Friday, September 18, 2020

Cracking the Government Exam Code with BYJU’s

Govt administrative jobs are one of the most sought-after jobs in India. Even a high paying corporate job in the IT sector might take only second place to the lure of a respectable government job. One of the main reasons being, Government jobs come along with a huge amount of respect (Job title with a status given as “Govt official”), Job security (No company in India can offer a stability & job safety like a Govt Job), Pension Money (post-retirement) , Staffing Quarters (for certain designated jobs) and last but not the least, several perks & allowances, that Govt offers from time to time.

The Top 10 most popular Government exams include:

  1. IAS Exam for Indian Administrative Services
  2. UPSC CAPF for Union Public Service Commission
  3. SSC CHSL for Staff Selection Commission
  4. RBI Grade B & Assistant for a role in Reserve Bank of India
  5. IBPS RRB for Institute of Banking Personnel Selection     
  6. SBI PO/SO/Clerk for State Bank of India
  7. NIACL AO/Asst for New India Assurance Company Limited (NIACL)
  8. RRB ALP/JE for Railway Recruitment Board (Incidentally one of the sectors that employ the maximum no of people in India)
  9. LIC AAO/ADO for Life Insurance Corporation
  10. State-Based Public Service Commission. E.g.: TNPSC Exam for Group 1,2,3,4 vacancies in the Tamil Nadu state administration.
Securing a job by clearing the Govt exam can be a tough task, without proper guidance and coaching. One of the toughest exams in the country (even harder than the IIT entrance exam) is the Civil services exam. BYJU’s, India’s top learning app has listed the complete schedule of exams in their site:

Most of these Government exams can be very tricky and tough. With syllabus ranging from history, geography, political science, current affairs, general knowledge, sports and science, a proper coaching platform would make all the difference in securing a national level rank. This is where a company like BYJU’s can assist you in making a huge difference, by offering all the resources you need at a single click of a button.

Key Steps for Govt Exam Preparation

  • Knowing which exam to target: What are the exams you want to pursue. You can’t apply for all and have to select only those which you are more inclined & passionate about
  • Sample question papers: Get a feel of the exam by going through sample question papers from the past years 
  • Topics and subjects to cover: Briefly list down all the topics and subjects that will be needed for the exam and identify what is the syllabus coverage for each.
  • Preparation strategy & Plan: The most important point being, what is your plan. Starting today till the day of the exam (say 5 months), how do you want to spend the next 150 days in optimizing your time and ensure you have done the best you can in studying for the exam.

The BYJU’s Advantage 

As a premier coaching institute (both online and offline), BYJU’s might just be one of your best partners when it comes to cracking the Government exams and securing yourself a permanent Govt Job in a respected position.

You have a free & paid version that can get you started on the word Go.

What is available on the Free Version?

    • Daily News & Current affairs analysis
    • A few sample questions papers of previous years
    • Reference Material List
    • Few Video Lectures, esp. on trending topics

 Paid Course: 

The paid version offers the aspirants, an elaborative and exhaustive list of materials to begin with. It includes:

    • A preloaded 10inch Tablet with all the resources (that can be viewed offline without internet)
    • Complete study material and all India test series,             
    • Comprehensive preparation course for prelims and mains.
    • Top IAS Trainers to offer direct video coaching through the site & app

            You can find all the information here:

Why BYJU’s for Govt Exam Coaching?

  • Smart Learning: Yes, there are plenty of coaching centres for different exams available in each city, but based on personal research and assessment I believe that the offerings by BYJU'S are a value for money. With an easy to use application and smart content loaded on digital devices such as a tablet, access to study materials is virtually available 24*7 anywhere you go. 

  • Course Access On the Go: Be it travelling on a train or bus or even a flight, you no longer need to carry large textbooks, but rather carry a simple tablet that comes with so many hours of video content, learning exercises and mock papers, to name a few.

