IT jobs in India: Two lakh jobs added in IT sector since 2019: Ravi Shankar Prasad


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NEW DELHI: The IT sector has contributed 8 per cent to the country’s GDP and two lakh new jobs have been added in the sector since 2019, Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. He said the government also intends to lay BharatNet in villages all over India and the prime minister wants this to be accomplished in the coming 1000 days.

Replying to supplementaries during Question Hour, the minister said India has attained its image in the world due to digital India.

“The IT sector has contributed 8 per cent in country’s GDP. A total of 46 lakh people work in it, which include 14 lakh women. After 2019, two lakh people have got jobs in the IT sector,”he said.

Prasad said the success of online education has been confirmed by the one year of the pandemic, as school education was not interrupted even during the pandemic.

He also informed the House that a total of 70 lakh cases have been heard digitally by the Supreme Court and the High Court during the pandemic.

Highlighting the new developments in the IT sector, he said, India has become the top most performing country in the world in UPI in making digital payments.

“We are laying out BharatNet in all villages all over India. The prime minister wants this to be done in the coming 1000 days. But, surely once that is done, then a lot of opportunity will emerge to give more digital content to local schools,” he said.

The minister said his focus in particular is to keep the government schools in mind while providing digital education, so that students there also get new opportunities to study.



CA Result: ICAI CA results 2021 for final and foundation exams likely on Sunday


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NEW DELHI: The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) will announce the result of the ICAI CA final examination (Old course & new course) and Foundation examination on March 21 or March 22, 2021, on its official website.

Candidates should note that the results will be announced for the examinations that were held in January 2021.

ICAI CA results will be released on the various websites —,, and

The notice issued regarding the ICAI CA result reads “The results of the Chartered Accountants Final Examination(Old Course & New Course) and Foundation Examination held in January 2021 are likely to be declared on Sunday, the 21st March 2021(evening)/Monday the 22nd March 2021 and the same can be accessed by candidates on the following websites:




The notice also reads “Arrangements have also been made for the candidates of Final Examination (Old Course & New Course) and Foundation Examination desirous of having results on their email addresses to register their requests at the website i.e. from 19th March 2021. All those registering their requests will be provided their results through e-mail on the e-mail addresses registered as above immediately after the declaration of the result.

In addition to the above, it should be noted that for accessing the result at the above-mentioned websites the candidate will have to enter his/her registration no. or PIN no. along with his/her roll number.



Should schools resume physical education and sports activities post-reopening


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Institutional heads advocate for resumption of sports activities that support students’ fitness while maintaining safety precautions.

Healthy body for healthy mind

With schools reopening, physical education classes and sports activities should be resumed. The lockdown period has made us all indolent. We see our children getting obese, lethargic, gloomy, and dull. The only reason for this is the lack of physical activity for such a prolonged period. In the new normal, we need more physical and mental strength so as to combat the day-to-day challenges. Therefore, sports activities are a must for our children to help them face the post-pandemic situation more energetically. It will also help them to focus on their academic skills and promote holistic development as it has been rightly said that ‘a healthy body leads to a healthy mind’.

Pallavi Upadhyaya, principal, Delhi Public School, Rajnagar Extension, Ghaziabad

Sports will boost learning

With schools gradually re-opening in a staggered manner, it is of utmost importance that school leaders give sports and physical education the same priority as academics. Schools are the ideal place for a child to play as it provides safe play spaces. Moreover, due to the lockdown there has been no distinction between school time and playtime. Many experts have emphasised on the physical, emotional and mental well-being of children, especially during lockdown. The WHO recommends a minimum of 60 minutes of reasonably rigorous playtime every day for a growing child. Along with physical and mental health benefits, sports and nutrition are two elements that can boost a child’s immunity. It can also be a critical tool in blurring the line between curricular and extra-curricular activities while providing children the confidence to select their preferred pathways across the sciences, arts and vocational programmes.

Krish Iyengar, Business Head, Sportz Village Schools

Restructured sports curriculum needed

Sports plays an important role in a students’ growth and development in school life. Also, being a part of the curriculum, it brings discipline to life and teaches the value of dedication and patience. Once schools gradually restart with students attending physically, we must definitely plan for physical activities that support their fitness while maintaining COVID precautions. The activities and sports to start with, must be critically designed that allow gradual increase of exercises as the students are returning to the new normal after a long gap. The ones that are contactless and can be done with physical distancing rules such as yoga and meditation can be started. A restructured sports curriculum in a phased manner will support the schools while ensuring the safety of the students.

