6 Resume mistakes that are too common!

You have a very little time to impress a recruiter with your resume. So the last thing you would want to do is make an easily avoidable mistake. Although there’s no such thing as a ‘perfect resume’, but a resume must have a targeted approach. A resume that portrays you as the best solution to company’s requirements, is said to be the best.

However, there are some common mistakes that would land your resume in the trash. ACADZONE has listed some of the worst but common resume mistakes – beyond grammatical errors.

1.      It’s too long.

Spend a few seconds looking at your resume. Do you feel it’s long and difficult to look into?
The longer your resume is, the harder it will be for recruiters to scan it. An appropriate length is one to two pages.

2.      Using an inappropriate email address.

Email is the preferred form of communication in today’s workplace. Therefore, having an appropriate email address becomes a must. Email addresses beyond a slight variation of your name, such as “cutegirl@hotmail.com”, should be strictly avoided.

3.       Writing objective instead of a Professional Synopsis.

Objectives are clichéd and unhelpful. It is considered a waste of space to include them on your resume. Instead, replace the objective with a professional synopsis where you explain who you are and what have your achievements been.

4.      Using weird fonts and colours.

Stick to black and white colour and basic fonts, such as Arial, Tahoma or Calibri.

5.      Usage of reverse chronology.

Recruiters are interested in knowing what you’ve been doing in recent years and if that is related to the position you’re applying for.

6.      Including irrelevant information.

If you work at a small company/start up, and you do a little bit of everything, then you need to think carefully about the responsibilities and accomplishments you’ve had which are relevant to the job you’re applying for. Don’t include everything you’ve done in your current organisation.

Check out Acadzone’s collection of Resume books here: www.acadzone.com/resumes-careers-and-jobs

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How to prepare for UPSC exams?

UPSC Examination

The Union Public Service Commission, commonly known as UPSC is India’s central agency authorized to conduct the Civil Services Examination, Engineering Services Examination, Combined Defence Services Examination, National Defence Academy Examination, Naval Academy Examination and Combined Medical Services Examination. Candidates from all over India apply to obtain a job here. The notification about vacancies in its various verticals can be checked on UPSC’s official website:  http://www.upsc.gov.in. Thus, to stand out the competition, one must be thoroughly prepared. Following are the tips to prepare well for UPSC exams along with the best prep books for several UPSC exams.

How to prepare for UPSC exams?

Those who are appearing for the UPSC exams in 2014 must have pulled up their socks and started off with their preparation.

UPSC aspirants, are you getting the jitters? Confused about what to study?
We have a plan to calm those nerves! Want to know how? Read on.

  • Approach your UPSC preparation in a planned manner:  Search for an inspiration. And that inspiration to excel lies in your heart. Avoid wasting time on motivational videos.
  • The 6 step plan for UPSC preparation:
  1. Review the syllabus
  2. Classify the syllabus and identify the apt study material
  3. Link each fact with another fact and context
  4. Goal Setting and Target Setting
  5. Chart your abilities: There are three broad areas from the point of view of learning in UPSC- Subject Expertise – Example: History, Polity; Skill Development – Example: Quantitative, Reasoning, and Verbal;  and General Awareness - Example: Current Affairs
  6.  Be Confident

Best Prep Books for UPSC

The level of competition will be pretty high, considering the fact that this exam will be held at an all India level. You must be prepared to face the competition. Therefore, it becomes important to know the type of questions that are asked in the exam. You can familiarize yourself with the topics covered in the exam by studying from the subject reference books. This even helps you to apply what you have studied, aptly. There are many education publications that bring out bundles of reference books. We’ve chosen the best from the whole lot.

For SCRA Exam:

  1. Thorpe Edgar’s The Pearson Guide to the SCRA Examination by Pearson Education
  2.  R. Gupta’s UPSC SCRA Special Class Railway Apprentices Examinations by Ramesh Publishing House
  3. Solved Papers 2013-2000 SCRA Special Class Railway Apprentices Including Model and Practice Paper by Arihant Publishers

 For CDS Exam:

  1. Chapter wise-Section wise Solved Paper of CDS Mathematics, English, General Ability by Arihant Publishers
  2. R. Gupta’s CDS Examination Previous Solved Papers  by Ramesh Publishing House
  3. Combined Defence Services Solved Papers 2007-2013 by G. K. Publishers

For NDA Exam:

  1. R. Gupta’s SSB Interviews & Psycho Intelligence Tests by Ramesh Publishing House
  2. Pathfinder for NDA & NA Entrance Examination National Defence Academy, Naval Academy Conducted by UPSC by Arihant Publishers
  3. NDA: National Defence Academy & Naval Academy by RPH Editorial Board

For Indian Engineering Services Exam:

  1. IES 2013 Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering Conventional Solved Paper 1 and 2 by Made easy Publications
  2. A Handbook on Electrical Engineering for IES, GATE, PSUs & Other Competitive Exams by Made Easy Publications
  3. IES 2013 Mechanical Engineering Conventional Solved Papers UPSC Engineering Services Examinations Paper I and II by Made Easy Publication

For Combined Medical Services Exam:

  1. Comprehensive Guide To Combined Medical Services UPSC Simplified by Elsevier Health Sciences
  2. Comprehensive Guide To CMS UPSC Simplified Supplement 2011 by Elsevier Health Sciences
  3. Comprehensive Guide To Combined Medical Services (UPSC) With UPSC Simplified Supplement 2010 by Elsevier Health Sciences

For CAPF Exam:

  1. Central Armed Police Forces Assistant Commandants Recruitment Exam Paper-1 by Ramesh Publishing House
  2. Central Armed Police Forces: Assistant Commandants Recruitment Exam (Paper-II) by Ramesh Publishing House
  3. CPF Assistant Commandant Exam by Arihant Publishers

For Civil Services Exam:

  1. General Studies for Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2013 Paper 1 by Tata McGraw Hill Education
  2. The Pearson CSAT Manual 2013: Civil Services Aptitude Test for the UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination by Pearson Education
  3. IAS Mains General Studies Chapter wise Solved Papers 2011-1997 by Arihant Publishers
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Preparation Tips for JEE Aspirants

JEE aspirants, are you anxious? Are you confused about what to study in the last few days? We have a plan to soothe those nerves! Want to know how? Read on.

Here’s a list of topics from Organic Chemistry and Mathematics which are important from the point of view of JEE Main exam.

Organic Chemistry

  1. Another important topic for JEE Main is Nucleophilic Substitution Reactions from Organic Chemistry. Most years, a conceptual question is asked from this topic. However, the difficulty level varies from moderate to average. A deep understanding of the topic is required to answer the question correctly.
  2. In Organic Chemistry, make sure you study Addition Reactions. It is an important topic, a conceptual question out of which is asked. Knowledge of mechanism is required.
  3. You should also concentrate on Elimination Reactions. Usually a concept-based question is asked in JEE Main from this topic. These questions require knowledge of mechanism and factors favourable for elimination reactions.


  1. An important topic from Mathematics is Binomial Theorem. One objective type question of average difficulty is asked from this topic every year.
  2. Another topic that needs to be practised thoroughly is Permutations and Combinations. Each year 1 – 2 questions are asked from this topic. The questions are difficult in nature and require a deep understanding of the topic to solve them.
  3. Make sure you focus on Probability. Each year 1 – 2 questions are asked from this topic. The questions are difficult in nature and require a deep understanding of the topic to solve them.

Do you have anything to add to this list? Tell us in the comments!

 Courtesy: Arihant Publication

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Preparation Tips for JEE Aspirants

JEE aspirants, are you getting the jitters? Losing sleep over formulae and equations? Even after preparing for the battle of JEE for the last two years, confused about what to study in the last 20 days? We have a plan to calm those nerves! Want to know how? Read on.

Here’s a list of topics from Physics, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry which are important from the point of view of JEE Main exam.


  1. Make sure you focus on Semiconductors Physics and Logic Gates. Each year at least one conceptual question is asked from this chapter. Moreover, it carries more than 10% weightage in class XII Board exams. This chapter should not be ignored.
  2. You should also concentrate on Surface Tension. It’s a tough topic that requires creativity to solve the tougher than average questions asked in the exam. It is an important topic from the point of view of both JEE Main and Advanced.
  3. Pay special attention to Communication Systems. Every alternate year a question is asked on this topic. It is a theoretical topic and very important for JEE Main.

Inorganic and Physical Chemistry

  1. Make sure you focus on Stoichiometry. Questions based on Stoichiometric Calculations and Mole Concepts are asked frequently in JEE.
  2. Thermochemistry is another important topic in Inorganic and Physical Chemistry. Every year a numerical-based question is asked from this chapter. However, the difficulty level of the question is easy to moderate.
  3. Do not neglect to thoroughly revise Chemical Bonding. This is an important topic as each year 2 – 3 questions are asked from this chapter. The questions are based on Structure, Hybridisations and MOT.

