EDUCATION TRIBUNE Tuesday, June 18, 2002, Chandigarh, India



Lesson in English




I want to join RAW. How should I go about it?

Q I wish to make a career as an intelligence agent with the Research and Analysis Wing. Please tell me how do I go about it.

Amit Sukheja

A Recruitment to the Research & Analysis Wing (RAW) is conducted in the following manner:

Direct recruitment: Deputy Field Officers (at the junior level), field officers and senior field officers are appointed directly to the Research & Analysis Service (RAS). Recruitment at the lowest level is that of an ‘attache’ and during the probation period, you are designated as Under Secretary. As per the rules, 50 per cent of the posts in the senior cadre are filled through direct recruitment while the remaining are filled through promotions and deputation of special officers from the CBI, IT, Customs, RBI, and the state police (at the SP, DIG or IG level) for a period of 5-7 years which is extendable up to ten years.

Senior level appointments: These are made in two ways: (i) on-campus recruitment of Civil Service candidates while training for the foundation course and (ii) recruitment of University graduates. You must have a first division from Class X onwards. Final selection is made through interviews.

Specialist appointments: Personnel for technical or scientific jobs are selected through campus interviews which are conducted at such institutes. Generally, those with some experience in government organisations are preferred. The Interview Panel includes experts and selectors from the UPSC.

Language specialists: Interestingly, RAW also employs language specialists as its work involves dealing with foreign countries.

Q I am a first-year BSc student. I wish to pursue a career as a customs officer. Could you please help me in realising my ambition?

Shikha Stephens

A A Customs Officer deals with the formulation of policies for collection of customs and central excise duties, prevention of smuggling, etc. And to become a Customs Officer you will have to take the Civil Services Examination after Bachelor’s degree. This exam provides entry into 27 different services including the Indian Customs & Central Excise Services.

Actually two separate services, this is one of the two main tax collecting Departments of the government whose function may be divided into two broad areas:

The control of imported and exported goods for the purpose of duty, statistics and checks for entry of prohibited and restricted goods, especially smuggled drugs.

The administration and collection of most of the taxes on consumer expenditure (indirect taxes) levied in the country.

Customs officers work mainly in airports and docks, both in uniform and plain clothes to ensure that the due import and export licensing procedures are complied with. Initially they are posted in coastal towns and later at airports. They also conduct preventive checks i.e. physical examination of ships, aircraft, vehicles, freight and cargo to detect concealment of goods and duty evasion. Rising from Asst. Collector of Customs to Deputy. Collector, Additional Collector, Collector and finally, Principal Collector of Customs.

Excise duty is levied on a range of goods, including alcoholic drinks, fuel, tobacco products, textiles, etc. Many of these are produced under a licence, which governs their production and processing. Excise inspectors visit establishments to check that the correct duty is paid and to ensure that manufacturers are suitably licensed and operating in accordance with the law.

Starting as Assistant Superintendent, Additional Superintendent, and finally Member, Central Board of Excise & Customs.

The Civil Services Exam is conducted in two parts consisting of a Preliminary and Main Exam. Although a Bachelor’s degree in any stream is the basic qualification, in fact most people who make it to the Civil Services are postgraduates and above.

Those selected the Customs service are trained in Chennai while training for the central Excise Service is done in one of the metropolitan cities.

Q I am in my final year of civil engineering and would like to take up environmental engineering at the Masters level. Please could you provide information on the colleges that offer the course?

Jasbir Saini

A At the Masters level, Environmental Engineering is offered at:

  • Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore (ME Civil Environmental Engg)
  • IIT, Bombay (MTech Environmental Science & Engg)
  • IIT, Delhi (MTech Civil Environmental Engg/MTech (PT) in Energy & Environment Management)
  • IIT, Madras (MTech Civil Environmental Engg)
  • IIT, Roorkee (ME/MTech Civil Environmental Engg)
  • IIT, Kanpur (MTech Environmental Engg & Management)
  • Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad (MTech Environmental Science & Engg)
  • Institute of Engineering & Technology, Lucknow (MTech Environmental Engg)
  • Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi (MTech (PT) Environmental Science & Engg)
  • JNTU, Hyderabad (MTech Civil Environmental Management)
  • Maulana Azad College of Technology (REC), Bhopal (MTech Public Health Engg including Environmental Engg & Planning)
  • Malviya Regional Engineering College, Jaipur (ME (FT/PT) Environmental Engg)
  • Sardar Patel University, Gujarat (ME Civil Environmental Engg)
  • South Gujarat University, Surat (ME Civil Planning & Environmental Engg)
  • Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala (ME Civil Environmental Engg)
  • University of Allahabad, Allahabad (ME Civil Environmental Engg)

