How to Study and Crack Competitive Exams- One Stop for All Tips and Tricks


Syed Ahmad Raza Bukhari

1. Get into the right mood with the help of Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov’s experiment 

The classical conditioning experiment by Pavlov made dogs salivate as soon as they heard the bell ring – in anticipation of food. The logic is—if you study the same subject at the same time and the same place, your brain makes the association and gets trained accordingly. Over a period of time, you just need to follow the clock, and you will automatically get in the mood to study the subject within 10 minutes. Whether you like the subject or hate it, this trick does wonders! And make no mistake, this is a necessity as far as the competitive entrance exams you’re aiming at are concerned.

2. Sync your school timetable and home study schedule

Study the topic taught by the teacher as soon as you come home from school, revise the topic and prepare revision notes. When there is a test in class, use the time before school to quickly memorize questions, brush up facts and learn diagrams.

3. Shorter study sessions work better than long, strenuous sessions

Psychologists have found out that students learn as much in one-hour sessions spread over four days as they learn in one six-hour marathon session. It means that students could cut their study time by at least 30% by using a well-planned study schedule or time table. Consider this: When you study for a limited time, it makes your brain work more efficiently. Most of the IITians report that they can cram much more a day before an exam than a regular day – which just confirms this particular research conclusion. Besides, it is believed that during study breaks, the mind absorbs information automatically, without any conscious effort on your part. Hence, for intense memorization sessions like when you are trying to learn dates and events, names of countries and their capitals, a foreign language or math formulae, you should not study for more than 20 to 30 minutes at a stretch.

4. Do not slouch or study when you are sleepy

Sitting with books when sleepy-eyed is a total waste of time. For me, 3 pm is the time when I get quite slothful – about two hours after I have lunch. For some others, early morning is the time when they just can’t wake up to read anything coherently. If you have too much backlog to cover, just do something light at the time – like clearing your desk, sorting your notes or arranging your school bag to let the sleepy phase pass. Better idea? Take a quick 15-minute nap to charge your mind for your study time.

5. Smart work is better than hard work

The attention you pay to the subject and alertness of your mind matters more than the time you spend on it. For competitive entrance examinations, especially, one does not count the number of hours he/she is spending in front of books; Rather, you need to measure the amount of focused study you’re doing. Most common strategies to keep yourself alert are:

  • Minimize distractions. Get rid of the TV noise blaring somewhere in the room, running errands in between studies, and people shouting in your ears. Of course, you cannot control all your family, but you may adjust your time table to study early in the morning or late at night when everyone else is quiet.
  • Start with the most difficult or boring subject when you are fully alert. Keep the easier ones for the times when you feel lazy to study.

6. Do not schedule similar subjects one after another

It is better to study different subjects one after another rather than clubbing similar ones. It means that studying Physics after Mathematics might not be a good idea. You can sandwich History or English Literature in between and your brain will be able to absorb all three subjects much better.

7. Textbook reading method that works – OK4R

Dr. Walter Pauk has devised the OK4R method, which can help you pack more information through power reading. It is to help you to ace competitive entrance exams. Here is how you go about it:

  • O for Overview: In the first glance, just read the headings, sub-headings, introductory paragraph, and summary at the end of the chapter. It will give you a general idea of what is included in the chapter.
  • K for Key ideas: Now, go back to the beginning of the chapter and try to skim through the key ideas. The first sentence of each paragraph, italics and bold-type text, tables, pictures and diagrams, bulleted sections and itemizations often present key ideas of the chapter.
  • R1 for Reading the topic or chapter from beginning to end: Now that you already know what is being discussed, read through the entire chapter and see a full explanation of the ideas.
  • R2 for Recall: Now put your book aside and write down major points of what you have read and make your notes in few words or sentences. The immediate recall will only take a minute or two but doubles up retention time of the topic you are studying.
  • R3 for Reflect: Now that you have kept the material in the storage unit of your memory it, sift it to put it in your permanent memory. Think about it and try to find the significance of what you have read and its relationship with other topics you have learnt.
  • R4 for Review or Revision: On weekends, you can test yourself on what you have learned throughout the week. In schools, there can be tests and quizzes that help you go through your notes again. These time-to-time reviews or revisions help you fix the information forever.

8. Rejuvenation time

Relax and take breaks during your hectic study timetable. Use this time to rejuvenate yourself, watch a movie, listen to some songs, or play a sport. It will help you stay focused and feel fresh.

9. Plan your study time:

Plan your things accrodingly before you sit to study. Know beforehand an exam what you want to and don’t want to study. Plan things ahead. Know what you are going to cover on which day and how you will be revising before your exam. In such cases, it is very important to get your plan in mind. It can really help you do well in an exam. People who plan from before are able to do much better than people who don’t.

