Amazon India Forays into New Segment; Launches School Bookstore to Assist Parents and Students

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Targeting the commencement of the new academic session in India, Amazon has just forayed into a brand-new segment of the e-commerce industry. In June 2018, Amazon India brings to its customers a plethora of classroom study material. Serving as a one-stop solution for both employed parents and internet savvy students, Amazon launched the School Bookstore. The section would cater to students from all walks of life and shall comprise guides, textbooks, workbooks as well as study material for countless competitive exams, all of it under a single roof. On exploring further, the customer has to be astonished by the way everything is divided based on different classes, various syllabi, and by plentiful subjects.


The e-commerce behemoth believes with this step that they have taken, the firm will be able to fulfil the overall needs of parents who shop at the online marketplace and also establish a stronger customer base. Over the years, Amazon has been able to figure out the problems faced by parents in sourcing certain textbooks, and hence took this step to ease their headache. What is interesting is that the e-commerce marketplace has also brought up a school-specific bundle of textbooks and notebooks which are by all means approved by the schools teaching faculty exclusively. 

With a heavy downpour of competitive exams such as JEE, NEET, and even the Olympiads that take place at the school level, students are left baffled as to where could they but the right study material. Well now they have a great solution- the Amazon School Bookstore provides highly recommended books and guides for these exams and even equips students with previous years as well as sample papers, all of this within clicks. Thus providing students and their parents with the easiest shopping experience. 

In the last few decades, outperforming itself Amazon has proved one of the biggest online marketplaces in the country. With a well-established repute at international shores, it has successfully brought the global market in India and reinforced its place here. Offering the audience with incredible offers and discounts on a wide array of products, Amazon brings its customers some of the greatest deals of the decade. It has made sure it takes advantage of sale festivals in India and designs campaigns in a manner which would bring in miraculous sales. 

In its initial days, it was the electronics segment which made the customers hesitate a little. But with the great hard work put in by the team, they have been able to overcome this barrier to an extent that customers now prefer purchasing the newly launched electronics through such an online platform only.

Going over and analysing the various sectors Amazon has set its foot into, it can be stated that this e-commerce site is leaving no stones unturned to unlock unexplored levels of success and this is a fact that they are being able to taste the success at almost each of their ventures. With targeting the increasing number of the potential customers as well as the large list of satisfied users, it is undoubtedly true that Amazon will be experiencing a peak of success with regards to its profit and customer satisfaction levels. 

Important Tips To Ace Medical Entrance Exams

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Every year lakhs of students passing out of class 12 appear for medical entrance exams, out of which only a few are able to achieve their goal. The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test shortly only known as NEET is a medical entrance test conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for aspirants seeking admission to undergraduate BDS & MBBS courses across India.


NEET is one of the most prestigious medical entrance exams in India.  Students who are preparing for NEET 2018 must have a deep analysis of the concepts, lots of focus and expert practical knowledge to score well in the exam. Some important tips to ace medical entrance exam are given in the points mentioned below.

Know the syllabus

NEET is known for its huge syllabus. Students who are aspiring to score good marks in NEET exam must be completely familiar with the NEET syllabus. Knowing the syllabus thoroughly will help students understand the important topics of the exam which will help them to prepare effectively for the exam. Along with the syllabus, students should also know the exam pattern which will make them familiar with the marking scheme and the structure of the exam.

Follow a timetable

Following a timetable is crucial when it comes to competitive exam preparation. After analyzing the syllabus and the exam pattern properly, students are suggested to create a well-structured study timetable and follow it strictly. They should include all the chapters of the NEET syllabus in the timetable and allocate equal time for each of them. Following a timetable brings discipline in a student which lets them prepare in a systematic manner.

NEET preparation books

Books are the most important element while preparing for a competitive exam. Candidates must refer to the NEET study materials which contain the complete syllabus as prescribed by CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education). The NCERT books are considered the best books for NEET exam. Students can also consult with their mentors or teachers and refer the books they suggest.

Practice question papers

One of the best ways to understand and analyze the nature of an exam is by solving question papers. Solving NEET sample papers and NEET previous year question papers make candidates familiar with the difficulty level of questions, question pattern, and the marking scheme of the test. Candidates are advised to solve sample papers and year wise question papers like NEET 2016 Question Paper, NEET 2017 Question Paper, etc. on a regular basis to score well in the exam. Practicing NEET papers regularly will boost the confidence level of candidates and will help them to crack NEET efficiently.

These were some important tips to ace medical entrance exams. Subscribe to BYJU’S YouTube Channel to watch engaging video lessons on NEET topics and prepare for the exam more effectively.


2018-19 Computer Science Class 11 Syllabus

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CBSE class 11 Computer Science New Syllabus 2018-19
CLASS-XI
Code No. 083

(Optional for the academic year 2018-19 and mandatory for the academic year 2019-20 onwards)
1. Prerequisites
No major prerequisites are required for this course other than basic Mathematical skills. However, it will be helpful if the student has a basic knowledge of Computer Applications.
2. Learning Outcomes
1.      Develop basic computational thinking. Learn how to reason with variables, state transitions, conditionals, and iteration.
2.      Understand the notion of data types, and higher-order data structures such as lists, tuples, and dictionaries.
3.      Appreciate the notion of an algorithm, and understand its structure, including how algorithms handle corner cases.
4.      Develop a basic understanding of computer systems – architecture, OS, mobile and cloud computing.
5.      Learn basic SQL programming.
6.      Learn all about cyber safety.


3. Distribution of Marks
Unit
No.
Unit Name
Marks
1.
Programming and Computational Thinking – 1
35
2.
Computer Systems and Organisation
10
3.
Data Management – 1
15
4.
Society, Law, and Ethics – 1
10
5.
Practical
30
Total
100


4.1 Unit 1: Programming and Computational Thinking (PCT-1) (80 Theory + 70 Practical)
·         Familiarization with the basics of Python programming: a simple “hello world” program, process of writing a program, running it, and print statements; simple data-types: integer, float, string
·         Introduce the notion of a variable, and methods to manipulate it (the concept of L-value and R-value even if not taught explicitly)
·         Knowledge of data types and operators: accepting input from the console, assignment statement, expressions, operators and their precedence.
·         Conditional statements: if, if-else, if-else; simple programs: e.g.: absolute value, sort 3 numbers, and divisibility.
·         Notion of iterative computation and control flow: for, while, flowcharts, decision trees and pseudo code; write a lot of programs: interest calculation, primarily testing, and factorials.
·         Idea of debugging: errors and exceptions; debugging: pdb, break points.
·         Lists, tuples, and dictionary: finding the maximum, minimum, mean; linear search on list/tuple of numbers, and counting the frequency of elements in a list using a dictionary. Introduce the notion of accessing elements in a collection using numbers and names.
·         Sorting algorithm: bubble and insertion sort; count the number of operations while sorting.
·         Strings: compare, concat, substring; notion of states and transitions using state transition diagrams.
4.2. Unit 2: Computer Systems and Organisation (CSO) (20 Theory + 6 Practical)
·         Basic computer organisation: description of a computer system and mobile system, CPU, memory, hard disk, I/O, battery, power.
·         Types of software: application, OS, utility, libraries.
·         Language of Bits: bit, byte, MB, GB, TB, and PB.
·         Boolean logic: OR, AND, NAND, NOR, XOR, NOT, truth tables, De Morgan’s laws
·         Information representation: numbers in base 2, 8, 16, unsigned integers, binary addition
·         Strings: ASCII, UTF8, UTF32, ISCII (Indian script code)
·          executionà binary àExecution of a program: basic flow of compilation – program
·         Interpreters (process one line at a time), difference between a compiler and an interpreter
·         Running a program: Notion of an operating system, how an operating system runs a program, idea of loading, operating system as a resource manager.
·         Concept of cloud computers, cloud storage (public/private), and brief introduction to parallel computing.
4.3. Unit 3: Data Management (DM-1) (30 Theory+ 24 Practical)
·         Relational databases: idea of a database and the need for it, relations, keys, primary key, foreign key; use SQL commands to create a table, keys, foreign keys; insert/delete an entry, delete a table.
·         SQL commands: select, project, and join; indexes, and a lot of in-class practice.
·         Basics of NoSQL databases – Mongo DB.
4.4. Unit 4: Society, Law and Ethics (SLE-1) – Cyber safety (10 Theory)
·         Cyber safety: safely browsing the web, identity protection, confidentiality, social networks, cyber trolls and bullying
·         Appropriate usage of social networks: spread of rumours, and common social networking sites (Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook) and specific usage rules.
·         Safely accessing web sites: adware, malware, viruses, Trojans
·         Safely communicating data: secure connections, eavesdropping, phishing and identity verification.
5. Practical for CBSE class 11 Computer Science New Syllabus 2018-19
S.No.
Unit Name
Marks (Total=30)
1.
Lab Test (12 marks)
Python program (60% logic + 20% documentation + 20% code
quality)
8
SQL program (at least 4 queries)
4
2.
Report File + viva (10 marks)
Report file: Minimum 20 Python programs and 8 SQL commands
7
Viva-voce (based on the report file)
3
3.
Project (that uses most of the concepts that have been learned) (See CS-XII for the rules regarding the projects).
8
5.1. Programming in Python: At least the following Python concepts should be covered in the lab sessions: expressions, conditionals, loops, list, dictionary, and strings. The following are some representative lab assignments.
·         Find the largest and smallest numbers in a list.
·         Find the third largest number in a list.
·         Test for primarily.
·         Find whether a string is a palindrome or not.
·         Given two integers x and n, compute xn.
·         Compute the greatest common divisor and the least common multiple of two integers.
·         Test if a number is equal to the sum of the cubes of its digits. Find the smallest and largest such numbers.
5.2. Data Management: SQL Commands At least the following SQL commands should be covered during the labs: create, insert, delete, select, and join. The following are some representative assignments.
·         Create a student table with the student id, name, and marks as attributes where the student id is the primary key.
·         Insert the details of a new student in the above table.
·         Delete the details of a particular student in the above table.
·         Use the select command to get the details of the students with marks more than 80.
·         Create a new table (name, date of birth) by joining two tables (student id, name) and (student id, date of birth).
·         Create a new table (order ID, customer Name, and order Date) by joining two tables (order ID, customer ID, and order Date) and (customer ID, customer Name, contact Name, country).