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Studying Abroad or in India: 7 Things to Consider Before Making the Decision

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Are you confused about your studies as for whether to continue it in India? Or are you considering doing it from abroad? In this post, we will talk about some tips which will help you in making that decision. Read on.

 

In today’s globalized world educational opportunities are limitless. It has become easy to travel and apply to Universities in foreign countries. But it still is a very big decision to make and a lot of things come in the mind.

In this post, we will talk about some things to consider which will help you decide whether to continue studying in India or going abroad. There are a lot of things that come to the mind and it can get confusing. But don’t worry as we are here to help you decide.

 

Interest is Essential

First of all, a keen interest in knowledge and education is essential in order to be sure whether to continue studying or not. Education in foreign universities require a determination as the environment there is extremely competitive.

In fact, even getting admission in many of the universities is a task in itself as they have very steep requirements. So, it is essential to have focus and interest in what you want to study. Without this focus, you’d be wasting huge amounts of money.

Don’t think about going to a foreign university just because you’ll get to travel or because your friends are going there. Think about going to a foreign university only because if it serves your interest and long terms goals.

 

Long Term Goals

Another important thing that is important for consideration for applying abroad is what exactly are your long-term goals. If your long-term goal is to be at the forefront of the field you aspire to be in, then going abroad for higher education is necessary.

For many, it is not clear where they see themselves in the next 5 or 10 years, for them exploration is key in life. But there are some who are focused and want to be high achievers in the whatever field they want to apply in. For them, going abroad is extremely important as there is immense exposure.

 

Interested in Research

One important thing that also can help clear your confusion is whether you want to pursue higher research – in any field. One of the tragic states of Indian education is that the focus and funding are limited for those who want to pursue higher research. That is why we have the phenomenon of ‘Brain Drain’ in India.

Sadly, that is a reality as foreign universities not only have the infrastructure but also have funding support to pursue new research. If you plan to get into research then going to abroad is a very lucrative option.

 

Cost Analysis

One important consideration that one has to think if of course – Money. Studying abroad is a very costly affair as the expenses can go up to multiple of lakhs of rupees or at times up to 1 Crore!

So, you will have to do a cost-benefit analysis whether the money invested is right and you’ll be getting something equal if not more in return. As you don’t want to be drowning in loans after your education abroad.

There are of course various scholarships that are available across different countries and they will help. But in case if you don’t get one then the money factor will play a big role in your decision.

 

Adaptability

You might not think about it but a greater degree of adaptability also plays a huge role while considering going abroad for higher education. The environment abroad varies from country to country and is largely welcoming.

But don’t expect it to be hunky and dory as it is very challenging to go and to adapt to a new setting in a foreign land. If you have a hard time fitting into new and challenging settings then you will have to think very hard.

But unless you have that enterprising and highly adaptable personality which likes a new adventure than going abroad in a different setting would be a thrill ride for you.

 

Degree Recognition

Another important thing for consideration is the ranking and value of the degree that you plan to do from abroad. There is no point going abroad to do a flaky degree from a dubious university.

So, it is better to do proper research first and preparing a list of credible universities and doing degrees that will help you make a better future.

 

Political Situation

Another consideration is of the political situation of countries. Now you don’t want to go to a politically unstable country for your higher education. Whenever you are considering your options always do a thorough research of the country’s political status.

 

To Conclude


So, these are some of the important considerations to think about if you are confused about where to study further. If you take into consideration each thing thoroughly, then we’re sure you will come to the right decision. Till then cheers and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits!

 

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How to Boost your Emotional Intelligence

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Did you know that there’s another intelligence to us that we don’t explore much? That’s right, we are talking about Emotional intelligence and it is a very important component of our personality. In this post, we will discuss how to boost your emotional intelligence. Read on.

 

Emotional intelligence is an important component of our overall personality. It can be defined as the ability to understand and manage and express effectively one’s own feelings. EQ or EI also helps us navigate emotions in daily conversations and activities.

It is absolutely essential in the development, formation, and maintenance of relationships and interpersonal connections. And unlike IQ, which is believed to be static over the course of our lives, our EQ actually evolves and increases as our desire to learn to grow.

In this post, we will talk about certain ways to boost your emotional intelligence so that you can have meaningful conversations and make strong bonds in your daily lives.

 

Managing Negative Emotions

We all get sometimes negative emotions – depending on the circumstances that surround us. And sometimes these emotions can overwhelm us beyond despair. In order to navigate and manage these feelings, we need to change the way we think about them.

  1. Reducing Negative Personalisation – The first way you can do that is try avoiding jumping to negative conclusions. For instance, if someone is not replying or behaving in a weird way – do not think straight away it has something to do with you or something bad has happened. Instead, look at that situation from multiple points of views before reacting.
  2. Managing the Fear of Rejection – One of the difficult negative emotion that always engulfs it the fear of rejection or failure. Navigating this is often tricky and the fear itself – and not the actual rejection or failure – can bring you down.

 

The best way to navigate these feelings is to think and working towards strong alternatives and having multiple options. This helps because no matter what happens you will have options nonetheless. As they say, you should never put your eggs in one basket.

Managing Stressful Situations

Our daily lives have become hotbeds of stress and anxiety. It is important for us to know how to handle such situations. When under pressure or extreme stress, the most important thing you can do it keep calm and keep your cool.

If in case, the stress getting too overwhelming then you can do certain things to calm yourself down: 1. Put cold water on your face and get some fresh air; 2. Try avoiding caffeinated beverages; 3. You should also try doing aerobic exercises which will help you feel energetic.

 

Being Assertive and Expressive

There are times when we want to set boundaries or be outright about our emotions so that the other person does not take undue advantage. That is what being emotionally assertive means. This could mean by practicing our right to disagree or saying “NO” without feeling guilty about it.

It is all about setting the right priorities and able to express how we feel. This also means effective means of communication with the people around you. Better communication and effective expression of emotions often lead to a congenial environment.

