EDUCATION TRIBUNE Tuesday, March 12, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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Q. Could you please tell me which subject combinations are not allowed in the Main Civil Services Exam?

Gurpreet Dhami

A. The following subject combinations are not allowed in the Mains. To avoid inconvenience at a later stage, do check out for these combinations right in the beginning.

(a) Political Science & International Relations and Public Administration

(b) Commerce & Accountancy and Management

(c) Anthropology and Sociology

(d) Mathematics and Statistics

(e) Agriculture and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science

(f) Management and Public Administration

(g) Of the Engineering subjects, viz., Civil, Electrical and Mechanical ó not more than one subject

(h) Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science and Medical Sciences.


QI am a computer buff. How can I build a career in cyber security?

Harjinder Kairon

A The scope is immense. Cyber security has emerged as perhaps the most critical issues in IT. With the proliferation of e-commerce (more and more organisations moving their offline transactions online), the need for developing "fool proof" e-security systems to safeguard information from rampant cracking is the no #1 global IT concern.

Companies hire smart hackers to test the robustness of their network security systems in order to ensure that credit card operations are foolproof, that bank operations can be safely accessed through the Net and that data on local computers and servers is secure.

Virtually every Fortune 500 company employs hackers to protect their critical data from possible cracker attacks. Hackers also educate government, defence services, law enforcement bodies and business houses on how to harness technology to get their work done securely.

To begin with, you require thorough knowledge of C coupled with mastery of one UNIX operating system and assembly language, networking, TCP/IP and various other protocols. There are no short cuts. Get hold of several technical manuals and get going. You can also learn from the Net and hacking clubs (in India, young Ankit Fadiaís "hackingtruths" club provides training material to aspiring hackers. There is an annual convention of hackers in the US where experts exchange knowledge. But the best training is on the job.

What distinguishes a hacker from a cracker is that the former is actually paid to identify security breaches in an organisationís network. Constructive hacking is legal and ethical/because it is done with the clientís permission.

However, all said and done hacking is a double-edged sword -both parties need to agree that none of the exercises carried out will be in violation of section 65/66 of the IT Act.

The work can be highly challenging. Youíve got to be on your toes all the time to stay ahead of hackers. Thereís never a dull moment - youíll find a new problem everyday! The rewards are excellent. Experts command huge salaries to consult companies on security issues. They command a premium over their conventional networking and software counterparts.

Training Websites:;;; /courses/hacking/index.html.


QI am in my final year of BSc (Agri). Due to unavoidable family circumstances, I cannot study further. Could you please tell me how I could utilize my degree and start earning without further delay?

Mann Singh

A Donít worry. With a Bachelorís degree in Agriculture, you could become a consultant, thereby earning both money as well as respect of the farmer community.

And the best part is that you could do so straight after college (or even while working)!

The M/o Agriculture, in association with NABARD has launched a unique program to tap the expertise available in the large pool of Agriculture graduates or those in allied fields.

Irrespective of whether you are a fresh graduate or currently employed, you could open your own Agriclinic or Agribussiness center to provide professional extension services to farmers like advising them on crop selection, best farm practices, post-harvest value added options, key agricultural information, etc

The government provides a free 2-month start-up-training programme comprising of Entrepreneurship, Bussiness Management and Skill Improvement modules in your chosen area of expertise. On completing the training you can also apply for special start-up loans for your venture.

For detailed information regarding modules, enrolment criteria, institute closest to you and the business potential in the field of your choice, contact, Post Bag No 1, Agriclinic & Agribussiness Centers Cell, National Institute of Agriculture Extension Management (MANAGE), Rajendranagar, Hyderabad 500030 (AP). For details log on to

In the meanwhile also visit agriculture expositions/fairs conducted by the agriculture universities of your area. This will help you gain invaluable knowledge about the industry and other opportunities in this field.


QI am a graduate currently working in a private company. As I have a flair for writing, I would like to try my hand at journalism. Could you please suggest a few correspondence courses?