10. Take small breaks:

A few small breaks must surely be taken. Taking breaks is very important. If you study too much at one go, you may not remember a thing during exams. If you are studying all morning, take some hours off during the evening and play a game or something. Before sleeping you can maybe study for a few hours. The whole point here is to study hard but not so hard that you can’t cope with it. Make things simpler for yourself by doing the right stuff!

11. Drink some coffee:

If you want to do well in an exam, you must remember to take care of the small things. For example, drinking enough tea/coffee. Now we don’t mean you have to drink 4 cups of coffee a day. They are not that great for your health. But you sure can drink one cup when you are trying to study and finish something important and you feel dizzy or tired instead. When it comes to tea, there are several options instead such as herbal and green tea that can actually refresh your mind and help you do much better during exams.

12. Keep yourself far away from distractions during competitive exams:

This is one of the important tips for competitive exam or if you are getting ready for an exam. Remember that you should be far away from any sort of potential distraction when you are studying or getting ready for an exam. If the place you are studying has a lot of noise, then you should go somewhere there is peace. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted by these petty things. They could really take up a whole lot of time.

13. Study during the early hours of the day:

Difficult topics can be studied in the early hours of the day. The best time to study is in the morning itself. So make sure you have got enough sleep at night so that you can get up early and cover whats important. Sleeping is also very important if you are trying to get ready for a competitive exam. To be honest, it will help you remember a lot of stuff in the long run.

14. Don’t study at odd times:

When we say that you should not study at odd times, we mean you shouldn’t be studying when you are sleepy. If you do that, it would actually become a huge waste of time. For example, people usually feel tired and exhausted an hour or two after having lunch. Post dinner studies must be avoided. If that is one of you, then make sure you to have a proper study schedule later. You must study during those times when you are ready for an exam. If there is a lot to cover, then you can simply prepare the notes from beforehand, get a nap or recharge yourself or something with a refreshing drink and then come back to study. It will definitely work.

15. Read the text thoroughly:

Next what you should do is read the text properly and thoroughly. If needed, read every chapter thrice. Make sure you have seen the headings, the introductory part properly, the sub heading etc. It will surely give you a good idea of what will be coming for your exam.

16. Remember the keywords:

Second, what you should do is remember the keywords. For that, you can highlight them and whenever you are studying, keep them in mind. The keywords are very important and shall be needed when you are getting ready for an exam. They will also help you remember.

17. Save enough time for revision:

When you are getting ready for an exam, don’t forget to revise. It can really help you remember a lot of important stuff during exams. Make sure to revise at least 2-3 times before you sit for an exam. All of this matters a lot. So keep that in mind.

18. Use colour for the books:

Contrary to the popular idea, books that are neat always don’t mean that you are an excellent student. Books may look unused . You should colour the ideas in red, the dates can be kept in blue with the other facts in colours such as green or yellow. With these colours, you will actually be able to revise much better. When you colour your books, you are able to remember things much faster. This is actually a very good strategy and one that can help you in the long run.

19. Get a proper diet:

Exam time is usually very important. So make sure you have a proper diet prepared from beforehand so that you can be ready for the exam in the best way possible. A lot of you don’t pay attention to the diet thinking it is not something to worry about during exams. But if we are very honest with you, then it matters a lot. Diet can really make or break things so you have to be very careful about that. By proper diet, we mean eating enough protein, fats and little bit of carbs. Drink enough water and don’t forget to add vegetables in each meal. That matters as well.

20. Get enough exercise:

Next, you should remember to give your body enough exercise. For those of you who do not know, exercising is really important and can actually take you a very long way. It is essential when you are getting ready for an exam. A month before the paper, you should make sure to get at least 45 minutes of exercise four to five times a week. It will keep your body stress free and help you get ready for exams fast and easy. Those of who have tried this have been amazed at the benefits and we promise, so will you.

21. Don’t be very social:

Also remember to be as less social as you can. Don’t attend too many parties, have too many drinks with your friends or do things that you shouldn’t be doing. Spend that time on studying. Remember every minute counts when you are getting ready for an exam because you really don’t know what you might get. By that we don’t mean you should completely lock yourself up. But what we mean instead is that be a little selfish and focus on yourself. Exams are important after all and you need to be more into your books.

22. Don’t study one tough subject after the other:

One of the worst things you could do while preparing for an exam is studying one tough subject after the other. If you have been doing this for a while, then we can promise you will forget a lot of stuff during the exam. Do yourself a favour and don’t study one tough subject with no gaps in between. If you are studying English, Physics and Mathematics, then make sure to start off with Math then move on to English and finally study Physics. All of that can really help you prepare.

23. Switch off your phone:

Another important thing you must do is switch off your phone when you are studying. Also keep yourself far away from social media around this time. Studying is important and if you can get distracted easily, then make sure that phone is away from you. You don’t have to check any mails, see whats happening on Facebook or Twitter when you are studying. All of them can really waste your time and stop you from studying and since you are expected to study a lot during competitive exams, please ensure you are not into social media until your exams are over.