  • Qualified Teachers: To me, more than exam papers or course content, the course tutor or the Teacher is key in any coaching centre. I decide on a place only if the tutor is as good, if not better than the content. BYJU’s has partnered with India’s top tutors for the respective examinations and the learning curve can be indeed sharp, given the short amount of time to prepare and study

  • Career Enabler & Mentor Platform: With a mentor assigned for course participants, you can post in your questions and comments and have it clarified by BYJU’s qualified tutors.

    Here are 10 reasons why you should choose BYJU's

The BYJU’s Test Series

If you feel, you just want the test experience, rather than the overall course content and videos, you can also opt for the IAS Prelims Test Series- 2002 for just 5000 INR. This includes 27 Tests (22 General Studies and 5 CSAT). These are Simulated tests as per UPSC standards. Incidentally, BYJU’s claim that 70% of UPSC prelims questions come from the Prelims Test Series and Study.

So if you’re aspiring to become the next top ranker in the Civil Services exam to be an IAS officer or join the Reserve Bank of India to have an exciting career of a banker or even become a Railway officer, join head to BYJU’s, join the course, complete the mock papers and crack the exams confidently. 

Refer to the BYJU’s UPSC 2020 portal for all the information on course content, schedule etc.

Do not let anything come in between your dream job and give it your full potential. All the best!

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Top 10 Celebs Favourite Filters on HiPi

ZEE5, one of India’s top OTT known for its unique regional content has now ventured into the current trend of Short video creating platform. With an aim to become a super app encompassing movies, TV Shows, live news and even a mini upcoming gaming platform, ZEE5 is now live on the short videos space as wel called HiPi.


Integrated into the existing ZEE5 app, HiPi is where content creators can start publishing very interesting short videos, recorded directly through the app or by uploading an existing video. Music , Video effects and more importantly various filters can be used to change the dimension & representation of your short videos.

ZEE5’s HiPi have more than 35 filters with varying functions to enhance and make your videos look super cool and trendy. From Mirror effect to the Dhak Dhak Effect, it’s definitely fun guaranteed when you get to make hilarious videos or even dance to a favourite music track of yours.

The best part about HiPi :  It doesn’t restrict itself to just 15 seconds. You can even get to make 30, 45 or 60 seconds as per your choice.

So here are my top 10 favourite filters on HiPi in ZEE5 app

1. Camera Filter

Helps to get you a vintage picture with a camera reel icon on the sides.

 2. Sakura Filter

For those who want to decorate the screen with some flowers falling across the video, giving it a spring feeling, you definitely have to try out the Sakura flowers filter


3. Kirakira Filter

If you want to literally rise and shine, this is the filter you’ve been waiting all along. With bright stars shining across you, make those short videos really work for you with the Kirakira filter


 4. Mirror Filter

Do you ever felt how will it turn out if you had a clone looking right across you in the same screen ? Well start visualizing it using the super interesting Mirror filter in HiPi in ZEE5 app.

4.      5. Bling Filter

Do you want to add a sparkle to your face without the need to apply expensive makeup and just make the picture sparkle? Yes, it’s now possible with the quirky Bling filter 

 6. Disco light Filter

Bring out the DJ in you and make a video of  you grooving to the music with a large Disco ball shining across thescreen, right above your face using the Disco light filter .


6.   7. Skull Face Filter

Convert your face with a skull face mask , and you might just resemble a scary villain from a crime movie J Just hit the Skull face filter in HiPi and pull off a golden skull face look



 7.  8. Thug Life

Thug Life is one of my most favourite camera effects from HiPi. With the black and white glasses and the cigar smoking effect, it just takes the swag to a whole different level.


8.      9. Sprint Effect

Another favourite of mine, the Sprint effect has pointing lines in a circular form to highlight the face and put it in focus. Like the dazzling focus lights on a stage, the Sprint effect can really give that focus effect you would want.

10. Tri Colour

Last but not the least, the Tricolour filter as  the name goes, gives a beautiful tricolour filter effect to your videos and gives that patriotic effect . This is really well done, the video quality is still retained while the tri-colour filter blends in with the background. And it only #HappensOnHiPi J

On another note, I tried out all the filters at one go in a short video here.. Do check it out

Install the ZEE5 app from Android PlayStore or Apple Playstore, click on the HiPi option and let me know your favourite filter in comments    .

