UPSC in mind, JEE Main 2020 topper Parth Dwivedi wants to work for nation’s development.

Source – indianexpress.com

JEE Main 2020: “I will work for the nation’s development, maybe as a civil servant or as a researcher”. Unlike most of his peers, JEE Main 2020 topper from Rajasthan Parth Dwivedi is keen on pursuing higher education in India and not abroad. Parth topped the JEE Main from Rajasthan along with nine others, who scored perfect 100 percentile this year. The 17-year-old aims to pursue Computer Science from IIT Bombay.

According to Parth, his mother’s selfless service to the nation as a police officer inspired him to work for the country. “I grew up seeing my mother’s tireless service for the nation. Whether it is early morning or late at night, my mother was always dedicated to the service,” said the topper.

Parth’s mother Neeti Dwivedi is an Additional SP in Lucknow Police and father Bineet Dwivedi is an Indian Railway Service (IRAS) officer.

Regarding his preparation for JEE, Parth said he followed the tutorials provided by Allen Career Institute, Kota, and appeared for the mock test series. For textual references, Parth followed the Physics book by HC Verma, IE Irodov and Maths book by Sen and Ghosh.

 JEE Main 2020 topper Parth Dwivedi with his parents Neeti Dwivedi and Bineet Dwivedi

Though Parth is delighted about his performance, his sole focus is now on JEE Advanced. “The JEE Advanced tests a student’s concepts, speed, and accuracy. I will continue with the preparation of JEE Advanced along with boards,” the topper said.

The JEE Advanced is scheduled to be conducted on May 17, 2020. The National Testing Agency (NTA) will release the rank after the April exam. For candidates who appeared in both the sessions, the best score will be counted in preparing the rank, as per the rule of NTA.

The marks obtained are converted in percentile score. The marks obtained are converted into a scale ranging from 100 to 0 for each session of examinees.

IBPS Clerk Mains Exam Analysis 2020 (19 January – All Shifts): Questions Asked & Difficulty Level.

Source – jagranjosh.com

IBPS Clerk Mains Exam Analysis 2020 is provided here of the exam held on 19th January in different shifts. The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducted the IBPS Clerk Mains 2019-20 exam across various exam centres of India. Lakhs of candidates appeared for the exam to fetch IBPS Clerk Recruitment 2019. As per the feedback shared by the candidates, the difficulty level of the exam was ‘Moderate to Difficult’. Candidates were able to attempt around 115 – 130 questions out of the total 190 asked in the exam. Have a look at the detailed exam analysis and review of the IBPS Clerk Mains 2020 exam below and know the types of questions asked and their difficulty level. 

In IBPS Clerk Mains 2019-20 exam, candidates were asked 190 multiple choice questions from four sections Reasoning and Computer Aptitude, Quantitative Aptitude, General English and General/Financial Awareness. Candidates were allotted a total of 160 minutes to attempt the IBPS Clerk Question Paper 2020. There is a negative marking of 1/4th marks of each wrong answer marked by candidates. Those candidates who succeed in obtaining the IBPS Clerk Mains Cut off 2020 will be declared as pass in the exam.

Here is the detailed and subject-wise IBPS Clerk Mains Exam Analysis 2019-20. Know the types of questions asked in the exam and their difficulty level.

IBPS Clerk Mains Exam Analysis 2019-20 (Overall): 19 January 2020

SectionsNo. of MCQsGood AttemptsDifficulty Level
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 5027-32Moderate-Difficult
Quantitative Aptitude 5031-36Moderate
General English4029-33Moderate-Difficult
General/Financial Awareness5028-34Moderate
TOTAL190117-130Moderate-Difficult

Quantitative Aptitude

TopicNo. of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Data Interpretation – Pie Chart + Tabular + Profit & Loss DI, Caselet20Moderate-Difficult
Arithmetic – Train, Profit & Loss, Time & Work, Mensuration, Age, Average, Boat & Stream20Moderate
Data Sufficiency5Moderate
Approximation5Moderate
Total50Moderate

Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 

TopicNo. of QuestionsLevel
Puzzles  – Blood Relation based, Circular based, 20Moderate-Difficult
Alphanumeric Series5Moderate
Coded Direction5Moderate
Data Sufficiency5Moderate-Difficult
Coded Inequality5Moderate
Syllogism5Moderate
Coding-Decoding3 – 5Moderate
Total50Moderate-Difficult