Do you have anything to add to this list? Tell us in the comments!


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10 Weirdest Job Interview Questions Ever Asked And How To Tackle Them

Do you feel that job interview questions are becoming stranger with every passing year? With growth in competition, interviewers are laying emphasis on testing the analytical skills and the candidate’s ability to cope with the pressure. Apparently, they end up asking some very weird questions.

Do you think strange and wacky interview questions help interviewers to know you better? ACADZONE has listed some of the weirdest questions faced by people. Have you ever faced such odd interview questions? Tell us in the comments!

Weird questions asked in job interviews and how to answer them:

1.      If you were a Star Trek or Star Wars character, which one would it be?

This is easy! All you need to do is pick a character that is a leader or a risk-taker. It not only displays your leadership spirit, but also shows that you aren’t afraid of taking risks for the company’s growth.

2.      What would I find in your refrigerator right now?

This question might sound strange but shows planning and personality traits, as in how much do you keep yourself prepared to deal with unforeseen events.

3.      What kind of news do you like?

This question is asked by employers because they like to know if their employees read the newspaper and magazines related to their industry. It is only then they can be aware of the trends in the industry and work towards the development of that organisation.

4.      If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be?/ What was the last movie you watched?/ If you could be any character from literature, who would you be?  

This question is generally asked to check the interests and creativity of the candidate.

5.      How many gas stations would you say there are in the United States?

This question is certainly weird, but the objective behind it is to know how you think about solving a large problem. It’s about estimations more than actual calculations. Such questions test your decision making abilities in tough situations, to see if you can keep calm and solve a problem.

6.      If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?

Such questions not only test your creativity but also give a hint to the employer about your personality.

7.      If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?

When a question like this is asked in your job interview, the interviewer wants to find out about your accomplishments and your personality. Also, the title would reflect your creativity.

8.      If you had only six months left to live, what would you do with the time?

Questions like this are asked to get an idea about your goals and future plans, and how you want to go about achieving them.

9.      Who do you like best, your mom or dad?

Another peculiar question to be answered carefully! Such questions aren’t asked to know the family problems you’ve been through. Talk about something you’ve been taught by your parents and how it has helped you become a successful person.

10.   What’s the most important part of the sandwich?

This question was asked at a Subway restaurant interview. And the person who got selected replied, “The smile.”

More such questions:

  • How many balloons can you fit inside San Francisco?

This question was asked by Google for an associate product manager’s position. (Source: Glassdoor)

  • Can you leap over tall buildings in a single bound?

George Fox University asked this question during an interview for a campus security guard’s position. (Source: Glassdoor)

  • Tell me something you wouldn’t want me to know about you.

Asked by FactSet while interviewing for a consultant’s position (Source: Glassdoor)

  • Suppose you toss a fair coin 400 times. What is the probability that you get at least 220 heads? Round your answer to the nearest percent.

Goldman Sachs asked this question when interviewing for a strategist’s position. (Source: Glassdoor)

  • If you were a salad, what kind of dressing would you have? (Source: hubpages.com)
  • If you were a car, what kind would you be? (Source: hubpages.com)
  • Why are manhole covers round? (Source: hubpages.com)
  • How many close friends do you have? (Source: hubpages.com)

So, if you feel that aliens are telepathically feeding questions to your interviewer, take a deep breath and answer it without losing your cool.


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What Not To Do In A Job Interview: 7 Worst Questions

It’s always a great strategy to ask questions during a job interview. The right questions will telegraph your interest in the position, and can act as a subtle way of showing off your expertise. However, not all questions are good questions, and some may even leave a negative impression on the interviewer, lowering your chances of making it to the next round. To help you negotiate this, ACADZONE has compiled a list of the worst seven questions you can ask during a job interview.

1.      What is the salary for this position?/How much will I make?  

Certainly, you should discuss your salary before taking up any job! But asking this question very early in the interview process is not advisable, especially if you’ve been informed that the selection process will involve multiple meetings. Your prospective employer should feel that you appeared for the interview because you are interested in the company and the position it is offering, and not just the money that comes with it. Wait until you are invited back to discuss salary details. You can then phrase the same question as, “What’s the salary range for this role?”

