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Scoring high in BITSAT with just 10 months of preparation…

Definitely, it can be done !

Even if you do not exclusively prepare for BITSAT, and rather prepare for JEE and other engineering entrances too, you can still score these marks in BITS.

Many of the top scorers of BITS do not particularly prepare for BITS. Trust me, this comes out to be my own experience. Well, so the question that remains here is…

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Modern Physics : Quick, simple, and easy

Everyone knows what modernity stands for, right? Speed. Yup, that’s the answer. And how do we achieve it…. Well, we use short cuts, tricks, slangs, etc. Everyone knows what “IDK’ stands for, right? Such a long line….shortened into three letters. Yeah, that is the new modern generation. Quick, fast and short. Presenting the shortest unit of the enitre JEE syllabus, something as short as its modernity and as quickly understood… Yup, you guessed it right. It is none other than Modern Physics, the most scoring unit of JEE Physics. Continue reading Modern Physics : Quick, simple, and easy

Windows is going downhill. I’m disappointed, Microsoft

It’s the year 2015. PC users receive a notification from Microsoft the likes of which they have never seen. The notification says – Upgrade to Windows 10. For free! (That was serious marketing, Microsoft).Of course, I didn’t realise back then how Microsoft was playing us all along. With the excitement of a teenager, I quickly borrowed all the laptops in the house, and upgraded them to Windows 10 the day it was launched.

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Apple’s Ecosystem : The secret of it’s success !

People are often left confused as to why the “overpriced pieces of crap” Apple products keep selling more and more by the year. (I personally find Apple products of an extremely high quality). After all, it is an honest question. If an Android phone costing 1/3rd of an iPhone can do almost all the basic tasks expected of a smartphone these days, then why do people still buy into Apple products?

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Apple’s new A11 “Bionic” Chip : It’s a huge leap into the future

Apple created headlines with it’s event yesterday, with the unveiling of the iPhone 8/8Plus and the gorgeous iPhone X. However, the biggest change is not what can be seen from the outside. Apple has created a whole new era in mobile computing with it’s A11 chip, also introduced at the keynote. At a moment when the latest and greatest of Snapdragon’s processors couldn’t manage to keep up with Apple’s A10X Fusion chip, Apple announced the A11 chip to be present in all the future iPhones. That’s a huge leap forward.

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To do well in the upcoming exams, join an Online Test Series…

And this applies to all upcoming exams : JEE, BITSAT, Other Engineering Exams, anything that has gone the way of online exams. There is a very simple reason for it : Developing a habit. Pen and paper based exams are second nature to most of us for the simple reason that we have been giving such examinations all our lives. However, think back to the time when you had your first examination… Didn’t it feel awkward and something out of your comfort zone? Well, that’s because you had no habit of doing it.

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Dear Apple haters, Here’s something for you…

Take a tour of the internet, especially tech blogs and YouTube channels. One common feature I have noticed : Hate for Apple runs high. And I fail to understand why? Is it so big an issue as to what device others buy and use?Mostly, people criticise Apple for being overpriced. To justify their argument, they state what all features Androids have. However, all such arguments have a gaping loophole, and that’s what I want to bring out today.

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Linux is Over-Hyped… My take on the one and only free OS

Don’t get me wrong here, Linux is a great OS, especially for budding Engineers and Computer Scientists (the sort of people who are expected to know everything about their devices and are expected to tweak them as these). It’s just that the advantages stop right here. Maybe being free could be another advantage. Maybe.

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Sandboxing in a nutshell : How it affects the security of your device

Often we come across this term – Sandboxing. So what exactly is it? More importantly, how does it affect you and why should you even bother?

If you are an iOS user, you must have often complained about how it takes time to access files from two different apps or how you cannot download files to your iDevice or how you cannot tweak the system settings, and so on. That’s because of sandboxing.

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Android isn’t really as great as it is claimed to be. Here’s why…

So, Prepsera Tech starts off with Android here, perhaps the most widely used OS in the entire world (more than even Windows). Almost everyone around seems to have an Android device, and they are pretty defensive about how great it is. Have a look at YouTube, or for that matter any site where people can comment, and you can see how huge the Android community is.