 

Being Proactive and not Reactive

We all face sometimes unreasonable people in our lives. Be in the workplace or someone in your class and it can be challenging as that person can severely affect your mood.

If you are in such situations and feeling aggravated and feel that you may be about to burst open, you can do certain things remain calm. 1. Take a deep breath and try counting backward to ten. Usually, you will calm down and you will not react to the other person. 2. Another way is that you can try putting yourself in the other person’s shoes. Even though that does not excuse unacceptable behavior, but still the idea is to remind yourself that people may be acting because of certain personal situations themselves.

 

Bouncing Back from Adversity

We all know that life often gets tough and we have to face tough situations, often setbacks. But it will depend on how we think and feel and act towards’ life’s constant challenges. The way we think and feel in such situations can be a difference between optimism and pessimism.

In order to escape unscathed from these challenges is to keep asking yourself questions – how to learn from this experience or what can be done now. The more insightful questions you can ask at these situations – the more you will optimistic about the future.

 

Practicing Empathy

Most of us, when we hear the sad news about someone else, feel pity or sympathetic towards them. However helpful, that is not what desired but being empathetic is the key towards building strong interpersonal relationships.

Practicing empathy means trying to feel what the other person is feeling and then helping them get through it. This not only helps in building a strong relationship but also strengthens your ability to understand people more effectively.

 

To Conclude

Emotional intelligence has the ability to evolve over time. It is up to you as you need to have the desire and will to keep improving. Improving EQ is very helpful and by these techniques, you can easily increase your EQ and be a stronger and better person.

So, what are you waiting for, start using these techniques and be a better version of yourself? Till then cheers and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits!

 

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9 Fellowships You Can Do in the Social Work Sector

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Feeling confused about what to do after your Bachelors? Do you feel like doing some volunteer work for a limited time? This post will cover some of the most prestigious short time fellowship programs. Read on.

 

Many of us feel a certain sense of unease during the final years of graduation. If you are from a technical background, then many of you may get enrolled in some internship programs or even get placements in the corporate sector.

But for students from a non-technical background, which are a big number, the last year of graduation is of confusion and unease. While most of them end up preparing for competitive exams like – Bank POs, SSC, Civils etc – there are some who do not want to be part of that line.

They want to do something different and still want to explore other avenues that exist beyond the mainstream career paths. This post caters to these people who want to work in the social sector.

In this post, we will talk about the various volunteer-fellowships programs in India that cater to social work. These are short term programs intended to instill a sense of leadership qualities among the youth of India.

These are some of the most prestigious fellowship programs out there and are highly competitive in nature. So, let’s get started!

Teach for India

Do you feel that there’s something wrong with the Indian education system? If yes, do you feel that you have some ideas to do things differently? Then this program is for you. Teach for India programme (TFI) is a 2-year program, which intends to give the brightest youth opportunities in the education sector.

In the program, you will serve as a teacher in some of the most under-resourced schools in India. And in the process of teaching in these classrooms, you will be working key stakeholders – principals, students, and the parents.

The fellows get to experience the ground realities of India’s education system and in the process cultivate skills and mindsets of leadership.

The program runs for 2 years and it has no age limit. There are 3 steps in the overall application process, which comprises of a test and an interview. There is a monthly stipend given to the fellows and it varies from city to city. The deadline for this year’s program is 24th March 2019.

 

Young India Fellowship

Next up, is a unique program which exclusively caters to those who want to become leaders and initiate social change. Young India Fellowship, funded by the Ashoka University, is a unique multi-disciplinary one-year Post-graduate diploma programme in liberal studies.

During the course of a year, the candidate is taught by some of the brightest minds in the world of academics. The fellowship brings around 300 young bright individuals, who have exceptional intellectual ability and leadership potential.

The course is fully funded and highly competitive. The age limit is 28 and a good academic record is desirable. The application process consists of tests for critical thinking, communication skills, and telephonic and personal interviews. The deadline for this year’s program is 30th March 2019

 

LAMP – Legislative Assistants to Members of Parliament

If some of you want to experience the ground realities of how policy and lawmaking actually happens in India, then his fellowship program is for you. LAMP or Legislative Assistants to Members of Parliament fellowship program is a unique chance for individuals to work along with MPs and experience the workings of the government at the ground level.

Successful individuals will be assigned to MPs for a duration of the given year. The program starts from the Monsoon session of Parliament till the end of the Budget Session. The main work of a LAMP fellow is to provide extensive research support to his/her MP for their parliamentary work.

So, if you are interested you will have to wait till the end of the year as this session’s deadline is gone. You will need to be a graduate degree and age limit is 25 years. It’s a funded program and you will get a monthly stipend.

 

Gandhi Fellowship

Another fellowship program that aims to develop young leaders who are keen on bringing in a change in the society. Fellows facilitate the process of school change by working closely with the Principals engaged in the Principal Leadership Development Program (PLDP). They provide on-ground training and coach them in various aspects of pedagogy, institutional leadership, and administrative efficiency.

The fellowship is open to graduates and post-graduates across all disciplines. The age limit is 26 years old. The tenure of the fellowship varies but till 2 years maximum. This program also supports aspiring social entrepreneurs through special idea incubation, business mentorship, and start-up funding support up to Rs. 20 Lakh after fellowship. The last date for application for this year is 31st March 2019

 

Azim Premji Foundation

Another fellowship program that seeks to work in the education sector is by Azim Premji foundation which offers One-year full-time Fellowship programme. It provides opportunities to study issues in the education sector at the ground level.

Selected fellows will learn from through hands-on teaching experience, engaging in educational dialogues. They also learn by engaging in different activities which are designed to bring in change.

The age limit is 35 years. The candidates should either have a post-graduate degree (MBA, M.Sc., M.A.) or a professional degree (B.Tech., L.L.B.). He or she needs to be proficient in English and any of the local languages. The application cycle will open again by the month of September 2019.

 

Transforming India Initiative

As the name suggests, this fellowship program focuses on the challenges that India faces in today’s world. It is a two-year fellowship program that would help fellows establish enterprises that will tackle and solve the most pressing challenges faced by our country.

