ACADZONE App For Windows 8: Download Now!

The app market of the new tablet-friendly OS Windows 8 has an app for ACADZONE, where you can buy books with minimum fuss. Optimised for touch, this is a unique and easy to use application at your fingertips.

Log in to your Windows 8 device, browse through to the Windows Store and you’ll find ACADZONE in the Books category. The ‘tile’-based ACADZONE app comes pre-loaded into your machine. Soon to be available on Windows 8 phones too, the ACADZONE app is live for the desktop and tablet versions.

Searching for books here is extremely easy. On the app’s home screen, you’ll see five categories – College Textbooks, School Books, Competitive Textbooks, General Books and Academic Course Books. You can search your college textbooks by mentioning just the name of your college, university and course. Looking for your school books was never this easy. All you need to select is your board, class and subject. If you need competitive books or general books, just tap the subject you are looking for – the best books relevant to that subject will appear on your screen.

And then it’s just a matter of one click before you have the book in your hand. Right click on the tiles to select multiple books in one go. The app supports cash on delivery (COD) option at present. Payments by credit and debit card shall be available soon.

Here’s what you can do with the ACADZONE app for Windows 8 OS:

1.      Course Mapping for College Textbooks

You can access your entire course syllabus – whether you are an engineering, medicine, humanities or management student – organised by university/college, course and semester. All with just one click from the app’s home screen!

2.      Competitive Exams Preparation

Looking for books for medicine, engineering, UPSC, banking or MBA entrance exams prep? They are literally at your fingertips! The navigation on this app leads you to the best competitive test preparation book in a few seconds!

3.      School Books

The ACADZONE app offers unmatched ease with which you can look for you or your child’s school textbooks. Simply select the Board and Class and you can browse through all the prescribed textbooks in one go. Tap on the tile to ‘Add to Cart’! Check out our selection of pre-school and kindergarten books too.

4.      Best Fiction and Non-Fiction

The General Books tile on the app’s home screen will lead you to our selection of the best Self Help, Bestsellers, New Releases, Mystery and Thrillers, Comics and Graphic Novels, Health and Fitness, Spirituality and Children’s Books.

5.      Academic

Looking for hard to find Physics, Chemistry, Biotechnology, Arts and Humanities, Computer Science, Law or Management textbooks? Browse through the most popular and most prescribed textbooks for these subjects in the Academic books section.

Download the Windows 8 ACADZONE app for a quick, on-the-move book buying experience. Check it out today!

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The Eureka Factor: 5 Best Books about Mathematics and Mathematicians

The world is divided into two kinds of people – those who love math and those who would like to maintain their distance from it. Gruesome stories of how entire childhoods were wiped away and innocence shattered by math and sinister math tutors shall always do the rounds. However, it is ironic that no matter how much math is hated and dreaded, the interest in books related to math and mathematicians remains constant. Movies made on math and troubled mathematicians always seem to be nominated for the Oscars (remember A Beautiful Mind and Proof?); and mathematicians are revered perhaps more than chemists, physicists and the likes. There is something enigmatic about the mathematician’s tryst with numbers that never fails to fascinate.

The year 2012 is the official Year of Mathematics in India.  As the year slowly comes to an end, ACADZONE brings you five books about math that will leave you awed, once again, of this baffling and amazing subject.

1.  The Man Who Knew Infinity by Robert Kanigel

Whether you are a math lover or hater, you can’t deny fascination of the enigma that was Srinivas Ramanujan. Born in a poor Brahmin family and largely self taught, he baffled G. H. Hardy, the prominent English mathematician when he wrote to him about numbers. Hardy brought him to Cambridge wherein began one of the most brilliant mathematical collaborations in the history of the subject.

The Man Who Knew Infinity is set on the lines of an adventure story undertaken by two mathematicians from different backgrounds and different stations, united by the love of numbers.  It is a book that will hold you in its spell for a long time.  The book is about to be adapted into a Hollywood movie where Bollywood actor R. Madhavan has been roped in to play Srinivasa Ramanujan.

