Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Age limit for entry into various entry schemes in Army

(a) In Army (excluding Army Medical Corps, Army Dental Corps and Military Nursing Service), as on 01.07.2015, against the authorized strength of 49,631 officers, held strength of officers was 40,525 with a shortage of 9,106 officers.
(b) Age limit for entry into various entry schemes in Army is as under:
S. No.Entry schemeAge limit
(i)National Defence Academy16½ to 19½ years
(ii)Combined Defence Services19 to 22 years
(iii)Technical Graduate Course Entry20 to 27 years
(iv)National Cadet Corps Special Entry
[Short Service Commission (Non Technical)]
19 to 25 years
(v)University Entry Scheme18 to 24 years (pre-final year)
19 to 25 years (final year)
(vi)Short Service Commission (Non Technical)19 to 25 years
(vii)Short Service Commission (Technical)20 to 27 years
(viii)10 + 2 (Technical Entry Scheme)16½ to 19½ years
(ix)Army Cadet College (from Other Ranks)20 to 27 years
(x)Special Commissioned Officers (from Other Ranks).28 to 35 years.
(c) Presently, there is no proposal to lower the age limit for entry of officers in Indian Army.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

ITCSA free mock interviews for Mains-2015 qualified aspirants

Dear All,

ITCSA is planning to conduct mock interviews for the Civil service Mains qualified aspirants on 06/03/2016 from 10 am to 5pm at First Floor, Sudhir Tapani Towers, Above PNB, Opp. Telugu Academy, Old MLA quarters road, Himayat Nagar, Hyderabad, Telangana, India-500029. All the interested candidates are requested to forward their DAF to and contact Dr.C.N.Reddy on Ph.9000803050 for reserving the time slots. 

With best wishes

How to read English Newspaper ? by Ravi Kiran Edara, IRS

How to read English Newspaper?

- Ravi Kiran Edara, IRS

1.   Useful articles on 'How to read Newspaper' available at below web links:

2.   Focus on first page headlines, National and World news, editorial and Op-ed/perspective pages

3.   Concentrate on 'HOW' it is said rather than 'WHAT' is said.

4.   Take help of Oxford Advanced Learners' Dictionary which emphasises on 'USAGE' of words with example sentences. Initially, one may also refer to Sankaranarayana English to Telugu/English dictionary (e.g., Vikram Publishers etc.)

5.    Make notes with 'PHRASES' & 'SENTENCES' and not mere 'WORDS' (See examples below). Revise the notes regularly every week.


'Get smart on diesel cars'  (The Hindu, Editorial, 15-12-2015)

              The National Green Tribunal's decision to bar the registration of new and old diesel vehicles in Delhi till its next hearing on January 6 comes as a blow — though a temporary one for now — to passenger vehicle manufacturers. Automobile-makers have, in recent years, been building and scaling up their production capacities for diesel cars, driven by the surge in demand for diesel-powered vehicles as the fuel was subsidised and far cheaper than petrol. The differential between petrol and diesel prices has narrowed substantially since the government commenced the deregulation of diesel pricing in 2013...SUVs, that are ubiquitous status symbols in the National Capital Region and beyond, now constitute 50 per cent of the auto industry's passenger car sales. That vehicular exhaust from diesel cars, SUVs and freight trucks has been identified as one of the major contributors to the alarming levels of particulate matter in Delhi's atmosphere is well-established. The tribunal has asked the Delhi and Central governments to decide whether a more permanent injunction prohibiting the registration of diesel vehicles in the NCR would be advisable...

               Industry has reacted predictably, terming the move as unfair and discriminatory, and calling for a more holistic solution, ... to meet the more stringent BS-V (Bharat Stage-V) standards due in 2019, they suggest fleet modernisation to replace the older commercial transport vehicles, ... By way of comparison, the U.S. has decided to curb emissions from vehicles by moving towards higher fuel efficiency standards ...governments aren't capable of enforcing such norms efficiently. In the backdrop of the latest climate change commitments and the toxic air that hangs over Delhi, it could be an opportune moment for Indian policymakers to use the tools of behavioural economics to alter people's commuting preferences.  



Letters to the Editor

(for the article 'Never-ending Commercial Breaks' by Edara Gopi Chand                                     published in The Hindu editorial page on 5-4-2013)


Great job Hindu in publishing this insightful analysis on thus controversial topic! When your rival media houses with vested interests are chickening out to even talk about this or present only one side of the coin, it is bold on you to present the consumer interest point of view! It goes to prove that The Hindu doesn't hesitate to call spade a spade! The self regulation mechanism has not worked and has not prevented unscrupulous channels taking consumers for a ride. It is such a pain to watch the prime time news programs, because of endless dose of advertisements! Somebody has to bell the cat!


It's really great to read this article. Television channels allow advertisements to such an extent that they have become eyesore to the viewers.   

Indian TV viewing experience is lousy and pathetic. Loud mouth anchors shouting as if the earth will end in few seconds. Cricket matches are telecasted between the advertisements not the other way round. 


Thanks to the writer for lucidly analysing the issue. Because of these commercials the cost of all items of daily use from paste to pickle has gone high. Definitely the ad time in TV channels need to be curtailed. 


TRAI, hoisting broadcasters' on their own petard and recommending revised regulation on the limitation of advertisements on television channels to 12 minutes per clock hour, has brought the concerns of the viewers to the fore. One, as a viewer, becomes piqued by incessant number of advertisements which gnaws one's watching experience. Let us take the example of IPL, the sheer volition with which the broadcast is done, with abrupt advertisements floating, just makes the whole experience mundane and makes one pugnacious. One, as a viewer, has no choice but to sit there as a lame ducks and resort oneself to what has been shown on TV. One is thankful to the author "EDARA GOPI CHAND" for raising this issue which was lurking inside many peoples' hearts.