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How should one handle a UPSC interview? How fair/unfair is the interview procedure? Is there an ideological bias in selection of candidates? If yes, how do I manipulate my answers?
Imagine you are in love with a girl called government. You want to marry her but well, her father is a senior (and quite experienced) civil servant. You want to ask for her hand. How will you behave in a family dinner?You must not appear to be ignorant of the flaws of the government but you must tell them you love her with all her flaws and in fact marrying you will make her better.After all its parents, so please do not come out as an overconfident idiot.Like all parents, members have some quirks. Do not try to scratch there too much. But after marriage, you do not want to be bullied around by your in laws, so do not relent easily. Smile humbly and agree to disagree.All family members are important but two are extremely important. The chairman(father) and the lady member(the mother). Impress them and jointly they will overrule what other members think of you.There will be some uncle who would be given task to roughen you up a little because their daughter has her mood swings. Keep calm. They want to check whether you can handle her at her worse.Do not bluff. Nobody likes a liar. Remember they know way more about their daughter i.e the government than you do. You have met her on dates, they have seen her grow in front of their eyes.Respectful sense of humour and wit, always appreciated. Do not be monotonous and boring.Do not sound desperate. Smile but not like an ignorant immature and finally appear in control of the situationUltimately, its not any single answer which matters but overall environment and experience of the interview. Since the family has called you for dinner, they know you are good enough as far as material aspects are concerned, now they want to look beyond it into your attitude.P.S.:Just a brief background here. I got 157 in my first attempt in interview. I had scored very well in mains but lost out in interview, got IPS. Second time I got 176 and in this attempt I got 193. So it seems I have some locus standii on this topic.Lady aspirants should replace the gender terms with male ones and it would hold true for them.Sometimes even after your best effort, you might not be able to impress the girl’s parents. Its divine thing. Come back again and do not leave the love of your life.
Why are Canadian universities such as U of T, McGill and UBC ranked high globally while their admissions processes are not as competitive as the U.S. universities that are ranked below them?
Canada has some of the lowest foreign student tuitions of anywhere in the world, but you still pay a premium to attend as a foreign student (often 3 to 4 times the tuition that a resident would pay).  While many Canadian universities are very well rated, they also have a reputation for not being particularly easy or forgiving. If you can't cut it, you're out.  Schools like Yale and Harvard run somewhere around a 98-99% freshman retention rate.  I think that UoT is around 91% and they brag about their high retention rate.  To keep your entrance scholarship at a university like McGill you need to keep a 3.7 GPA. US Colleges typical require a 3.0. (though it may be more stringent for specific schools or scholarships) In short, the Canadian admission process is an extension of a socialist culture. The universities will do everything possible to give everyone a fair chance. If the admissions people think that you have a good chance of being successful, you can get in. However, to give everyone that chance, they need the slackers to fail fast and make room for the people who are serious about their education.  Finally, US universities are particularly attractive to foreign students (and domestic) because of the opportunities that a US education opens up for US jobs. (There are about 17-18M full time jobs in Canada and about 120M in the US) Even if the students go back to their home country, they'll have a better chance of working for a local subsidiary of a US company or a company that does business with a US entity. Canada just doesn't have that same pull.  That's just my opinion, of course. As a Canadian ex-pat, I'm a bit biased.
While filling out the NDA form online, should I choose non-maths and physics if I am a bio student?
Yes, of course. Well, while filling NDA form, there is no option as such of filling subjects individually. You need to upload your scanned 10 and 12 marksheet( in original) according to laid conditions. If subjects( as such) are asked then you need to enter each and every subject( along with marks).
How do I fill out the German student visa form?
There are three different type of German Student Visas:-Language Course Visa:- It is useful for those students who want to learn German language in the Germany.Student Applicant Visa:- Student still finding the right option for course and waiting for the confirmation regarding the admission in the German Universities.Student Visa:- In this particular visa, student has already been invited by the German Universities.It is very easy to fill out the German Student Visa Form, as it includes only the basic information related to the student, Germany and courses.Surname Family NameSurname at BirthDate of BirthPlace of BirthCountry of BirthCurrent NationalitySexMarital statusAddress with parents nationality and nameNational Identity NumberType of Travel DocumentNumber of Travel DocumentsDate of issueExpiry DateIssued byStudents home and email addressTelephone numberResidence in Nationality of another countryCurrent OccupationLast Employers or Last Education detailsMain purpose of the GermanyMember state of the destinationMember state of the entryNumber of entries requestedDuration of planned staySchengen visa issued earlier or notFingerprint used earlier or notEntry permit for final countryIntended date of arrivalIntended date of departure from Schengen countryName of inviting person or hotelTravelling or Living costFamily member address with EU, EEA or CU citizen.Place and DateSignature of the student
Do military members have to pay any fee for leave or fiancee forms?