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Tech Stuff @ Prepsera

So yog must have seen at our Facebook page that Prepsera is going to be featuring technology related articles as well. So, yeah… It’s gonna be a big step forward for us as we try and provide you with interesting reads in the awesome field of technology. Maybe just to provide you a spark for tech. After all, for all those who want to do something in the future. After all, technology rules us all, works for us all and is present everywhere.

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DC Pandey Vs HC Verma : Which book is right for me?

One of the most viral questions on the internet has been, this book or that… So, here is my take on questions of these sorts. In this latest series of articles, I shall attempt to help clarify whatever doubts you may have regarding which book to chose. Of the various books that High School students can use for Physics, DC Pandey and HC Verma both are insanely popular choices. Both these books bring a good concise theory to the table, coupled with solved and unsolved questions.

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JEE Counselling Tips: NITs

CSE/IT is undoubtedly the heart-throb of many Engineering aspirants in India.

Reasons are obvious.

Firstly, Learning programming is interesting and logical. Plus, it is more rewarding than Electrical/Electronics/Mechanical. Secondly, IT sectors and other software engineers recruiting companies offer a handsome salary package that is sufficient to attract students from all over the country to pursue Computer Science.

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Books for NEET/AIPMT Preparation

After counselling you all for JEE the past year, this year Prepsera shall start off with NEET guidance as well, thanks to a couple of my friends who cleared NEET this year. So, their advises shall be what I shall be writing on, including valuable inputs from our experienced faculty team, headed by Mohit Ryan. Let’s dive into the details of the exam, now. As mentioned earlier, the first step of the preparation of any exam is the material that we need to. The next step is to make a focused plan and the last step is to stick to it.

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Introduction to Counselling Series Advice by Prepsera

JEE-2017 is over and now, I am sure that most of you would have checked your scores. By this time, you are expected to have a pretty good idea about what your rank can be possibly. In such a case, with so many other engineering exams going on and stuff, it becomes highly important that you have all the options ready for your future college and stream. After all, choosing a college can be a life-changing decision with the power to potentially make or break your career. Another important decision is your branch. However, given India’s education scenario, things can get highly complicated. Getting the branch you like in the college you desire can be a highly unlikely scenario in India. At this point, I would urge all the students to just be a little bit flexible.

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FIITJEE Rankers Study Material (RSM) : My Review of the Material

FIITJEE is one of the most trusted names when it comes to JEE coaching. Every year, it produces a fabulous list of results (33% of successful students in almost every category are claimed to be FIITJEE students). Now, that is a massive number and it definitely raises some questions. Is the material of FIITJEE so good that this happens? Or is the faculty pool of FIITJEE that good? Many of you have asked me about FIITJEE RSM – how is it, how did I use it, and stuff. Bored of answering individual comments about the same thing, I decided to write this article. I hope that this article will be able to clear all of your confusions on this topic.

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All About Engineering Branches : Breaking the Myths – Part 1

Everyone in this country would be advising you to go for Computer Science (CS) or Electrical Engineering (EE/ECE/EEE) for the simple reason that these two branches get the best placements in the country. Although that is a true fact, I would strongly advise you not to join a particular branch by just seeing it’s placement statistics. After all, you have to study that field for the next 4 years. 4 years is a long time, and so many engineering students lose interest in their fields by the end of the second year. Thereafter, the remaining years of engineering are spent in regret, sorrow and a neglect towards your own degree. This is something you should be aware of.

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JEE-Advanced Paper Analysis : Paper 2

JEE-Advanced is finally over. I bet all the students must be heaving a huge sigh of relief. Finally, the toughest of all exams is over. Now is the time to enjoy the vacations, party and have fun. A much needed break awaits those of you who gave today’s JEE-Advanced paper. Here is to Part 2 of the Paper Review of JEE-Advanced.

We saw a unique marking scheme this year in Paper 2 – The first 7 questions of each section were single correct type had +3/-1 with partial marks. Definitely an easy scheme by JEE standards. Paper 1 had a tougher marking scheme of the first 7 questions.The partial marks do more harm than good, as they provide a fall sense of security to the student. This was followed by 7 Multi Correct Answer Questions with +4/-2 and partial marking scheme, same as the first 7 questions of Paper -1. Note that this is a brutal marking scheme, and these questions should have been attempted with full care.