There is no age limit for this program. You will need to be a graduate in any stream. The application process will commence again at the end of this year around October end. So, those who are interested keep a lookout.

 

Acumen Fellowship

If your passion however lies on tackling the issues of poverty then this fellowship program might appeal you the most. Acumen Fellowship program aims to fight poverty and help improve millions of lives around the world.

This is a great opportunity for those who want to give back to society by helping the most who are in need. There are no specific academic requirements. Knowledge of English language is necessary. And there is also no age limit in this fellowship. Applications usually open in August, so those interested keep a lookout.

 

Clinton Fellowship

The William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India is an immersive, 10-month volunteer service program matching young professionals with development organizations. Fellows work on scalable and sustainable development projects in the fields of education, livelihoods, and public health.

The fellowship aims to shape the next generation of leaders committed to positive change and strengthening civil society associations both in US and India. Selected fellows serve on an annual basis from September 1st to July 2nd with various organizations across India.

The age limit is between 21-34 years. The candidates need to have a bachelors degree in any field. The next set of applications will commence in October 2019.

 

India Fellow

Another fellowship program that encourages social leadership among the youth is the India Fellow program. It is an experiential social leadership for young Indians, including full-time, for a year with a partner organization.

The host organizations are linked up to work on specific projects and fellows work along these projects. They learn together through peer learning and mentoring.

The age limit is 21-28 years of age. You need to be a graduate in any stream. The fellowship program is for 13 months’ time and each fellow will receive a monthly stipend.

 

To Conclude

 

So, here you are friends, some of the most prestigious fellowship programs running in India focusing on the social sector. These fellowship programs are excellent launchpads for your career and also help you realize your true calling.

So, what are you waiting for? Check these out and pursue what interests you. Till then cheers and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits.  

 

 

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6 Ways to Cope with Failure

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Have you ever failed at doing something? Do you feel the dread of failing at something? This post will help you deal with failure and in the process show, it is an essential part of life. Read on.

 

We all face the fear of failing. It is a terrible feeling to have and can lead to stress and anxiety. The act of failing, under these circumstances, can lead to even depression and suicidal tendencies. For example, in India suicide rates is among the highest to a youngster who fails a certain exam.

This is an extremely sorry state of affairs, where failure at one event or task in life can lead to such sad events. It is therefore very important to change the way we think and handle the idea of failure.

But how to do it? We would like to share our tips on how to cope with failure and re-think of it as an important part of life.

6 Ways to Cope with Failure

 

Accepting How You Feel

The first and most important thing that you should do, if you have failed at something, is to accept it openly. It is very important to embrace your emotions and feelings. One method you can do that is by either writing them down in a diary.

Writing down how you are feeling is a great way to get things out. It also gives you a perspective on how are you able to handle it.

Talking with Your Friends and Peers

The next thing you should do is talking about it with your close friends or family. Do not wallow in despair all alone, as that could spiral into further depression. Talking with friends and family not only helps you feel better but also makes you realize that it is not such a big thing.

Friends and family help you realize that the act of failing is something normal and not a big deal. This helps you deal with your emotional health, which is necessary at that vulnerable point.

Failure Does Not Define You

Another important thing to know is that one moment of failure does not define your life or who you are. You can always try again or move on to other things. Failing at a task or an exam does not mean you are a failure, it means you did not prepare well for that exam or took a big risk and did not plan it well. Failing at something never defines you, but rather it helps you realise your flaws, which we all have.

 

Rethinking the Idea of Failure

But probably the most important thing that you should do is the change the way you think about “failure”. The problem with our society in today’s world is that we are trained to believe from the start not to make any mistakes. Making mistakes is close to sin and that fuels our anxiety of ‘failing’.

Failing at something is a mistake that you have made while doing a particular task. So, the need of the hour is to think of failing as just another mistake, from which you can learn. It is just another step towards your goals or dreams.

Find Inspiration from examples from the world

One way to feel better is to seek out other examples of people and how they dealt with failure in their life and used it for greater success later. There are many famous personalities who initially failed but later learned from it and became successful.

For example, big names like Jim Carrey, Oprah Winfrey, in their early careers made many mistakes but now they are extremely successful people.

Moving Forward

Last but not least you need to look at the failure with a critical eye in order to know your weaknesses. After doing this you can reassess your strategy for the next attempt at the task or an exam.

So, a failure, in the end, is nothing but a part of a step towards the bigger success.

To Conclude

I’ll end with a famous quote by the celebrated playwright Samuel Becket,

“Ever Tried. Ever Failed. No Matter. Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better.”

So, remember friends’ failure is nothing but a step and part of life and it helps you be a better person. Till then cheers and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits!

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7 Tricks to Know and Influence People

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Do you know there are certain tricks that you can use to influence people? This post will talk about certain psychological tricks that you can use or know how they are used to influence you. Read on.

 

Human beings are very impressionable and can get easily influenced by little things. There are various ways we are tricked into things that we don’t know about. Sometimes we use them and sometimes people use against us.

Some of these things are biological in nature and while others are psychological. But the underlying idea is that little things play a big role in our daily conversations and interactions.

In this post, we will talk about certain tricks and tips you can influence others. Also, you get to know if people are using them to influence you.

 

The Tap on the Shoulder

If you want to convince a person or persuade them into following advice, then research has shown that if you tap the shoulder of that person and look him/her in the eye, then they are more likely to heed your advice.

As this shows mental intent with physical signals signifying a bond of trust between the two individuals. This is important if you want to influence others, as establishing trust is necessary.

 

Dilated Pupils

If you want to know if a person is confused or uncertain when it comes to making a decision, then you can get a hint by looking at their eyes. Research has shown that dilated pupils are linked to the degree of uncertainty of someone while making decisions.

This happens because when someone is less sure about their decision, they tend to get certain arousal, which leads to dilated pupils in the eyes.