2.  Godel, Escher, Bachby Douglas Hofstader

A cult book by all standards, Godel, Escher, Bach combines the mathematical logic of Kurt Gödel, with the etchings of Maurits Cornelis Escher and the music of Bach. By no means an easy book, Hofstader goes a step further by including dramatic dialogues between Lewis Carroll’s characters Achilles and the Tortoise and their friend the Crab (Lewis Carroll was a well-known mathematician himself). DNA, computers and the possibility of computers ever evolving human intelligence have been treated extensively in this book. Godel, Escher and Bach is a wonderful exploration of fascinating ideas at the heart of cognitive science: meaning, reduction, recursion, and much more. The book won the Pulitzer Prize and remains a bestseller till date

3.  The Man Who Loved Only Numbers by Paul Hoffman

The Man Who Loved Only Numbers is a biography of the famous and eccentric mathematician Paul Erdos written by Paul Hoffman. It was first published in 1998 as a hardcover edition. A paperback edition appeared in 1999. The book is, in the words of the author, “A working oral history based on the recollections of Erdos, his collaborators and their spouses.” The book was a bestseller in the United Kingdom and has been translated in 15 different languages. The book won the 1999 Rhone-Poulenc Prize.

4.  The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy by Isaac Newton

A list on books about Mathematics is incomplete without one by the mathematician who was the first to talk about the laws of physics. Newton shone a light on the mysteries of the universe through the book that would later go on to inspire mathematicians and physicists for generations to come. Using only Euclid’s geometry, Newton discovered and developed the laws of motion and gravity that he later applied to the motion of planets. In this book, Nature is ‘explained’ and laws are made coherent with mathematics creating magic in the reader’s mind and certifying Newton as nothing short of a math-magician.

5.      Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensionsby Edwin A. Abbott

A list on books about Mathematics need not necessarily be non-fictional. Mathematics is a subject that inspires fiction of the highest, most fascinating variety. Take for example the case of Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions. In 1884, an English schoolmaster, Edwin A. Abbott wrote a novella called Flatland. It was a satirical take on the Victorian society. However, what immortalized it among physicists, mathematicians and science lovers was not the satire but its take on the world of multiple dimensions. It is difficult to gauge the seriousness of Mr. Abbott’s take on multiple dimensions. But intentional or not, Mr. Abbott explores the world of variant dimensions, literally, like never before.

In a fictional world inhabited by geometrical figures a humble square is visited by a three dimensional sphere. The square refuses to acknowledge the sphere for the sole reason that a being so alien to himself is unacceptable for him. But the sphere manages to convince him of his existence. Once convinced the square begins to consider the possibility of dimensions more than three. This offends the sphere and he takes square on a visit to Pointland that is inhabited by a sole, self-absorbed point who refuses to acknowledge them while also asserting that they are extensions of his own thought process. Being a point he cannot think beyond himself.

As square returns to Flatland he learns that anyone who professes knowledge of other worlds is executed in his own land. Will the square be executed as well? Or will he be the new prophet and messiah of Flatland? One just has to read Flatland for the subtlety of its subject, poignancy of the message and outrageous exploration of the world of multi dimensions.

 

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CBSE NEET: 8 Best Chemistry Prep Books

National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is a national level common medical entrance test conducted by CBSE for students of Medical Science aspiring to get admission in MBBS and MS. This exam helps X or XII class students and XII pass-outs to get admission in almost all medical colleges in India, which includes private colleges. This test at under graduate level, declared by the Government of India, will be conducted on May 5, 2013 across India for the first time. Wherein, NEET for postgraduate courses such as MD/MS/Diploma shall be held online on November 23 – December 6, 2012.

 The Medical Council of India (MCI) has ascertained that the NEET 2012 exam will contain 180 questions, which will have to be attempted in 180 minutes. The test will be divided in 4 sections – physics, chemistry, botany and zoology. Each section will have 45 questions in both English and Hindi.

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 NEET 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 Chemistry reference books. We’ve chosen the best from the whole lot.

