i got the opjems 2008 scholarship

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whenever i am too bored or too excited ,i end up finding myself writing a blog on the blogger like this one.and you won’t be getting any cookies for guessing the mood in which i am now.
i had been waiting anxiously for the results of opjems to come in and settle me down.Now it has arrived and has pleasantly surprised me.It has erased my memories of a not-so-good midterms.So,now comes the vote of thanks

#Thanks-giving speech (i am changing moods now)
i would like to thank my neighbors for letting me share their food otherwise i would have starved to death.i would like to thank my friends who said to me that i crack a lot of PJ’s.i would like to thank my friends who bore the brunt of my PJ’s.
i would like to thank my elder brother for showing me the path always.
#you are still reading,ok then i should thank you for showing patience to #endure my thanksgiving speech.
i would like to thank my best friend whose dream celebrity was Aishwarya Rai.
i would like to thank the stranger to whom i gave the directions.
i would like to thank Ramnik and Gunjan for their suggestions.
#i am crying now ….are you not moved,thou emotionless soul!
i would like to thank Anand for once saying that i do not say PJ’s but give witty answers.thanks anand,for giving me confidence.
i would like to thank my batchmates for tolerating my PPJ’s(poorest of PJ’s) with a frustrated look.
#last but not the least
i thank my friends chikda,chacha,goli,andhera,kamal and yaggi for being there always to tolerate my PJ’s and cheer me up with their PJ’s.
thank you everyone for reading this blog till the end.
(i can tell you that you definitely have a quality of patience. )

My vision of India in 2025

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Last year I had written an essay on my vision of my 50th birthday for applying for OPJEMS scholarship. Last year I wasn’t selected for interview round but this year I have been selected for the interview.
This year they had asked to write an essay on my vision on India in 2025. This is what i had written this time around. Let’s see if this piece of writing was good enough to earn me a scholarship this time (despite my performance in the interview).

“My vision of India for the year 2025 is that India in 2025 has entered the ranks of developed nations and not tagged as a developing nation. The tag of developing nation has been attached to India for far too long given the amount of resources available. There are several fronts on which India has changed in the last 20 years.

To start with, let me put forward my vision of India’s political system. The people of India are satisfied with the administration of the ruling democratic party. The politicians are no longer looked upon as tainted. They are working sincerely for their constituency. The reports of cases of corrupt officials have died down in numbers. The common man is no more dreadful of the office works involving a visit to public offices such as the municipal corporation.

Next, comes the vision of a clean and green India. The people are aware of the importance of the trees. The cities are planned properly so that there is enough fresh air for everyone to take in. The drainage systems are working perfectly. There is no problem of water-logging, especially in the rainy season. There are trees planted on the roadside at regular intervals.

On the social front, I think India in 2025 is a secular country in a true sense. The people are broad-minded in terms of tolerance to others religion and beliefs. The incidents of religious disputes and riots have become a thing of past in 2025. There exist peace and harmony among the people of my country.

On the economic front, the gap between the rich and poor has been filled to some extent. The people have realized that population explosion is a root cause to their misery and poverty. The Government is working sincerely to provide an earning to all the people of India through the Five Year Plans and others plans of similar intents.

So far, I have discussed the vision of India in 2025 in which I can play a small part. I can’t expect myself to bring all the changes unless my countrymen share my vision and are willing to work along with to realize the vision. Together we can make use of the resources properly to project India as a power on the world map.

Now, speaking on the technology front, of which I hope to be a part of, I see India as having developed a scientific community on a large scale. There are a lot of hard-working scientists who are putting their efforts to make sure that India doesn’t lack behind in the technology. Now,there are some Nobel laureates in India as well.

What can I contribute to my vision? I will try to work sincerely in the best interests of my country. I will try to ensure that I can make an impact in the technological fields of computer science. Apart from that, I would try to act as a good citizen of India. I would try to spread my vision to my locality and convince others to work sincerely for the progress of our country, for their future, for the future of India. ”


my first experience of an official interview(opjems)

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Disclaimer: This interview was a successful one. You are advised not to follow this approach. You can follow it on your own risk.It just describes my personal experience. Luckily it worked 🙂

Preface: I had been selected for the interview round of OPJEMS scholarship after scoring better than other 18 students in the written test of opjems which involved questions testing your decision-making skills. The news of my selection was a big surprise for me.