NOOOOOOO. You are talking to a military romance scammer. I received an email from the US Army that directly answers your question that is pasted below please keep reading.I believe you are the victim of a military Romance Scam whereas the person you are talking to is a foreign national posing as an American Soldier claiming to be stationed overseas on a peacekeeping mission. That's the key to the scam they always claim to be on a peacekeeping mission.Part of their scam is saying that they have no access to their money that their mission is highly dangerous.If your boyfriend girlfriend/future husband/wife is asking you to do the following or has exhibited this behavior, it is a most likely a scam:Moves to private messaging site immediately after meeting you on Facebook or SnapChat or Instagram or some dating or social media site. Often times they delete the site you met them on right after they asked you to move to a more private messaging siteProfesses love to you very quickly & seems to quote poems and song lyrics along with using their own sort of broken language, as they profess their love and devotion quickly. They also showed concern for your health and love for your family.Promises marriage as soon as he/she gets to state for leave that they asked you to pay for.They Requests money (wire transfers) and Amazon, iTune ,Verizon, etc gift cards, for medicine, religious practices, and leaves to come home, internet access, complete job assignments, help sick friend, get him out of trouble, or anything that sounds fishy.The military does provide all the soldier needs including food medical Care and transportation for leave. Trust me, I lived it, you are probably being scammed. I am just trying to show you examples that you are most likely being connned.Below is an email response I received after I sent an inquiry to the US government when I discovered I was scammed. I received this wonderful response back with lots of useful links on how to find and report your scammer. And how to learn more about Romance Scams.Right now you can also copy the picture he gave you and do a google image search and you will hopefully see the pictures of the real person he is impersonating. this doesn't always work and take some digging. if you find the real person you can direct message them and alert them that their image is being used for scamming.Good Luck to you and I'm sorry this may be happening to you. please continue reading the government response I received below it's very informative.   You have contacted an email that is monitored by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. Unfortunately, this is a common concern. We assure you there is never any reason to send money to anyone claiming to be a Soldier online. If you have only spoken with this person online, it is likely they are not a U.S. Soldier at all. If this is a suspected imposter social media profile, we urge you to report it to that platform as soon as possible. Please continue reading for more resources and answers to other frequently asked questions:  How to report an imposter Facebook profile: Caution-https://www.facebook.com/help/16... Caution-https://www.facebook.com/help/16...   Answers to frequently asked questions:  - Soldiers and their loved ones are not charged money so that the Soldier can go on leave.  - Soldiers are not charged money for secure communications or leave.  - Soldiers do not need permission to get married.  - Soldiers emails are in this format: john.doe.mil@mail.mil Caution-mailto: john.doe.mil@mail.mil anything ending in .us or .com is not an official email account.  - Soldiers have medical insurance, which pays for their medical costs when treated at civilian health care facilities worldwide – family and friends do not need to pay their medical expenses.  - Military aircraft are not used to transport Privately Owned Vehicles.  - Army financial offices are not used to help Soldiers buy or sell items of any kind.  - Soldiers deployed to Combat Zones do not need to solicit money from the public to feed or house themselves or their troops.  - Deployed Soldiers do not find large unclaimed sums of money and need your help to get that money out of the country.  Anyone who tells you one of the above-listed conditions/circumstances is true is likely posing as a Soldier and trying to steal money from you.  We would urge you to immediately cease all contact with this individual.  For more information on avoiding online scams and to report this crime, please see the following sites and articles:   This article may help clarify some of the tricks social media scammers try to use to take advantage of people: Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/61432/ Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/61432/   CID advises vigilance against 'romance scams,' scammers impersonating Soldiers  Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/180749 Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/180749   FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center: Caution-http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx Caution-http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx   U.S. Army investigators warn public against romance scams: Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/130... Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/130...   DOD warns troops, families to be cybercrime smart -Caution-http://www.army.mil/article/1450... Caution-http://www.army.mil/article/1450...   Use caution with social networking  Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/146... Caution-https://www.army.mil/article/146...    Please see our frequently asked questions section under scams and legal issues. Caution-http://www.army.mil/faq/ Caution-http://www.army.mil/faq/ or visit Caution-http://www.cid.army.mil/ Caution-http://www.cid.army.mil/ .  The challenge with most scams is determining if an individual is a legitimate member of the US Army. Based on the Privacy Act of 1974, we cannot provide this information. If concerned about a scam you may contact the Better Business Bureau (if it involves a solicitation for money), or local law enforcement. If you're involved in a Facebook or dating site scam, you are free to contact us direct, (571) 305-4056.   If you have a social security number, you can find information about Soldiers online at Caution-https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/sc... Caution-https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/sc... . While this is a free search, it does not help you locate a retiree, but it can tell you if the Soldier is active duty or not.  If more information is needed such as current duty station or location, you can contact the Commander Soldier's Records Data Center (SRDC) by phone or mail and they will help you locate individuals on active duty only, not retirees. There is a fee of $3.50 for businesses to use this service. The check or money order must be made out to the U.S. Treasury. It is not refundable. The address is:  Commander Soldier's Records Data Center (SRDC) 8899 East 56th Street Indianapolis, IN 46249-5301 Phone: 1-866-771-6357  In addition, it is not possible to remove social networking site profiles without legitimate proof of identity theft or a scam. If you suspect fraud on this site, take a screenshot of any advances for money or impersonations and report the account on the social networking platform immediately.  Please submit all information you have on this incident to Caution-www.ic3.gov Caution-http://www.ic3.gov (FBI website, Internet Criminal Complaint Center), immediately stop contact with the scammer (you are potentially providing them more information which can be used to scam you), and learn how to protect yourself against these scams at Caution-http://www.ftc.gov Caution-http://www.ftc.gov (Federal Trade Commission's website)
What are some tips to fill out the kvpy self appraisal form?
You should not lie in the self-appraisal form. Professors generally do not ask anything from the self appraisal form. But if they find out some extraordinary stuffs in your form, they may ask you about those topics. And if you do not know those topics properly, you will have higher chance of NOT getting selected for the fellowship. So, DO NOT write anything that you are not sure about.If I remember properly, in the form they ask, “What is your favorite subject?” and I mentioned Biology there. Head of the interview panel saw that and asked me about my favorite field of biology. When I told genetics, two professors started asking question from genetics and did not ask anything from any other fields at all (except exactly 2 chemistry questions as I mentioned chemistry as my 2nd favorite subject). But they did not check other answers in self-appraisal form (at least in my presence).Do mention about science camps if you have attended any. Again, do not lie.All the best for interview round. :)
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