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Monday, May 23, 2011

Saturday, May 21, 2011

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Friday, May 20, 2011

NEW!! Kerala Schools Standard X NEW Textbooks, SCERT class 10 (SSLC New texts)

Here is the link to the new textbooks that are going to be issued in 2011 for Class X (class 10) of kerala state state syllabus, by SCERT.

Malayalam Medium Class X textbook

If you don't find what you need there, click here to go to ALL THE NEW TEXTBOOKS by SCERT

Recommended Reading Books for AIPMT (Mains and Prelims)

Hi, as an AIPMT aspirant on my own, I know which books to read so as to get what's required for getting through AIPMT and not anything more.

Apart from NCERT textbooks, if you're reading anything more (It's usually a waste to read more because the NCERT textbooks themselves provide everything that's required)  may be for bettering your understanding, then I recommend these:

Campbell and Reece, Biology

Halliday, Resnick, Walker, Fundamentals of Physics
and if you're more interested in physics like I was (and it proved useful to learn physics in detail, because 2011 AIPMT mains had IIT level questions in physics) you may also use Feynman Lectures in Physics (but that's a big book)

I didn't really read anything outside NCERT textbook. But for organic, there is
Morrison and Boyd Organic Chemistry
For inorganic, try
Instant Notes in Inorganic Chemistry

(And I didn't *buy* any of these. You know what I did. Google is your friend)

Karnataka Schools DSERT Class 10 textbooks online

Hello class X kids from Karnataka, DSERT has provided your textbooks online. Currently only English medium textbooks are available. There's no kannada medium textbook, neither textbooks of class 9, class 8, class 7, class 6, etc.

For Class 10, all books including English, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Sanskrit, Science, Social Science, Biology, Mathematics (maths), Urdu, Telugu and Tamil are available.

Click here to go to DSERT website for downloading textbooks of karnataka state syllabus class 10 online for free

Monday, May 16, 2011

Obtaining Tatkal Passport India (Kozhikode or Kannur)

Obtaining passport in tatkal option is not as difficult as people talk about it.
Unless you are a terrorist, you can easily get the passport by giving the necessary documents.

To begin with, anyone who is applying must be thorough with 2 websites.
2) the website of your regional office which can be found from itself.
For example, kozhikode's site is

The tatkal scheme

There are two ways to obtain tatkal passport.
1) Annexure I + Annexure F
2) Annexure I + 3 documents

I went for the second way.
Annexure I need to be obtained from a notary public. There're plenty of them. You don't have to worry about printing the annexure, etc. All of that will be done by the notary public. You just need to pay them and tell the details.

The originals of the 3 documents have to be shown at the passport office.

You need to take 3 photostat copies of each document and self attest them (I found in the net that self attesting means to write "This is a true copy of the original" and signing underneath. I actually wrote "self-attested" and put my signature. You could even try putting only your signature)

They give an option of 1000 + 1000 to get passport in 2 weeks. It seems like that option is not being given now (at least in kozhikkode office) and that the 1500 + 1000 option itself takes from 7-10 days (at least that's what happened in my case, because my holy adobe is far away from civilization)


You should apply online. Even if you fill up the form offline, they'll make you do it online from just outside the passport office (kozhikode, i mean) (I'm not sure about this, I just saw nobody applying offline, and authorized people sitting outside and helping people convert offline application into online ones.)

While filling up the online form, almost all columns are self explanatory.
You can't use any initial.
If you have a name like Akshay S Dinesh (which you've been using since childhood every time) you will have to expand that S. In my case that was symoblic of my mom's name and required no extra proof (since my mom's name was already in my birth certificate)
Your dad's and mom's name need to be in full. But there's no need for the proof of those expansions.

After finishing online application take the printout. You will finally submit only 2 copies of the personal particulars form for each residence. So if you stayed only at 1 place throughout, you'll have to submit only the 2 copies that comes when your print out the online form (I actually took 2 extra copies reading that "to be submitted in duplicate" and those were complete waste)

Paste photos as directed in the form. Take 1 extra photo with you.

The ECNR status (Emigration Clearance Not Required) is available for many people including those who have passed matriculation. So if you've passed 10th standard, that's enough. And it's highly recommended that you obtain ECNR status if you're eligible in any manner for hassle free travel.


These are the things I submitted.
The application form with 1 unattested photo pasted + 1 unattested photo extra
Two copies of personal particulars with 1+1 signed photos
3 copies of ration card
3 copies of bank pass book (first page and transactions page)
3 copies of birth certificate
3 copies of AISSE 10th standard pass certificate (mark list was more preferred)
original + 2 copies of the Annexure I (affidavit)
Cash!! INR 2500

Collate them and you're better off

The queue

There'll be about 100 people ahead of you in the queue unless you reach the office before the first bus arrives there. But that's not a problem because the token system is pretty good and there are enough counters to finish about 10 people in 20 minutes.
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