Q: After doing MA in maths, I am currently preparing for the civil services and working full-time in a BPO. Due to financial constraints, I cannot leave my job. As a result, I hardly get time to study. What are the options of working part-time?
— Rimzim Das
A: If balancing your studies and work is a tight rope walk for you, you can switch to working from home and choose your work hours to suit your convenience, thus leaving enough time for your IAS preparation. You can become an e-tutor — teaching overseas students online through the web and voice-based interface.
Since you have experience in BPO, teaching online shouldn’t be very difficult. For this, you don’t need to have a BEd or even a postgraduate degree. You can become an e-tutor if you have expertise in any subject, be it English, mathematics or science coupled with familiarity with the Internet and good command of the English language. Some companies which provide part-time jobs are Tutor Vista (www.tutorvista.com), Transweb (Transwebtutors.com), Career Launcher (www. careerlauncher .com), and EduWizards (www.eduwizards.com), among others.
Moreover, you can even shift to classroom coaching if you have the right qualification. Many students go for these options along with their studies. However, how you manage your time will depend on you. You could even teach conversational English or give personal tuition to schoolchildren. Maths tutors are always in demand. You can earn anywhere between Rs 20,000 and Rs 30,000, depending on the time you devote to work. If you take up full-time teaching, you can earn a lot through e-tutoring. At the same time, you can prepare for the IAS exams.
Engineering no bar to IAS exam
Q: I completed mechanical engineering last year and am preparing for the Indian Engineering Services (IES) exam. I want to know if I also can appear for the IAS exam. Is the IAS meant for all graduates other than from the engineering stream?
— Pranvi Arora
A: Sure you can appear for the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) exam even though you have an engineering background. The IAS is open to graduates from all streams. But yes, your choice of the optional papers may differ. Refer to the civil service syllabus and be careful while filling in the application form. Also, the format of the exam is different from that of the IES exam. As the IAS exam commences prior to the IES, you can actually test yourself how well prepared you are. For further details, log on to www.upsc.gov.in/ general/civil.htm.
Choose institutes in metros
Q: When it comes to ticking the institutes of ones choice on the National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology (NCHMCT) form, on what basis should one decide? What are the approximate fees? Can I take the exam in Hindi? My English is not good.
— Umesh Gaur
A: Although NCHMCT has 21 central and 51 affiliated institutes, it may be wise to opt for those with the best infrastructure and faculty. Be that as it may, the Institutes of Hotel Management (IHMs) in large metros such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai or Ahmedabad are favourites simply because of the better opportunities for campus placements.
Most of the big hotel chains have their presence in these cities, which make for excellent exposure and better compensation packages at the end of the day. Besides, students from smaller towns also prefer to opt for IHMs in these metros because the reputation of the institutes and the exposure to working in a big city give them an edge over local passouts who work in their home town. Roughly, the fee (excluding boarding and lodging) for the course is approximately Rs 1.60 lakh (the private institutes charge higher). Selection is on the basis of an all-India Joint Entrance Exam (JEE). Incidentally, all the institutes falling under NCHMCT offer a BSc degree in hospitality and hotel administration from Ignou. For details, log on to www.nchmct.org. Besides these IHMs, there are nearly 300 registered and autonomous institutes that offer degree and diploma programmes in hotel management. There are also a number of foreign players who have entered the fray through their affiliates. The question paper for the JEE 2012 (3-hour) which will be held on April 28 is bilingual, that is, in English and Hindi (except for the English Language paper).
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