Dear Engineering Students,
I am Shankar, did my M.Tech in Power and Control from IIT Kanpur, B.Tech from JNTU Kakinada Campus and Diploma from Andhra Polytechnic Kakinada.
I worked in General Electric, Hyderabad for 6 years in the field of renewable energy sources. At present, delivering number of lectures in the field of power electronics (since 2007) and delivered lectures in Control systems as well (in the past) especially for GATE/ESE/PSUs. This blog is to explore the various opportunities for electrical engineering students especially preparing for competitive exams. I would like to utilize this blog as platform to share information as much as I can and requesting the continuous feed back for the improvement. I am maintaining this blog after my busy schedule as part of social service and giving back something to the society. If you like it, you can also be part of it

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BARC for GATE aspirants

Dear Students,
So many people are writing me emails that, “We are from poor background and difficult to do M.Tech and want to go for jobs”. The following information is useful to do both as the famous research organization in India - BARC is sponsoring M.Tech in IITs along with promising job

** Note1: The below information is based on the BARC-2015 notification
Persons desirous of applying for OCES-2015 and DGFS-2015 should visit the following website in the second half of December 2014

Note2: This will have very tough interview around 1.5 to 2 hrs per each person. I will post some of the previous interview questions from BARC in shortly. Our PE class is more than sufficient for this interview
Click here to view the interview tips

BARC Training Schools provide two schemes of training to deserving candidates ambitious of pursuing a rewarding career in Nuclear Engineering and Technology. They are respectively called Orientation Course for Engineering Graduates and Science Post-Graduates (OCES) and DAE Graduate Fellowship Scheme for Engineering Graduates and Physics Post-Graduates (DGFS).

1. One-year Orientation Course for Engineering Graduates and Science Post-Graduates for the year 2014-2015 (OCES-2015) will be conducted at BARC Training Schools situated at Mumbai, Kalpakkam, Indore and Hyderabad. A Trainee Scientific Officer (TSO) who scores a minimum of 50% aggregate marks on completion of the training program is declared to have passed the course successfully. Successful TSOs will be posted as Scientific Officers in one of the following DAE units:
1.       Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai
2.       Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam
3.       Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT), Indore
4.       Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC), Kolkata
5.       Heavy Water Board (HWB), Mumbai
6.       Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC), Hyderabad
7.       Board of Radiation and Isotope Technology (BRIT), Mumbai
8.       Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL), Mumbai
9.       Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam Ltd (BHAVINI), Kalpakkam
10.   Uranium Corporation of India Ltd (UCIL), Jaduguda
11.   Atomic Minerals Directorate of Exploration & Research (AMD), Hyderabad

    Performance above a specified threshold in course work at the Training School will entitle TSOs to a Post-Graduate Diploma or could earn them credits towards MTech/ MPhil/ PhD Programs of the Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), a Deemed to be University

2. Two-year DAE Graduate Fellowship Scheme for Engineering Graduates and Physics Post-Graduates for the session  beginning in July/August 2015 (DGFS-2015). Under this scheme, Engineering Graduates and Physics Post-Graduates who are selected for the BARC Training School program and who also have secured admission for MTech/ MChemEngg in select institutes and specializations are paid stipend and tuition fee to pursue a MTech/ MChemEngg degree while retaining their employment in DAE. After successful completion of one-year course work at the institute, fellows undertake project work, which is assigned by DAE and supervised jointly by a DAE and an institute guide. On successful completion of MTech/ MChemEngg, they are posted as Scientific Officers in DAE. On joining, they are required to first undertake a four-month Orientation Course (OCDF) at the BARC Training School, Mumbai. The DGFS fellows are enrolled and posted in one of the following units of DAE:

a) BARC, Mumbai b) IGCAR, Kalpakkam c) RRCAT, Indore.

Allocation of a DGFS fellow to a DAE unit is done at the beginning of the MTech/ MChemEngg program based on Selection Interview performance.

Stipend and Allowances during Training: OCES Trainee Scientific Officers as well as DGFS fellows are paid stipend of Rs.20,000 per month during the period of their training and a one-time book allowance of Rs.5,000.

