Self-drive car industry in India

Self-driven cars or car sharing is a growing concept that nullifies the need for car ownership by people. Car sharing is immensely popular amongst the younger generations in the developed countries. Companies like Zip car have about 900,000 customers with 10,000 cars in total. However, self-drive car technology is very new in the Indian market and hasn’t spread its wings yet.

The year 2013has transformed the car industry trend to self-drive rental cars in our country.

Zoomcar, Revv, Just Ride, MiCar, Carzonrent, Selfdrive.in, Voler, RentoMojo, and many other players or companies are showing their support and interest in the self-drive car rental market. More than 10 organized players are working in this segment from four metro cities, with new players continuously joining them.

Zoom car holds the position of being the India’s first self-drive car rental company. This idea was driven by the concept of sharing economy.

In India, we have seen a large change in the mobility paradigm, from people driven to car-pooling to a sudden tilt towards the recent entrant which is self-drive car rental industry which is the next potential unicorn.


Evolution of the market

The players or companies in the space are also launching various packages and services to improve its user base.

Revv is another competitor in the segment that describes its model to be a combination of Zip car and Dominos. They home deliver the car to its user. The self-drive car rental companies till now had parking areas from where a consumer picks up the car but Revv wanted to make this a bit easier as well.

Recently, Zoom car has launched Super Miler which is the first service that allows its customers to drive for unlimited kilometers over distance. The campaign was designed for corporate, office goers, and travelers who were planning a long distance journey.

They also have designed special packages that include Zoom Commute. This was basically done to attract corporate and office goers who were looking for an economic self-drive option for themselves. This package has a range of cars for weekly purpose and is accompanied by special services to suit the consumer needs for an affordable alternative to own a car.


Technology Usage

 Several companies have started collaborating technologies like Driver Behavior Monitoring (DBM,) and On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) in their cars. Zoomcar, Revv, Voler, Carzonrent and many others are using these technologies in their cars.

In 2013, Zoom Car started using a very simple GPS tracking system, but soon they realized that it needs the potential to evolve technologically. Zoomcar is using new devices in its cars nowadays.


Performance of Self Driven Car Industry

The market of the self-drive car rentals in India has sequentially evolved over the last two years during FY’2013-FY’2015. The self-drive car rental company is in the beginning stage in India, whereas in China and Brazil the market has been developed a lot.

The goal of the company operating in this phase is to popularize the idea of self-drive car rentals in India and to make the market really improve through a product that mimics the privacy and convenience of one’s own company car. The customer profile of the self-drive car industry in India is large and is used by various people from different demographics.


Future of the industry

The outlook period of FY’ 2016-FY’2020 shows a promising future for the self-driven car rental industry in our country. It is predicted that the market will witness a growth in the self-drive car rental industry size mounting to 80,000 cars by FY’2020 itself.

Self-drive cars rentals give its customers the liberty of self-drive, empowers them to choose a car of their choice as per their convenience with no problem of monthly EMI’S and maintenance or parking expenses.

With rising driver costs and the shortage of drivers in India, the chauffeur drive model is expected to reduce in future and in turn will offer huge potential for self-driven car rental marketing in India.

With customer preferences getting niche, targeted solutions has become critical. Self-drive car rental industry is one such mushrooming sector which is set to cater to the needs of the niche and thereby up for exponential growth.


All you need to know about UGC NET

UGC NET is a qualifying exam conducted by CBSE for the posts of Assistant Professor or Junior Research Fellowship or both. UGC NET also serves as an eligibility criteria for admission to PhD degree program as many universities exempt NET qualifying candidates from appearing in the written test and call such candidates directly for the interview.

