Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Career Hotline

Arm yourself for
getting into AFMC

Q I am regular reader of your column. I will be taking my board exams next year. Can you please tell me a bit about the AFMC entrance test?

Amanpreet Kaur

A The Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune, is a highly prestigious medical school, ranked next to AIIMS and Maulana Azad Medical College in the pecking order.

The entrance exam for admission to its MBBS course is held in 32 centres all over India in early May. Selected candidates are called for an Interview in June at Pune.

The notification is issued in December and the last date for filling in completed application forms is generally in mid-February. You should have cleared plus two(PCB) with English in the first attempt 60 per cent (agg) and Maths in Class X. Age: 17-22 years. B. Sc degree holders with any two of the following subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany/Zoology) and B,Sc graduates (Botany/Zoology) below 24 years are also eligible. You must be single and medically fit.

The exam is the same for graduates as well as for those who have done plus two (PCB). The 2-hour paper consists of objective-type questions divided into 4 parts (50 marks each) in biology, chemistry, physics and intelligence, reasoning, and English language.

All the 130 selected candidates (105 boys and 25 girls) are required to serve as Commissioned Officers in the Armed Forces Medical Service upon graduation. Anyone reneging from this contractual obligation has to pay a steep Rs 15 lakh as compensation.

Based on merit , 50 per cent medical cadets are given Permanent Commission, while the remaining 50 per cent will be granted Short Service Commission after the final MBBS exam. Incidentally, there are 109 military hospitals all over the country.

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Law point

Q I am a student of BA final year. I would like to opt for law as a career. Please guide me about the various branches of law and what are the prospects?

Rahul Kashyap

A The legal profession is a growing and lucrative profession all over the world. Lawyers are held in high esteem in our society, and people still believe that when all else fails, one can still take recourse to the law. In our daily lives, in one way or other, we may come across situations where legal advice is required. In such a situation we need the advice of a legal professional who can analyse and interpret the law properly.

Lawyers counsel clients on their legal rights and suggest course of action. They also draw up legal documents, such as wills and contracts, conduct negotiations on legal issues and represent clients in court and tribunal proceedings.

There are various branches of specialisation in law like civil law, criminal law, corporate law, property law, income tax law, marine law, public international law, family law, labour law, press law, excise law, constitutional law, administration law, sale of goods law, trade mark, copyright and patent law etc. one can choose from.

More on MBA

Q I have done BDS from Faridkot. Now, I am interested in doing an MBA. Can you tell me the names of institutes that offer MBA through correspondence?

Sachin Sharma

A Distance MBAs simply don’t offer the quality and depth necessary to impress employers. No matter how good, these programmes are no substitute for a regular programme. An MBA through correspondence is just about OK for those who need to supplement their work experience with formal qualifications.

The following Universities offer MBA programmes through the distance learning:

nAIMA - Centre for Management Education, Delhi (

nIMT, Ghaziabad ( Course: MBA e-learning (2-year), PGD in Bus Mgt (3-year), PG Dip in Marketing Mgt (2-year), PG Dip in Supply chain Mgt (2-year), PG Dip in HR Mgt (2-year). Also Diplomas in Business Administration, Materials, Finance, Personnel Marketing, Export Mgt (1-year).

nIndira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), School of Management Studies, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi 110068 ( Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree with 3 years supervisory/Managerial/Professional exp.

nPunjabi University, Deptt of Business Management, Patiala 147002 (3-yrs)

Entry into electronics

Q I am a student of B. Sc final year. I want to pursue M. Sc Electronics. Can you please give me a list of universities and what are the prospects?

Rupinder Singh

A Electronic engineers are involved in the R&D, design, construction and operation of electronic systems and devices. There are several divisions and departments where electronic engineers work. Broadly, they work in the communication industry automobile industry, or in robotics. They work on electrical circuits in all kinds of applications. As specialists, they may focus on computing systems, industrial equipment, aerospace equipment (avionics) or biomedical devices. Work in these sectors is essentially in research, design and development, manufacture, servicing, sales, marketing and teaching.

Most growing and well-established companies have an annual requirement of fresh engineer trainees, which they seek to fill up on campus itself.

Utility companies hire electronic engineers as do electronic companies involved in manufacture of consumer electronic goods and equipment.

The following universities offer M. Sc (Electronics).

  • Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh (

  • Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi (

  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (

  • Jamia Milia Islamia, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi (

  • Jiwaji University, Vidya Vihar, Gwalior

  • Panjab University, Chandigarh ( )

  • Vikram University, University Road, Ujjain

  • Mumbai University, Mumbai (

  • Pune University, Ganeshkhind, Pune (

Personnel matters

Q I am working as an aircraft technician with the Indian Air Force. I have completed my graduation with economics as a private student from Nagpur. Now, I am interested in doing my postgraduation in personnel management. What is the scope?

Ruby Singh

A With a degree in personnel management from a good B-school, you can work as a personnel officer/manager, labour officer, employee relations manager, labour and welfare officer or industrial relations and training manager in large industrial and business organisations, government undertakings, factories, mines, plantations, hospitals, hotels, banks and other financial institutions, professional institutions or organisations that have a large workforce.

You could even start your own placement service after you have gained some work experience.

The work includes payroll processing, recruitment, disciplinarians, evaluation, motivation and training, maintaining contracts, timesheets, sickness, maternity leave records etc of the employees.

The entry of large BPOs with staffing running into thousands and high attrition rates becoming a serious concern, has pushed the HR function once again into the forefront.

On the flip side, the distinct shift from the old "everything in-house" to the "outsource everything except core competence" has led to several non-core HR functions being outsourced.

— The writer is a noted career consultant

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