Q I am a Class XI student in the commerce stream with computers as one of my subjects. I want to learn CAD. When should I start and how should I choose an institute?

Surjit Singh

A Computer Aided Design (CAD) is the tool support for designing aimed at specific applications in architecture, engineering, fashion, textile and accessory design, carpet design, automobiles, etc. Instead of making complex diagrams, designs, drawings, patterns and models painstakingly by hand, knowledge of CAD enables speedy and accurate execution of designing on computer with the help of specific packages specially designed for the purpose. It is ideal for those who have done mechanical engineering or architecture.

Before you even think of selecting the right institute, it is vital that you decide which industry you would like to join. Learning CAD without sufficient knowledge of a particular field of design is exactly like putting the cart before the horse. For instance, you must be sufficiently familiar with the fundamentals of engineering drawing, architectural draftsmanship or fashion designing to be able to use CAD as a designing tool. By itself it would serve little purpose. You will just end-up spending a whole lot of time and money and end up only as a CAD operator.


Q I have recently completed a 2-yr PGDBM from a middle-level institute. I have been desperately looking for a job but to no avail. Most recruitment ads ask for work experience. How can a fresher get work experience unless organisations are ready to take on freshers. Just because one doesn’t have the tag of a “top of the line” institute, does it imply that one is lacking in caliber and potential?

Preeti Kath

A I can entirely appreciate and sympathize with your dilemma - the Catch-22 game of job ads requiring work experience and work experience not being possible without a job. May I offer a suggestion? From your query, it would appear that you have essentially been responding to advertisements. Maybe it’s time to take the initiative in your own hands; make a detailed list of companies which you may like to work for in your city, find out about their activities, their marketing efforts, etc. Then send your biodata with a covering letter describing what you know about the company and how you could fit in and request an interview. You might be pleasantly surprised by the response because every company likes to see such kind of initiative. I would also like to add that:

1) There are always jobs “out there”, which are not advertised, and

2) Whether you can find them or not depends on what methods you use.

Another proven successful job hunting method you may like to try is to ask your family members, friends, neighbours etc. for any job leads and potential employers that they may know of. Go ahead, and try. You have nothing to lose but your frustration.

Q My daughter will be taking B.Sc final exam with zoology (main) and chemistry and biology as subsidiaries. So far, she has a good academic record. Could you please suggest some job-oriented postgraduate courses, related to biology or zoology.

Veena Kaur

A Due to rapid global advancements in science and technology, advanced studies in Biology related fields like Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Genetics, Marine Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Marine Biology, etc offer better career opportunities.

To begin with your daughter can pursue Master’s degree in any of the above mentioned areas. If she wishes to go into hardcore research she can subsequently go in for a PhD in the subject

JNU, Delhi, conducts a Common Entrance Exam for a couple of universities for MSc in Biotechnology and some others conduct their own entrance exams for admission to this course. MSc in Microbiology and other areas are offered by most of the universities and a couple of Agricultural Universities spread all over the country.

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.




Aug 11 Directorate of Manpower Planning & Recruitment, R & R Section, Naval HQ, Room No. 204, ‘C’ Wing, Naval Headquarters, Sena Bhawan, New Delhi 110011. Website:

Short Service Commissioned Officers (Exec Branch), Feb 2003

Elig: BSc (Phys/Math)/MSc (Phys/Maths, 55% agg) /BE/BTech/BSc (Phys & Maths) holding NCC Naval Wing, Sr. Div. ‘C’ Cert. Age: 19½-25 yrs (DOB: 2 Feb’78 and 1 Aug ’83).

