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IIT at any cost?

Every cloud has a silver lining, they say. But, sometimes, even sunshine seems tinged by clouds. Clearing the JEE is a ‘dream come true’ for any engineering aspirant in India. But, once the initial euphoria fades, reality bites. Clearing is good, but topping is better. Without a good rank, you will never get the branch of your ‘choice.’ And what ...

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Doctor or engineer? Which has more money and demand?

There are two kinds of doctors in the world: those who see it as a career requiring selfless dedication and those who see it as a job that involves prescribing medication. The first kind is becoming a rare, dwindling species, serving in the few large public hospitals which mostly treat the poor and needy. The stipend that interns earn at ...

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Cool office of the fortnight

What does one look for in a work place? Considering you’re just outta college and you’re put in a dull, boring environment where the eerie silence makes you wanna crack up.We at JAM know that you’re such a laugh and that’s why off and on we’ll feature some cool offices for you to work in. College ke baad ke kaam ...

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B-School salaries: A reality check

The campus placement season is coming towards me like a drunk and unbathed Gulshan Grover staggering towards a cowering and trembling girl who took refuge from the rain in one of his luxurious bedrooms. That’s how IIM-Calcutta student Abhinav Jain describes the feeling of hurtling towards the ‘final destination’. The all-important, all-essential, all-you-really-wanted-from-the-MBA: the Placement. In the movies, the girl ...

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Yeh aaj kal ki IIM salaries…

Politeness demands that one never ask a woman her age or a man his salary. Except in the month of March, when details of the number of zeros on paychecks of IIM grads becomes the stuff of dinner table conversation. And national debate. Right after Barclays of London made a record offer of £ 105,000 to IIM Bangalore graduate Gaurav ...

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The right to a Good school

Scarier than a performance appraisal. More stressful than a root canal. It’s absurd, it’s insane… It’s your four-year-old’s nursery school interview… But what to do? Mere bachche ka (My child’s) admission is every urban parent’s fondest dream and festering nightmare. Seats are few, kids too many. So schools do what they have to. And parents, what they deem fit. Like ...

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The caste factor: Show me the numbers

Maybe I had one of those rare childhoods, but I grew up not quite realising the importance of ‘caste’. At some point, I figured I was a bania or vaishya, but it did not seem very relevant because my father was a scientist. I never made the connection between caste and profession. When I set up JAM (a magazine aimed ...

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Reservations about reservations

The increased reservation for OBCs in our country’s elite institutes has caused much furore amongst students. Criticism against this move has been overwhelming. In a poll conducted on our website, over 80% of the respondents were completely against this move; while a mere 5% felt the reservation justified. Reactions are coming in thick and fast. The Indian blogosphere is full ...

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The truth about earning in dollars!

Here are two ways to look at a foreign salary — the Catholic and the Protestant. The first is characterised by a missionary zeal to convert using the rupees-multiplied-by-43.8-times formula ingrained in every self-respecting Indian head. Which is how $110,000 achieves the headline-grabbing status of ‘Rs 50 lakh!’ But, protests the economist, how far does that Rs 50 lakh go ...

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If you aint a cat, dont worry!

There are two kinds of career paths in India — the ‘safe’ ones that bring in crisp, kadak salary slips by age 23 and the ‘risky’ ones which pay off in the longer run, given a mix of time, talent and unwavering personal faith. Which basket does middle class India put its eggs in? Doesn’t take a genius to figure ...

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