Deepak Raheja

A You could look at the following courses in Journalism through correspondence:

A) Bachelors in Journalism & Mass Comm (1-year). Eligibility: Bachelorís degree):

  • Kota Open University, Rawatbhata Road Akelgarh, Kota 324010.

  • Barkatullah Vishwavidalaya, Institute of Open & Distance Education, Bhopal 462026.

  • Dr Harisingh Gour Vishwavidalaya, Deptt of Correspondence Courses, Sagar 470003.

  • Guru Ghasidas University, Institute of Distance Education, Bilaspur 495009.

  • Guru Jambheshwar University, Directorate of Distance Education, Hisar 125001.

  • Awadesh Pratap Singh University, Distance Education Centre, Rewa 486003.

  • Makhanlal Chaturvedi Rashtriya Patrakarita Vishvavidyalaya, Bhopal offers undergraduate as well as postgraduate courses in Hindi Journalism.

B) MA Journalism & Mass Communication (2-yr)

  • Alagappa University, Directorate of distance Education, Karaikudi,

  • Madurai Kamraj University, Directorate of distance Education, Madurai

  • Mother Teresa Womenís University, School of Distance Education, Chennai. Duration: 2-yrs. Eligibility: Bachelorís degree

  • Madurai Kamaraj University, Directorate of Distance Education, Palkalainagar, Madurai 625021. Course: PG Diploma in Journalism & Mass Communication (1-yr).

C) Indira Gandhi National Open University, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi 110068.

Course: PG Diploma in Journalism & Mass Communication Eligibility: Graduates with 2 years experience. Duration: 1 yr.

Course: Diploma in Creative Writing (Eng/Hin). Eligibility: 10+2 or equiv. Duration: 1 yr.

Course: PG Certificate in Writing for Radio (Duration: 6 mth). Eligibility: Bachelorís degree.

D) Kurukshetra University, Department Distance Education, Kurukshetra 132119; Course: PG Diploma in Journalism & Mass Communication. Eligibility: Bachelorís degree.

E) Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Dayagangotri, Nasik 422005 (1-3 yr); Course: Certificate course in Journalism (1-3 yr). Eligibility: Class 12 with experience.

While these courses will help polish your style and presentation skills, you could start contributing your articles to newspapers and magazines straight away - if you already have a flare for writing.



QCould you please tell me about the admission procedure for Delhi College of Engineering? Can students from outside Delhi apply? Is there any NRI quota?

Rajeev Dhanda

A Admission to B.E. courses in the Delhi College of Engineering (DCE), Bawana and Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology (NSIT), Dwarka will be conducted centrally by Delhi University through a Common Entrance Examination (May 26 Ď02).

Students who have completed Class 12 PCM, 60% agg (50% for SC/ST) are selected for various courses depending upon their performance in this test.

The total seats earmarked for B.E. Courses are allocated region-wise as follows:

Delhi Region (85%): For Students passing from schools in the NCT of Delhi.

Outside Delhi Region (15%): For students passing from schools located outside the NCT of Delhi.

The criterion for deciding your eligibility for a seat reserved for any region is the location of the school/college from which you have passed the qualifying exam.

The criterion for deciding the region in case you have passed / appearing in the Qualifying Exam through Patrachar / Correspondence / Open School is the location of the school. You should be registered with any school for the purpose. The CEE form is common for both categories.

There are no separate seats or quota for NRI students. However, NRI students can apply for the CEE Exam under the "Outside Delhi" category if their Class XII exam is recognized as equivalent to the CBSE/ICSE by the University of Delhi.

Centres for the CEE exam are only located in the NCT of Delhi. There are no centres outside Delhi.

Please send in your query preferably on a postcard along with your name, complete address and academic qualifications to:

Editor, Career Hotline, The Tribune, Sector 29, Chandigarh.