General English

TopicNo. of QuestionsLevel
Reading Comprehension 18Moderate-Difficult
Fillers5Moderate
Error Detection5Moderate
Cloze Test6Moderate
Sentence Rearrangement6Moderate-Difficult
Total40Moderate-Difficult

General/Financial Awareness: Moderate Level

A total of 50 questions were asked from General-Financial Awareness section. Questions were based on Static GK and latest Current Affairs of national & international importance. The following questions were asked in the IBPS Clerk Mains exam:

Theme of National Book Fair

Bank Rate linked with Repo Rate

Important Days

Questions related to Reserve Bank of India

Military Exercise between India & USA– Tiger Triumph

National Science Congress 2020

Forest Cover of India

India’s UNESCO Heritage City

International Atomic Energy Agency

MUDRA Scheme

Jharkhand Vikas Morcha pleases BJP, keeps out rebel MLAs from panel.

Source – newindianexpress.com

Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) firmly moved towards merger with BJP keeping out dissident MLA’s Pradeep Yadav and Bandhu Tirkey out of prominent posts in the newly constituted working committee on Saturday. “Only those who are in support of JVM Chief Babulal Marandi on the issue of merger with BJP have been inducted,” sources said, adding “The merger is likely to take place by month-end.”

Yadav and Tirkey are, however, members of the 151-member working committee. In the last working committee, which was dissolved after the recent Assembly poll debacle, one of the oldest party members and Poreyahat MLA Pradeep Yadav was assigned the post of Principal General Secretary.

Notably, Yadav was in Marandi’s Cabinet in 2000 when Jharkhand was carved out as a separate State from Bihar with Babulal Marandi as its first Chief Minister. Yadav, who has been representing Poreyahat for around two decades, left BJP in 2006 when Marandi formed his own party JVM (P). 

“JVM (P) is all set for merger with BJP. Reconstituting the working committee is the first step forward in this direction,” said a party functionary requesting anonymity. Marandi, a former RSS leader, who resigned from his job as a teacher to work for the organisation was given a to contest Lok Sabha elections in 1991 and 1996 and proved to be a giant killer defeating JMM Chief Sibu Soren in Dumka in 1998.

The victory boosted Marandi’s profile and he was inducted in the Union Council of Ministers by then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Attack on Visva-Bharati students: 1 arrested from Jharkhand.

Source – indiatoday.in

One more person was arrested from Jharkhand on Sunday in connection with an attack by a group of students on another near a boys’ hostel of the Visva-Bharati university campus last week, police said.

Sulav Karmakar, a student of the history department of the central university, is the third person to be arrested in connection with the incident that left several men injured on January 15.

Karmakar was picked up from Godda in Jharkhand, police said.

Two TMCP leaders – Achintya Bagdi and Saber Ali – had been arrested earlier for their alleged involvement in the assault on Left-leaning students on January 15.

The attack took place a week after BJP Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta was heckled by Left-leaning students after he came to deliver a lecture on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act on January 8.

An SFI leader of the university had alleged that the attackers said the assault was a fallout of the demonstration the Left students held during Dasgupta’s visit to the campus.

Dasgupta, Visva-Bharati Vice-Chancellor Bidyut Chakraborty and others had to remain confined for around eight hours to a building of the central university outside which hundreds of Left-leaning students staged a sit-in, accusing the politician of promoting hatred among communities.

The Visva-Bharati on Friday set up a 3-member panel to probe the alleged confinement of the politician and the incident of assault.

2 dead in Darbhanga, Samastipur during Bihar govt’s programme.

Source – indiatoday.in

At least two people died in Bihar while taking part in a human chain organised by the state government on Sunday. While one person died in Darbhanga, another death was reported in Samastipur of Bihar.

The deceased have been identified as Mohd Daud and Reshma. It is suspected that Mohd Daud and Reshma, who were part of the human chain, died of heart attacks.

The human chain was organised to showcase the Bihar government’s environment conservation drive besides social reform measures like prohibition and campaigns against dowry and child marriage.

Mohd Daud was a 55-year-old government teacher who died while taking part in a human chain organised by the Nitish Kumar government, officials have said.