You can find more info here :

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Sunday, July 19, 2020

PickYourTrail - Top Travel Itinerary App in India

The best part about travelling to a new city or a country is to explore the place at your own place, learn about its culture, food and people. However the fear of travelling in an entirely new place with people speaking a different language can be a tricky thing if you want to do it all by yourself. To overcome this, thousands of travel operators offer you a tourist package along with a guide to help you in your journey. Yet, at the same time, large group tours does not allow for customization which kinda spoils the experience to plan your trip in the way you want .

In fact most tour companies don't even allow the choice of airlines, hotels or places you want to cover, especially in group tours. The last time I checked for an European group tour, a travel company said we will book only in Oman Airlines and will never opt or Emirates or Etihad to get more profit, despite quoting 1.1Lakhs + for the tour. This got me thinking. Is there a company that allows me to book what I want ? Would I get the option to choose my trip at my own pace and select the places I want and get it booked through them accordingly? The answer was

About PickYourTrail (PYT)

PickYourTrail is a revolutionary travel firm from Chennai,Tamil Nadu, India that does customization like noone does. Synonymous to their company name, you can pick the trail you want to go to. Unlike other tour operators who offers a fixed tourist package to countries , PickYourtrail helps you to customize your itinerary at every part of the journey . From morning to night, from Day 1 to last day, you get to decide all of these options:

  • Activities / Tours
  • Pickup/Drop options
  • Choice and segment of hotel
  • With or without flights ( yes, you can simply book the land package too)

A touchless Experience

Rather than back and forth of quotes, negotiations and haggling with the travel agent for price reductions, PYT helps to avoid everything by letting you choose your itinerary and everything can be done online through the website or the app. The whole experience can be customized by yourself in a matter of minutes.  Yes, you also have agents to help with your booking and let them book according to your needs.

Currently PickYourTrail is promoting Staycations in popular cities in India such as Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad etc. These involve attractive deals in popular hotels with full safety precautions and unbeatable rates at the top hotels in these cities. Something to look forward to as a travel venture , after being holed up inside homes for more than 120 days :)

Where is your next trip to, even if its in the distant future? Do let me know your answers in comments

You can also download from the Android playstore or Apple App Store

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Top Mobile Phones under 20000

The biggest marketshare of mobiles, in terms of units, falls under the 10,000 to 20,000 segment with the maximum competition and launches in this space. Generally the biggest mark share belongs to brands like Vivo, Xiaomi, Oppo, Realme, Oneplus who has a very strong distributor and sales network. In fact these are the top brands that appears on page 1 of Amazon or Flipkart.

But I have noticed not many have steered some other brands ,which are available in the market. So here's a list of other brands as well , that you can consider.

Brands : Samsung (Korea), Asus (Taiwan) , Nokia (Finland) and Micromax(India)
However, I would leave out Micromax from this list, given their poor reviews for quality performance in all their devices (be it phones or televisions)

Here are the top phones by Brand


1. A21S :

Costs 16,499 for their 4GB RAM, 64 GB storage variant.
Has 4 Cameras : (Quad Camera Setup: 48 MP (F2.0) Main Camera + 8 MP (F2.2) Ultra Wide Camera + 2 MP (F2.4) Depth Camera + 2 MP (F2.4) Macro Camera)
Comes with 5000 mah battery and 6.5 inch screen
Definitely a powerhouse when it comes to taking pictures from the looks of it.
Processor : Exynos 850 Octa Core Processor (would have desired a Snapdragon processor though)
Cons : TFT display with a resolution of 1600 * 720 p (Not exactly a Full HD Display)

Does a FHD display matter : FHD can have a much brighter and crisp display, esp when it comes to watching movies or Yotuube. However the A21s comes close to a FHD at 1600 as against 1920p resolution which can be partially compromised.