Mar 30 Rashtriya Indian Military College, Dehradun (UA)

Admission Test for Jan Ď03 Term

Elig: Boys studying/pass in class VII. Age: 11Ĺ-13 yrs

(Jan 1 Ď90-1 Jul Ď91).

Test: 2 & 3 Jun.

Appln F: Send Rs 175/- by DD favouring "Commandant, RIMC, Dehradun" to the Commandant at the above add.


Apr 15 National School of Drama, Bahawalpur House, Bhagwandas Rd, New Delhi 110001


Dip in Dramatic Arts (3-yr)

Elig: Bachelorís degree. Participation in 10 productions and wkg knowledge of Hindi & Eng. Age: 18-30 yrs (on 1 July).

Selectn: Preliminary test at B Ďlore, Delhi, Kolkata & Mumbai followed by 4-day workshop.

Appln F: Send Rs 150/- by crossed DD favouring "Director, National School of Drama, New Delhi" specifying whether Hindi or Eng form is required to the Asstt Registrar (Academic) at the above add by 30 Mar.

Details: Employment News (2-8 Mar)


Jun 14 National Institute of Foundry & Forge Technology, Hatia, Ranchi 834003

1) MTech: a) Foundry Forge Tech (3 Sem) & b) Mfg Engg (3 Sem) (Affl to Ranchi Univ)

2) Adv Dips: a) Foundry Tech (18 mths) & b) Forge Tech (18 mths)

Elig: For 1(a): Bachelorís degree (Mech/Met/Prodn Engg) with GATE score.

For 1(b): Bachelorís degree (Mech/Met/Prodn/Elect/Aero/Chem/Indl Engg) with GATE score.

For 2: Dip (Met/Mech/Prodn Engg, 50%)/BSc (PCM, 50%). Knowledge of Eng essential.

Appln F: Send Rs 250/- (For 1) & Rs 200/- (For 2) by crossed DD favouring "National Institute of Foundry & Forge Technolgy" payable at Ranchi along with stamped (Rs 21/-), self-add envelope

(28 cm x16 cm) to the Chairman, Academic Affairs at the above add.

Details: Employment News (2-8 Mar).

Jul 5 Manpower Planning & Recruitment (R&R), Room No 204, ĎCí Wing, Sena Bhawan, New Delhi 110011


Admission to the Naval College of Engineering, Lonavla (Pune)

Elig: Unmarried Indian males. 10+2 (PCM, 70%) and 50% marks in Eng in class X/XII. DoB: 2 Dec Ď83-1 Jul Ď86.

Selectn: Based on merit in qualifying exam followed by SSB Interview and Medical Exam.

Appln F: Send in prescribed format to the Director at the above add.

Details: See website.


Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560012


KVPV Fellowship-2002

1) Basic Sc: Stream: a) SA, b) SB, c) SC & d) Olympiad

2) Engg: Stream: a) EA, b) EB

3) Medicine: Stream: a) MA

Elig: For Stream: SA: Class X (2002, 75% marks in Sc Subjs) and enrolling for 10+2 (Sc).

SB: Class XII (2002, 75% marks in Sc Subjs) and enrolling for BSc/MSc Integrated (Chem, Phys, Maths/Stats, Biol)/BMath/BStat. SC: Class XII (75% marks in Sc Subjs) and completing Ist year of BSc/MSc Integrated (Chem, Phys, Maths/Stats, Biol)/BMath/BStat in 2002.

Olympiad: Class X (2002), enrolling in Class XII (Sc) and representing India in International Olympiads in Phys/Chem/Maths/Biol in 2002. EA: Class XII (Sc, 75%, 2002) & enrolling for BE/BTech/BArch.

EB: IInd year students of BE/BTech/BArch (Ist Class in Ist year) and 75% in Sc subjs in Class XII.

MA: Students passing Ist Professional Exam in MBBS between

1 Nov Ď01-15 Sep Ď02 and 75% marks in Sc in Class XII.

Selectn: For 1: Merit list, followed by Aptitude Test & Interview.