2.      Can you tell me about your company?/What does this company do?

Ask this question only if you want a quick lead out of the door. Before appearing for an interview, it becomes your task to study the company that’s interviewing you. In case they ask what you know about the company, you should be able to talk about what they do, their products and competitors.

However, if you want to know more about company, asking about its unique strengths can be considered, or something like, “How would you describe the company culture here?” “How do you determine the success of someone who works here?,” would also work.

3.      Do I have to work weekends/overtime?

Asking a question like this right at the beginning gives the impression that you are planning to work as few hours as possible. Instead, asking, “What does a typical work day look like?” is better, reports CNN/Career Builder. Putting the question this way will help you learn more about your day to day responsibilities, and possibly, if people often work overtime.

4.      What are your policies about benefits and vacation time?

“It’s kind of weird when someone gets into the nitty-gritty of the benefits,” says Alison Green, from Ask a Manager. The discussion about benefits should begin after you are offered the job. If you haven’t even got the job and are asking about the benefits, it is a big turnoff for employers during an interview process. Such questions must only be asked when you get to the offer letter stage and you think there will be a scheduling conflict during your initial work days.

5.      How long does it usually take to get promoted?

Staying away from questions on growth opportunities in the company during the initial interviews is sensible according to career counsellor Jeff Neil. This question might hint to your potential employer that you are not happy with the position you are interviewing for. Instead, you might ask, “What are the typical growth opportunities for people in this role?”

6.      Why did the last person leave?

Put this question in another way as, “Am I replacing someone or is this a new position?” This way, you’ll know whether you’ll have to look at a new area or work within existing and established limits.

7.      Did I get the job?                  

Confidence is undoubtedly an important attribute to display in an interview, but you shouldn’t assume that you have got the job in the initial rounds. A better way to work this question in is to ask, “When does the hiring manager expect to make a hiring decision and have the new person start?” If they think you are the right candidate for the profile, they’ll tell you about the next step in the process.

What Not To Do During an Interview Process:

  1. Never say, “I still haven’t figured out what I want to do yet.” This makes you appear clueless. Say instead that this job is exactly what you want to work at.
  2. Don’t say that you have no questions to ask at the end of the interview. Ask at least one question. It can be something like, “What are the biggest challenges someone in this position will face?”
  3. Don’t ask questions that have a simple answer like yes or no. These may be a sign that you didn’t prepare well before appearing for the interview and that you don’t have a strong desire to work there.
  4. Try to avoid questions that start with, “Why.” Such questions sound as if you’re questioning the decision-making ability of your interviewer. Asking, “How” is rather apt.
  5. Spelling, punctuation and grammatical mistakes in your resume give employers an impression that you don’t pay attention to details.
  6. Including references in your resume, even if they are not asked for, won’t make an impression on anyone. Writing, “References available upon request” won’t help either.
  7. Come half an hour early and it appears as if you are under pressure to finish the interview as soon as possible. 5 minutes early is more than enough.
  8. Go out looking like you got dressed in the dark and ruin your chances of landing a job.

Good luck!


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ACADZONE Roundup: 5 Best Hotel Management Colleges in India

With a boom in the hospitality industry, many students are looking towards hotel management as an attractive career option. The resultant rise in hotel management colleges all over the country is obvious. And with colleges coming up each day, picking the good ones from the lot becomes difficult. To this end, ACADZONE has compiled a list of the five best hotel management colleges in India.

1.      Oberoi Centre of Learning and Development, Delhi

Oberoi Centre of Learning and Development (OCLD), Delhi, established in 1966, is managed by the Oberoi Group which owns 32 luxury hotels across five countries. The Oberoi School of Hotel Management is recognized by the Paris-based International Hotel Association, and OCLD is based in Maidens Hotel, Delhi.


The programmes commence in July every year and the selection begins in September of the previous year. OCLD offers two year management training programmes in Guest Services, Housekeeping and Kitchen Management.

Guest Services Management (GSM) centres on two main guest service areas – Food and Beverage Service and Front Office. After the completion of the course, the students get the privilege of acting as a Food and Beverage Manager or a Front Office Manager for a day in any one of the Oberoi hotels.

Housekeeping Management (HM) focuses on the housekeeping part of a hotel’s running and management. On completion of the programme, the students can become an Executive Housekeeper for one day in any one of their hotels.

Kitchen Management (KM) focuses on cooking skills and the ability to handle kitchen operations. On completion of the programme, students could one day become an Executive Chef in any one of their hotels.