 

Cheek-Bone Assertion

Have you ever noticed that people with bigger cheekbones tend to be more assertive? Well, this is because, research has shown that people who have bigger cheekbones have high levels of testosterone.

High levels of testosterone mean the tendency to be more aggressive and having assertive personalities.

 

The Colour Red

What is the first feeling you get when you see the color red? Sign of danger or dominance? Well, you are not far off if you to feel the same way, as research has shown that association of the color red with dominance and aggression is hard-wired into our brains.

Furthermore, a survey of boxers found that those assigned the red kits were 5% more likely to win their bouts than the blues.

 

The Price is Wrong

This is a trick used by almost all salespersons and e-retail outlets. They have mastered the art of tricking us into buying things and controlling our ideas how much does a thing value.

A classic trick that is used by showrooms, and now e-retail sites, is that to raise the price of one product among other similar products. What this does is confuse us into thinking the cheaper ones are of good value but that was the intent of the store to begin with. That is trick you into buying a product at the price they wanted to sell it.

 

To Laugh is to Bond

 

Laughter, they say, is the best medicine. But studies have also shown that laughter is a very strong social emotion. This means it brings people together and helps them to bond. When you laugh with someone it means you like them, agree with them or have similar levels of understandings.

Research has also shown that if you laugh at even bad jokes of people, they are more likely to be more open and candid about secretive or confidential things. So, if you want to get that information from the other person, laugh it up and make them trust you.

 

Spotting a Lie

 

While the most commonly perceived suggestion is to see the body language. But experts say the best way to catch a lie is to ask for more detailed information. As that would mean for the other person to make up more lies and more often than not his or her lie will be caught.

Unless the other person is a sociopathic liar and is an expert in telling detailed lies, you will most likely catch that lie.

 

To Conclude

 

So, how many have you used or how many you feel were used to influence your behavior. These are very subtle things and we hardly notice them in our daily conversations. But these little things matter a lot as they shape our interactions and decision makings.

In case you haven’t used such tips, then maybe you can think about them the next time you want to catch a liar or get that information out of someone. Till then cheers and keep exploring yourself with BrainPundits!

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10 Biases that Affect Your Decision-Making

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Did you know that almost all of our actions and decisions have an implicit bias in them? There are so many unconscious biases that play a vital role in each decision. This article will talk about such biases. Read on.

We all have our little prejudices buried deep within our consciousness that often plays an important role in our day to day lives. These prejudices, also known as biases, comes in various forms and are of various types.

This article will talk about (13?) biases that affect our daily decisions that we have never thought of. Now, there is nothing in the wrong if you have any or even all of them but after reading this article you should be able to make a more informed decision and knowing whether bias has influenced your decision.

 

Availability Heuristic

Sometimes people end up overestimating the information that they have. No matter how limited it may be but the fact that it is available in front of them makes an important impact on their opinions.

For example, if you know few people who smoked daily and live up to 90 years, you’d still argue that smoking is not unhealthy as you have certain evidence in front of you, which might just be the exception but not the norm.

 

Bandwagon Effect

Have you ever noticed that your opinion may be influenced by other opinions around you? This is what is known as the bandwagon effect. In this, the probability of a person’s adopting a particular belief increases if a similar belief is held by others.

In most cases, it is also called the ‘Herd-Mentality’ and often ends up people accepting things without questioning it. This is a powerful form of groupthink and because of it most meetings up being unproductive.

 

Recency Bias

Recency bias refers to the tendency to weigh on the latest or the last information more heavily rather than earlier data. For example, if you were given a string of names, most likely it will be that you will remember the last one the most and think about the question while keeping that information in mind.

 

Clustering Illusion

Human beings are meaning-making species. They seek meaning in everything, as that is one of their key attributes. Following from this, there is a tendency to see patterns in every-day random events.

Now, this may seem harmless exploration of life at first but it has a dangerous side to it as it is key to various gambling fallacies. For example, in a roulette, we feel after a certain amount of blacks have come that the probability of red has increased, which is however not the case.

 

Anchoring Bias

You may have noticed that the first piece of information that you hear often ends up informing your decisions. This is called Anchoring Bias. Studies have shown that most people rely on that first piece of information.

For example, say in case of salary negotiations, whosoever makes the first offer establishes a possible range of possibilities in each other’s minds.

 

Choice-Supportive Bias

It happens to all of us, we are often conflicted whenever we have to choose between two things but after we have made that decision, we feel good about it. Whenever we choose or have something of our own, we tend to be positive and defend it, even if that has flowed.

For example, you may feel your dog or cat is the best in the world – even if they bite people once or twice.

 

Conservatism Bias

This bias comes when people tend to favor prior existing evidence over new evidence which may be something contrary to the present belief. This is known as Conservatism Bias.

The prime example of is that people initially were slow to accept that our Planet, Earth was round because earlier ideas and opinions and understandings that Earth was flat.

 

Placebo Effect

This is also one of the most famous biases, but one which has a positive side to it. It is called the Placebo Effect. It leans on having faith in positivity. It is observed when simply believing that something will have a positive effect on you actually causes it to have that effect.

The simplest example comes from the field of medicine, where during drug trials people are given fake pills, also experience the same effects as people given the real drugs.

 

Confirmation Bias

One of the most common experiences biases out there. Confirmation bias means that we tend to listen to information or view that tend to confirms our own preconceptions. In the age of social media, this has led to the phenomena of ‘the Echo-Chamber’ effect.

This is one of the primary reasons why it’s getting difficult to have intelligent conversations on various important issues, for example, Climate Change.

 

Stereotyping

Another bias that almost all of us suffer from is the ‘stereotype’ bias. Stereotyping is a mental practice that reduces a complex person to a simple category. And based on that reduction we expect them to have certain qualities, which they may not have.

This is a very bad habit but the most common examples that come are like stereotypical statements like women are bad drivers. That is not scientifically true and we have a made a stereotype based on gender bias.

 

To Conclude

So, how many biases you think you have? Do you know any other that we might have missed? This is not an exhaustive list as there are others but for us, these are the most important ones and which we all have.