8 Best Chemistry Prep Books for CBSE NEET

  • NEET Chemistry: Common Medical Entrance Exam by Disha Experts is a book developed as per the NCERT syllabus of XI and XII class that appears in NEET exam in objective pattern. The book is divided into 30 chapters that include explanation of theory, along with illustrations and 2 exercises for practice with solutions in the end.
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry: A Must-Have Resource for CBSE, AIEEE, JEE and NEET/AIPMT Exams, Textbook and Practice Book (Class – 11) by John Lee, Craig Barton Fryhle is enriched with unique elements that facilitates easy understanding, comprehension and application of the fundamental concepts of Chemistry. This book broadly covers the structure of Chemistry syllabus as given by CBSE for XI class including the topics like organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry and physical chemistry. Also, the book contains solved examples and the mock questions as per CBSE examination pattern.
  • For Medical CET Chemistry in 40 Days NEET-UG 2012 by Sudhanshu Thakur covers solved question papers for all medical entrance exams across India from year 2003–2011. Also, this book contains objective questions over each topic. Involving more than 4,000 questions for practice with solutions, figures and illustrations at the end of every chapter for better understanding, Medical CET Chemistry in 40 Days becomes a must for every medical aspirant.
  • MTG Chemistry Foundation Course Boards IIT–JEE/PETs NEET/AIPMT (Class – 9) by MTG Editorial Board includes topics that are covered in the NEET exam. The syllabus covers topics like matter in our surroundings, is matter around us pure, atoms and molecules, structure of atom, chemical bonding, classification of elements and periodicity in properties, and some basic principles of organic chemistry.
  • MTG Foundation Course Chemistry Boards IIT/JEE/PETs NEET/AIPMT (Class – 10) by MTG Editorial Board contains topics like chemical reactions and equations, acids, bases and salts, metals and non-metals, carbon and its compounds, periodic classification of elements, mole concept, behaviour of gases, atomic structure, chemical equilibrium, analytical chemistry; widely covered for better understanding.
  • MTG Complete NEET Guide: Chemistry by MTG Editorial Board is a book for NEET 2012 that involves everything that is likely to appear in the exam. This guide book covers every aspect of Chemistry relevant to the syllabus given by CBSE for NEET exam.
  • Chapter-wise–Topic-wise Questions-Solutions Chemistry for Medical Entrances Highly Useful for NEET 2013 by Preeti Gupta has covered all the topics of the syllabus prescribed by CBSE. Along with the widely covered subject, this book also offers you previous year NEET question paper (2012).
  • Chapter-wise–Topic-wise Questions-Solutions Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics for Medical Entrances Highly Useful for NEET 2013 (Set of 3 Books) by Preeti Gupta, Digvijay Singh, Sudhakar Banerjee includes all the areas important from the point of view of CBSE NEET. This book explains the chapters topic wise, giving you practice questions at the end of the chapter. Also, to give you a fine idea of the questions that you will have to face in the exam, the book also provides you with NEET question paper of year 2012.

 

 

 

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UGC CSIR: 7 Best Mathematical Sciences Prep Books

The UGC NET exam is a national level competitive exam for post graduate candidates who wish to enrol themselves for PhD programme and teaching jobs in different colleges and universities. The UGC NET exam is conducted twice a year and successful candidates in the exam are eligible to apply for PhD Degree (Junior Research Fellowship) and lecturer jobs in colleges and universities. The CSIR UGC NET exam is jointly conducted by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and University Grants Commission (UGC).

CSIR UGC NET exam is conducted only for Science and Engineering discipline, while for Arts and Humanities; the exam is conducted by UGC alone and is referred to as UGC-NET. The UGC CSIR exam is going to be held in June 2013.

Since this exam is going to be conducted at an all India level, be prepared to face tough competition. It becomes necessary to know the kind and variety of questions that are usually asked in the exam. You can cover the topics that are expected to appear in the UGC CSIR exam by studying from mathematical sciences reference books. These books will acquaint you with the topics so that you can validate what you have studied. There are many education publications that bring out collection of UGC CSIR mathematical sciences reference books. We’ve chosen the best of mathematical sciences reference books from the whole lot.