The facilities that are provided to the students at the Oberoi Centre of Learning and Development are:

  1. Hostel
  2. IT Systems Lab
  3. Library
  4. Training Restaurant
  5. Training Kitchen
  6. Associate’s Lounge
  7. Lecture Rooms

Placement Cell

The Oberoi Centre of Learning and Development has an active placement cell. It organizes campus interviews at different institutes and college campuses every year. The top recruiting companies are Oberoi Hotels and Trident Hotels. After completion of the course, Oberoi Centre places the students of Oberoi School of Hotel Management in their own hotels. It offers its students a guaranteed career with the Oberoi Group.



2.      Institute of Hotel Management (IHM), Mumbai

The ITM Institute of Hotel Management (ITM-IHM), Mumbai was established in 2002 and has had quite an impact in the hospitality industry with the growth of the ITM Group of Institutions in the past few years.


The sale of application forms begin in the month of December and the selection begins in the month of August.

The courses ITM-IHM offers are:

  1. BA in International Hospitality Management from Queen Margaret University
  2. BSc in Hospitality Studies from Mumbai University
  3. BSc in Catering Science and Hotel Management from Bharthiar University


  1. Separate kitchen facilities as well as bakery facilities.
  2. On-premises training restaurant.
  3. Housekeeping Laboratory
  4. Front Office Laboratory
  5. Round-the-clock Internet access in the Lobby.
  6. Computer Lab
  7. Library
  8. Training Restaurant
  9. Locker Rooms
  10. Sports Rooms


The Institute co-ordinates on campus selection process for final placements of its students. Along with this, it also offers 6 months on-the-job training in the various reputed hotels located across the country.



3.      Institute of Hotel Management (IHM), Delhi

Institute of Hotel Management, Catering and Nutrition, Pusa, New Delhi, also known as IHM Pusa, is a hospitality training institute in India governed by the National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology, set up by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.


The sale of application forms begin in the month of June and the selection procedure starts in the month of August. IHM Pusa offers the following programs of study:

  1. MSc in Hospitality Administration – The degree is awarded by IGNOU.
  2. BSc in Hospitality Administration – The degree is awarded by IGNOU.
  3. Post Graduate Diploma in Accommodation Operation & Management
  4. Diploma in Food & Beverages Service
  5. Diploma in Bakery & Confectionery
  6. Craftsmanship Course in Food Production & Patisserie


  1. Advance training kitchen
  2. Quantity food kitchen
  3. Basic training kitchen
  4. Bakery labs
  5. Confectionery lab
  6. Larder kitchen
  7. Training restaurant
  8. Coffee shop
  9. Housekeeping laboratories
  10. Mock bar
  11. Computer laboratory
  12. Front office laboratory
  13. Food science laboratory
  14. Micro biology laboratory
  15. Biochemistry lab
  16. Library
  17. Audio-visual facility
  18. Guest house
  19. Student dining hall
  20. Hostel gym


Some of IHM Pusa’s regular recruiters include:

  1. Burj Al Arab, Dubai
  2. Hotel Le Meridien, Dubai
  3. Kasco Aviation Services, Kuwait
  4. Jumeirah Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai
  5. Hyatt International
  6. Dubai International Limited
  7. Oberoi Centre For Learning & Development
  8. Carlson Group Of Hotels
  9. ITC Maurya Sheraton
  10. Hotel The Park
  11. Hotel Shangri La



4.      Institute of Hotel Management (IHM), Bangalore

This is a hospitality management college affiliated to NCHMCT, Delhi and IGNOU, Delhi; and is one of the best hospitality management colleges in India with a 3-star property of its own. From its beginnings as a Food Craft Institute in 1969 which offered short term courses, the college was re-christened in 1983 and started offering the 3-year degree in Hotel and Hospitality administration.