You may be thinking, okay now we know such biases exist in us, but how do we fight them? Well, the only way you can is by knowing about them and then thinking carefully before making any new decisions. This is the best way to deal with implicit biases. I hope this article has been helpful, till then cheers and keep exploring yourself with BrainPundits!

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8 TV Shows to Satisfy Your Psychological Cravings!

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In an earlier post, we had covered movies with elements related to psychology. In this post, we move to the realm of Television and focus on shows that have psychological elements. So, sit back and grab some popcorn and read on.

 

In the realm of Television, there are so many shows of various types. But if you have been wanting to see something has certain psychological elements, then you have come to the right place.

In this post, we will cover shows that use or have certain psychological elements which make it a brilliant viewing. Some of these are cult hits already and some are somewhat old.

TV Shows to Satisfy Your Psychological Cravings

 

BLACK MIRROR

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One of the most famous TV shows these days. It is a NETFLIX series released in 2011 and created by Charlie Brooker. The show brilliantly captures the anxieties related to technological advancements and how it is impacting our society and our minds.

It is an anthology show where each episode focuses on the specific technological tool and the subtle effects it may be having on our minds. It is a must watch and highly recommended.

 

MINDHUNTER

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It is an American crime drama created by Joe Penhall and is available at Netflix. This web series is based on the book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s elite Serial crime unit. written by John E, Douglas and Mark Olshaker.

It is influenced by criminal psychology. In the series, the focus is on the profiling of serial killers and what is happening their minds. It traces the rise of serious investigation into how and why serial killers act the way they do.

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DEXTER

Dexter is an American crime-thriller. It is loosely based on the novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter (2004). The series focuses on the titular character of Dexter, who is a blood-spatter analyst at Crime Scene Investigation Unit of the local police.

The catch here is that he himself is a sociopathic serial killer but with a moral compass. Spanning around eight seasons, the show has garnered a lot of fame and awards.

 

HANNIBAL

Created by Bryan Fuller, the show is based on the famous Thomas Harris novel of the same name. The show revolves around a sociopath Psychiatrist, Hannibal Lecter, who not only kills people but also cooks and eats them.

The show is a fascinating portrayal of the saga of Hannibal and the twisted battles he faces with Will Graham. The visuals of the show are also unique and aesthetically pleasing.

 

Mr. ROBOT

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Starring Rami Malek (from Bohemian Rhapsody fame), it is one of the best shows that has gone under the radar. Created by Sam Esmail, the show tells the story of Elliot, a computer engineer, working in a cyber-security firm.

Without giving much away, the show is a brilliant portrayal of psychological disorders manifesting themselves in unique ways. This show is highly recommended.

 

TWIN PEAKS

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One of the most psychologically driven and confusing shows of all time. Twin Peaks is the brainchild of master director David Lynch. The show has a cult following and is regarded among the best shows of all time.

The story revolves around an FBI agent who goes to a mysterious town to solve a murder. In the show, the town itself is a psychological condition and the people inside it are the symptoms.

 

LADY DYNAMITE

LADY DYNAMITE

Moving on to something lighter, Lady Dynamite is a very unique show. It stars Maria Bamford in a fictionalized version of herself as she tackles her bipolar disorder. The show is unique as it deals with the very serious issue of Bipolar Disorder in a very unique way.

The show is on Netflix and gives an interesting twist to the comedy genre.

 

 

You’re the Worst

You’re the Worst

Another comedy show which tackles serious issues like Manic Depression and PTSD differently is the You’re the Worst. It is a heartfelt comedy about three friends navigating city life.

It is among the new shows that are tackling issues of depression and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) while using comedy. This development is necessary as other shows in this list focus on criminal aspects of sociopaths. But these new shows try to portray these disorders something which normal can people have, which is important for us to understand.

 

To Conclude

So, there you have it, friends. Some of the most interesting shows revolving around Psychology. While most of them focus on was on criminals and sociopaths. But as by the end, we see that there are some shows which focus on the normal lives of the people suffering from disorders.

Now, get some popcorn and start watching these shows. Till then cheers and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits.

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How To Become a Racecar Driver in India (Track and Rally)

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Did you, as a kid also fantasize, like many kids do, about driving a car? Going at blazing fast speeds without any care in the world. And have you ever wondered how to become a professional race car driver in IndiaOr have you ever wondered how Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton, Ayrton Senna became the world champions in formula one?

There are many possible career options in the field of professional racing, which will fulfill your hunger for adventure and thrill. There is off road endurance rally, track racing, special events, formula one, formula two, and much more.

The trouble is that there is not much awareness surrounding this career as it is a bit hazy in India. We only had one formula, one driver, ever Narayan Kartikeyan.  

In this post, we are talking about how to become a professional race car driver in India. So let’s get started.

 

Become a Racecar Driver in India (Track and Rally)

When to Start

 

To get into any competitive racing you must start at the bottom. This is especially true if you are looking forward to making your career in track racing ( formula one, LeMans, Grand Prix or any regional or international event).

If you are serious about a career in racing then you have to start really early. Formula One legend Michael Schumacher started go-karting professionally at the age of six. Lewis Hamilton also started his training from the tender age of 8.

go kart racing india

Track racing requires a lot of technique and skills which takes time to develop. We wouldn’t suggest you start worrying about track racing at the age of 18-19. Rather focus on off-roading, which is relatively is easy to break in.

Earlier, go-karting helps you understand the basics of racing in the track. It helps in the basics like following the line, breaking, acceleration, and many more things. Like we mentioned earlier, these skills will take time to develop. In real-world conditions, even a 10th of a second delay can cost you from winning.

 

Where to Start

 

In India there are two very prominent training academies, they have produced many great racers throughout the years.

First in the list is Rayo Racing which is located in Pune. It is founded and managed by Rayomand Banerjee, who is also a national karting champion.

Another great academy is Meco Motorsports which is located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. This training institute is sponsored by JK Tyres and Volkswagen. Meco Motorsports is responsible for many national racing champions in many categories.  