For 2 & 3: Interview.

Appln F: Send Rs 75/- by DD favouring "SID A/c KVPY" payable at

B Ďlore with 2 self-add slips mentioning your name & stream applied for to the Convener at the above add by 3rd June. Separate appln form for all streams.

Finanace (Dist)

Sep 15 Indira Gandhi National Open University, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi 110068


MBA (Banking & Finance)

Elig: Bachelorís degree, passed CAIIB, member IIB, Mumbai & 2 yrs wk ex in Banking/Financial Services Sector.

Appln F: Send Rs 350/- by DD favouring "IGNOU" payable at New Delhi to the Director, SR&E Division at the above add by 25 Aug.


The Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India, 12, Sudder Street, Kolkata 700016


1) Foundation Course

2) Intermediate Course

Elig: For 1: 10+2. Age: 17 yrs.

For 2: Bachelorís degree. Age: 18 yrs & above.

Appln F: Contact the Northern Indian Regional Council, 3 Institute Area, Lodi Rd, New Delhi 110003.

Details: Employment News (2-8 Mar).

Admission Test

Apr 20 Motilal Nehru Regional Engineering College, Allahabad 211004 (UP)


(For MBA/MMS/MCM/MTM /MMEM/MIBM and MCA offered by UP Tech Univ/other Univs/Affl Colleges/Pvt institutions of UP & Uttaranchal)

Elig: For Mgt Courses: Bachelorís degree.

For MCA: BCA/BSc/BCom/BA with Maths at 10+2/Bachelorís degree level for UP Tech Univ.

Selectn: For MCA: Written test only. For Mgt Courses: Written test, GD & Interview.

Appln F: Send Rs 550/- by DD favouring "UPMCAT-2002" payable at Allahabad along with self-add slip to the Co-ordinator, UPMCAT-2002 at the above add. Mention the type of course selected in appln

Details: See Info Brochure.


All India Institute of Hygiene & Public Health,

110-Chittaranjan Avenue, Kolkata 700073

Apr 16 1) MD (Community Med, 3-yr)

2) Dip in Public Health, Maternity & Child Welfare, Indl Health(2-yr)

3) Master of Vet Public Health (2-yr)

Apr 12 4) Master of Engg in Public Health (18-mths)

5) Dip in Dietetics (12-mths)

6) Dip in Health Educn (12-mths)

7) Dip in Health Stats (12-mths)

8) Dip in Public Health Nursing (10-mths)

Oct 15 9) Cert in Public Health Nursing Supervision (13 weeks)

Elig: Open University students do not apply. For 1 & 2: MBBS. For 3: MBBS/BVSc & AH. For 4: BE/BTech in Civil Engg or equiv. For 5: MBBS/Bachelorís degree with Physiol/ Chem/Clinical Nutrition with dietetics as a subject/Degree in Home Sc/Nursing. For 6: MBBS/Masterís/Bachelorís degree (Arts/Sc/Educn/Nursing) with 2 yrs Community Work experience. For 7: MBBS or BA/BSc with Maths/Stats as a subject. For 8: Class 10/10+2 or Pre-univ with Cert/Dip in General Nursing and Midwifery plus 2 yrs wk ex in any Clinical area or Community Nursing.

For 9: Dip (Pub Health Nursing/Nursing Educn and Admin)

+ 3 yrs wk ex in Urban & Rural field.

Selectn: For 5 & 7: Admission Test.

Appln F: Apply on plain paper along with stamped, self-add envelope to the Director at the above add.

CARING (Career Information & Guidance), New Delhi


Why do we say that?

Not enough room to swing a cat

Someone working in a tiny office or room could say there was not enough room to swing a cat.

The cat in this centuries-old saying is not a furry pet but the dreaded nine-throngedwhip, known as the Ďcat oí nine tailsí that was used to punish sailors. The punishment always took place on deck because below there was Ďnot enough room to swing a catí.