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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

HDFC Bank Meritus Scholarships

HDFC Bank Meritus Scholarships

It is said that children are the future. They are the ones who will transform every parent’s vision into a reality. Now we present a chance to nurture every child’s talent and help him/ her excel, through the HDFC Bank Meritus Scholarships.

The HDFC Bank Meritus Scholarships is one of the initiatives by which we intend to bring more opportunities to talented and deserving students. We plan to give out over 5000 Scholarships ranging from Rs.2,500 to Rs.10 Lakh amounting to Rs.1.5 crore, to students from the 4th to the 9th standard.

A special panel of judges will evaluate the final shortlisted participants and decide the winners.

Evaluation will be based on the following parameters:

a. Academics : Last 2 years performance in school
b. Extracurricular activities and Sports : Competitions won in intra-school, inter-school, state level and national level
c. Final written tests


Who can participate?
Any child studying from Standard 4 to Standard 9

How does the student participate?

To participate, the child's parents need to fill up the Registration form for the HDFC Bank Meritus Scholarship. Registration is free of cost. The participant can register online Click here to register.

What is the documentation required?

No documentation required in order to register for the HDFC Bank Meritus Scholarship.

The participant needs to produce below mentioned documents while collecting the Certificates and Scholarships.

1. Details of the registered telephone number
2. Original photo ID card of the participant
3. Copy of the school ID card / diary

Registrations Last Date: 15th Feb, 09

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HDFC Bank Meritus Scholarships Sample Question

HDFC Bank Meritus Scholarships Sample Question

Sample Questions for 4th & 5th Standard

1. What ruler is referred to as the 'Mad Monarch'?

Mohammad bin Tughlaq

2. During the 1857 mutiny who was the queen of Jhansi's trusted general?

Tantia Tope
Bhagat Singh
Hyder Ali

3. What empire did the emperor Krishnadeva Raya rule over?

4. Who founded Sikhism?

Guru Gobind Singh
Guru Nanak
Tegh Bahadur

5. Which of the following materials will be attracted to a magnet?


Sample Questions for 6th & 7th Standard

1. What age in Indian History is referred to as the 'Golden Age'?


2. The Brihadeeswara temple at Tanjore was built by which dynasty?


3. Which king was the first to use rockets in warfare?

Tipu Sultan
Hyder Ali

4. Who, in collaboration with the Japanese, started the 'Indian National Army', in the hope of expelling the British from India?

Subhash Chandra Bose
Bhagat Singh
Tantia Tope

5. During the reign of which emperor is the poet Kalidasa accepted to have lived?

Chandragupta Vikramaditya

Sample Questions for 8th & 9th Standard

1. What theory of ancient Indian history has recently been disproved?
Gypsy migration theory
Aryan invasion theory
Theory of origin of Vedas

2. What is the chemical formula for ozone?


3. What quantity has been reduced to cause the fall while ice-skating?

4. Which of the following substances acts as an insulator to the path of electricity?
Impure Water

5. Which of the following is a term for a type of energy?


More Sample Questions

1. George Safford Parker is famous for having created which stationary brand named after him?
Parker Pen
Ritter Pen
Mont Blanc

2. Which train was introduced in 1969 to provide high speed connectivity from the capital New Delhi to all the state capitals?
Shatabdi Express
Rajdhani Express
Oriental Express

3. The name of which of the following coffee joints is the Italian word for a coffee brewer or a bartender?

Coffee Day
Costas Coffee

4. Which Indian system of medicine gets its name from Sanskrit for 'the science of long life'?

5. Who is the author of the Best of Booker Prize Winner book, Midnight's Children?
Arundathi Roy
Aniruddha Bahal
Salman Rushdie

6. India has only three national holidays: Independence Day, Republic Day and?
Gandhi Jayanti
Buddha Poornima
Ambedkar Jayanti

7. What is common abbreviation of the term 'Sensitive Index' in India?


8. In the field of sports in India, which award is presented to the best coach?
Arjuna Award
The Dhronacharya Award
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award

9. What is the name of Chennai’s IPL team?
Mega Stars
Super Kings
Real Stars

10. Along with Tiger Woods, Thierry Henry and Roger Federer, who is the only Indian currently endorsing Gillette?

Sachin Tendulkar
Rahul Dravid
Saurav Ganguly

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Housing Board Buildings, Santhi Nagar, Thiruvananthapuram – 695 001


Applications are invited for the Entrance Examinations for admission to the following Degree Courses in various Professional Colleges in the State for 2009-2010.

(a) Medical
(i) MBBS (ii) BDS (iii) BHMS (iv) BAMS (v) BSMS

(b) Agriculture (i) BSc. Hons. (Agriculture) (ii) BFSc. (Fisheries) (iii) BSc. Hons. (Forestry)

(c) Veterinary BVSc. & AH

(d) Engineering B.Tech. [including B.Tech. (Agricultural Engg.)/B.Tech. (Dairy Sc. & Tech.) courses under the Kerala Agricultural University]

(e) Architecture B.Arch.

Note:- Candidates satisfying the eligibility conditions as laid down in the Prospectus and who seek admission to all the above mentioned courses in Government seats have to apply in the prescribed application form issued by the Commissioner for Entrance Examinations. There is separate Entrance Examinations for admission to Engineering and Medical Courses conducted by the CEE and the allotment will be based on the rank in these Entrance Examinations. The CEE will not conduct any Entrance Examination for admission to B.Arch. course. However, candidates seeking admission to B.Arch. course should compulsorily appear and qualify the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) conducted by the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Architecture (NIASA).

2. Eligibility for Admission:

(A) Nativity:

(i) Applicant should be an Indian citizen. Persons of Indian Origin (PIO)/Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Card Holders will be treated on par with Indian citizens for the limited purpose of admission.

(ii) Both Keralites and Non-Keralites are eligible to apply for the Entrance Examination. Applicants of Kerala origin will be categorized as ‘Keralites’. Others will be categorized as ‘Non-Keralites’.

(iii) A candidate will be considered as a ’Keralite’, for the limited purpose of eligibility for admission, if (a) he/she or his/her father/mother was born in Kerala OR (b) he/she has been a resident of Kerala for a period of 5 years within a period of 12 years OR (c) he/she has undergone his/her school studies from Standards VIII to XII in educational institution(s) in Kerala. The candidate should obtain relevant certificates in the application form as prescribed in the Prospectus to avail such benefit.

(iv) Candidates who are children of All India Service (AIS) officers allotted to Kerala cadre, claiming Keralite Status, should produce a certificate from the competent authority showing that the parent of the candidate is an AIS officer allotted to Kerala cadre.

(v) Non-Keralites are classified as ‘Non-Keralite Category-I’ and ‘Non-Keralite Category-II’.

(vi) ‘Non-Keralite Category-I’ candidates are those who have undergone the qualifying course in Kerala, and who are the sons/daughters of Employees of the Government of India, or, employees who are serving in connection with the affairs of the Government of Kerala, subject to the condition that, all categories of the employees mentioned above should have served in Kerala for a minimum period of 2 years, or, have served in connection with the affairs of the Government of Kerala for a minimum period of 2 years. Such candidates will be eligible for admission to the Government seats under ‘State Merit’ only, for all the courses, which are filled on the basis of the rank in the Entrance Examination(s) or the rank list prepared by giving equal weightage to the marks in NATA and qualifying examination, as applicable.

(vii) Candidates who do not belong to the ‘Keralite’ or ‘Non-Keralite Category-I’ will be treated as ‘Non-Keralite Category-II'. They are eligible for admission ONLY to the ‘State Merit’ seats in the Private Self-financing Engineering Colleges in the State and in the Management Quota seats in Self-financing Engineering institutions sponsored by Government. Non-Keralite candidates will not be considered for admission against reserved seats.

(B) Academic Qualification :

(i) Medical/Agriculture/Veterinary Courses : Candidates should have passed the Higher Secondary Examination or examination recognized as equivalent thereto, with 50% marks in Biology, and 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology put together. Those who wish to take admission to MBBS/BDS courses should acquire 50% marks in the Medical Entrance Examination (As per the guidelines issued by Medical Council of India). Candidates seeking admission to BVSc. & AH course under the Kerala Agricultural University, in addition to the qualification prescribed above, should have passed the qualifying examination with 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English put together (as per the regulation of Veterinary Council of India).

(ii) Eligibility of BSc. Degree holders:
Those who apply based on their BSc. Degree, for admission to MBBS, BDS, BAMS, BHMS, BSMS Courses, should have obtained their BSc. Degree with one of the subjects, Physics, Chemistry, Zoology, Botany, Bio-Chemistry as Main, and any one or two of these subjects as subsidiaries, with 50% marks for Main and Subsidiaries taken together, provided they have passed the Higher Secondary or equivalent examination, with Physics, Chemistry and Biology as optional subjects.

(iii) Engineering Courses:
Candidates who have passed Higher Secondary Examination, Kerala or examinations recognized as equivalent thereto, with 50% marks in Mathematics separately, and 50% marks in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry/Bio-technology/ Computer Science/Biology put together are eligible for admission. Candidates having Three year Diploma in Engineering awarded by the Board of Technical Examinations, Kerala or equivalent, having 50% marks in the final Diploma examination, are also eligible for admission. However, these Diploma holders are not eligible for admission to the Engineering courses offered by Kerala Agricultural University.

(iv) Architecture Course :
Candidates who have passed 10+2 Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination or examinations recognized as equivalent thereto, with Mathematics as a subject of examination, with 50% marks in aggregate / Candidates who have passed 10+3 Diploma (any stream) recognised by Central/State Governments with 50% aggregate marks / Candidates with International Baccalaureate Diploma, after 10 years of schooling, with not less than 50% marks in aggregate and with Mathematics as compulsory subject of examination are eligible to apply. In addition, candidates will have to score 40% marks (80 marks out of 200) in the NATA (National Aptitude Test in Architecture). Reserved category (SC/ST/SEBC) candidates should also have obtained 40% marks in NATA, as per guidelines of Council of Architecture. (For details, visit

(C) Relaxation in marks in the Qualifying Examination :
For all courses, a relaxation of 5% marks in the qualifying examination will be allowed to those candidates who belong to the communities listed under the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) and whose annual family income is up to Rs. 4.5 lakhs (Rupees Four Lakhs and Fifty Thousand only). SC/ST candidates need only a pass in the qualifying examination. But candidates belonging to SEBC categories, seeking admission to MBBS/BDS courses, need 45% marks in Biology and 45% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology put together, in the qualifying examination and 40% marks in Medical Entrance Examination. Candidates belonging to SC/ST categories need 40% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology put together in the qualifying examination and 40% marks in the Entrance Examination for seeking admission to MBBS/BDS Courses.

(D) Candidates who have appeared/are appearing for Qualifying Examinations:
Candidates who have not passed the qualifying examination but have appeared/are appearing for the Higher Secondary or equivalent examination or the three-year Engineering Diploma Examination of this academic year, will also be permitted to take the Entrance Examination(s) provisionally. But, such candidates should prove their academic eligibility on the date of admission. Candidates applying for Medical courses based on BSc. Degree, should have passed the Degree Examination at the time of submission of application.

(E) Age : The candidate should complete 17 years of age as on 31st December, 2009.

3. Schedule for the Entrance Examinations :

The Entrance Examinations will be held at all the District Centres in Kerala, New Delhi and Dubai (UAE), on the dates mentioned below as per Indian Standard Time (IST).

Engineering Entrance Examination (For Engineering courses except Architecture)

20.04.2009 Monday 10.00 A.M. to 12.30 P.M. Paper-I : Physics & Chemistry.
21.04.2009 Tuesday 10.00 A.M. to 12.30 P.M. Paper-II: Mathematics.

Medical Entrance Examination (For Medical, Agriculture and Veterinary Courses)

22.04.2009 Wednesday 10.00 A.M. to 12.30 P.M. Paper-I : Chemistry & Physics.

23.04.2009 Thursday 10.00 A.M. to 12.30 P.M. Paper-II: Biology.

Note: Candidates seeking admission to B.Arch. course should also submit the Application form to the CEE. There is no State level Entrance Examination for this purpose. However such candidates should write the National Aptitude Test for Architecture and should forward the NATA score and mark list of the qualifying examination to the CEE on or before 12.06.2009.

4. Application Forms :


(b) SC/ST candidates should apply in light Pink application forms and all other candidates should apply in the General application form (Apple Green). Candidates under ‘Other Eligible Communities' (OEC) should apply in the General application form. Candidates who are children of Inter-Caste Married Couple, of which one is SC/ST, should apply in the form meant for SC/ST.

(c) Application Fee :

General candidates - Rs.700/-
SC/ST candidates - Rs.350/-

Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates whose annual family income is below Rs.40,000/- can have Application Form free of cost from the specified branches of SBT and district offices of the Scheduled Tribes Development Department on production of Community Certificate and Income Certificate. [As per G.O.(Rt)No. 80/09/H.Edn., dated: 21.01.2009]

(d) Application Distribution Centres :
The Application form and Prospectus will be distributed from 10 am on 27.01.2009 to 26.02.2009 through selected branches of State Bank of Travancore in Kerala and outside the State. The amount towards the fee of application is to be remitted in cash at the distribution centre. The list of State Bank of Travancore branches, selected as sales centres, is appended separately. Application Forms will not be available by post or sold from the office of the Commissioner for Entrance Examinations.

(e) Application form :
All candidates will receive the application form, OMR Data Sheet, an envelope bearing the address of the Commissioner for Entrance Examinations and the Prospectus. Candidates should ensure that the Application number printed in the Application Form, OMR Data Sheet and on the cover are the same.

(f) Facility to Download the Application Form : Candidates who do not claim any reservation benefit can apply in the prescribed application form (which can be downloaded from the website ‘’). The application fee of Rs.700/- can be remitted in any branch of State Bank of Travancore (SBT) using the chalan provided along with the downloaded application form. The original chalan should be attached with the application form duly signed and authorised by the authorities of SBT. Those candidates who reside outside the State and do not claim any reservation benefit can apply in the downloaded form along with a Demand Draft for Rs.700/- drawn on a Nationalised Bank in favour of the Commissioner for Entrance Examinations payable at Thiruvananthapuram.

(g) Candidates opting DUBAI (UAE) as the Centre for Entrance Examination : Candidates, who choose ‘DUBAI’ as their centre for the Entrance Examinations, should submit along with their filled in application form, a Demand Draft for Rs.8,500/- (Rupees Eight Thousand Five Hundred only), drawn on a Nationalized Bank in favour of the 'Commissioner for Entrance Examinations' payable at Thiruvananthapuram. Those applying in downloaded forms should enclose Demand Drafts for Rs.700/- as Application fee and Rs.8,500/- as centre fee. The candidates opting Dubai centre should note that the examinations are conducted as per Indian Standard Time (IST).

5. Last date and time for receipt of filled in Application Forms
: The filled in Application Form along with the OMR DATA SHEET and other relevant documents, to be submitted with the Application Form, is to be sent in the printed envelope bearing the address of the Commissioner for Entrance Examinations supplied along with the application form, so as to reach him before 5 p.m. on 26.02.2009 (Thursday), by Hand Delivery/Registered Post /Speed Post. Completed Applications will be received in the Office of the Commissioner for Entrance Examinations on holidays also.

6. Belated Applications : Belated applications will be rejected. Candidates are therefore advised to apply well in advance. The Commissioner for Entrance Examinations will not be responsible for any postal delay.

7. Candidates will not be allowed to include any information in the application form or to submit any Certificates/Documents claiming reservation or any other benefits, after the submission of the application, under any circumstances. Requests in this regard will not be entertained by the Office of the Commissioner.

8. Certificates that are to be obtained in the body of the Application should be obtained in the body of the Application form itself.

9. Incomplete or defective applications will be summarily REJECTED and no correspondence will be entertained in this regard.

10. The Entrance Examinations and the subsequent allotments will be based on the various provisions laid down in the Prospectus approved by the Government. Prospectus for the KEAM Entrance Examinations 2009 is available in the website of the Commissioner for Entrance Examinations at “”. Candidates are requested to go through the various provisions in the Prospectus before submitting their applications.

NB: Wherever Rs.2.5 lakhs is mentioned as annual family income limit for availing SEBC reservation claims/benefits, may be read as Rs.4.5 lakhs in the Prospectus for KEAM Entrance Examinations 2009. [G.O.(Ms)No.9/2009/SCSTDD, dated: 24.01.2009]

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