Best 7 UGC CSIR Mathematical Sciences Prep Books

  • UGC-CSIR NET (JRF & LS) Mathematical Science by Pawan Sharma, Anshuman, Suraj Singh (Arihant) includes the topics as per the syllabus of UGC CSIR explained in an easy way. Also, the book contains solved previous year papers of 2010 and 2011, and mock test papers for you to have a thorough idea of the type of questions that you will see in the exam.
  • Net Mathematical Sciences – Vol. 1 UGC CSIR by Satya Prakashan would help the aspirants to succeed in this particular discipline of mathematical sciences in the exams such as National Eligibility Test (NET), State Level Eligibility Test (SLET), Junior Research Fellowship (JRF), and Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). This book has been divided into different sections and topics. Special attention has been paid to prepare an exhaustive question bank of questions that might appear in the examination.
  • NET Mathematical Sciences – Vol. 2 UGC CSIR by Satya Prakashan is useful for exams like National Eligibility Test (NET), Junior Research Fellowship (JRF), and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) as it includes topic wise elucidation of mathematical science discipline, along with questions that are beneficial for students. It contains sample questions for students to practise and test their preparedness.
  • Mathematical Science Manual CSIR UGC/NET/SLET & Lectureship – Jupiter Series by Renu Sharma, Awadhesh Kumar Mishra (HG Publications) is a beneficial book for UGC NET and JRF mathematical sciences discipline. This book contains in-depth explanation of mathematics topics for enhanced understanding, so that what you have studied can be easily applied in the questions.
  • CSIR-UGC NET/JRF/SET MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES by Alok Kumar (Upkar) gives an insight of the subject in detail. Each chapter in this book is supplemented with practice test papers. This is certainly an enriching book for mathematical sciences, which thoroughly explains you the topics.

 

 

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UGC CSIR: 7 Best Physical Sciences Prep Books

The UGC NET exam is a national level competitive exam for post graduate candidates who wish to enrol themselves for PhD programme and teaching jobs at university level in different colleges and universities. This exam is carried out twice a year and successful candidates are eligible to apply for PhD Degree (Junior Research Fellowship) and lecturer jobs in colleges and universities. The CSIR UGC NET exam is jointly conducted by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and University Grants Commission (UGC) for Science and Engineering discipline, while for Arts and Humanities, the exam is conducted by UGC alone and is referred to as UGC NET. UGC CSIR exam is going to be held in June 2013.

Since this exam is going to be conducted at an all India level, be ready to face a tough competition. It becomes essential to know the kind and variety of questions that are asked in the exam. You can cover the topics that are expected to appear in the UGC CSIR exam by studying from physical sciences reference books. These books will familiarize and assist you with the topics so that you can validate what you have studied. There are many education publications that bring out collection of UGC CSIR physical sciences reference books. We’ve chosen the best from the whole lot.

Best 7 UGC CSIR Physical Sciences Prep Books

1. UGC – CSIR JRF/NET Physical Sciences (Physics) by G. K. Publications contains all the topics of physical sciences exhaustively covered as per the new syllabus prescribed by UGC. This book also includes objective type questions along with memory based previous year papers.

2. UGC – CSIR NET/JRF/Physical Science by Upkar Publications include the topics as per the latest syllabus of UGC CSIR explained in an uncomplicated manner. The book also contains solved previous years’ papers and mock test papers for a methodical idea of the type of questions that you will face in the exam hall.

3. CSIR-UGC NET/JRF/SET Physical Sciences by Dr. Surekha Tomar (Upkar) extensively covers the syllabus of UGC CSIR for your easy understanding. Also, this book contains the mock common test paper along with solutions for you to get the hang of questions that you might face in the exam. This book would help the aspirants to succeed in this particular discipline of physical sciences in the exams such as National Eligibility Test (NET), State Eligibility Test (SET), and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF).

4. Joint CSIR-UGC NET Junior Research Fellowship and Eligibility for Lectureship: Physical Science Exam Guide by R. Gupta (Ramesh Publishing House) has been divided into different sections and topics. Previous year’s solved paper of June 2011, solved mock test papers and the typical topics like Mathematical Methods of Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics, etc are described in a simple way.

5.CSIR-UGC NET/JRF/SLET Physical Sciences (Paper I & II) by Dr. M P Sinha (Upkar) is useful for exams like National Eligibility Test (NET), Junior Research Fellowship (JRF), and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) as it includes topic wise elucidation of physical sciences discipline, along with objective-type questions that are beneficial for students.

6. CSIR-UGC Physical Sciences by Sunil Kumar (Unique Publishers) is a beneficial book for UGC NET and JRF physical sciences discipline. This book can also be used for SLET as it contains in-depth explanation of topics for enhanced comprehension.