He died in Keoti police station area close to the Runway Chowk where he fell ill and collapsed. Daud was rushed to a hospital where he was declared brought dead.

Hospital sources said the deceased had suffered a cardiac arrest though it was not clear whether he was suffering from heart disease.

He taught at an Urdu medium secondary school and the district education officer has been instructed to look into the incident and take necessary action.

Bihar: People May Be Tired of Nitish, but a BJP CM Unlikely to Solve Problems.

Source – thewire.in

Last week, prominent Dalit BJP leader in Bihar Sanjay Paswan in an interview with the Indian Express claimed that people of Bihar are now “tired” of Nitish Kumar and need a chief minister from the BJP. “What I have gathered from my extensive tours in nearly 20 districts of the state is that people are now tired of Nitish Kumar. The state now needs a BJP CM, be it is Sushil Kumar Modi, Nityanand Rai, or anyone else,” Paswan, a and a Member of Legislative Council (MLC), told the newspaper.

BJP’s state spokesperson Nikhil Anand was quick to intervene, saying the remarks were Paswan’s personal views. Meanwhile, Janata Dal United (JDU) spokesperson and state information and public relations minister Neeraj Kumar said, “After Amit Shah made it clear that NDA would contest the elections under Nitish Kumar, there is no meaning in Paswan’s statement.” Indeed, on Thursday, while addressing a rally in Vaishali district of Bihar, Shah reiterated that the NDA will contest the next assembly election (due later this year) under the leadership of Kumar, adding the CM will be the face of the alliance.

However, it would be a mistake to believe that there is no substance in what Paswan actually claimed. It is a fact that the Bihar CM, unlike in previous elections, is facing an anti-incumbency sentiment. He is not as popular as he used to be a few years ago. In conversations with several observers of Bihar politics and visits to the state in recent years, I sensed growing resentment amongst people about Nitish Kumar’s rule. His image of Sushasan Babu (the Man of Good Governance) is no longer intact. This is something that he, his party and the BJP’s leadership are acutely aware of.

Signs of Kumar feeling under-confident can be also noticed in his party changing its slogan recently. It can be recalled that in 2015, ahead of the assembly elections, the JDU’s slogan was, “Bihar Mein Bahar Hai, Nitish Kumar Hai (Bihar is blooming, there is no alternative but Nitish Kumar)”. The slogan became very popular and played an important role in his return to power. However, in September last year, the slogan was changed to “Kyun Karen Vichar, Theek To Hain Nitish Kumar? (Why have second thoughts, what is wrong with Nitish Kumar’s rule?)”.

There is a marked difference in the tone and tenor of the slogans. The earlier slogan clearly indicated confidence, claiming there is no alternative to Nitish Kumar as far as the chief ministership of the state is concerned. The latest one, on the contrary, hints that Kumar and his party may be lacking confidence and acknowledges that people may be having second thoughts and that he is no longer invincible.

The BJP and other allies of the NDA also know this well and are hence trying to put pressure on him, albeit indirectly. Last year, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Ram Vilas Paswan also hinted that Nitish will be the face of the alliance, unless the BJP decides to bring in a different captain. Hence, the latest statement by the BJP leader should be seen in that context.

Reasons for Nitish’s declining popularity

There are several reasons for Kumar’s decreasing popularity. In recent years, several cases of misgovernance have surfaced. This includes, to name a few, Srijan scam, Muzaffarpur shelter home case, death of more than 100 children due to encephalitis, rise in crime in recent years and massive floods in several parts of the state, including the capital. These events have shattered Brand Nitish, the image of a leader who rescued Bihar from the “dark ages” and provided much needed good governance.

As with anywhere else, the media plays an important role in shaping a politician’s image. Local media and journalists played a crucial role in both portraying Nitish as popular and abled leader over the years and also now holding him responsible for the aforementioned events. However, in recent years, unlike his previous regimes, Nitish does have a similar level of control over local media. There was a time when “journalists in Patna often refer to Nitish as Bihar’s editor-in-chief instead of Chief Minister”. As per a report, nobody wanted to annoy the state’s ‘editor-in-chief’ even if the truth flew in their face and hence stories of alleged misrule in the state went unreported.