Appln F: See website.


Jun 30 College of Art (Govt of NCT of Delhi), 20-22, Tilak Marg, New Delhi 110 001

1) Bachelors of Fine Art (Painting, Sculpture, Applied Art, 4-yr)

2) Dip in Fine Art (4-yr)

3) Master of Fine Art (Painting, Sculpture, Applied Art, 2-yr)

4) Post Dip in Fine Art (2-yr)

Elig: For 1: Class 12 (50% agg). Age: 17 yrs (on Oct 1)

For 2: Deaf & Dumb students pass in Class 10.

For 3: BFA (50%). Age: 21yrs (on Oct 1).

For 4: Deaf & Dumb students pass in DFA.

Appln F: Send Rs 300/- by crossed IPO favouring “Principal, College of Art” payable at New Delhi with stamped (Rs 30/-), self-add envelope (10” x 12”) to the above add.

Jul 5 Central Leather Research Institute, Adyar, Chennai 600020.Website:

Cert in Leather Processing, Leather Goods, Leather Garments, Leather Footwear (26 weeks)

Dip in Leather Goods, Leather Garments, Leather Footwear (40 weeks)

PG Dip in Leather Processing (52 weeks)

At Chennai & Regional centres

Elig: Age: 30 yrs (on Aug 1, ’02). For 1: SSLC (55%). For 2: 10+2 (55%). For3: BSc (50%) with Chem as one subj.

Selectn: Entrance Test (Jul 13), Interview (Jul 14) & Trade Test (for candidates with work ex in this Ind).

Appln F: Send Rs 100/- by crossed DD favouring “Central Leather Research Institute” with stamped (Rs 5/-), self-add envelope (30 cm x 15 cm) to the Head, CHORD Division, at the above add by Jul 21.

Jun 26 Govt. College of Art (Ch’grh Admin), Sector 10-C, Chandigarh 160011

Ph: (0172) 742873

Bachelor of Fine Arts

(Sculpture/Applied Art/Painting/Graphics (Printmaking),4-yr)

Elig: Class 12 (40% agg).

Appln F: Send Rs 170/- by MO favouring “Principal” at the above add mentioning your name & add on the reverse of MO form. At counter: Rs 130/- cash.


Jul 20 Indian Institute of Information Technology (Deemed Univ), Nehru Science Centre, Kamla Nehru Rd, Allahabad 211002

Ph: (0532) 461377/78/79/80


MTech (Bioinformatics, 2-yr)

MTech IT (Intelligent Sys/Wireless Comm & Computing, 2-yr)

Elig: GATE qualified. For 1: BTech/BE (IT)/CSE /Software Engg/MSc (Comp. Sc/Biotech/

Microbiol) /MBBS/BPharm

For 2: BTech/BE (IT)/CSE/Electron & Comm Engg.

Selectn: Written test (Aug 10) & Interview (Aug 11).

Appln F: Send Rs 450/- by DD favouring “IIIT, Allahabad” payable at Allahabad to the add above with a self-add table (10cm x 5 cm) superscribed “Request for MTech Application form” or download from website.

Jul 15 Samrat Ashok Technological Institute, Vidisha 464001 (MP)

First yr of BE (Civil, Mech, Elect, Electron, Constr. Tech & Mgt, Chem, Prodn. Engg, 4-yr, PT)

ME: Civil (Constr Tech & Mgt, PT/FT), Civil (Environ Engg), Mech (Adv Prodn Syst), Elect (Power Electron Engg); MTech: CSE (Comp. Sc & Engg), Appl Sc: (Maths/Phy/Chem)

Elig: For 1): Dip in relv. Subj (50% agg), For 2: Relev Bachelor’s degree with GATE scores.

Appln F: Send Rs 550/- by DD favouring the “Director, SATI (Engg College)” payable at Vidisha, to the Dy.Registrar (Acad) at the above add.

Details: See Employment News (8-14 Jun).

Jul 3 Entrance Test (LEET-2002) for BTech/BE (2nd year) in institutions in Haryana

Elig: Dip holders of all streams (except Architecture) having 60% marks in aggregate.