Students who have completed their 10+2 or equivalent are eligible. The sale of application forms begin in the months of January-February. The aspirants are required to appear for an All India Joint Entrance Examination, conducted by NCHM and held in April. The shortlisted candidates are required to appear for a personal interview session in May. The courses offered are:

  1. MSc in Hospitality Administration
  2. BSc in Hotel Management
  3. Post-graduate Diploma in Accommodation Operations
  4. Certificate Course in Food Production
  5. Certificate Course in Food and Beverage Service


  1. Food Production Lab
  2. Restaurant
  3. Computer Lab
  4. Library
  5. Video Production Lab
  6. Front Office
  7. Gym


Some of IHM Bangalore’s regular recruiters include:

  1. Air India
  2. Ashok Group of Hotels (ITDC)
  3. Casino Hotels
  4. Club Mahindra
  5. Comfort Inn
  6. Convergys
  7. Cruise lines
  8. Days Inns
  9. GE
  10. Hilton Hotels
  11. Hindustan Motors
  12. Holiday Inn
  13. Hyatt Group of Hotels
  14. Indian Airlines
  15. ITC Hotels
  16. Jet Airways
  17. Kumarakom Resort
  18. Leela Group
  19. Le Meridien
  20. McDonalds



5.      Christ College, Bangalore

The Department of Hotel Management, Christ College was set up in the year 1991 and offers a 4-year professional course – Bachelors of Hotel Management – where the students can specialise in their area of interest. Along with that, students can take up different certificate courses too.

During the course, industry professionals from the Taj Group, Oberoi Group, ITC Hotels, Park Hotels, etc conduct sessions with students. All students are required to undergo a 24-week internship with the hotel of their choice for a hands-on experience in their chosen specialisations.


Application forms are available are in the month of May, the entrance test is conducted in the month of June and the selection process begins in the month of December. Courses offered by the Department of Hotel Management are:

   Undergraduate Programmes

  1. Bachelor of Hotel Management (BHM)

  Certificate Courses in Odd Semester

  1. Bartending
  2. Corporate International Hospitality
  3. Restaurant Planning and Operations
  4. Indian Cuisine

 Certificate Courses in Even Semester

  1. Bakery and Confectionery
  2. Bartending
  3. Quick Foods

Diploma Programmes

  1. Diploma in Wine Studies


  1. Library
  2. Campus Radio
  3. Repository
  4. Front Office
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ACADZONE Roundup: 5 Best Libraries in India

“There is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book,” said Jane Austen. As a library is said to be an island for those who are in the middle of sea of ignorance, ACADZONE has chosen some of the best libraries in India for both students and research scholars. Which one do you think is the best library? Share with us in comments!

Library: A place to go, to connect, to share, to grow and help others expand their horizons.

1.      Delhi Public Library, Delhi

Delhi Public Library (DPL) was formed by the joint efforts of UNESCO and Government of India in 1951 with the objective of sharing knowledge. DPL is famous for providing the visually challenged with a huge collection of Braille books. Its readers include visually challenged, people from the economically disadvantaged stratum of society, children and even prisoners. The Delhi Public Library provides an extensive range of books, journals and other reading materials in Hindi, English, Urdu, Punjabi and various other Indian languages for people of almost every age. Library stock consists of 16 lakh books on diverse subjects including books for competitive exams, computer science, information technology, philosophy, religion, Hinduism, economics, political science, international relations, linguistics, science, literature, history, geography etc.

2.      National Library of India, Kolkata

The National Library of India, managed by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Government of India, is the largest library in India with a collection of more than 20 lakh books. This library collects, circulates and preserves the printed material that is produced in India. It is famous for being one of the four depository libraries of India and the sole repository library where all books, publications and official documents are stored.

3.      Central Reference Library, Kolkata

The Central Reference Library (CRL) is a subordinate of the Department of Culture, Ministry of Culture, Government of India. It is the National Bibliographic Agency of India. All bibliographical records since 1958 are available here in electronic format – there are over 6 lakh records in its database. The library only offers reading facility but no lending facility. Members of National Library may also refer to the database of CRL.

4.      State Central Library, Kerala

State Central Library, Kerala, also known as Trivandrum Public Library, is the first public library in the countrty. It was established in the year 1829 during the reign of Sree Swathi Thirunal, Maharaja of Travancore and Col Cadogan was the first president of the committee that managed the library. This library was then known as Trivandrum People’s Library, and only a privileged class who were invited to the Durbar of Maharaja of Travancore could enter the library.

The State Central Library is still managed by the library committee and has a vast digital collection of 709 books in English and Malayalam along with a total collection of 3,67,243 documents in different languages such as English, Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil and Sanskrit in various disciplines.

5.      Library of Congress Office, New Delhi

Library of Congress Office, New Delhi acquires resources from countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Mongolia and Tibet. The head office of this library is situated in Washington, USA. This library gathers information from South Asian countries, North American research libraries as per the demand of the academicians and research scholars who are members of Congress as well as a large section of Americans living in South Asia. This information is available in the form of journals, maps, dailies, brochures, etc.