Assuming that people are really tired of Nitish Kumar, the question then is if a Sushil Kumar Modi or Nityanand Rai – or any other BJP leader for that matter – can provide a pro-people government? The answer is: a state government headed by a BJP leader is unlikely to be any different from the current one. There are two main reasons for this. The foremost reason is, barring a few years, the BJP has been an integral part of the Nitish Kumar-led NDA government in the state since 2005. Sushil Modi is perhaps the longest serving deputy CM of Bihar. Unlike parties like LJP, the saffron party has been a prime partner of the Bihar government and cannot absolve itself from the ‘misrule’ of the Nitish government.

The Jharkhand experience

Moreover, even if the BJP is voted to power with a clear mandate or have an upper hand in the government, there is no guarantee that it will act differently. Clues can be found in the way the BJP ruled in Jharkhand, where the party recently suffered a bad defeat due to its ‘anti-people policies’. During the 2014 assembly elections, the party argued that the people of Jharkhand are disillusioned by lawlessness, corruption and bad governance first during the regime of Madhu Koda and then Hemant Soren. If the BJP is given a clear mandate, it will bring development to the state, the party said. The people did so, voting in the BJP-led alliance. But the way the government functioned, forced the voters to unseat the BJP five years later.

Under Raghubar Das, anti-Adivasi and pro-corporate policies were brought in Jharkhand. Those who tried to protest and resist the policies were branded ‘anti-national’, charged with sedition and jailed. Incidents of mob lynching also increased in the state. Death due to hunger became a common phenomenon. Apart from tribals, Dalits and minorities, other sections of society also suffered. All this irked a large number of voters. So much so that five-time MLA and sitting CM Das lost his traditional seat. Moreover, Das’s former cabinet colleague levelled serious charges of corruption against him.

Today, the situation in Bihar is not very different from Jharkhand in 2014. While it would be a mistake to think people are not tired of Nitish Kumar, the bigger mistake would be to think that a BJP regime will solve the problems the state faces. That’s because the party and its leadership have been part of the problem equally. Denying that is nothing but cheating the people of Bihar.

Bihar STET 2019 admit card to release today, exam on Jan 28, here’s how to download.

Source – hindustantimes.com

Bihar STET 2019 admit card: Bihar Secondary Teacher’s Eligibility Test (BSTET) 2019 admit card will be released today on the official website of Bihar Board. BSTET will be conducted on January 28, 2020. Candidates who have registered the exam will be able to download their admit card online.

Candidates can download their admit cards online at bsebstet2019.in.

The BSTET will be conducted in two shifts. Paper 1 will be conducted in morning shift from 10 am to 12:30 pm while the paper 2 will be conducted in evening shift from 2 pm to 4:30 pm. Candidates should report at the centre one hour before the commencement of exam.

Moreover, it has been stated that candidates wearing shoes, sacks and wrist watch will not be allowed to enter the exam hall. Candidates are advised to wear slippers at the exam centre.

There are a total of 25270 vacancies for teachers of class 9 and 10 while 12065 vacancies are there for teachers of class 11 and 12.

How to download BSTET admit card 2019: 

Visit the official website at bsebstet2019.in

Click on the link that reads STET admit card

Login using your application number and date of birth

Your admit card will be displayed on screen

Download and take its print out.

IBPS Releases Dates Of Major Banking Jobs. Details Here.

Source – ndtv.com

New Delhi: The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection or IBPS, a national level entity which conduct banking recruitment for its participating organisations, has released the tentative calendar for various recruitment process to be organised in 2020-21 year. The IBPS has now released the dates for Preliminary and Main exams to be held for recruitment such as IBPS RRB, IBPS PO, IBPS Clerk and IBPS SO. According to the calendar, the IBPS RRB Officers and IBPS RRB Office Assistants Prelims exams will be held in August and the Mains in September.

The IBPS Probationary Officers or PO examinations will be held in October and November whereas the IBPS Clerks recruitment exams will be held in December and January.

The IBPS calendar has been released at ibps.in, the official website of the Institute.

According to the calendar, which was released on Thursday, prospective candidates are also advised to visit official website of IBPS www.ibps.in regularly for detailed notification for each of the examinations to be displayed in due course.

The registration process will be through online mode only and there will be a single registration for both Preliminary and Main examination, wherever applicable.

