than 1 million candidates appear for this exam and the exam is counted as the largest exam in the world held on a single day.

AIEEE 2011 Information Brochure

The AIEEE consists of two papers. Paper -1 (PCM) is administered to the candidates desirous of admissions to B.E/B.Tech stream and Paper 2 (Part I-Maths, Part II- Aptitude & Part III-Drawing) is administered to candidates for B Arch/B.Planning. The exam has objective type format with multiple choice questions. There is negative marking in the exam- for every wrong answer one fourth (1/4) of the mark allotted for that question is deducted. For left out questions, there is no negative marking. Marking more than one answer for a question is considered a wrong answer and negative marking is applied.

The exam is not tough at all and can be cracked with some discipline and hard work. The candidates scoring about 50% marks in the exam can expect to get a rank around 10000. In cricket terminology, if you can avoid follow-on in the exam (i.e. score say 226 out of 425), you are on the way to get a rank below 10000. Here are some tips and tricks to crack this exam and the rules can be generally applied to crack any engineering exam.

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Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) Exams – How to Crack Them

This post is all about “How to Crack Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) Exam”. I am pleased to share with blog readers that today my article on the subject has been published  by, the best online article publisher directory.

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“Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) exams with negative marking are the current trends for exams internationally. The exam pattern is feared by some students because the choices look confusing, tricky and risky, especially when exam preparation is not 100%. Here we would discuss few ways to improve scores to solve/crack the multiple choice questions (MCQ) based exam.

Having myself passed three of the 20 hottest certification exams (Sun Java, Value Engg, PMP) based on MCQ format, I have concluded that MCQ tests are like Driving License Test. These driving tests are not about whether you can start engine, put your foot on gas pedal and go. On the other hand, they are about general understanding of vehicle itself (i.e. exam pattern), navigation skills (when to speed up, when to slow down, have control at all times, do defensive driving), know all traffic symbols & rules- high speed lane is only meant to overtake (i.e. hurry up with questions only when essential), give way to vehicles when needed to be safe (skip tough questions to save time), look out on road for potholes/obstacles/wetness and slow down (i.e. watch out for tricky questions and don’t fall in traps/distracter), follow drive-test examiner’s instruction completely (follow the question’s instructions as to what is expected from us) and so on. Following are the general tips on how to crack multiple choice question (MCQ) exam:

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List of New IIMs, IITs, NITs, IIITs and AIIMS

List of New IIMs, IITs, NITs, IIITs and AIIMS

List of New IITs: There are total eight (8) new IITs that have started functioning as per IIT JEE 2011 prospectus.

IIT JEE 2011 Information Brochure/ prospectus

IIT JEE Admissions- New Common Entrance Exam

Only limited branches are offered in the  new IITs as on 2011 plans and they are:

IIT Bhuvaneshwar (under IIT Kharagpur): Branches offered: Civil, Electrical, Mechanical

IIT Gandinagar (under IIT Mumbai) Branches offered: Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical

IIT Hyderabad (under IIT Madras) : Branches offered: Computers, Electrical, Mechanical

IIT Indore (under IIT Bombay) : Branches offered: Computers, Electrical, Mechanical

IIT Kota (under IIT Kanpur) : Branches offered: Computers, Electrical, Mechanical

IIT Mandi (HP) (under IIT Roorkee): Branches offered: Computers, Electrical, Mechanical

IIT Patna (under IIT Guwahati): Branches offered: Computers, Electrical, Mechanical

IIT Ropar (under IIT Delhi): Branches offered: Computers, Electrical, Mechanical

Old IITs

IIT- Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madra, Roorkee.

While IT-BHU is under process to be converted to IIT- BHU, ISM-Dhanbad had opted out of IIT umbralla to keep its unique identity

List of New IIMs

India already has seven functional IIMs in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Lucknow, Indore, Kozhikode and Shillong. IIM Ranchi and Rohtak have also started taking admissions.

CAT 2010-11 Information, list of IIMs and Eligibility

A total of  5 new IIMs are being set-up in India.

From 2012-13 :  IIM Tiruchirappalli, IIM Raipur, J&KK, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan (the locations are yet to be decided).