7. UGC-CSIR NET (JRF & LS) Physical Science by W. Malemnganba Chenglei (Arihant) gives an insight in to the subject in detail. Each chapter in this book has a set of practice test papers at the end. Every topic of Physics that is likely to appear in the exam as per the new UGC syllabus is covered in a perfect manner in this book.

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‘Not Me, Not You’: National Service Scheme for Students

As a college-goer you may have chanced upon a group of students doing the rounds of the campus in scrubs and rubber gloves doing things that many wouldn’t be caught dead doing – picking up garbage and litter, digging the earth to plant saplings, and setting up health drives for the poor and needy. If you already are a part of that motley group of youngsters we congratulate you on your awareness and do-good spirit. If you aren’t then it is time you knew about the National Service Scheme, better known as the NSS, and how it has been benefitting students and changing lives since 1969.

The NSS organizes green drives in colleges to promote environmental awareness among the youth

 

What is the National Service Scheme?

Post-Independence, the University Grants Commission (UGC) headed by Dr S Radhakrishnan proposed a service scheme that would allow students to volunteer in serving the nation directly at the micro level. The idea was forwarded again in the 1950s and it was in 1969 that the National Service Scheme was finally launched in 37 Universities. Today, the NSS extends to all educational institutes and Universities and is managed by a body within the institute itself.

The National Service Scheme allows students to volunteer their time to national service in order to get a firsthand experience in policy execution, social service and environment restoration. The aim behind the scheme was to give students a wholesome education that integrated theoretical learning with practical education in the true nature of the problems plaguing the nation, and the manner in which they can be resolved.

What Will You Be Doing as a Volunteer?

As a volunteer at the NSS you will be educated in the practical nature of social and environmental problems. Some of the drives organized by the NSS are cleaning, afforestation, stage shows for generating social and environmental awareness, blood donations and health camps.

How to Become a Volunteer?

If you want to become a volunteer but do not know how to go about it, then simply log on to your college website and search for your college’s NSS wing. Your college prospectus, if you still miraculously have it, will definitely have a section devoted to the achievements of the NSS wing in your college or University. If you are still lost, walk into your college office and ask the authorities. Your desire to be of service to the nation will be appreciated.

How Is It Going To Benefit You?

Apart from the satisfaction of doing good for the environment and the lesser privileged, a volunteer certificate from the National Service Scheme will boost your chances to a university scholarship and reflect well on your resume. If you have been an NSS volunteer, you will be taken as someone who is concerned and empathetic towards others.

The motto of the National Service Scheme is, “Not me. Not you”. In other words, it reflects the selflessness and the sense of collective pride that volunteers feel when they learn to serve needs that exceed beyond their self. If you decide to volunteer for the National Service Scheme even on an impulse, it is one decision you will never regret.

Website: www.nss.nic.in

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UGC CSIR: 7 Best Life Sciences Prep Books

The UGC NET exam is a national level competitive exam for post graduate candidates who wish to enrol themselves for PhD programme and teaching jobs at university level in different colleges and Universities. The UGC NET exam is conducted twice a year and successful candidates in the exam are eligible to apply for PhD Degree (Junior Research Fellowship) and lecturer jobs in colleges and universities. The CSIR UGC NET exam is jointly conducted by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and University Grants Commission (UGC). CSIR UGC NET exam is conducted only for Science and Engineering discipline, while for Arts and Humanities, the exam is conducted by UGC alone and is referred to as UGC-NET. The exam is going to be held in June 2013.

Since this exam is going to be conducted at an all India level, you will face tough competition. Hence, it becomes essential to know the kind and variety of questions that are asked in the exam. You can cover the topics that are expected to appear in the UGC CSIR exam by studying from life sciences reference books. These books will familiarize you with the topics so that you can validate what you have studied. There are many education publications that bring out collection of UGC CSIR reference books. We’ve chosen the best of life science reference books from the whole lot.