(The interview was conducted via video conferencing.i was jittery and nervous before the interview as expected.)
me: hi, good evening sir.
op1: good evening, it must be quite dark out there in guwahati now, isn’t it?
me: yes, sir.
op1: you have an interesting profile, anurag. you have shifted from Bhagalpur to Delhi to Guwahati, it must have been a long journey.
( I am at loss of words at such an unexpected question. I had no idea which adjective to pick to describe my journey. just look at my response)
me: It has been an enthralling and long journey.
(I had no idea from where did that adjective come.)
#personality test
op2: Tell us the qualities that your friends associate with you.
me: patience, perseverance, confidence (though my voice was shaking literally), intelligence
(suddenly there’s a power cut and the connection is lost and i take a sigh of relief for a moment)
(back again)
op2: you are smiling ,what else do you want to say?
me: (smiling) my friends say about me that he makes a lot of PJ’s.
(op1, op2 and op3 are all smiling at me now.i don’t know whether i have made the right statement.)
op2: so anurag,are you now going to tell us a PJ now?
(I am speechless, later when I reflected back, I should have said a PJ even though it may be really poor. Perhaps,they wanted to test my performance under stress.)
me: Right now, i can’t tell you a PJ. Hopefully, by the end of this interview, I would have said a few PJ’s. PJ’s come spontaneously to me.
op2: Tell us who has been your idol?
me: My elder brother has been my idol.
op2: Why? What qualities do you like in him?
me: My brother is smart, has the ability to think quickly. He has always guided me and I wouldn’t have reached IIT if my brother hadn’t shown the path to me.
op1:why do you think that you wouldn’t have got into IIT?
me: I mean to say that when a child is in school, he hardly knows which career is best for him.When I was in 10th, my brother got into IIT. So, he showed to me that there exists a possible path.
op2: Do you think you have inherited any qualities of my brother?
me: I have tried to catch up on making quick decisions from him.
op2: Can you give an example of it?
me: (stumped,vague answer) At times i take quick decisions. But there are times when I would have differed from my brother.
op2: So, you can think differently?
me: yes
op2: good
# situation-handling test
op1: Suppose you and your friend are giving an entrance examination.you are stuck on a question.but you know that your friend would have solved that question.Wouldn’t you ask him the answer?
me: No, it is against my morals.
op2: Now suppose that the situation is reversed.what will you do?
me: I will refuse to answer him.
op2: But he is your friend.
me: I believe that entrance examinations are supposed to be cleared on merit. I don’t want to change the system rules. If he is not good enough to clear the exam, he shouldn’t clear the exam. Suppose he clears the exam but he is not good enough, then he would fail at the higher education system.
op2: But how can you explain it to your friend at that time?
me: I won’t. I would simply refuse to answer.
op1: As you know that there is corruption evident everywhere.suppose that you are caught by a traffic policeman even though you haven’t crossed the red light.what will you do?
me: It depends on the situation. I think I can’t challenge his authority, I would pay the chalaan and go.
op1: Now suppose he is asking you to pay him bribe and he won’t give you any receipt. What will you do?
(i am at total loss of words.)
me: I would have tried to ensure that I get the receipt.
op1: But you just said that it is difficult to bully a policeman.
me: (silent for a long while).
op1: No problem man. It’s ok.
#psychological test
op3: what makes you happy and what makes you unhappy?
me: Success makes me happy and failure make me unhappy. Sometimes solving a question also make me happy and helping strangers make me feel happy.
op3: what has been your biggest failure?
me: my rank in JEE. I knew that I could have got a better rank but I was too nervous while giving the exam.
op2: So did you learn anything from it?
me: yes, I have learnt that I must take in the things calmly and slowly.
op2: What do you mean by calmly and slowly?
me: Now, if  I get stuck at a question, I move forward to the next question.and try to solve it systematically.
op2: good.
op2: When was the last time you helped a stranger?
me: While I was coming for this interview, I gave directions to a stranger.
(everyone is now smiling.i don’t know whether they considered as a dumb answer or they were smiling at my attempt to tell a PJ.)
op2: (smiling) Did that make you happy?
me: yes
op2: good.
#i am stumped by a mile
op1: Suppose you are given 1-crore.make a plan to invest it.
me: (stumped) I … would start a software company providing innovative solutions.
(perhaps they wanted a detailed analysis of the break-up of the amount.once again, I have
let myself down.)
op3: What is your favorite vegetable?
me: potato
op3: Give 2 reasons,why are you not a potato?
me: Firstly, a potato doesn’t have brain.secondly, potato is related to vegetarian and i am non-vegeterian.
(they are smiling again.i have no idea what sort of impression i have made.)
op2: Suppose there are 18 players participating in a knockout tennis tournament.how many matches would be there?
op2: Suppose you are to turn into an animal,which animal would you like to become?
me: Ant.As my qualities of hardwork and patience matches with an ant.
op2: so small?
me: I will have the freedom to go anywhere then.
op1: Suppose you are given the freedom to invite any celebrity for dinner.whom would you invite?Bipasha, Aishwarya, Deepika?
me: Bill Gates.
op1:(smiling) Really? You would miss your chance to dine with deepika for Bill gates.
me: yes.Bill gates is a person related to my field.
op1: whom would have your best friend invited for dinner?
me: I can’t guess. It depends on him.
op1: But still,think whom would have he invited.
me:(thinking for a while about my best friend and then the answer was easy) Aishwarya.
op1: (laughing) your best friend must be then Abhishek Bachhan.
op1:thanks a lot.
me:thank you,sir.
#thoughts after giving the interview
(this interview has made me aware of my lack of confidence while facing the interviewer face-to-face.it also teaches me to be a bit prepared about the questions likely to be asked.)
#thoughts after the result
I can’t believe it yet that I had a successful interview.Thank you chacha and chikda for being my inspiration in the field of cracking PJ’s.