Boarding and Lodging in DAE/DGFS Institute Hostel/Guest House is mandatory during training.

Selected candidates are required to execute an agreement and a Personal Indemnity Bond to serve DAE for at least three years after completion of training. Indemnity Bond is for Rs.2,45,000 for OCES trainees and Rs.5,05,000 for DGFS fellows. No third party surety is required

 Selection Process:

Selection to OCES/DGFS is a two-step process: Screening to short-list candidates followed by Selection Interview of the short-listed candidates.
There is a separate Selection Process for each of the disciplines listed in Table-1.
A) Screening is based on two alternative methods:

(a) On the basis of Online Test:
  1. Online Test will be conducted in March, 2015 in each of the eight Engineering disciplines and five Science discipline in nearly thirty cities spread across India.
  2. Travel Allowance is not paid for appearing in it.
  3. Candidates who register for the Online Test will be able to choose their exam centre as well as date and time of the session in which they wish to appear for the Online Test, subject to availability. Allocation of slot to candidates for taking the Online Test will be done on a first come, first served basis.
(b) On the basis of GATE Score: Candidates will be screened in for Selection Interview on the basis of a valid GATE- 2014 or GATE-2015 score.
Candidates may note the following:
  1. At the time of application, candidates can choose any one or both of the above screening options. As the cutoff GATE scores for screening in to Selection Interviews will be finalized only after the conclusion of the Online Test, candidates are advised to maximize their chance of being screened in to the Selection Interview by availing both the Screening Channels (GATE score as well as Online Test) detailed above.
  2. Candidates who opt for screening through Online Test should book an examination slot of their choice, subject to availability, by visiting this website. Prior to commencement of Examination slot booking process, alerts by email and SMS will be sent to registered candidates. An announcement will be made on this website as well. Examination slots will be allocated on first come, first served basis, subject to availability. Candidates are advised to visit this website regularly for updates regarding this.
  3. The candidates who have opted for screening only on the basis of a GATE Score will not be permitted to book an examination slot for the Online Test.
B. Selection Interviews:
Selection Interviews of short-listed candidates will be conducted in Mumbai.
Probable period of Selection Interviews is during May-June, 2015. Short-listed candidates will be able to choose an Interview slot based on availability in April, 2015. Alerts by email as well as SMS will be sent to all candidates who have been short-listed for Selection Interview on their registered email addresses and mobile numbers as well as announced on this website, prior to commencement of the Interview slot booking process. Candidates are advised to visit this website regularly for updates regarding this.
Final Selection for the OCES/DGFS-2015 programs will be based solely on performance in Selection Interview, subject to medical fitness. A list of provisionally (subject to medical fitness) selected candidates will be displayed on this website in June, 2015. The selected candidates will also be informed about their Selection by email and SMS.
The option of communicating preferences regarding Training School location and Training Scheme will be enabled on this website for Selected candidates, after the declaration of final results.
Selected candidates who have obtained admission for applicable M. Tech. / M. Chem. Engg. programs in DGFS Institutes and who wish to be considered for DGFS must provide details of their M. Tech. / M. Chem. Engg admission by July 3, 2015.

Online Exam Pattern:
All questions of the Online Exam are of objective type (multiple choice questions with only one correct choice of answer). Each correct answer fetches 3 marks, while each incorrect answer has a penalty of 1 mark (-1mark). No marks are awarded for questions not attempted. While the candidate can skip a question, the computer will not allow the candidate to choose more than one option as correct answer.
There will be 100 questions in all. The questions are so designed that a good candidate will be able to answer 100 questions in 120 minutes.
The syllabus for the Online Exam is specific to the Engineering discipline which a candidate has selected. The questions are intended to assess the basic understanding of subjects in the area of the Engineering discipline selected by the candidate. Emphasis would be on the knowledge and problem solving ability rather than on the memory of the candidate. General English, General Knowledge, Aptitude etc are not assessed.

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With best wishes,
Shankar BNSS, M.Tech (IITK)
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