2. Sasmsung Galaxy M40 :
Costs 16,000 for their 6GB, 128GB variant and comes with a much desired Snapdragon 675 processor
Camera : 32MP + 8MP + 5MP triple rear camera; 16MP front facing camera; Rear Camera - F Number (Multiple):F1.7 , F2.2 , F2.2
Battery however is only 3500 mah
Comes with a 6'3 Full HD+ Display

3. Samsung Galaxy A80

Initially launched at 40K in August 2019, this phone is now available at 22,000 in a Flipkart sale.

Camera :" :Phone comes with a super cool rotating triple camera with a 48MP resolution
(48MP + 8MP | 48MP(F2.0) + 8MP(Ultra Wide/F2.2) + TOF (Time-of-Flight) 3D-Depth Rotating Camera)
Processor : Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G Octa core processor
Battery : 3700mah
The best part apart from camera is 8GB RAM and 128GB storage memory. You can't get any good phone with a 8GB RAM at 21K along with such amazing features , esp from a brand like Samsung.

(Price will be updated to 22K from 23rd June onwards)


One of my most favourite brands, Asus is a brand that's known for its motherboards and later moved to producing high quality phones. They are based out of Taiwan ( nowhere associated with China) and a very powerful electronics brand

4. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2  :

Costs 18000 for their 4GB RAM, 64GB storage variant.
Processor :  Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa core processor.
Has a 6.26 Full HD Display , Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Camera : 12MP Sony IMX486, f/1.8, 1.25um, 6P Lens + 5MP Dedicated Depth Sensor, LED Flash, 4K Video Recording, EIS

Asus is a phone known for their performance, esp for multiple apps usage and gaming, and not really a phone for outstanding camera


Almost everyone owned a Nokia phone at some point of time in their lives. Nokia , a Finnish brand

5. Nokia 7.2

One of their most recent models , after their good success with the 6.1 Plus , Nokia 7.2 is an Android One phone. This means, your phone runs on stock android, without any bloated softwares, comes with the original Google Camera app (used in Pixel phones) .
With frequent updates by Android, running on the most latest operating system,  Nokia is a great choice for people who want to have a lag-free phone, even after couple of years

Cost : 16,400
Camera : Triple Camera 48MP + 5MP + 8MP | 20MP Front Camera
Processor : Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Processor
Comes with a 4GB RAM and 64GB Storage capacity

Saturday, May 09, 2020

Product Scans with Smart Consumer App

As we walk into a retail store and pick up items one after the another (with a mask on, of course), 90% of the times we don’t read up on the labels and we tend to miss out on some important information, especially in challenging times such as these, arising concerns related to food allergies, calorie consumption, and food safety.

Our smartphone however has the power to get us that desired info through scanning product barcodes. The Smart Consumer app by GS1 India helps customers access information in just a single scan. All you need to do is scan the barcode of the product through the app and all the brand’s information , ingredients, MRP , directly uploaded by the manufacturer will be present on your smartphone, brining complete transparency and reliability to what’s being purchased. 

Product information from a Scan

Some of the key product info that gets displayed in the app include :
       Product’s shelf life
       Product & Brand image,
       Registered Address of Manufacturer 
       FSSAI/AGMARK license validity
Esp. in cases where there’s little information or the font is too small to read, a single scan from your app can do the trick.

A direct feedback to Manufacturer

The ‘Smart Consumer app’ also enables consumers to directly share feedback on products with their respective manufacturers. Instead of going through a cumbersome process of getting the email id, and drafting long mails or contacting helpline, you can simply scan the barcode, click the feedback section, enter your details and complaint and it will be directly received by the brand owners in real-time.

Increase in the number of Scans

The app is gaining popularity and as quoted by tthe developers,  compared to the last few months. It further implies that consumers are becoming more conscious of what they consume. The highest number of scans, above 74k, are of products falling under the food category, followed by personal care (30k) and household items (25k).”

Be informed. Purchase Wisely

Ensure you install the app, scan the barcode and review the information thoroughly before putting that item in your basket. You can install the app from here:
App Link for