The Library of Congress Office preserves brochures, journals and materials in the form of micro films. This library has taken the responsibility to procure, preserve and disseminate information about the South Asian countries’ caste, creed, cultures and traditions. The Library of Congress Office is thus admired for being a vast store of information of diverse cultures, history, languages and traditions in South Asia.

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Destination Cinema: The Best Places to Learn Filmmaking in India

There was a time when the very idea of seeking a career in the film industry conjured up dramatic images of running after producers for work, apprenticing under veterans in tough conditions and battling poverty for years before one made it big. The fact that even our movies portrayed film aspirants as ultimate prodigal sons doomed to return home disillusioned or, as glamour sellouts who forget their humble beginnings, did not help things either. Young men and women would routinely give up their dreams of becoming actors, filmmakers, cinematographers due to the lack of proper guidance in the field and misguiding information as to where and who to go to for help regarding their first steps in the film industry. Those days of crushing ignorance are now gone. Thanks to the slow and steady efforts of the Government as well as a few dedicated individuals, a career in films is now as accessible as any other.

In case you have been secretly nurturing filmmaking aspirations but have been unable to process all the scattered information that is available online, you are in luck. ACADZONE has compiled not only a list of the best film schools in India, but also the reasons why they are the best, what you should expect from them and, most importantly, what you should do in order to get into them.

1.  Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune

Two seats are reserved for NRI/Foreign students in each course

Apart from having made a name in the film industry, what do the likes of Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Subhash Ghai, Naseeruddin Shah and Jaya Bachchan have in common? They are all alumni of the Film and Television Institute of India or the FTII. When the crème de la crème of an industry graduates from a particular school you know it is the best in its field. Started in 1960 by the Government of India, the Institute was initially based in New Delhi. In 1974, land was procured in Pune and the institute was duly shifted. After shifting to Pune, the institute began receiving full funding from the Ministry of Information and BroadcastingGovernment of India.


FTII offers three-year postgraduate diplomas in Direction, Editing, Cinematography, Acting and Sound Recording. The Institute also offers two-year post graduate diploma in Art Direction and Production Design, one year course in Feature Film Screenplay Writing and short courses in almost all aspects of television and film making.

Admission Procedure

Admission to FTII is based on an entrance examination and interview. Admission to FTII is not easy because candidates have to compete with highly qualified aspirants for a limited number of seats. There are only 12 seats per course. The minimum eligibility is a bachelor’s degree. Candidates willing to pursue a course in Audiography and TV Engineering should have studied Physics at 10+2 level besides a bachelor’s degree in any discipline.

Tip: If you are applying to a course in FTII you stand a better chance if you have some work experience, however minimal, in your chosen field. Your examiners would like to see proof of your passion for filmmaking.

 2. Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI), Kolkata

A sprawling green campus is one of the highlights of SRFTI

SRFTI is the premier institute in India for film training which stands in line with Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) for its quality of education and reputation in the Indian film industry. The institute was established in 1995 in Kolkata and named after the acclaimed film director, Satyajit Ray. The institute is set in a sprawling campus and is well equipped.


SRFTI offers three-year postgraduate diplomas in Direction, Cinematography, Editing and Sound Recording. The institute has also introduced some short term courses.

Admission Procedure

Admission to SRFTI is based on entrance examination scores. Final selection is made on the basis of overall performance in written tests, orientation session, viva voce and medical recommendations.

Tip: Brush up on your knowledge of World Cinema, art and culture before you apply to SRFTI. In an institute where students have been known to organize screenings of films from all over the world almost every day, you’d do best to be prepared.

3. AJK Mass Communications Research Centre (MCRC), New Delhi

In AJK Mass Communication Center, equal stress is laid on theoretical as well as practical training

Strictly speaking, MCRC is not a film making institute and they offer no specializations, but they are as good as any other premier film institute in teaching you the nuances of filmmaking. Anwar Jamal Kidwai founded the Mass Communication Research Center (MCRC) in 1983. It was started with funding from the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and with university cooperation between Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi and York University, Toronto, Canada. AJKMCRC has opened up new spaces and horizons in media education. Approximately 400 students have graduated from the college since 1983, comprising an important media work force in the country today. The alumni have received national awards like the Chameli Devi Jain Award and international awards like the prestigious Golden Gate Award in San Francisco, the Mumbai International Short & Documentary Festival Award, the Film South Asia Award (Kathmandu), and other film and television awards.