Best 7 UGC CSIR Life Sciences Prep Books

  1. CSIR-UGC NET/JRF/SLET Life Sciences (Paper I & II) by Dr. A P Singh & Kumar Pushkar (Upkar Publishers) contains all the topics of life science exhaustively covered. This book also includes objective type questions along with memory based previous year papers of UGC CSIR (Paper I & II).
  2. UGC-CSIR NET (JRF & LS) Life Science by Ashish Nagesh, Quaisher J Hossain and Prashant Kumar (Arihant) includes the topics as per the syllabus of UGC CSIR explained in an easy way. Also, the book contains solved previous year papers of 2011 and 2012, and mock test papers for you to have a thorough idea of the type of questions that you will see in the exam.
  3. UGC-CSIR NET/JRF: Life Sciences by Dr. Pramod Singh (Trueman) contains the mock common test paper, compulsory paper along with solutions. This book extensively covers the syllabus of UGC CSIR for your easy understanding.
  4. Life Sciences: Reference Manual for UGC Examinations (NET, SLET, JRF and UGC CSIR) by Eds. (Reference Press) would help the aspirants to succeed in this particular discipline of life sciences in the exams such as National Eligibility Test (NET), State Level Eligibility Test (SLET), Junior Research Fellowship (JRF), and Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). This book has been divided into different sections and topics. Special attention has been paid to prepare on exhaustive question bank for the Objective Part (Paper-II) and Descriptive Part (Paper-III) of the examination.
  5. Joint UGC CSIR NET Life Sciences by Pathania Pc and Ziaul Hasan Faruqi (Satya Prakashan) is useful for exams like National Eligibility Test (NET), Junior Research Fellowship (JRF), and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) as it includes topic wise elucidation of life science discipline, along with questions that are beneficial for students.
  6. DGP Life Sciences: Joint CSIR UGC Test State Level Eligibility Test for Junior Research by Cheema SS, Chinmayee Mohanty and Harjeet Singh ( Byword Books P. Ltd.)  is a beneficial book for UGC NET and JRF life sciences discipline. This book contains in-depth explanation of topics for enhanced comprehension.
  7. CSIR/NET Life Sciences by Arun Chaudhary, B L Chaudhary and Kailash Choudhary (New Age Publishers)
    gives an insight of the subject in detail. Each chapter in this book is supplemented with two practice test papers. Eight chapters containing 10 model test papers are included to give training to the students of this steam. Model test papers include questions on mathematics, computer science, geography, physics, chemistry and life sciences which form the curriculum of Part-A of Paper I.
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CBSE NEET: 7 Best Physics Prep Books

National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is a national level common medical entrance test that is conducted by CBSE for those students of Medical Science who aspire to get admission in MBBS and MS. NEET’s score is considered for admission in almost all medical colleges, including private colleges in India. So, medical aspirants of X or XII class and XII pass-outs have to appear in this exam. NEET at under graduate level is declared by the Government of India to be held on May 5, 2013 across India for the first time. Wherein, NEET for postgraduate courses such as MD/MS/Diploma shall be held online on November 23 and December 6, 2012.

As decided by the Medical Council of India (MCI), NEET 2012 exam will contain 180 questions to be attempted in 180 minutes. The test will be divided in 4 sections – physics, chemistry, botany and zoology. Each section will have 45 questions in both English and Hindi.

Since this exam is going to be conducted at an all India level, you will face a tough competition. Hence, it becomes necessary to know the type of questions that are asked in the exam. You can cover your topics of the NEET exam by studying from the subject reference books. These books familiarize you with the topics so that you can apply what you have studied. There are many education publications that bring out bundles of Physics reference books. We’ve chosen the best from the whole lot.