Meco also conducts their own racing events across the country. If you are serious about the career in racing in India, you shouldn’t think further than Meco Motorsports.

FMSCi

You can also check FMSCI website for verified and trusted training institutes in India. You can find more information this link

There are other institutes like Team Avalanche Racing, Dark Don Racing. But out of them all, Meco Motorsports is among the leading and best one.

 

How to Obtain a License

 

FMSCI (Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India) is the leading authority when it comes to motorsports in India. First and foremost thing is to get the FMSCI license which can be provided to a minor. There are different criteria for the different age group.

 

If you are between the age of 8 and 15,  you will require the signature of your parents in order to obtain a license. For the age group of 15-16 which is a grade c license, you need a regular driver’s license, along with a medical certificate from a doctor and you are good to go.

If you are below 18, then you will need FMSCI member attested affidavit stating that you have required skills for karting and race track driving.

You can learn more about the FMSCI license on this link

 

 

How to Start

 

There are two types of racing, off-roading, and track-racing. For track, you need to start early as we have mentioned the list of all the popular institutes in India.

You can check the official website or contact the racing institutes to know more about the fee structure.

You can Check FMSCI website for the details on Institutes. – Link Here

Meco Motorsports

Rayo Racing

Team Avalanche Racing

Dark Don Racing

Mohites Racing

BPC Racing

 

What’s Next

In India condition of motorsports is different from European Countries (Where motorsports are very famous).

When you graduate from karting the next step to go to Formula LGB ( Developed by Super Speed Coimbatore )

You can learn about Formula LGB here 

formula LGB

These cars are powered by Suzuki Swift engines and unlike traditional formula cars, these don’t have wings.

This is an essential step in order to gain some recognition and some experience. Though there are other options drivers have if they don’t want to do the formula LGB season.

Meco Motorsports and Dark Don Racing both conduct workshops for perfecting the Formula LGB.

Other options that you have include Formula BMW (which is currently known as Formula FB02) which is a winged formula car. You can also compete in slicks car racing straight from Karting.

Formula FB02

Either way, you have to have prior racing experience in order to compete in the winged or slicks car.

You can also graduate from Formula LGB workshop. You could also do season or two to better your credential.

Formula FB02 and slick cars are the gateways to international events. Remember this is just the start and further you go the harder you have to work and the tougher the competition would be. Once you graduate from Formula FB02 you are entitled to play in the big leagues. It is just a matter of time but in the end, talent always gets ahead.

 

Apart from Formula Cars

 

If you aren’t so keen on formula / single seater cars, you can build your career in 4 seater cars. There are events like Indian Junior Touring car championship. It is the part of National Racing championship.

Indian Junior Touring car championship

Cars that you will be racing on the track has to be assembled in India. You can learn about the regulations on FMSCI

 

http://www.fmsci.co.in/2013/regulations/2013.4wtr.racing.ijtc.pdf

http://www.fmsci.co.in/2013/regulations/2013.4wtr.racing.itc.final.pdf

 

As a Rallying Driver

 

Rallying is also very famous around the world. Car companies put their cars to test which also becomes the good marketing campaign to show endurance and reliability.

 

The path to rally driver is similar to a track-racing. You have to start on a track. Unlike from the early ages in the case of track driving, you can get into rally driving after some skill development.

 

Indian National Rally Championship is the authoritative body for rallying events in India. Some of the institutes we mentioned above like; Meco motorsports also provides training in rally racing. You also have to invest some money into modifying your own car which may cost somewhere 15-18 Lakhs. It is fair to say that rally racing is an expensive sport.

You have to build your portfolio first, and then you can ask companies to sponsor you. In India companies like MRF, JK Rally Team, Mahindra and now Yokohama are among the big players.

 

Gaurav Gill, V. R. Naren Kumar, N. Leelakrishnan are some of the well-known names in the rally sports in India.

 

Conclusion

 

So, there you have it friends, an authoritative guide to making it big in the world of racing. If you have those racing curiosities, then we are sure this post will satisfy all your queries. So, what are you waiting for? Get those driving gloves and start your engines! Till then cheers and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits!

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The Do’s and Don’ts of An Interview

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Do you have a job interview coming up? Are you feeling anxious how to improve from last experience? Or do you just want to know the essential tips for an interview? Then this post will help you. Read on.

 

We all get anxious when it comes to facing an interview panel for a job or for a scholarship. But it is one of the most important hurdles that we all have to face to get that job or that scholarship.

In this post, we will talk about how to ace the personal interview. I am going to talk about certain key ‘do’s and don’ts of an interview. If you follow them then I am sure you will ace the next interview you have.

 

The Do’s and Don’ts of An Interview

 

The Essential Do’s for an Interview

First, let’s talk about the essential things that you should do for the interview.

 

Projection of Confidence

The first and foremost is the projection of confidence through non-verbal measures. This means positive hand gestures while you speak, having a smile on your face as you face the interview panel and no fidgety movements of the feet or the hands.

The purpose of this that any fidgety movements are a sign of under-confidence and nervousness, which the interviewers will quickly pick up and can harm your chances.

 

A Proper Dress

formal dress

How to dress for the interview? These days many get confused on what dress to wear before the interview. Due to the rise of casual attire in the workplace, many feel comfortable coming in casuals to the interview.

But it is recommended that dress according to the job profile. If it is a high-ranking profile, then go for conservative, that is suit-up! As that would mean you’re serious for the job. If the interview is for a scholarship, then dress up formally.

If in certain circumstances, the workplace is known for liberal culture, then you can think of wearing something casual but not too casual. Remember, a good first impression can go a long way in an interview.

 

Use Appropriate Language

Whenever you are asked a question in the interview, do not use negative or inappropriate language. Rather focus on the right way to answer the questions. For example, if you don’t know how to answer a particular question then say I will look at that particular issue and get back to you. That will show your interest in an issue that you didn’t know about.

Apart from that, be respectful and cordial during your answers. Even if things may be getting a bit hostile in there keep your calm and answers in a calm manner.