Anjali Bowen, principal, Ryan International School, Kandivali, Mumbai

Can battle weight issues

Exercise helps to combat many health conditions, so important during this time of the pandemic. Keeping a healthy weight is also important. We have seen our students grow over this year of online learning, not only upwards, but also outwards. I fear many of our children will return to school battling weight issues. But exercise is not just about healthy bodies, it has been proven to improve cognitive functioning. If one were to look at the top 10 skills that the World Economic Forum have suggested which will be required in 2025, many of them can be inculcated through physical education and sports – resilience, stress tolerance and flexibility; problem solving, leadership, initiative and active learning, to name a few. Add to that teamwork, collaboration and communication and one can truly understand the value of reintroducing physical education with urgency, albeit with safety protocols.

Hillary Hinchliff – principal & CEO, GEMS Modern Academy, Kochi

–As told to Rajlakshmi Ghosh



Career in Management: Demand for tech-savvy managers continue


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Pandemic slowdown may have cast the sceptre of uncertainty on the future of freshers, but if the placement figures of the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) are anything to go by, the prospects for future managers have never been better. Many of the B-schools have recorded 100% placements this year despite the health crisis because management education gets valued more in difficult times, says Abhishek Goel, professor and chairperson of the Career Development and Placement Office, IIM Calcutta. “Pandemic has forced the companies to increase efficiency levels which increases demands of management thinking and skills. Several businesses are restructuring, which has increased the demand for fresh talent from top management institutes,” he adds.

IIM Calcutta’s 100% placements this year saw increased demands in business consulting, IT and product management related roles with nearly 60% of the outgoing students opting for them. A total of 172 firms participated in the final placement process where the average and median salaries rose to Rs 29 Lakh and Rs 27 Lakh respectively. Major software services and e-commerce platforms boosted their hiring from the institute’s campus as brands including Microsoft, Amazon, Flipkart, Paytm etc recruited 24% (111 students) of the batch for various product management and fintech roles.

Professor Debashis Chatterjee, director, IIM Kozhikode, says his institute took on the pandemic challenge head-on with the assumption that this is a ‘golden crisis’. “We had foreseen long before that geographical and physical barriers in education can only be bridged by technology. It is that experimentation that gave us the confidence as we planned to take on the challenges of the upsetting of a well synchronised academic calendar, and the aspects of safety and social distancing norms. The success of our summer and final placements is a testimony to the resilience and competence of our students, alumni, faculty and administration.”

IIM Kozhikode witnessed 100% placements with offers rolled out by 137 recruiters, a 4.6% increase as compared to last year. The mean salary stands at Rs 22.5 lakh/annum while the median salary is at Rs 20 lakh/annum. While 32.7% of the offers were rolled out by the consulting cluster this season, which is a 12.5% increase from last year, some of the long-term collaborative recruiters in this domain that participated were Accenture Strategy, Cognizant Business Consulting, Deloitte to mention a few. This year, 21.5% of the offers were made in the financial sector, with the majority of the offers being secured from reputed financial institutions including Axis Bank, Bank of America, Citi Bank, Deutsche Bank etc.

Reflecting upon the role of new-age managers in a fast-changing world, Chatterjee says, “The new attitude that generation Z will bring to the enterprise will shift business thinking from consuming to caring. The new generation of managers will benefit immensely from professional attitudes shifting from the egocentric managerial world towards a more eco-centric, purposeful business. They have to be pillars supporting organisational leadership, not caterpillars eating away the vitality of the enterprise.”

Among the newer entities, IIM Udaipur is fairly upbeat about its placement prospects “since the quality of recruiters and job roles have gone up ever since the institution focussed on building stronger industry relationships”, says Janat Shah, director, IIM Udaipur, that has implemented a ‘rolling horizon’ placement strategy extending from November 2020 till the institute’s convocation in April 2021.

The demand for jobs in consulting companies, e-commerce and technology (including IT) are on a rise at the campus, followed by decent recruitments in banking and finance, specially fintech. “Manufacturing and the FMCG sector witnessed marginal decline while international placements have dried up post covid as against the institute’s good presence in Dubai (around 5% placements) in previous years,” Shah adds.

“We have had a few offers revoked by the recruiters for our 2018-2020 batch, but our efforts have helped students find some good opportunities to settle in. Since we have forged a strong bond with our corporate partners, having an offer revoked is a rare occurrence,” he says. The Institute focussed on digital transformation in the pre-COVID phase with a one-year MBA Digital Enterprise Management programme to groom tech-savvy managers. Compulsory courses on Digital Marketing, Digital Technology and Business Analytics have also been introduced in its 1-year MBA keeping in view the emerging job market.