 Best Physics Prep Books for CBSE NEET

  1. For Medical CET Physics in 40 Days NEET-UG 2012 by S B Tripathi has covered detailed theory with figures for the better understanding of topic. It contains tests from each unit along with three mock papers, for students to check their preparation. This book also includes solved papers from 2008-2011 of AIPMT, AFMC and AIIMS.
  2. NEET Physics by Disha Experts is a book developed on an objective pattern as per the syllabus of class 11 and12 and latest NEET syllabus. Containing 22 chapters in all, they provide precise theory along with illustrations. Also, the book includes 2 solved exercises for practice at the end of each chapter.
  3. Physics (NEET/JEE/AIEEE) by Nirali contains topics for the exam covered in detail along with figures and formulae. This book makes the learning for the NEET exam simplified.
  4. Physics NEET Series: NEET/ISEET/AIEEE/AIPMT/AIIMS/AFMC & Other Competitive Exams by Pardeep Kumar and Jaswinder Singh Virdi follows step by step approach of learning. It also contains inputs as per latest CBSE syllabus, more than 2,000 MCQs and solved model question papers.
  5. MTG Foundation Course Physics Boards IIT-JEE/PETs/NEET/AIPMT (Class – 10) by MTG Editorial Board includes topics like reflection of light, refraction of light, the human eye, magnetic effect of  electric current and sources of energy, explained exhaustively for your reference.
  6. MTG Foundation Course Physics Boards IIT-JEE|PETs NEET|PMTs NTSE|NSO (Class – 8 ) by MTG Editorial Board contains topic-wise explanation of measurement and motion, force and pressure, friction, sound, temperature and heat, chemical effects of electric current, magnetic effects of electric current, some natural phenomena, light and stars and the solar system. This book gives you a wider knowledge of topics that you are likely to see in the exam.
  7. Chapter-wise–Topic-wise Questions-Solutions Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics for Medical Entrances Highly Useful for NEET 2013 (Set of 3 Books) by Preeti Gupta, Digvijay Singh and Sudhakar Banerjee is a book extremely useful for NEET exam as it contains topics extensively explained from each chapter. Along with that, it also includes a previous year paper.

 

 

 

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CBSE NEET 2013: 10 Best Prep Books for Biology

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is a national level common medical entrance test conducted by CBSE for students of Medical Science aspiring to get admission in MBBS and MS courses. NEET facilitates XI or XII class students and XII pass-outs to get admission in almost all medical colleges (including private colleges) in India. The test at under graduate level is conducted by the Government of India and will be held on May 5, 2013 across the country for the first time. NEET for postgraduate courses such as MD/MS/Diploma shall be held online on November 23 – December 6, 2012.

The Medical Council of India (MCI) has decided that the NEET 2013 exam will contain 180 questions to be attempted in 180 minutes. The test will be divided in 4 sections – physics, chemistry, botany and zoology. Each section will have 45 questions in both English and Hindi.

Since this exam is going to be conducted at an all India level, the competition is pretty tough. One must be prepared to deal with the competition. For this, it becomes necessary to know the variety and type of questions that are asked in the exam. You can acquaint yourself with the topics covered in NEET exam by studying from subject-specific reference books. They familiarize you with the topics so that you can apply what you have studied while answering the questions. There are many education publications that bring out bundles of Biology reference books. We’ve chosen the best from the whole lot.

10 Best Biology Prep Books for CBSE NEET 2013

1. NEET Biology: Common Medical Entrance Exam by Disha Experts is contains objective pattern-based questions developed as per the NCERT XI and XII class books. The book has 38 chapters in all, including precise theory and illustrative examples. This book also contains 2 solved exercises for practice at the end of each chapter.

