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Sakshi Saroha


Senior Sub Editor at The Indian Express, Sakshi is a major in Economics from Delhi University. An avid reader, she can be found catching up on her to-be-read list or at a poetry slam in her leisure time. Tweets @sakshi_saroha

NEET-UG 2021 topper Mrinal Kutteri: ‘I did not compromise on my hobbies while preparing for the exam’
Fri, Nov 05, 2021

A native of Hyderabad, Mrinal Kutteri has scored a perfect 720 marks in NEET UG 2021. His father is a HR Consultant while his mother is a software engineer.

Why do engineers have a better success rate at UPSC Civil Services exam? 
Sat, Dec 25, 2021

Experts highlight that the analytical skills engineers gain while preparing for the JEE examination and further during graduation gives them a edge in qualifying the prelims stage of the UPSC Civil Service examination.

How these civil servants are extending a helping hand to UPSC aspirants via social media
Sat, Oct 30, 2021

Not just civil servants but the state PCS officers have also joined hands to help the unprivileged and candidates from remote areas.

With schools reopening, edtech platforms focus on holistic curriculum to attract new-age learners
Thu, Oct 21, 2021

Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, parents are majorly concerned about the safety of their kids and edtech platforms have well understood their needs. Mapping the necessities of holistic education in the online mode of learning, these platforms have stretched in domains other than academics.

Maharashtra JEE Advanced 2021 topper Kartik Nair gets AIR 7, aspires to pursue research in AI
Tue, Oct 19, 2021

Kartik appeared in the first two sessions of the JEE Main 2021 and secured 99.88 and 99.98 percentile, respectively. However, rather than aiming for a 100 percentile, Kartik chose to focus on the JEE Advanced. 

From average school student to Bihar PSC CCE topper, Gourav Singh shares his success journey
Sun, Oct 10, 2021

BPSC CCE Topper Gourav Singh success journey: For aspirants preparing for BPSC CCE exam, he suggested focusing on the self-made notes for revision. He also lay emphasis on solving previous years’ papers as many questions are repeated in the mains exam.

UPSC CSE prelims 2021 today, check these last minute tips by toppers for revision
Sun, Oct 10, 2021

Appearing in mock tests is one of the repeatedly recommended tips by the toppers every year. These mock tests not just prepare the aspirants for the exam day but also help them analyse their strong and weak areas. 

Once a cradle of government job aspirants, Sasaram railway station now misses the study sessions
Tue, Oct 12, 2021

Anuj Dubey, a resident of Sasaram, said students were not allowed to study on the platforms after they staged a protest in 2018 over delay in the announcement of the railway examination date.

AIR 10 Satyam Gandhi clears UPSC Civil Service exam in first attempt, says ‘prelims is unpredictable stage’
Sun, Oct 10, 2021

Although Satyam prepared from his PG room in Rajendra Nagar, he never joined any coaching institutes for prelims or mains preparation.

AIR 9 Apala Mishra clears UPSC CSE 2020 with highest marks in interview
Sun, Oct 10, 2021

Apala Mishra not only cleared the exam with an excellent rank but also scored the highest marks (215) in the personality test stage. She chose Anthropology as her optional subject and took the help of coaching for GS and optional subject.

Gandhi Jayanti 2021: Few takers for Gandhian Studies in Indian universities, Covid contributes to lower enrolment
Sat, Oct 02, 2021

The cultural ministry’s report on Gandhian studies suggests a lack of interest and awareness about the course among students, universities believe that the lack of employment opportunities also has its own share in the declining trend. 

Here’s how schools are reopening with customised learning curriculum 
Fri, Oct 01, 2021

According to UNICEF’s research, a substantial proportion of students and their parents reported that students learnt significantly less compared to pre-pandemic levels. In India, 80 per cent of children aged 14-18 years reported lower levels of learning than when physically at school. 

UPSC Civil Service prelims 2021: Consider mock test performance as a preparation indicator
Mon, Sep 27, 2021

While it is often suggested by many toppers to attempt a maximum number of questions, it should entirely depend on the candidate at what attempt level he/she is scoring higher marks

AIR 18 Radhika Gupta left corporate job to prepare for UPSC civil services, cracks exam in second attempt
Mon, Sep 27, 2021

Radhika studied for 9-10 hours every day and followed a set timetable to prepare for the exam. Although she gave enough time to her hobbies in order to balance the day, she largely kept herself away from social media. 

Taxi driver’s sons clear CA final exams, say ‘hard to get books in Hindi medium’
Fri, Sep 17, 2021

Natives of the Pali district of Rajasthan, Lalit and Rakesh have completed their school education from the government school in their home city. The brothers pursued their entire education through the Hindi medium

After acing CA final, topper Ruth Dsilva plans to appear for UPSC Civil Service exam
Sat, Sep 18, 2021

For the students appearing for the CA exams, Ruth suggests maintaining the consistency of preparation and not giving up. Those who will appear in the exam with the old course, she suggests analysing their performance and decide whether to convert or continue with their last attempt.“

‘Give GPS coordinates, involve family’: How DU plans to implement tree plantation in its curriculum
Fri, Sep 10, 2021

The student is expected to look after the tree or can involve family members in the care if it is planted at the student’s native place. A six-month progress report of the tree including a picture needs to be submitted to the college. 

TS EAMCET 2021: Agriculture and medical topper to appear for NEET-UG, aims to be a cardiologist
Mon, Aug 30, 2021

Shrinija did not exclusively prepare for the EAMCET exam but is focused to clear NEET. She suggests on thoroughly reading the class 11 and 12 NCERTs for the NEET exam

TS EAMCET toppers aim for IIT-Bombay, to reappear for JEE Main May session
Fri, Aug 27, 2021

Satti Kartikeya from Palakol secured rank 1 in the engineering stream. He aims to pursue BTech in computer science from IIT Bombay and therefore, his JEE Advanced preparation is going in full swing.

Jamia students demand rollback of physiotherapy course fee hike, varsity stands by decision
Sat, Aug 21, 2021

As per the new rules, the students will now have to shell out Rs 1,10,000 as opposed to Rs 49,150 earlier for one year. The university has hiked the fee for only new admissions.

UPSC Civil Services prelims exam 2021: Are you revising current affairs the right way
Mon, Aug 16, 2021

In the last days of revision, UPSC aspirants should focus on inclusive preparation. Relate the current affairs with the static subjects. While studying a topic, focus on the background of the event, its current status, and the relevance of the issues. 

Three friends from Andhra Pradesh among top JEE Main scorers; aim to join same college, course
Mon, Aug 16, 2021

They all followed the same study schedule and discussed questions and problems after classes. The trio credits their teachers and principal for encouraging them throughout the preparation.

JEE Main 2021 topper wants to join IISc, aims to be an astrophysicist 
Mon, Aug 09, 2021

Pal was the UP state topper in the JEE Main 2021 February session with a 99.988 percentile but was unsatisfied with her performance. Hence, she appeared for the April session. 

JEE Main 2021: Pandemic hit preparations, not my spirits, says Rajasthan state topper
Mon, Aug 09, 2021

JEE Main 2021: The time was challenging as the competitive classroom environment was missing in at-home preparation. But Anshul kept his spirits high and switched comfortably to online preparation.

SSC CHSL exam 2020: Last-minute tips to improve score
Mon, Aug 02, 2021

As there is a negative marking of 0.5 marks in the exam, a candidate should ensure accuracy in the reasoning and mathematics questions.