There were 4 questions of Paragraph type – Single correct with a pretty easy marking scheme of +3/0. So, these were definitely the questions to score in.

So, now let’s get down to analysing the level of the paper, subject wise.

Physics 

Now, this paper had a good level of Physics. The questions dim demand imagination from the students and questions weren’t as straightforward as in Paper -1. The multiple correct questions were definitely easy though, and I can tell you that the exact same questions were present in my coaching classroom study material. So, not that tough for students going to a decent coaching. However, it being JEE, some imagination and understanding is expected from the student too. Electromagnetism questions were good. I personally liked them. Rotational mechanics questions were great and I hope you solved them, giving them the due respect and time that they deserved. Overall, on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being insanely tough, I would rate the Physics portion as 8 (a moderately tough paper)

Chemistry

Once again, Chemistry is relatively easy. Many questions of Inorganic Chemistry were straight from NCERT, as far as I remember. Thus, the student must have scored well in those. Organic, too, was not that tough. The answers of the Organic Chemistry questions were quite straight-forward. Once again, theoretical knowledge was demanded of by the students, and the questions were not very innovative. All of the questions of the chemistry paper were pretty standard. Hence, on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being insanely tough, I would rate the Chemistry portion as 5 (an easy level paper).

Maths

The subject that made so many students cringe in JEE-Main fared poorly in terms of difficulty in the first paper of JEE-Advanced this year.  However, the level was a bit better in paper 2, mainly because of the presence of more integral calculus, a tough unit by it’s very nature. However, it certainly wasn’t very tough. Trigonometry had a few direct questions too, something that happened in 2016 too. The signs are clear, JEE knows that many kids leave studying Trigonometry thinking that no direct questions would be asked on it. However, it has been asking direct questions from this unit and I think it;s time we began to give Trigonometry it’s due importance. That being said, as far as difficulty is concerned, on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being insanely tough, I would rate the Maths portion as 7 (a normal level paper).

JEE-Advanced Paper Analysis : Paper 1

JEE-Advanced is finally over. I bet all the students must be heaving a huge sigh of relief. Finally, the toughest of all exams is over. Now is the time to enjoy the vacations, party and have fun. A much needed break awaits those of you who gave today’s JEE-Advanced paper.

We saw a unique marking scheme this year in Paper 1 – A conglomerate of the marking schemes of 2015 and 2016 JEE-Advanced Papers i.e +4/-2 with partial marks. Definitely a tough scheme by any standards. The partial marks do more harm than good, as they provide a fall sense of security to the student. 

Also, we did see Integer type questions with no negative marking. This is definitely a very relaxed marking scheme and should boost scores for everyone. The matrices were definitely innovative and frankly speaking, a great way to test the students.

So, now let’s get down to analysing the level of the paper, subject wise.

Physics 

Definitely an easy paper, going by JEE-Advanced standards. In fact, I found out that the paper had many questions which were of a similar tune to the questions found in the study material of various national coaching institutes. That being said, I expect this to be a factor which would have made this an extremely scoring section of the paper for serious students who were taking coaching in any form, classroom or correspondence courses. On a scale of 10, with 10 being insanely tough, I would rate the Physics portion as 6 (a very normal level paper)

Chemistry

Once again, Chemistry this year is relatively easy. As has been the trend from time immemorial in JEE, Chemistry papers are usually set easy. Maybe this is done to counter the effect of the ambiguity of answers in Organic Chemistry. However, the core dominance of single correct/integer type questions does make it an easy section. Theoretical knowledge was demanded of by the students, and the questions were not very innovative, I daresay. On a scale of 10, with 10 being insanely tough, I would rate the Chemistry portion as 5 (a very normal level paper)

Maths

The subject that made so many students cringe in JEE-Main fared poorly in terms of difficulty in the first paper of JEE-Advanced this year. Although not very easy by any standard, it certainly wasn’t very tough. Questions on chapters like complex numbers and integration were few. I was expecting more than this from JEE. Also, I have seen that JEE tends to make a tougher Paper 1 so as to frighten kids at times. However, this doesn’t seem to be the intent this year. Overall, On a scale of 10, with 10 being insanely tough, I would rate the Maths portion as 6 (a very normal level paper). Questions were straightforward, and could be solved if you had enough practice.