2. Biology for NEET/AIPMT/AIIMS/AFMC & Other Competitive Exams (Volume 1)by C S Mishra and Sanjay Sinha, contains more than 5,000 MCQs, questions from previous years’ competitive exams and solved mock test papers. This book also includes complete chapter-wise synopsis as per the latest CBSE syllabus.
3. ACE Biology for NEET Medical Entrance Exam Vol. 1 (Class 11) by R C Narang and Sahil Agarwal, is developed in a manner that would provide you guaranteed success in NEET common medical entrance exam. It is organised as MCQs as per the XII class NCERT chapter plan following the latest NEET syllabus. This book contains 22 chapters in all which provide exhaustive point-wise theory along with figures and illustrations for better preparation. Also, it includes 3 MCQ exercises for practice as per NCERT syllabus, previous medical exams and best questions that are likely to appear in the exam.
4. ACE Biology for NEET Medical Entrance Exam Vol. 2 (Class 12) by R C Narang and Sahil Agarwal, is developed on objective pattern prescribed by NCERT for XII class. The book contains 16 chapters as per the latest NEET syllabus. Each chapter offers exhaustive point-wise theory supplemented with well-labelled diagrams, illustrations, checkpoints. The book also includes 3 MCQ exercises for practice. It is one of the most student-friendly books for Biology.
5. Biology: NEET/AIPMT/AIIMS/AFMC & Other Competitive Exams (Volume 2)by C S Mishra and Sanjay Sinha, covers topics like reproduction, genetics and evolution, biology in human welfare, biotechnology and ecology at length for better understanding.
6. For Medical CET Biology in 40 Days NEET-UG 2012 by S Chakravarty provides detailed theory along with the figures and illustrations to understand the topic. This book contains six unit tests and three full-length mock tests for you to check your preparation and give you a hang of questions that you will face in the exam hall. Also, the book includes solved previous years’ papers (2008-2011) of AIPMT, AFMC and AIIMS.
7. Complete Biology for Medical College Entrance Examination by Vinay Kumar and S S Bhatia, is the revised and updated edition of this popular manual which provides you with vast knowledge on this subject. This book is a complete study package for medical aspirants.
8. Hand Book of Biology by Rahul Chawla is a 128 page hand-cum-pocketbook that is extremely helpful for last minute revision as it gives you an overview of the complete biology syllabus for CBSE NEET. So, it becomes easier for the students to revise at the last moment.
9. MTG AIIMS Physics, Chemistry and Biology: 18 Years Chapter-wise Solutions (1994 – 2011) by MTG Editorial Board contains all the topics of Physics, Chemistry and Biology covered in an exhaustive manner for your ready reference and easy understanding. This book also contains the previous year papers of Physics, Chemistry and Biology from 2008–2011 to give you a fair idea about the type of questions that will appear in the exam.
10. 25 Years CBSE-PMT Topic wise Solved Papers BIOLOGY (1988 – 2012) by Disha Experts contains topic-wise solved previous years’ papers of CBSE-PMT 1988 onwards. The 38 chapters have been arranged in accordance with the NCERT books so as to make it convenient for XI and XII class students. The book contains around 1300+ MCQs that will help in your better understanding of the chapter.

 

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CBSE Introduces Problem Solving Assessment Curriculum For IX & XI

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) proposes to test quantitative and qualitative reasoning, and language of students. For this, the Board plans to introduce a Problem Solving Assessment (CBSE PSA) for class IX and XI students from the second term of academic session of 2012-13.

This test will be a mandatory test for class IX and XI students, and is most likely to be held in the January–February 2013. The test will contain 60 multiple choice questions (MCQs) carrying 90 marks, to be completed in 90 minutes. The marks scored in CBSE PSA in Class IX will be counted in the IV Formative Assessment, which is 10% of the total assessment of Class IX.

What is CBSE PSA?

The skills which ensure success in higher and professional studies are research and analytical skills, ability to apply basic concepts, solve application based problems in mathematics and science, comprehension of written text and effective communication skills. As per widely acknowledged research, these skills help learners in attaining higher order judgement, problem solving and decision-making skills.

This PSA will be conducted in the respective schools, the question papers and evaluation will be supplied by the Board. The test will comprise of questions from Mathematics and passages from old essays or contemporary fiction for English. These questions will not be culled from the prescribed textbooks.

CBSE PSA will not have a fixed syllabus, nor will separate classes be held to prepare students for it. This test will evaluate three areas – Quantitative Reasoning, Qualitative Reasoning and Language Conventions. The Quantitative segment would test basic mathematical knowledge but would emphasize logical and numerical reasoning. The assessment in Language will contain question that will consider grammatical usage, vocabulary in context and passage completion.

PSA will be conducted to test students’ knowledge of co-curricular activities. Listed below are two books to acquaint you with PSA question pattern.

Crack CBSE-PSA Class 9 (Key Concepts & 10 Practice Papers) by Disha Publications

Since this test would assess students’ ability to process, interpret and utilize information rather than assessing students’ prior subject knowledge, this book perfectly guides students and helps them score in the test. It provides clear insight about the elements of the test. Also, the study material provides theoretical inputs along with practice exercises, which are 10 in number as per the pattern given by CBSE. These practice papers will help the students develop the right temperament for this exam.

Crack CBSE-PSA Class 11 (Key Concepts & 10 Practice Papers) by Disha Publications

This book includes key concepts and 10 practice papers and guidelines that will help the students score well in the test. The book takes into consideration all the elements of the test – Qualitative and Quantitative Reasoning, and Language. The 10 practice papers will help the students understand the pattern and method of the exam. The detailed solutions for these practice tests have been provided at the end of the book.

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