Appln F: Send Rs 650/- by DD favouring “Director/Principal, YMCA Instt of Engg, Faridabad” payable at Faridabad by 28 Jun to YMCA Instt of Engg, Sec 6, Faridabad 121006 (Har).


20 Jul Delhi Institute of Heritage Research & Mgt, 18-A, Satsang Vihar Marg, Qutub Institutional Area, New Delhi 110067


1) Master in Archaeol & Heritage Mgt (2-yr)

2) Master in Conservation, Preservation & Heritage Mgt (2-yr)

Elig: Bachelor’s degree (Humanities/Sc).

Selectn: Entrance Test (Jul 25).

Appln F: Send Rs 175/- by DD favouring “Delhi Instt. of Heritage Research & Management” payable at Delhi to the Accountant at the above add or download from website. At counter: Rs 150/- (cash).

Jul 13 University of Lucknow, Lucknow 226007

Ph: 335068

PG Dip in Quality Mgt (1-yr)

Master of Total Quality Mgt (2-yr)

Elig: For 1: M.Sc/M.B.A./B.E./


For 2: BSc/BE/BTech (50% agg).

Test: Jul 20-21.

Appln F: Send Rs 375/- by crossed DD favouring “Finance Officer, Univ of Lucknow” to Dr. Anil K Srivastava, Addl Director, Quality Mgt Prog, Ist Floor, D/o Stats at the above add.


Jul 1 Dr BR Sur Homoeopathic Medical College, Hospital & Research Centre (G/o NCT of Delhi), Nanak Pura, Moti Bagh, New Delhi 110022


BHMS (5½-yr)

Elig: Class 12 (PCB, 60% agg).

Selectn: Based on merit.

Appln F: Send Rs 50/- by PO favouring “Principal, Dr. B R Sur Homoeopathic Medical College, Hospital & Research Centre, Nanak Pura, Moti Bagh, New Delhi 110022” with a self-add, stamped (Rs 25/-), envelope (8” x 10”).

Jun 21 Centralised Medical Admission

for BAMS, BHMS & MBBS, 2002

Selectn: Merit in CET exam 2002

Appln F: Send Rs 80/- by DD favouring “Coordinator, Centralised Medical Admission 2002, Govt Medical College & Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh” to Dr SBS Mann, Coordinator, Central Medical Admission - 2002 & Director Principal Govt. Medical College & Hospital, Sector 32-A, Chandigarh, or download from At Counter: Rs 50/- (cash).

Jul 1 Punjab Para Medical Entrance Test (PPMET), 2002

for BSC (Nursing) and Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Elig: Class 12 (PCB, 40% & Eng) from Punjab. Age: 17 yrs (on Dec 31 ’02).

Appln F: Send Rs 550/- by DD favouring “Co-ordinator, PPMET-2002” payable at Faridkot to the Coordinator, PPMET-2002, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot 151203. At specified OBC, Brs (incldg Sector 17B, Ch’grh): Rs 500/- (cash).

Jul 6 Moolchand Kharaiti Ram Hospital Lajpat Nagar III, New Delhi 110024

Ph: (011) 6835306, 6920217, 6920218

General Nursing & Midwifery Course

Elig: 10+2 (Sc, 50%). Age: 17-22 years (on 1 Oct. 2002).

Appln F: At Smt. JRT School of Nursing, Moolchand Hospital” L: Rs 100/- (cash).

CARING (Career Information & Guidance), New Delhi


Lesson in English
W. L. Gordon


To part FROM means to go away from (a person). To part WITH means to give up (a thing). Thus: “He parted FROM his friend.” And “He parted WITH his most cherished possession.”


Verecund (shy, modest). Pronounce as ver-ee-kund with accent on the first syllable.


Confidently — positively; with confidence.

Confidentially — secretly.


Shelter (verb) — cover, defend, harbour, screen, guard, protect, preserve, secure, vindicate.


“Use a word three times and it is yours.” Let us increase our vocabulary by mastering one word each day.

Today’s word: POLYMORPHOUS (adj) — multiform; having or assuming various shapes, stages, styles. Pronounce as pol-ee-mor-fos with accent on the third syllable. E.g. “He has a polymorphous personality.”