 

Answering Questions Carefully

While answering questions, take your time. When you hear a question take a few seconds to process what exactly has been asked and then respond carefully. As each word matters in an interview.

Don’t jump to answering questions as that is a sign of impatience. So, just stay calm, listen to a question carefully and then answer carefully.

 

Practicing Expected Questions

practice makes perfect

While you may not know what are the exact questions will come in the whole interview. But there are some questions that are asked in almost all interviews. For example, ‘Tell us about yourself’, or ‘Why this company?’ or ‘why should we choose you?’.

These are some of the examples of expected questions that come in interviews. You must prepare them beforehand. By preparing I mean make bullet points and rehearse in front of your friends in order to get feedback.

 

Be Flexible

Suppose if you are asked about a sensitive question asking about your interview on it. Now, this is a tricky situation to be in and its intentionally used by the interviewee to test you. The best way is to give a flexible answer by giving both sides of the issue.

For example, if you were asked about your opinion on the issue say me too movement, you should try to give arguments for and against. This would show that you are aware of both sides of the issue.

 

The Essential DON’TS of an Interview

Now, that we have learned about some essential do’s, lets’ focus on things you should not do in an interview.

 

Don’t Talk Too Much or Try to Dominate

Earlier, we mentioned to talk carefully and use appropriate language. Now, you don’t want to overdo it as well. Do not talk too much and give long answers where the panel may get bored or lose interest.

The idea is to balance the answers and speak for the right amount of time. Ideally, you should not stretch beyond a minute while giving answers as you don’t want to turn it into a monologue.

 

Don’t be Too Familiar

Another thing you should avoid is to try to behave too friendly. Don’t go in shaking hands with the panel and being all chummy. Remember, this is a professional interview and your future or your scholarship depends on it, so keep it casual.

 

Don’t be Overconfident

Its good to be confident but you shouldn’t be overconfident. As that would give the impression that you are taking the interview way too lax and feel that you are already qualified. So be confident but not too confident.

 

Don’t Freeze Up

dont freeze

Also, don’t get too nervous and freeze up and become a zombie in front of the panel. It can happen, I know it from personal experience. So, if you feel that you are about to get a freeze attack then take a deep breath and relax and take a sip of water and begin again.

 

Don’t Bad Mouth Ex-Employers

In case if your shifting from one firm to another, then do not at all cost bad mouth your previous firm or your ex-employer. It comes as very negative and rude and can harm your prospects in the interview.

If it is asked that what happened in the previous workplace, give a simple and diplomatic answer. For example, just say ‘the company’s vision didn’t’ match yours’ or something on those lines.

 

To Conclude

Well, the next time you go for an interview, be sure to keep these essential tips in mind and try to do your best! Till then, cheers and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits!

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Top Competitive Exams in India

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In our previous posts, we covered all the major streams (humanities, commerce, medical and non-medical) and the various career paths within them. This post will cover most of the various competitive exams that are conducted every year in India. Read on.

Top Competitive Exams in India

Each year in India, various government competitive exams for vacancies across departments in various sectors are held. These exams are given by people in millions every year. And there are a lot of them. In this article, we’ll try to cover most of all of them. Yes, almost all of them so you can have an authoritative list to refer to. So, let’s get started.

 

Exams for Administrative Bases Posts

First, let’s talk about the various exams that are for posts in the various administrative posts throughout central and state governments.

Civil Services

Civil Services

First and foremost is the Civil Service Examination, which is conducted by the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) every year. It is considered one of the toughest exams but also the most rewarding as if you clear it then you get to join the prestigious Indian Administrative Services.

After you clear this, depending on your rank you get a posting in one of the various Central administrative posts. The deadline for this year’s exam is 18th March 2019 and education requirement is Graduation from any background.

 

Engineering Services

UPSC also conducts a highly competitive exam for entry into Indian Engineering Services. The forms usually come around the time Civil Services forms come out. Students from engineering background are eligible for this exam. If you clear the exam then you get to work in central engineering departments that take up central projects etc.

 

Forest Services

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Another prestigious All India Services exam conducted by UPSC is for the Indian Forest Services. For this, you’ll need to have your bachelor’s with either of these subjects – animal husbandry, veterinary, biology, chemistry, geography, maths, physics, agriculture, forestry.

After you clear the exam you get to become officers in state forest departments. The deadline for this year’s exam is again 18th March 2019.

 

Indian Statistical/Economic Services

Next up is Indian Statistical or Economic services. For this, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree with statistics and economics or applied economics in it. The deadline for this exam is 16th April 2019.

 

Combined Medical Services

Combined Medical Services

Another very important exam that UPSC conducts is in medical services. It is called the Combined Medical Services. To be eligible for this exam you need to have cleared your final exam in MBBS. For this, the last date of applying is 6th May 2019.

 

State Public Commissions

 State Public Commissions

Apart from UPSC conducting exams for administrative posts, almost all the state governments also have their own State Public Service Commissions which conducts exams for these post in their respective states. The notification for these exams varies from state to state so you will need to keep a lookout for them.

 

SSC-CGL Exam

SSC-CGL Exam

We also have another important exam conducted by SSC (Staff Selection Commission), that is the CGL (Combined Graduate Level) exam. It is conducted every year and has multiple levels. A graduate from any subject can give this exam.

The type of jobs that you can get through this exam are: Income tax officer, or become a customs officer or become an excise inspector and various other posts.

 

DEFENSE SERVICES

Moving on to recruitment in the defense services that also happens every year.

NDA-NA Exam

NDA-NA Exam

First up is the NDA-NA exam which is conducted by the UPSC. You can take this exam of after your 12th exam. Once you clear the overall exam, you get either admitted to the prestigious NDA (National Defense Academy) in Pune or in IMA (Indian Military Academy) in Dehradun.

The age limit for this exam is between 16 and 19 years of age. The deadline usually comes in the month of February. This year’s deadline is 4th February 2019.