AJKMCRC primarily offers a two-year M.A. and Ph.D. in Mass Communication. The subjects covered in M.A. range from Still Photography, Radio, Sound for the Media, Visual Communications, Communication Theory and Research, and Traditional Forms of Entertainment in the first year to Media Appreciation; Video and Television and 16 mm Film Production in final year.

Admission Procedures

Admission to the institute is based on an entrance examination and subsequent interview. 50 marks are allotted to a portfolio that is mandatory for all candidates.

Tip: Brush up on the latest events from around the world and your region as well. Do not embellish your interests and work experience in the portfolio. You may forget about it but your interviewers will not.

4.  Whistling Woods International, Mumbai

Whistling Woods International is the perfect place to give you a head start in the Indian film industry

Established by Subhash Ghai, Mukta Arts Ltd & Film City Mumbai, Whistling Woods International is Asia’s largest Film, Television, Animation and Media Arts institute. WWI provides practical training in all technical and creative aspects of filmmaking and television through 2-year, full-time residential programs in 8 specializations – Acting, Animation, Producing, Cinematography, Direction, Editing, Screenwriting and Sound.


Whistling Woods offers graduate and diploma programs in Direction, Cinematography, Animation, Producing, Editing, Screenwriting and Sound. The institute also offers diploma programs in acting, fashion photography, television and broadcast studies.

Admission Procedures

Admission to Whistling Woods is based on an entrance examination.

Tip: If the glitz and glamour of Bollywood has influenced your career choice, then Whistling Woods is the Institute you should head to.

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College Canteen Roundup: The Best 5 In India

What makes a canteen stand out? Graffiti on the walls, great ambience, yummy food and company of friends. In many colleges, students themselves decide the look they want for their canteen. ACADZONE has chosen some of the best canteens from some of the best universities. Tell us about your college canteen and what makes it the ideal place to hang out. Share with us in comments!

Great ambience, Yummy Food and Company of Friends - A Perfect Hang Out

1.      Delhi University

The yummy chicken momos and chicken rice of Cafe St. Stephen’s; the shahi paneer, rajma chawal and spring rolls at the airy Hindu Canteen are the must-haves if you are looking for some lip-smacking food at Delhi University. At JMC Cafe, one bite of the hot samosas served here and your diet plans could go for a toss. What’s special at Gargi Canteen? Gorge upon muffins and the chocolate shakes that are served here. Sri Venkateswara College Canteen, the name says it all. Its South Indian menu comprises of masala dosas, vadas and idlis - the hot favourites here. DSE Cafe is a non-veggies’ delight as it serves amazing mutton dosas and mutton cutlets.

Lip-Smacking Samosas

2.      Manipal University

Centralised air conditioning, spacious interiors, healthy and hygienic food – everything under one roof! At the Manipal University Food Court, the Malaysian flavour is what tempts everyone. Be it vegetarian or non-vegetarian, students just love it. The chappatis are as liked by all as the idlis, vadas and masala dosas. For the Mughlai flavour, the food court here offers delectable kebabs and tandoori chicken. Along with that, paranthas and Chinese food are also prepared here. For those who like pizza or pasta, you can grab a bite of that too.

Delicious Dosa

The choice of cuisine doesn’t end here, there’s a Subway counter also at Manipal University Food Court. In addition, a wide variety of fresh juices, cold coffee, milk shakes and other beverages are served here.

3.      Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University

The best canteen of GGSIPU, Delhi is located at the Dwarka campus of the university. It has a roomy canteen that not only provides the students with mouth watering dishes like sambhar vada, idli, uttapam, fried-rice, spring rolls, etc. but is also one of the most happening places in the campus, with students from almost every course hanging out and having fun. The canteen is generally the centre of attraction during cricket matches and any other live telecasts on television.

Savory Spring Rolls

4.      University of Mumbai

Wilson College in Mumbai is a famous Arts and Science college, and its canteen is a favourite spot for students to gather and socialise in free college hours. A good variety of food is available here. However, it is Wilson College Canteen’s Samosa Sambhar that was given an excellent rating by the Mumbai Mirror.

Sapid Samosa Sambhar

5.      University of Pune

In addition to being a top learning destination, University of Pune is also known for its canteen. Though the university has some small canteens, the best one is the main canteen that is located next to the Publication Department in the university premises. This canteen is well-maintained, clean and attracts a lot of customers because of the delicious dishes that it offers.

Tastefully Yours


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