IBPS RRB dates

IBPS calendar 2020: The tentative dates have been released @ ibps.in

Preliminary examination for Officer Scale I and Office Assistants : 01.08.2020, 02.08.2020, 08.08.2020, 09.08.2020 and 16.08.2020 

Single examination Officers Scale II & III : 13.09.2020 

Main examination for Officer Scale I : 13.09.2020 

Main examination for Office Assistants : 19.09.2020

IBPS PO dates

Preliminary examination: 03.10.2020, 04.10.2020, 10.10.2020

Main examination: 28.11.2020

IBPS Clerk dates

Preliminary examination: 12.12.2020, 13.12.2020, 19.12.2020

Main examination: 24.01.2021

IBPS SO dates

Preliminary examination: 26.12.2020, 27.12.2020

Main examination: 30.01.2021

MS Dhoni middled almost every ball: Jharkhand coach pleasantly surprised.

Source – indiatoday.in

Former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has stunned Jharkhand coach Rajiv Kumar with his fluent batting even as the stumper started training for the first time since India’s loss in the semifinal of the 2019 World Cup against New Zealand in July last year.

Speaking to IANS, Kumar said that he was expecting a little rustiness from the batsman, but the balls seemed to be hitting the middle of the bat. The coach went on to add that the Chennai Super Kings skipper’s preparations have begun for the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League.

“I will be honest… I thought there will be a bit of rustiness as Dhoni has not trained for quite some time. The last time we had spoken, he had said that he would start in January and here you go. He is a man of his words and it came as no surprise that he was out there training with the guys just like any other regular Jharkhand player. But what surprised me most was how he middled almost every ball, be it in the pacer’s net or the spinner’s net. He even took throwdowns just like a player going through the batting drills does.

“I haven’t had any talks with him with regards to the national team and him donning the India jersey again. But, his preparations for the next edition of the IPL has begun and while the senior team will be busy playing the Ranji Trophy game from Sunday, Dhoni will continue training till the time he is in Ranchi,” the coach pointed.

Asked if Dhoni did anything specific in the two days that he has trained so far, Kumar said the former skipper spent a lot of time talking to the bowlers.

“He is such a professional and has been going on spending time with the youngsters, especially the bowlers. He is discussing the line and length that they should target and the ways to fox the opposition batsmen. He has been as vocal as can be expected from a senior player like Dhoni,” Kumar said.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday announced the men’s central contracts for the period between October 2019 and September 2020 and the major omission was Dhoni. While eyebrows were raised if this meant the end of the road for the Man with the Midas Touch, BCCI officials, as well as head coach Ravi Shastri, have made it clear that the IPL will decide if Dhoni will board the plane to Australia to play in the World T20.

“It all depends on when he starts playing and how he is playing during the IPL. Also, what are the other people doing with the wicket-keeping gloves or what is the form of those players as opposed to Dhoni’s form. The IPL becomes a massive tournament because that could be the last event after which more or less your 15 will be decided.

“There might be one player who might be there and thereabouts in case of an injury or whatever. But your team, I would say, would be known after the IPL. What I would say is rather than speculating who is where wait for the IPL to get over and then you are in a position to take a call on who are the best 17 in the country,” Shastri had told IANS.

Depressed Bihar man kills mother, wife, 3 minor daughters.

Source – outlookindia.com

Munger (Bihar), Jan 17 (IANS) A man in Bihar”s Munger district has killed his own mother, wife and three minor daughters as he was suffering from depression after some documents of a shop that he owned went missing. The man also attempted suicide by jumping from the roof after killing the five, the police said on Friday.

According to the police, the incident took place in the Haveli Kharagpur police station area of Munger district. The police, however, have arrested the accused person who received minor injuries.

“Bharat Kumar Kesari, a resident of Kanhaiya Tola Mohalla of Haveli Kharagpur, strangled five people to death in his own house and also tried to commit suicide by jumping down from the roof,” the police said.

The accused owned a shop and some papers of it went missing following which he was in a state of depression. On Friday, Kesari strangled the sleeping mother Savitri Devi, 90, wife Asha Devi, 40, and daughters Shivani Kesari, 16, Simran Kesari, 14, and Sonam Kesari, 11, the police said.

Thereafter, the accused tried to kill himself by jumping from the roof of the house. He, however, received minor injuries and is being treated at Kharagpur Hospital, the police added.

A police officer said that the accused has been arrested and the bodies have been sent for post-mortem. The police is investigating into the matter.