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Chartered Financial Analyst

The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) is a career of rather recent origin and recognition, and multiple career opportunities are available to the CFAs. At present over 150 CFAs are working in several banks, financial institutions and corporate sector. Inthese fields, the CFAs occupy the key position with lucrative salary and perks like Appraisal Executives, Fund Managers, Investment Managers, Financial Analysts, Manager Hire Purchase, Manager Portfolio Management, Financial Constultants, Investment Advisors etc, Plethora of mutual Funds and hire purchase companies during the recent years have increased the employment opportunities for CFAs manifold.

The Programme of Chartered Financial Analysts conducted by the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India (ICFAI) is meant for two category of students i.e. the executives desirous of updating their professional skills in financial analysis and the fresh graduates who are interested to pursue a professional career in Corporate Fi…

Hotel Management

With hotels coming up in record numbers to cater to the ever growing domestic and international travellers, the demand for trained professionals has multiplied in the industry.

The institutes providing training in hotel management are the 19 institutes under the National Council of Hotel Management, the institutes run by hotel chains and finally, the private institutes boasting of foreign affiliations and exotic names. For the student, the best bet is to try for courses offered by reputed chains of hotels or institutes coming under the National Council. Some private institutes are also good, but most lack the infrastructure and faculty to run a programme in hotel management, even when they are approved by the All India Council of Technical Education(AICTE).

The most sought after are the courses run by reputed hotel chains. The well-known institutes in this category are the Oberoi Centre for Learning and Development at Delhi, the Taj group's Indian Institute of Hotel Management…

Assistant's Grade Examination

Assistant's Grade Examination is conducted every year by the Staff Selection Commission for recruitment to the posts of Assistants in the Railway Board Secretariate Service, Central Secretariate Service, Armed Forces Headquarters, Departmental Organisations and attached offices of the Government of India as decided from time to time and Grade IV (Assistants) of General Cadre of Indian Foreign Service (B). The selected candidates are recruited as Assistants in the above mentioned departments of the Government of India, which is the lower middle rung of the administrative hierarchy.

The career as Assistant is particularly attractive to the candidates clamouring for the Government jobs. After recruitment to the post of Assistant, the candidate may rise to the level of Under/Deputy Secretary20to the Government of India. While climbing to this post, the candidates may be selected as Section Officers through a Departmental Competitive Examination held by the Union Public Service Commis…

Indian Forest Service

Indian Forest Service (IFS), offers a highly challenging and rewarding career. It offers an exciting opening where an IFS officer not only acts as custodian of forests under his area of responsibility but also derives mundane pleasure of being instrumental in protecting and preserving the environment and wild life. This exotic satisfaction of protecting forests, environment and wild life also adds a lot of adventure to the job.


Recruitment to this service is done by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) through a competitive examination every year. The candidates selected for the service are allotted a State/Union Territory cadre and they serve in that particular State/Union Territory thereafter till superannuation, except for a few deputations to the Central Government in between. The service has inherent time-bound promotions and higher scales which are comparable to the best in government sector in the country. After completion of training, the IFS officers are usually poste…

Indian Economic Service

In today's competitive world, one is dazed by the variety of careers available. The lure of fast track careers, offered by the private sector has reduced the number of candidates aspiring to join Government service as officers, yet there are many candidates who still have preference for Government jobs. Even today, the position of a government officer is considered to be a prestigious one. Out of several careers offered by the Government Sector, Indian Economic Service (IES) offers a very attractive opening to the graduates in Economics and Statistics.
Career Prospects
IES is the gateway to an exciting career in which the selected candidates join the service as Group 'A' Officers with excellent service conditions. The IES officers are placed in the Planning Commission, Planning Board, Ministry of Economic Affairs, National Sample Survey and other allied offices/departments that need specialists on economic and statistics. The nature of job is that of a specialist but at t…

State Civil Services

Yet another opening to the administrative services in Government is in the form of State Civil Services (SCS) also known as Provincial Civil Services (PCS).
Every State Public Service Commission carries out a competitive examination usually every year for recruitment to the State Civil Services. The categories of services to which candidates are selected through the SCS examination are as under:

(a) State Civil Services, Class-I (SCS)
(b) State Police Service, Class-I (SPS).
(c) Block Development Officer.
(d) Tehsildar/Talukadar/Asstt. Collector.
(e) Excise and Taxation Officer.
(f) Distt. Employment Officer.
(g) Distt. Treasury Officer.
(h) Distt Welfare Officer.
(i) Asstt Registrar Cooperative Societies.
(j) Distt. Food and Supplies Controller/Officer.
(k) Any other Class-I/Class-II service notified as per rules by the concerned State.

All the above services offer excellent avenues in the middle level administration. After putting in a certain number of years in the S…

How to prepare for Civil Services Exam

One important thing that candidates should keep in mind is that since the time between the Main Exam and the declaration of result of the Preliminary Exam is very less, it is advisable to begin preparations of the Main Exam along with the Preliminary Exam.

The General Studies paper covers the following areas:

General Science; Current events of national and international importance; History of India; World Geography; Indian Polity and Economy; Indian National Movement; General Mental Ability.

For this section, it is important to be updated in all fields. For History, Economy, Polity, etc, it is advisable to read Class 11 and 12 books published by the NCERT. Some books on the freedom struggle are published by the National Book Trust. For general knowledge and objective-type questions, refer to General Knowledge Refresher by O.P. Khanna. For General Mental Ability and current affairs, it is advisable to read The Competition Master regularly.

One question that is often asked by stude…

Civil Services Exam

The Civil Services Examination is a challenge and thousands of candidates appear in it every year. As many students appear in the examination, we answer some commonly asked questions. To achieve success in the exam, it is important to study in a focused manner, both for the Preliminary as well as for the Main Exam. For an IAS aspirant, it is important to know the plan of the examination as well as what one might expect.

The examination consists of two parts: the Preliminary Examination (objective type), which is a qualifying examination, and a Main Examination consisting of written examination and interview. The marks obtained in the Preliminary Exam are not counted in the Main Exam and it is only a screening exam. The Preliminary Exam is an objective type test. One can appear in the Main Examination only after passing the Preliminary Exam. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) holds the Preliminary Examination in May/June and the Main Examination is held in October/November. Th…

NDA Recruitment Exam

This avenue is open to relatively younger candidates with 10+2 qualifications. NDA and Naval Academy (Executive Branch) provides assured career at young age with no financial burden of four-year training in the various training academies. The training at NDA culminates with a graduation degree from the Jawahar Lal Nehru University. Three-year training at NDA is followed up by one-year professional training at Indian Military Academy (IMA) for the Army, Naval Academy for the Indian Navy and Air Force Academy for the Air Force.

All these wings of Defence Forces offer very good career opportunities blended with adventure. Besides offering one of the best pay structure in the government service, the forces also offer facilities like free rations, free medical facilities, free/concessional travel by rail during leave, provident fund, group insurance and concessional residential accommodation. Besides, defence forces also offer a good social and regimented life. Time-bound promotions, upto…