Non-IIM List of MBA Colleges Accepting CAT scores


List of New NITs

Ten new NITs (National Institutes of Technology) have been set-up per following

National Institute of Technology, Arunachal Pradesh (mentor NIT Durgapur)

National Institute of Technology, Delhi (mentor NIT Warangal)

National Institute of Technology, Goa (NIT Surathkal)

National Institute of Technology, Manipur (NIT Agartala)

National Institute of Technology, Meghalaya (SVNIT Surat)

National Institute of Technology, Mizoram (VNIT Nagpur)

National Institute of Technology, Nagaland (NIT Silchar)

National Institute of Technology, Puducherry (NIT Trichy)

National Institute of Technology, Sikkim (NIT Calicut)

National Institute of Technology, Srinagar, Garhwal (NIT Kurukshetra)

The admissions to these new NITs have started from the academic session 2010-11.

List of Old NITs

1. National Institute of Technology, Agartala

2. Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad (U.P.)

3. Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh)

4. National Institute of Technology, Calicut (Kerela)

5. National Institute of Technology, Durgapur (West Bengal)

6. National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur (Himachal Pradesh)

7. Malviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur (Rajasthan)

8. Dr. B R Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar (Punjab)

9. National Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur (Jharkhand)

10. National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra (Haryana)

11. Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur (Maharashtra)

12. National Institute of Technology, Patna (Bihar)

13. National Institute of Technology, Raipur (Chhattisgarh)

14. National Institute of Technology, Rourkela (Orissa)

15. National Institute of Technology, Silchar (Assam)

16. National Institute of Technology, Hazartbal, Srinagar (J&K)

17. Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat (Gujarat)

18. National Institute of Technology, Surathkal, Mangalore (Karnataka)

19. National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli (Tamil Nadu)

20. National Institute of Technology, Warangal (Andhra Pradesh)

AIEEE 2011 Information Brochure

Recommended Books for IIT JEE and AIEE preparation

List of New AIIMS Hospital and Research Institute

A total of six new AIIMS hospital and research institutes would be set-up on the lines of All India

Institute of Medical Sciences-New Delhi per following:  AIIMS- Bihar(Patna), AIIMS- Madhya Pradesh (Bhopal), AIIMS- Orissa (Bhubaneshwar), AIIMS -Rajasthan (Jodhpur), AIIMS- Chhattisgarh (Raipur) and AIIMS -Uttaranchal (Rishikesh).

Each institute will intake 100 UG students. Once opened, this will significantly increase the intake of students from existing 50 seats (total-including all quota) in AIIMS.

AIIMS- Academic Programmes, Eligibility and Exam Schedule

New Central Universities (14) and Word Class Universities (16)

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Admission to IIMs thru GMAT for NRIs

This post is all about admission to top B-schools of India (including IIMs) by GMAT route for eligible NRIs (and foreigners) for MBA/PGDM courses. Though there is no NRI quota as such in IIM/ XLRI, most IIMs admit few overseas candidates (between 1-4, but not fixed) every year based on GMAT scores and eligibility criteria. Most of other top private B-Schools have 15% seats reserved for NRIs. A list of all top B-schools admitting students based on GMAT score is given below in the post.

1) IIMs (Indian Institute of Management)
IIM Ahmedabad : IIM-A Overseas candidate (NRI) Info
IIM Bangalore: IIM-B Overseas candidate (NRI) Info 2011-13, IIM-B Overseas candidate (NRI) Info 2010-12
IIM-Calcutta: IIM-C Overseas candidate (NRI) Info, IIM-C Overseas candidate (NRI) Form
IIM-Lucknow: IIM-L (Lucknow) Overseas Candidate (NRI) Info

2)      ISB-Hyderabad : ISB International Student Info

3)      XLRI- Jamshedpur:

4)     FMS- Delhi: FMS Delhi Admission 2011 FAQ,

5)      MDI- Gurgoan:

6)      IIFT- Delhi: IIFT-Admission-NRI-2011-13,

7)      IMT Ghaziabad :

8)      ICFAI –

9)      Great Lakes, Chennai- Admissions Info 2011-13

10)   Maharashtra CET: One can apply under NRI Seats if one of the parents of a candidate is a NRI. 15% of the seats in every institute are reserved for such a candidate. Following is a list of top ranked management institutes under MH CET

1.      Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS) – Mumbai
2.      Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) – Mumbai
3.      Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM) – Pune
4.      Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research (SIMSR) – Mumbai
5.      Sydhnem Institute of Management Studies and Research (SIMSREE) – Mumbai.
6.      P. N. Wellingkar’s Institute of Management Studies – Mumbai
7.      Chetana’s Institute of Management Studies – Mumbai

To get a sense of eligibility criteria to accept GMAT scores for overseas candidate’s admission to IIMs, please go through below procedure as described on IIM website.


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