Maharashtra board exam 2021: Children with special needs in Maharashtra can choose board exam centre: Edu Min


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Pune:Children with special needs appearing for class X and XII board examinations this year in Maharashtra would be able to choose an examination centre where they wish to attempt the examinations and also would be able to apply for a scribe or reader. The announcements were made by the school education minister of the state Varsha Gaikwad in a series of tweets on Thursday night.

‘Continuing our consultations about #ParikshaKoTaiyar, today we reviewed concessions for differently-abled children of class Xth & Xllth. Student representatives made various useful suggestions during the online meeting, we’re receptive to all of them,’ she tweeted on Thursday.

As a part of special arrangements being made to help children with special needs appear for upcoming board exams, Gaikwad said that students with benchmark disabilities can apply to for availing the services of a scribe or a reader. A dedicated helpline has also been set up the details of which are available on the official state board website. “These children will also be given the option of choosing a centre of choice and seeking special facilities based on the nature of their disability. A dedicated helpline will be set up for these. We are open to incorporating suggestions that will ensure safe exams and prevent learning loss. Suggestions in this regard can be submitted to For further information, visit,” Gaikwad said.



GPAT 2021 result soon; final answer key released


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NEW DELHI: GPAT final answer key 2021 has been released by the National Testing Agency on its official website on March 18.

The candidates who have appeared for the GPAT examination can visit the official website of GPAT NTA — — to check and download their admit card.

National Testing Agency conducted the Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT)-2021 on February 27 at various centres across the country.

Candidates can download their GPAT final answer key 2021 either from the official website or from the direct link provided below.

Direct link to download GPAT final answer key 2021

How to download GPAT final answer key 2021?

Candidates can follow the steps given below to check and download the GPAT final answer key 2021.

1. Go to the official website of GPAT NTA —

2. On the homepage click on the link which reads “NTA Final Answer Keys on which score compiled”

3. It will direct to a new page of the GPAT NTA

4. Your GPAT final answer key 2021 will be displayed on the screen

5. Download and take a print out of your GPAT final answer key 2021 for future reference

The National Testing Agency is expected to announce the GPAT result 2021 soon on its official website.



Bihar Police Steno ASI, Forest Range Officer Result & Cutoff Marks released


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PATNA: Bihar Police on Friday published the result of Written Examination for the post of Steno Assistant Sub-Inspector in Bihar Police and for the post of Range Officers of Forest in Environment, Forest & Climate Change Dept., Govt. of Bihar.

The Bihar Police Steno ASI, Forest Range Officer Result & Cutoff Marks are now available on the official website of the Commission – Candidates can visit the official website of the Commission to check and download their result. The direct link to check and download the result is provided below for the reference of the candidates:

Direct Link: Written Examination Results for the post of Steno Assistant Sub-Inspector

Direct Link: Written Examination Results for the post of Range Officers of Forest in Environment, Forest & Climate Change Dept.

How to download Bihar Police Steno ASI, Forest Range Officer Result?

Candidates can follow the steps provided below to check and download the Bihar Police Steno ASI, Forest Range Officer Results:

  1. Open the official website of the BPSSC –
  2. On homepage, you will find result links for both recruitment exams
  3. Click on the respective result link
  4. It will redirect to the results PDF page
  5. Check your roll number in the PDF



Punjab Civil Services prelims revised result released, check details


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Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) has released Punjab Civil Services Exam 2020 Prelims Revised Result on the official website of the Commission. Candidates who have appeared for the PPSC Civil Services prelims can visit the official website of the Commission – – to check the revised list of provisionally shortlisted candidates for Mains 2020.

The Commission has clarified that following male candidates are not eligible in Persons with Disability candidates

(Blind and Low vision) Category because the said post is reserved for women:

Registration numbers of candidates who are not eligible for Mains 2020











Therefore the above mentioned 10 registration numbers have been considered in their basic category and their scored marks being less than the Cut off marks in their respective basic category there candidature has been rejected.

It is further informed that due to ineligibility of the above candidates, the following additional female candidates are shortlisted for Mains examination in the category of Persons with Disability candidates (Blind and Low vision) (Category Code 76-A). The Cut off for the said Category stand revised as 98.5

Registration number of female candidates shortlisted for Mains 2020








In the category of Sports Persons Punjab, the following candidates who were made provisionally eligible for the mains examination have been upon scrutiny made eligible for the sports Category by the commission as per the submitted sports gradation certificates issued by the Director Sports, Punjab

Registration numbers





It is further informed that as per the requests received by the commission some of the female candidates had inadvertently filled wrong gender (Male) in their Preliminary application forms. So, these candidates were not shortlisted in their respective categories for the posts reserved for Women. After considering their representations the commission has decided to accept their candidature in their respective categories:

Registration numbers





PPSC Civil Services Mains Important Dates

  • Stating Date to Apply Online: 12-03-2021 at 11:59 PM
  • Last Date to Apply Online: 22-03-2021 till 11:59 PM
  • Date for Mains Exam: 01 to 08-04-2021
  • Date for Download Mains Admit Card: 27-03-2021



EuroSchool Ropes in Jonty Rhodes to Help Your Child Discover The True Potential Within


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When it comes to its role in helping children discover their potential, the significance of sports, fitness & extracurricular activities in school can never be overstated. Jonty Rhodes (Cricketer, Commentator and Coach), would vouch for that. “What if my parents, who were teachers, had forced me to focus only on academics?” he wonders.

Impressed by EuroSchool’s promise of holistic development that blends academics, sports and performing arts, Jonty Rhodes was delighted to team up with it for a specially designed Fitness Workshop for Kids. Here he will share his experiences, insights and tips on how to help children follow their passion in sports and possibly become champions.

EuroSchool Nurtures Students’ Love for Sports from an Early Age


EuroSchool encourages children to take up sports from their early years as it lays the foundation for numerous skills and benefits – keeping them occupied & physically active, controlling weight, teaching discipline, facilitating motor & cognitive skills and more. Sports empower children at all levels and assists them to carry complex responsibilities with ease.

EuroSchool campuses are geared with world-class infrastructure facilities & coaches – a combination of strong resources & designated play areas for specific sports programmes including Skating, Gymnastics, Taekwondo, Swimming, Physical Education, Yoga, Football, Basketball, Cricket, Volleyball, Throwball, Kabaddi, Carrom, Chess and Table Tennis.

Highly trained professional coaches are available to assist students to sharpen their skills and prepare for competitions.

Balanced Schooling Blends Academics, Co-curricular & Extra- curricular Activities!


EuroSchool’s commitment to its ‘Balanced Schooling’ pedagogy enables them to provide a conducive learning environment for its students’ holistic development. This approach aims at raising confident, responsible and mindful global citizens by exposing them to a combination of Academic, Co-curricular and Extracurricular activities.

There’s a world of fresh ideas that lie beyond the realm of academics. Students are encouraged to pursue their passions and interests beyond the classroom, through various clubs and programmes. These include New-age Sporting Activities, Fine Arts, Outbound Education, Skill-building and Leadership Lessons. Each is thoughtfully curated to help awaken latent potential while guiding them to explore new possibilities.

What’s in Store at the Fitness Workshop for Kids with Jonty Rhodes!


Jonty Rhodes will be touching upon the importance of opting for a sport in school, its role in developing a child’s personality and how teamwork facilitates social interactions. He will focus on the need for age-appropriate exercises, sports specialisations, nurturing young athletes and how parents can bond and encourage their child through the process. In the final leg of the workshop, he will enlighten participants on the current scenarios athletes face along with nutritional and fitness tips.


EuroSchool has been ranked as India’s No. 1 Most Respected Education Brand in the Education World Grand Jury India School Rankings 2020-21. Being a part of EuroKids International, a group that has been ‘Reinventing Education’ across India and abroad for almost 2 decades, makes it a school with a rich legacy.

EuroSchool is one of India’s fastest- growing chains of K-12 schools comprising a network of 12 schools across Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Surat catering to over 18,000 students.

Admissions Open for AY 21-22. For admissions or queries, parents may visit

Disclaimer: Content Produced by Euro Group



NEET PG 2021 correction window facility opens today at


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NEW DELHI: The National Board of Examinations (NBE) on March 19 will open the correction window facility for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Post-Graduation (NEET PG 2021). Candidates who have successfully filled the NEET-PG 2021 application form will be able to make changes through the correction window until March 21.

NEET-PG 2021 examination will be held on April 18, 2021, in a computer-based mode for admission to 12,690 Master of Surgery (MS), 24,306 Doctor of Medicine (MD), and 922 PG Diploma seats.

A total of 6,102 government, private, deemed and central universities will grant seats through NEET PG 2021 scores.

Direct Link: Login to make corrections in NEET PG 2021 Application Form

NEET PG correction window facility allows to make correction in following details:

Date of birth

Category of candidate


Physical Disability Status

EWS status

How to make corrections in NEET-PG 2021 form?

Candidates who have successfully registered for the NEET-PG 2021 can follow the steps mentioned below to make corrections in the details submitted in the application form.

  1. Open the official website –
  2. Click on the “Applicant Login” and enter your credentials to login
  3. Click on the “Go To Application Form” shown on the top right corner of the page
  4. Edit the necessary changes as required and submit the application form



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