 

CDS Exam

Combined Defense Services

If you somehow missed the change of getting into Defense services via the NDA-NA exam then you can also give the CDS (Combined Defense Services) exam. You can give this after your graduation. The age limit for this is between 20 and 24 years.

The notification usually comes twice a year so keep a look out as this is another way to get into the Indian Defense services.

 

CAPF Exam

CAPF Exam

The CAPF exam (Central Armed Police Forces) is also another opportunity for everyone to serve in the various honorable border forces that guard the sovereignty of our nation. Through this test, posts are open in Assam Rifles, CRPF, BSF, CISF, NSG and ITBP.

You need to be a graduate to apply for this. And the deadline for this year is around 20th May 2019.

 

AFCAT Exam

AFCAT exams

If you want to join the prestigious Indian Air Force, then this exam is for you. AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test) is an exam conducted by the Air Force to admit candidate as commissioned officers in flying, the technical and non-technical staff of the Air-Force.

The age limit is between 20 and 24 years of age. And the application notification comes around in October, so keep a look out!

 

BANKING SECTOR

 

Now, we move to recruitment in the Banking Sector. In the banking sector, there are various PO (Probationary Officers) and Clerical exams for these posts conducted by various Public Sector banks like Canara, Bank of Baroda, Punjab National Bank and various others.

But the most number of posts that come out are from the SBI and IBPS. Most posts require you to be a graduate from any subject. The age may vary but usually, it should be between 21-30 years of age. And the notifications keep coming out so keep a look out!

 

RBI

There are also various posts within the highest Banking authority in India, Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The notifications for this keep coming throughout the year so you’ll have to keep a lookout. The age limit and education requirements vary from each post, so do keep that in mind.

 

Insurance Sector

There are also various recruitment exams conducted various Public Insurance Companies like LIC and NICL. The requirement here is also graduation in any stream. The notification dates for these also vary, so keep an eye out for them.

 

NABARD

NABARD

There are also numerous posts in the NABARD (National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development). The posts vary as it depends on the changing requirement and can range from assistant manager to regional clerks and among others. The notification will come later this year in 2019.

 

Other Competitive Exams

 

Now, lets’ talk about some of the various competitive exam that is different from previous categories.

Merchant Navy

Merchant Navy

First up, is the career of the Merchant Navy. For this, the test is called AIMNET and anyone can apply who have done their 12th exam and also final year graduate students can also apply. The career of a Merchant Naval Officer is staying at the seas for a long duration. It can be challenging but if you think you are up for some adventures in seas, then this could be for you.

 

GATE Exam

GATE-Exam-2019

You could also give the GATE exam if you are from an engineering background. If you get a good score then various PSU’s (Public Sector Units) like SAIL, ONGC, Power Grid, NTPC etc can all you up based on your score or you can apply there. You’ll need to have a B.E. or a B.Tech. degree for you to apply for the GATE exam. The notifications usually come in the month of October.

 

School Teacher

School Teacher india

If you want to become a teacher in various govt schools throughout India then you’d need to give the CTET (Central Teaching Eligibility Test) exam. If you clear this test, then you are eligible to be a teacher in all of the govt schools in India. You also need to have, apart from graduation, a degree in B.Ed (Bachelor in Education).

 

College or University Professor

University Professor

If you want to become a professor in the various colleges and universities in India, you’ll have to clear the NET-JRF exam conducted by the newly formed NTA (National Testing Agency).
After you clear this exam, you are eligible to be an Assistant Professor in colleges in India.

 

Working with ISRO

ISRO Jobs

Now, those who are space enthusiasts out there and want to work with the prestigious Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) then there’s good news for you. ISRO also conducts its own recruitment test for those who want to work in Space Technology. In most posts, B.Tech. is necessary for this. The notifications keep coming up in for different posts so keep a checkout.

 

Working with BARC

Bhabha Atomic Research Centre

Similarly, there is BARC (Bhabha Atomic Research Centre), another esteemed research body which conducts its own test for those who want to go into atomic research or even become nuclear scientists.

There are various posts within the center and the requirement varies but for each, a Master’s degree is required in subjects relating to Physics, Chemistry, and other core sciences subjects. In certain fields, B.Tech. is a requirement. The notifications also vary from post to post so keep a check out for this.

 

Management – CAT

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Now, we come to a test that may not directly give you a job but if you clear it and get a very good score, chances are you will get a high paying job. We are talking about the CAT (Common Aptitude Test) exam which is given by students from all stream backgrounds.

Clearing this test means getting admission into top business schools of India. Those who get very high score manage to get admissions in the famous IIM’s schools and other famous schools like FMS. Graduates from these business school more often than not get a very high paying job.

 

Indian Railways

We shift our focus to one of the biggest recruiters in the world – The Indian Railways. Railways Recruitment Board conducts its recruitment exam every year for various posts to offer. In a recent call for posts, there are around 14 thousand opening in various positions! Have a look at the latest notification and apply.

 

Metro Projects around India

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There are also various positions in the Metro Projects throughout India. Be it DMRC or JMRC (Jaipur Metro), these all keep conducting recruitment exams from time to time. If it interests you then keep a lookout.

 

Intelligence Bureau

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There are also exams conducted by the government for recruitment in the Intelligence Bureau. You will need to be a graduate to be eligible for this exam. The notification usually comes around in October so keep a lookout.

 

Judicial Services

Judicial Services

For people who are from the law background and aspire to become a judge then you should keep a lookout for various state-level judicial exams. Each state takes out notification for state-level exams. The notifications for this vary from state to state.

 

Hotel Management

Hotel Management

Last, but not the least, something different for those who want to go into ever booming hospitality industry, then you can give the NCHMCT exam, which enables you to do courses in Hotel Management from various IHM institute throughout India, after which you get to work in various esteemed hotels and other areas in the hospitality industry.

 

To Conclude

So, there you have it a very big exhaustive list of various govt based recruitment exams that you can think about applying. If we have missed any govt based recruitment exam, then let us know in the comments below. Till then cheers and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits!