The Importance of Keeping Stress at Bay when you Prepare for JEE- Here’s How

Why is the JEE so complex?

The JEE ( Joint Entrance Examination) is one of the main and most preferred entrance examinations by those looking to pursue a career in Engineering. Engineering is a very innovative field and requires constant development of ideas and their successive execution.

To make the students aware of this, the JEE is so set where the students are forced to think out of the box and change their outlook of how they perceive concepts. The negative marking system ensures that the student realizes how crucial not fully understanding a topic can be.

Once the students have given the JEE Mains, they can check their results in the JEE Main rank predictor. If the student is sure to have cleared the cut -off, he/she can go ahead and register for JEE Advanced.

Then, why is it feared and what are the adverse effects?

·         Students mainly take the methods implemented in a negative way and seem to dread the examination. There is stress caused which forbids them to reach their full potential and cracking the JEE.

·         Stress can lead to unnecessary, unaccounted damage to the students’ career which literally results in nothing.

·         The reasons for stress caused is natural. Pressure from parents, teachers and peers just adds to it. The idea of attempting such an entrance with 90 questions each of 4 marks in 3 hours can surely result in nightmares.

·         If they don’t do well in the JEE Mains, the dream of getting into an IIT is crushed forever.

But, students must realize that stressing about it will not get them closer to do well in the examination. If anything, it is just pulling them away from fully executing their talents. It’s hence, important for them to realize that stress must be kept aside, if they truly want to achieve their dreams.

So, how do students get around this fear?

1)      Start your preparation from the very beginning from the IIT JEE books so that there is less pressure on yourself by time of the examination.

2)      Make a well thought through time table at the very beginning of your preparation of the examination. By doing this you’ll have control over how much you’ve covered, boosting your confidence.

3)      Eat healthy and sleep well. Meditate or exercise regularly so that your body and mind is calm when you study.

4)      Convert all this stress you have into actually solving a problem or reading through a concept thoroughly. Read over concepts you don’t fully understand and if you still don’t get it, ask your teachers or peers for help. But make sure you don’t leave it.

5)      Don’t curse and swear for the examination to be so tough and waste your energy there. Instead take this as a healthy challenge and try to do your best. Strengthen your conceptual understanding and increase your speed of solving problems.

6)      Balance your CBSE class 12 syllabus so that there is no tension of not doing a particular subject at the last minute. Give each of the subjects substantial time and make sure you cover as much as you can during that time.

7)      The adrenaline of preparing the examination is fun only if you’re using the correct methods to prepare. Students really interested in the engineering field would love how much exposure they’re getting to so much knowledge and they should in turn grab the opportunity to make the best out of this experience.

8)      Take fair breaks to blow off some steam so that you give your mind enough space to absorb all that’s being learnt.

9)      If you’re stuck on a problem for a really long time just keep it away for a while and do something else. After you’ve gained a little confidence, come back to it and look at it from different angles. You’ll be sure to get it.

10)  Don’t be too casual regarding the examination. Sure, stress will get you nowhere, but, a care a hang attitude will neither. Understand the importance of this examination and how it could shape up your career.

11)  Even if you don’t get into an IIT, you can still get into other reputed colleges and pursue engineering from there. Don’t be too hard on yourself and just concentrate on giving your best in the JEE.

Top 5 upcoming smartphones under Rs 10000

Within the past few years smartphone companies have worked a lot on designs and features, we have witnessed some mind blowing designs and features that didn’t seem to exist but with the growing competition we the customers are sure to benefit a lot, there are some pretty big leaks and announcements and we just can’t wait to see them to be true. Without further a-do lets just jump on to those upcoming phones.

The best featured phones under this price tag

No doubt big brands are trying their best to derive more sales, attracting customers by the design, features or the price.  But the likes of Xiaomi and Micromax have mostly taken up the 5000-15000 budget market, by launching some exceptional phones. Though some new brands have recently hit the market and they are sure taking it by storm, brands like Meizu will definitely come out to be a smartphone supergiant in the upcoming years. Have a look at promo codes for ebay India and get discounts.


  1. Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro: Talk about budget smartphone and there you have it, Xiaomi has successfully managed to attract the likes of Indian customers by launching cheap but stylish smartphones loaded with features. The Redmi 3 Pro, is said to feature a massive 3 GB RAM along with 32 GB internal storage capacity with a 1.5 Ghz quad core processor. A 13MP camera and 5 inch screen will sure create some buzz in the market. This phone will be offered at just Rs 9999.


  1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Prime: Another feature phone to be launched by the company, this is more of a phablet as the screen size is 5.5 inches. The phone will sport a 2GB RAM alongside a 32 GB internal memory under the price tag of Rs 10000, this phablet will also offer a 13MP camera.


  1. Micromax Yu Yu5200: There are too many “YUs” in this phone which is in-fact quite thoughtful as the phone is made for you, with 3 GB RAM and 16 GB internal memory, Micromax is all set to amaze you by launching this phone at Rs 9000 alongside a 13 MP camera and 1.7 Ghz quad core processor.


  1. Meizu M3 Note: We talked about this brand earlier and this phone is made for the big screen lovers. The phone will feature a 6-inch screen with 2 GB RAM and 16GB inbuilt memory and yes 13 MP camera too, all of these just at Rs 8500


  1. Samsung Galaxy J1: Samsung is also making sure that it leaves no price segment behind, this phone by Samsung will be launched at Rs 9000 and will 8 GB inbuilt memory and 1 GB RAM a 5MP camera will sport the phone. Thought these features seem to be on the lower side, but the company might pull these off because of its brand value.


Buying these smartphones online

Most of the above mentioned phones are sold online either by an authorized e-commerce store or a general sale created by company. Though these phones are already below Rs 10000, but still if you want to save some more cash you can use shopclues discount coupons these will reduce the cost to a further extent.

The Best Cheese And Meat Combinations

Imagine a juicy chicken burger or a mutton sandwich without cheese. Horrifying isn’t it? It’s the cheese that brings out the best in the meat and its flavours. But then again, there’s an art to that. Don’t be a regular cook and add the normal square cheese slices you find at supermarkets to every meat dish you cook. Here’s our 101 on the best cheese and meat combinations, from all the wonderful variety of meat we at Licious deliver, and in just 90 minutes! Buy halal chicken online or buy mutton meat online at Licious, for a fresh delivery every time!

Blue Cheese

Blue cheese pairs really well with smoked turkey breast. It goes with a variety of chicken as well. Buffalo chicken wings with blue cheese dip, shredded buffalo chicken sandwiches oozing with stuffed blue cheese and buffalo chicken lollipops with buttermilk blue cheese dip are combinations to die for. Another combination to try is smashed mutton and blue cheese rolled and baked into perfect mutton balls. You can try all these recipes from the variety of halal chicken and mutton available online, at the Licious store.

Goat Cheese

Goat cheese goes best with smoked turkey slices in cold sandwich or mutton salami slices. Sausages are also a good combination with goat cheese in burgers and sandwiches. A classic rib eye steak goes best with goat cheese and lemon honey-mustard glaze. Whether grilled or well done, this meat is delicious with the light and creamy goat cheese. Buy the marinades and mutton from Licious to try out these wonderful recipes.

Feta Cheese

Feta cheese is best with roasted chicken salads or sprinkled over meaty pizzas. Buy our halal chicken online and whip up the best oven roasts, boiled pieces or perfectly cooked chicken to pair up with this Greek cheese.

Cream Cheese

This type of cheese is blessing for all cheese lovers as it can be eaten with savoury dishes, main courses and even desserts! But some of the best meat dishes come served with a luscious serving of cream cheese. Its best eaten with mutton steak that you can buy online at our store. Other mouth watering dishes include turkey and cream cheese rolls, cream cheese and chicken lasagna and cream cheese served along with lobster. It is a must to keep in mind that cheese doesn’t go well with seafood but ofcourse, cream cheese is always an exception!

French cuisine is an exception that even the Italians don’t mind: Lobster and cream cheese. Otherwise, don’t pair cheese and seafood.


Parmigiano or simply Parmesan cheese is called the ‘King of Cheese.’ It goes best with chicken and mutton pasta and it bring out the flavours.

Cheddar Cheese

Cheddar cheese is best mixed with pasta and lasagna and is a big hit for all those cheese lovers out there. Other combinations include chicken pie stuffed with cheddar, mutton casserole with cheddar cheese, chicken rosti topped with cheddar cheese and tasty, oozing roast chicken sandwiches and cheddar cheese.

Order online at Licious to prepare meals you will never want to stop eating! For the freshest buy online, fish, chicken and lamb must be bought from Licious!

Of Course Alton Brown Has the Best Tip For Cutting a Mango

Mangoes: fun to eat, not so fun to prep. What prevents many people from enjoying fresh mangoes is they simply have no idea how to cut them. Leave it to Alton Brown to share quite possibly the best mango-cutting tips ever, leaving us anything but intimidated to slice one ourselves. Here’s a step-by-step visual of how he does it:

Step 1: Draw about a one-inch circle on either side of the flesh.

Step 2: Peel all of the skin except where you’ve drawn the circles.

Step 3: Slice a chunk off the bottom of the mango so it can rest on a flat surface.

Step 4: Holding onto each of the circles with one hand (this prevents slipping), use your other hand to slice off the flesh on either side of the pit.

Step 5: You’re left with two equal pieces of mango flesh (the center piece contains the pit).

Step 6: Lay the “cheeks” down and peel off the remaining skin. Then slice into cubes, and enjoy!

To see Alton’s breakdown, watch the full video, but be warned: there’s (fake) blood involved. Start watching at 1:40 to avoid any graphic parts.

M&M’s Released 3 Brand-New Peanut Flavors

Your day-brightener is here in the form of some new M&M’s flavors. In celebration of its 75th anniversary, the company has announced three new and exciting Peanut M&M’s flavors: Coffee Nut, Honey Nut, and Chili Nut. You can find each flavor in stores nationwide now, but only one of them will stay for good, depending on how customers react. You can vote for your favorite flavor here or by texting the word “Vote” to 87654. With the help of a partnership with actor Tony Hale (from Veepand Arrested Development), the company is spreading the word about the Flavor Vote campaign — you can vote once a day until June 17. Which one are you most excited to try?!

How Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio Scrambles Eggs

New York chef, restauranteur, and Top Chef host Tom Colicchio knows a thing or two about scrambling eggs. While teaming up with John Hancock to promote healthy eating, Tom spoke to me on the phone about his preferred method to scramble perfectly soft curds. Here it is:

  1. Crack some eggs in a bowl. Beat vigorously so that the eggs aerate. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a pan over medium-high heat. Add some butter.
  3. Add eggs to pan and scramble eggs with a wire whisk until soft curds begin to form. Put down the whisk and use a wooden spatula to gently fold the eggs until they firm up slightly.

Ayesha Curry Will Have Her Own Show on Food Network

Ayesha Curry is an amazing cook, so it’s no surprise that she has landed her own show onFood Network. The show will be called At Home With Ayesha, and there’s no release date yet, but stay tuned. This latest accomplishment is just another exciting food venture for Ayesha — her cookbook, The Seasoned Life: Food, Family, and the Joy of Eating Well, will be released this September, and it’s filled with 100 of her favorite recipes. Here’s to hoping the show features many appearances by Ayesha’s husband, Steph Curry, and the couple’s impossibly cute daughters.

‘Love Handles’ Transformed into Insulin-Producing Cells

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A body part that many would wish away — their love handles — can be turned it into life-saving transplant: Researchers reprogramed fat cells from a person’s waistline into pancreatic cells capable of producing the crucial hormone insulin.

If further testing shows that the cells are safe to implant into a person’s body, and effectively produce insulin once they are there, they could one day be used to treat people with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes, experts say.

In a petri dish, researchers coaxed these reprogrammed pancreatic cells, called beta cells, to produce ample amounts of the hormone insulin, which helps the body turn food into fuel for muscles and organs such as the brain.

“We’re very confident that we’re the closest to natural beta cells which you can get,” said study co-author Martin Fussenegger, a bioengineer at ETH Zurich, a science and technology university in Switzerland.

Blood sugar regulation

Normally, when food is broken down, levels of glucose (or sugar) rise in the blood, and in response, the cells of the pancreas produce insulin and release it into the bloodstream. Insulin then binds to receptors on cells throughout the body, essentially unlocking them and allowing body cells to absorb glucose from the bloodstream and use it for energy.

But in people with type 1 diabetes, the immune system mistakes the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas for foreign invaders, and often early in life, it systematically destroys them all. People with type 1 diabetes need lifelong injections of insulin to survive.

In those with type 2 diabetes, the pancreas continues to produce insulin, but the insulin receptors on body cells grow misshapen and no longer bind insulin as well, meaning the cells develop insulin resistance and cannot take in sugar efficiently. Up to a point, the pancreas can compensate for this by cranking out more insulin to offset insulin resistance. But at some point, the pancreas simply can’t keep up with the body’s insulin needs, and people develop type 2 diabetes.

For decades, researchers tried to find ways to treat people with type 1 diabetes by implanting pancreatic cells from people who had died. However, there is a shortage of pancreatic cells for transplant, and people who received these transplants had to take powerful immune-system-suppressing drugs to prevent the body from rejecting the foreign tissue.

Stem cell reprogramming

To get around that obstacle, some researchers have focused on finding ways to reprogram a person’s own cells to become pancreatic beta cells. For instance, earlier this year, researchers turned skin cells in insulin-producing beta cells.

The first step in this line of research is to take cells from a patient and turn back the clock on them, so they are stem cells, meaning they can turn into many different cell types. Researchers then have to persuade the cells to become pancreatic beta cells, through a process called differentiation.

In previous work, researchers “threw all kinds of chemicals and factors on them to make them differentiate, and that was kind of trial and error,” Fussenegger told Live Science.

The cells that resulted acted similar to, but not exactly like, normal human pancreatic beta cells. For instance, the cells did not produce as much insulin as normal cells do in response to rising blood sugar levels, Fussenegger said.

More exact replicas

To produce better replicas of beta cells, Fussenegger and his colleagues took a closer look at the tightly choreographed rise and fall of chemical signals that cause stem cells to become mature beta cells during normal embryonic development. Then, the team created a genetic program to produce these chemical signals at just the right time, and inserted the program into a virus.

Next, they harvested fat from a 50-year-old woman and converted the fat cells into stem cells. Then, they inserted their genetic program, and coaxed the cells to become beta cells. Once the cells were mature, the viral DNA was gradually removed by ordinary cellular processes, so that no extra genetic material was left behind in the cells, Fussenegger said.

In a petri dish, the cells behaved much more like real pancreatic beta cells than previous reprogrammed stem cells had, the researchers reported Monday (April 11) in the journal Nature Communications.

“The glucose responsiveness of those beta cells, which is the hallmark of beta cells, was practically identical to human islet cells that are used for transplantation,” Fussenegger said.

Long road to a cure

The next step will be to find a suitable animal model to see if the cells work similarly in animals.

For people with type 1 diabetes, these cells would need to be encapsulated in a protective shield, such as a gel, so the immune system would not destroy them. For people with type 2 diabetes, the cells could be implanted as is, boosting insulin production and eliminating the main symptom of their disease, Fussenegger said.

The new technique is a “‘Star Trek,’ starship Enterprise kind of thing: designer genes, designer cells, synthetic switches,” said Dr. Joel Habener, a physician and molecular endocrinologist at Harvard University who was not involved in the study. “It’s pretty ingenious, I think.”

The cells that the researchers made do an impressive job of producing insulin in response to glucose, or sugar concentrations, just as normal beta cells do, Habener said.

However, the cells still need to be tested in animals, such as mice, to make sure they are safe, Habener added. Then, the cells could be tested in human patients in five to 10 years, Fussenegger said.

9 Tips for Choosing the Best Bug Spray

A woman sprays bug spray onto her legs while sitting next to a lake,

As the weather warms up and you head outdoors, remember, humans are not the only species to delight in such balmy days: Summer is also a busy season for pesky insects that can bite or sting you, or even transmit a disease.

Fortunately, you can take steps to protect yourself from being bitten up by eager mosquitoes, ticks or flies.

One important strategy is to avoid those times when biting insects are most active, whenever it’s possible, said Jonathan Day, a professor of medical entomology at the University of Florida/IFAS Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory in Vero Beach. Mosquitoes are most active right before sunrise and around sunset, he said.

But in the summer, dawn and twilight are also popular times for people to take a walk or have a barbecue, Day said. In that case, you can tellmosquitoes to buzz off by covering up as much exposed skin as possible with clothing, Day suggested. Wear breathable fabrics that have a tight weave and are comfortable in hot and humid conditions, he said.

Even when you’re wearing protective clothing and avoiding peak activity times, however, some areas of the skin will remain exposed to biting insects, such as the neck, forehead, cheeks, wrists and ankles. That’s where an effective insect repellent comes into play, Day told Live Science.

Insect repellents are useful against any blood-feeding arthropods, which include mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers and fleas, Day said. Repellents are also partially effective against horseflies and deerflies, which have an annoying tendency to fly around people’s heads, he said.

Insect repellents will not work on any stinging insects, such as bees, hornets and wasps, Day said.

Insect repellents may be sold as sprays, lotions, sticks, foams and wipes. When you’re looking for a reliable repellent, Day suggests that you should consider the following points:

1. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you use products containing one of three active ingredients — synthetic chemicals, such as DEET; picaridin; or plant-derived chemicals, such as oil of lemon eucalyptus — provide the longest-lasting protection. (The chemical names for DEET may be listed on the product label as the ingredients N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide or N,N-diemethylbenzamide.) Read product labels carefully, because not everyone should use every product: They may say that oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under age 3 or that products containing DEET should not be used on infants under 2 months of age.

2. Look for a product that offers at least 60 minutes of complete protection with the first application, Day said. DEET products, even those containing the lowest concentrations of DEET (5 to 7 percent), provide about 90 minutes of complete protection when first put on. Your level of activity also affects how long the protection will last. If you are lying in a hammock, you might get that entire hour and a half of complete protection from a low-concentration DEET product. That same product won’t last as long if you’re playing softball, running or engaging in some other sweaty activity, he said.

3. Most repellents have chemicals in them that can be irritating to the skin as well as to areas close to the eyes, ears, nose and mouth. To keep irritation to a minimum, Day suggests using a lower-concentration DEET product or some other product. Also, when you’re applying bug spray to your face, first place the repellent on your hands, and then use your hands to put it on your face, Day said.

4. Parents should not allow young children to apply their own insect repellent, and they should not put repellent on young children’s hands, because kids might use their hands to rub their eyes or nose, or put them in their mouths, Day warned. Avoid placing repellent on areas near kids’ eyes and mouth.

5. Studies have found that alternative repellents containing plant-based ingredients, such as citronella, geranium oil or vanilla, may only provide about 20 minutes of complete protection, Day said. People who want to use these products may need to reapply them more often, he recommended, and you should be careful even when you’re applying these plant-based chemicals near your ears, eyes, nose and mouth, because they also can be irritating to your skin.

6. You may have to take a slightly different strategy than you take with mosquitoes when you want to prevent tick bites. When Day goes to a place with a high density of ticks, he wears long sleeves to cover up exposed skin, puts his pant legs into his socks and then applies repellent to his boots and socks, he said. “Ticks can get onto shoes and pant legs, then crawl up a person’s body,” he said.

7. Read the label to make sure the product protects against the specific insect you want to repel. Some repellents are not formulated to work against certain insects.

8. Avoid products that combine insect repellent and sunscreen, because mixing these two products on your own reduces the effectiveness of both of them, Day said. In addition, when you need sunscreen, it’s usually during those times of day when mosquitoes are not that active, he said.

9. On the other hand, the following methods are ineffective ways to repel mosquitoes: ultrasound devices attached to a belt or installed in a yard, wristbands containing repellent and citronella candles, Day said. He said that repellents work by providing a protective layer on the skin or body that insects need to make contact with. Repellent found in a wristband that’s worn on one arm does a poor job of preventing a person from getting bitten on that arm or on skin elsewhere, according to research from Consumer Reports. Placing a citronella candle on a patio deck, for example, may only provide protection in one quadrant of the deck, and mosquitoes would go around this one area and into the three other quadrants that don’t contain citronella, Day said.

In addition, some people swear that eating certain foods, such as garlic or bananas, or taking a dietary supplement like vitamin B12, will ward off biting insects, Day said. But there’s no evidence that any food or supplement can help prevent insect bites, he said.