UGC NET is slated to be held on 22nd January 2017. The registration for the exam ended on 23rd November 2016. Admit card can be downloaded from 21st December 2016. UGC NET is a pen paper exam in which candidates have to mark their answers on an OMR sheets. UGC NET exam consists of three objective type papers. While paper-1 deals with general aptitude questions, paper-2 and paper-3 focus on subject specific questions.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Candidates who have post-graduation degree are eligible for UGC NET exam. While the eligibility criteria for Assistant Professor and JRF are slightly different. The required criteria is given below:

  • Candidates should not be more than 28 years of age as on 1st January 2017 to be eligible for JRF. There is a relaxation of 5 years for women candidates and candidates belonging to OBC, SC, ST and PwD categories. There is also a relaxation of 3 years for LLM degree holders and of 5 years for those having research experience. There is no upper age limit for candidates applying for Assistant Professor.
  • Candidates should have 55% marks in master’s degree or equivalent examination. The minimum marks required for candidates belonging to OBC(non-creamy layer), SC, ST and PwD categories is 50%
  • Those in the final degree of master’s are also eligible.
  • Candidates who have PhD degree are given relaxation of 5% in marks.

UGC NET APPLICATION PROCESS

The application process for UGC NET started on 17th October 2016 and closed on 23rd November 2016.  The candidates had to register on the official website. The application could be accessed by visiting official website of CBSE i.e, www.cbsenet.nic.in. candidates had to use scanned image of passport size photograph in jpg format. The size of the image was supposed to be between 4kb and 40kb. The size of the scanned image of signature was supposed to be between 4kb and 30 kb.

UGC NET APPLICATION FEE

After filling the application form successfully, next step was application fee payment. Application fee varied for different categories.  The candidates of general category had to pay Rs. 600 while the candidates of OBC (non-creamy layer) and SC/ST/PwD category had to pay Rs. 300 and Rs. 150 respectively. Fee could be paid through both the modes i.e, offline as well as online.

UGC NET ADMIT CARD

The admit card for UGC NET exam will be available on the official website from 21st December 2016. Candidates can download admit card using the following steps:

  • Visit the website
  • Click on the link “admit card for UGC NET”
  • Enter your application number and password
  • View and save UGC NET admit card.

UGC NET EXAM PATTERN

UGC NET exam consists of three papers. Exam will be conducted in pen paper mode. Candidates will have to attempt three papers in 5 hours consisting of 175 questions and 350 marks.  All the questions asked will be of objective type. The marking scheme for the three papers is same. Two marks will be awarded for every correct answer.

UGC NET 2017 RESULTS

The result of UGC NET exam will be declared on the official website of CBSE. Candidates can check the result once the merit list is out.

Qualifying criteria

The candidates will have to clear the cut off marks. From among the candidates who have secured minimum required marks or more, a merit list will be prepared. Marks of all the three papers will be taken into consideration for preparing the merit list. Top 15% candidates from each subject and category will be declared as NET qualified for Assistant Professor. A separate merit list will be prepared for JRF candidates from among the qualified candidates.

UGC NET CUT-OFF

In order to secure a place in the merit list, candidates will have to score the minimum qualifying marks. However, securing minimum qualifying marks does not guarantee a seat in the merit list. The final cut-off will be declared by CBSE.

CATEGORY PAPER-1 CUTOFF PAPER-2 CUTOFF PAPER-3 CUTOFF
GENERAL 40 (40%) 40(40%) 75(50%)
OBC/SC/ST/PwD 35(35%) 35(35%) 60(40%)

IMPORTANT DATES

EVENTS DATES
START OF ONLINE APPLICATION 17TH OCTOBER 2016
END OF ONLINE APPLICATION 17TH NOVEMBER 2016
LAST DATE OF FEE PAYMENT THROUGH CHALLAN 17TH NOVEMBER 2016
CORRECTION OF DETAILS IN APPLICATION FORM NOVEMBER 22 TO 29, 2016
ADMIT CARD DOWNLOAD 21ST DECEMBER 2016
DATE OF EXAM 22ND JANUARY 2017

When People Say They Don’t Care

Don’t Care!

I have often wondered what people mean when they say they Don’t Care!

Sometimes I have found it funny, sometimes offensive – esp when you provide a feedback and they don’t seem to respond at all.

  • Does it mean that I am not important to them?
  • Does it mean that what I say doesn’t make any sense?
  • Does it mean that they are too hung up on their view that they don’t want to hear anything else?

So many questions and I don’t seem to have a very convincing answer. Then I come across this video which simplifies the meaning and its relevance for me when people say “I don’t care


People’s Views

We have debated this quite a few times. Most times we have encouraged or even vehemently argued that the society’s views don’t matter. We should always do what our heart says and so on. All of those is very fair and we still stand by it very strongly.

We should not allow other’s opinions to sway our decisions, we should be strong and define a path for ourselves. But, that doesn’t that we don’t care about what others think about us.

If I am being honest, I always care. I always am conscious or try to be thoughtful about what other’s think about me, how my behaviour or action makes them feel. It almost feels very careless when someone says “I don’t care what others think”. It sends an awful message saying that you are not open for feedback.

The more you say that you don’t care or give a s*it, the more people refrain from providing you an honest feedback. And you really end up losing a lot.


An act of Contempt?

It is very easy to feel good about ourselves and supremely confident. But that doesn’t mean that we get to trample over everyone else and treat the society or people around us with contempt.

You won’t be swayed by others easily – you need not be. You have every right to maintain your position and decision. There is no point in responding to every feedback that comes your way. You still have your brains and you are the only person who can take a decision on what to do next with the data presented in front of you.

So, if someone comes up to you and provides you a feedback, don’t just go out to blurt that you don’t care. LISTEN! It doesn’t matter if you are not going to act on it, but do listen and take it in. See whether it makes sense to you or not.

If it doesn’t you can always respectfully disagree and thank them for the words of wisdom.

If however, it is too foolish, then don’t bother – just try to finish the conversation as soon as possible and move on. In short, there is no one way to respond to a situation. But just ensure that you don’t dissociate yourself so much from the society that you don’t even belong to your roots any more.


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Recharge Coupons Simplified!

There used to be a time when we had to keep a track of dates for submission of different bills. Firstly planning a visit to the bill payment centre, beating the traffic to reach a place early, standing in long queues or pleading to the shopkeeper who did the recharge to quickly recharge are scenarios when things were difficult.

Thanks to Freecharge Coupons, RechargeItNow and similar websites, the hassle of recharging and payment of bills has vanished. In the following you will read about the recharge coupons and the ease which they have brought it our lives:

  1. What is Recharge Coupon?

A recharge coupon is a wonder which helps us to recharge mostly our mobile phones, DTH and Cable Service and Data Card.

Online Recharge websites such as, Freecharge, RechargeItNow, CouponDunia, Mobikwik and lots more have eased the pain of paying bills offline or recharging our electrical facilities. Through such websites, we can quickly recharge our pre-paid, post-paid mobile phones, DTH and Data Cards or through some websites like Freecharge, for example, pay the electricity bill, gas bill, landline bill etc.


  1. How to recharge using website?

To use an online recharge shop or website is simple. User can choose one website and select from the services available on that website. A site like RechargeItNow will let you recharge mobile, data card and DTH while site like Freecharge would help you recharge and pay the bills, just as mentioned above.

Once you have selected what you want to recharge, you will be asked to fill in some personal details and finally be asked to pay the amount using online bank transfers or net banking. After the amount has been paid, the user is notified about the same and then you can relax as your recharge process is done!


  1. The Cashback

On some of the online recharge website, you are likely to see ‘Cashback on so and so product’. The Cashback is an added advantage to online recharging. It is like an added incentive to buyers who receive cash refund or cash back after buying a certain product. It can simply be termed as, ‘being paid for recharging your phone, DTH or Data etc.’

For Cashback, a user needs to login or register on the online recharge website and select from the Cashback coupons available. Once the coupon is decided, they click on ‘Activate Deal’ or ‘Reveal Coupon’ and shop or recharge normally. When the recharge or shopping procedure is completed, the user receives promised amount of cash in the wallet of the account of their selected recharge coupons website.

With that Cashback, users can either transfer it to their bank account or can use it to shop more or can even recharge their mobile phone!


  1. Added Services

It is important to keep a tab on the upcoming Online Recharge Portals. Every now and then they keep adding new facilities or important new services onto their websites. Freecharge, for example, is coming up with a facility where the user can be reminded of making payments.

They also have a new service called; ‘Auto-Pay’, wherein you can add the amount once in your Freecharge wallet and when the time comes, Freecharge will automatically make payments of the pending or due bills. A confirmation is also sent to the user.


  1. Be careful of Terms and Conditions

We know it’s easy to be impressed and get excited seeing the amazing offers on recharges but we also urge you to read the terms and conditions which are there on the coupons.

Generally, the recharge coupons are pretty transparent in their dealings but many coupons have a ‘* T&C applied’ note written on bottom of code. The terms and conditions mostly explain the use of the coupon and certain conditions. So, no harm is done to read those terms. We promise, they are not elaborate or tedious to read and understand!

In conclusion, when so many online recharge sites are making your job easy, why still visit the bill payment centre or go to recharge shops? Using a recharge coupon is easy and efficient. Just choose a website, choose a deal, activate the deal, may or may not receive Cashback and that’s it! Start using online recharge shops such as Freecharge, RechargeItNow and Paytm etc to make your life easy or at least your recharges easy! Grab that recharge coupon now!

For more such details or articles, please contact us at info@inspire99.com and we will be happy to take your request ahead.


 

MBA Preparation and MAT – Management Aptitude Test

MBA is always a BIG decision to take, esp when you are considering a shift in career and investing a considerable amount of money in fees. So, it does make sense to be aware of the many options you have as a student, not just in the form of schools to apply to, but also the number of exams available for these schools. And one such you would benefit of being conscious of is the MAT.


Choosing The Right School

India has more than 3,000 management schools offering MBA. Not all of them provide you with the best quality of education. You need to be aware of the schools you are applying to and the exam scores applicable for the same. Our advice is always to make your three tier choices, right from the top rung to your safe choices

  • Dream Goal
  • Moderate Goal
  • Safe Goal

This is done, not just to say that you have a good number of choices, but to ensure that you are saving time and not just being too hard on yourself. Education from a good school is important, but you need to ask yourself if the trade off of time is a worthy investment in the end.

Consequently there are a number of exams available based on the schools you are applying to. Of course you would have heard of CAT, XAT, SNAP, IIFT, etc. While you are making the list of these exams, it would not be the best move to exclude MAT from your list. Quite a few of these top ranking schools in India accept the  MAT scores.


What is MAT? 

matMAT or Management Aptitude Test is a competitive entrance test for admission to MBA in B schools all over India. More than 600 reputed business schools accept the score of MAT. It is conducted four times a year in the month of February, May, September and December. it takes place in both online and offline mode.

Aspirants willing to apply for MAT are required to fill up the application form and mention the type of the exam (online or offline) they want to appear in.

MAT consists of a total of 200 questions equally distributes among five sections of language comprehension, mathematical skills, data analysis and sufficiency, intelligence and critical reasoning and Indian and global environment.

Since MAT is an MBA entrance test, equally competitive, it is recommended to prepare adequately. It requires its own amount of smart work and time investment in the form of mock tests and relevant subject matters. Of course, all exams in India tend to be competitive and MAT is no exception either. You might want to do your research about the free mock tests available out there and the previous exam papers. And only then does it make sense to go ahead with your MAT application form.


Schools Accepting MAT Scores

Here is a list of reputed B schools accepting MAT scores:

  • Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
  • TA Pai Management Institute, Manipal
  • Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai
  • Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Kolkata
  • ABV- Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Gwalior
  • Sydenham Institute of Management Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship Education, Mumbai
  • Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship, Bangalore
  • Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad
  • National Institute of Technology, Warangal
  • Balaji Institute of Modern Management, Pune

As it is said that great building can’t be build on weak foundations. So MAT provides you the best foundation stone for building your career.