24. Study hard:

After giving you all these important points, we would like to remind you to study hard. Yes! Keep all of these points in mind and make sure you are studying enough. Don’t distract yourself and pay complete attention to the study material. Working hard is extremely important if you are really planning on doing well in a particular exam. It can really help you a lot. So make sure you are spending at least 6 to 7 hours on studying. And when you do, study solid! Don’t waste a minute of your time.

25. Don’t get stressed out during the competitive entrance exams:

Finally, we would suggest you not to stress so much when it comes to getting ready for an exam. We realize how crucial it is for you to ace an exam. But if you want to do well, don’t worry so much about it. Just study hard and do your best and we promise good results will show. And most importantly, make sure to keep yourself healthy and fit during such times. Don’t hang out with your friends too much or pay attention to things that will not help you do well. Instead, focus on studying. That’s it!

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Call me Shaikh and not Shubham any more,21 year old IAS topper 


Syed Ahmad Raza Bukhari

His all-India ranking is 361, but he too cracked the UPSC exam in his first attempt, but this is not what makes his achievement noteworthy.

21-year-old Ansar Ahamad Shaikh, who cracked UPSC at his first attempt ranking 361.

This 21-year-old boy has an even more gripping story hidden behind what’s anyway considered to be a phenomenal achievement.

Up until now, he was known to his friends and landlord as Shubham. But soon after cracking the IAS exam, Shubham of the past wants to be ‘proudly’ known as Ansar Ahmad Shaikh.

As reported by Indian Express, Shaikh, the son of an autorickshaw driver from Jalna’s Shedgaon village, fought all odds and managed to crack the tough UPSC exam in his first attempt.

The Bachelor of Arts, political science graduate from Pune’s Fergusson College said he came to the city to pursue his degree in Arts and focus on his UPSC preparations.

He was forced to change his name to a Hindu surname in order to get accommodation and food in the city without facing any discrimination.

Shaikh said he will proudly say his real name now. “I remember when I went to look for a PG accommodation, my friends who were Hindus got rooms but I was refused. So the next time, I said that my name was Shubham, which was actually my friend’s name. Now I don’t have to hide my real name.”

Speaking to the IE and remembering his tough days, Shaikh’s eyes swells with tears.

“My father has three wives, my mom is the second. In my family, education wasn’t so important. My younger brother dropped out of school and my two sisters were married off at an early age and didn’t study much. When I called home and told them that I cracked UPSC and in all likelihood will be an IAS officer, they were shell shocked,” said Shaikh, adding after a small celebration with friends, he is headed home for a bigger celebration.

Shaikh says he’s been a topper all throughout school and college except Std X where his scores were slightly low.

Talking about his preparation for the UPSC, Shaikh said he prepared for 10-12 hours at a stretch for 3 years without a break.

He said, “I think I would tell students to question themselves, Why do they want to be in the system? Once they have answered this question, the path will get clear.”

Having been a victim of religious discrimination himself, Shaikh has now vowed to promote Hindu-Muslim unity and bridging disparity as a future IAS officer.

Challenges change our life for betterment only we need to show consistency towards our goal


Syed Ahmad Raza Bukhari

Challenges make you Grow and bring you out of comfort zone

Great things never came from Comfort zones. We don’t grow when things are easy, we grow when we face challenges and overcome them positively. By taking challenges in a positive way you will come out of your comfort zone and realize what all things you were missing and also understand your capabilities. Sometimes we don’t understand our strength and capabilities because we become very used too in our daily comfortable life. Hence we do not try to do anything apart from that.

When challenges arise, most of the people get worried and they choose the same old path or they will become weak, but very few take that challenge in a positive way and choose to come out of that comfort zone and choose growth towards their dream goals and finally become what they really desire to be.

As it says, Breaking out of your Comfort zone is the pathway to growth

Challenges make you responsible

Challenges make you responsible about your future about your mistakes, and when you understand and learn to take responsibility of your life and decisions, you are ready to change anything in your life, Successful people take challenges and accept their responsibilities, they make their own decisions and never play blame game, You must take responsibility for everything which is going in your life.

Challenges make you a better “YOU”

As it says “ IF IT DOESN’T CHALLENGE YOU IT WON’T CHANGE YOU”,  for every change you need to challenge yourself, suppose you are studying and you want to get good grades, normal studies which you do always, will not help you to get good grades for that you need to challenge yourself , that to get that grade I must put more efforts, that challenge of putting more efforts will help to get good grades, and that challenge will change you and make you a better student.

Similarly, when you want something in your life, you need to challenge yourself to change and get what you want, never be afraid to change, because as it says change is constant, and make that change work in your favor and achieve your desired goals.

It’s No Time To Worry-It’s Time to Focus Again on Getting a Rank


Syed Ahmad Raza Bukhari

Every day you face so many distractions. A friend comes with his own problems and wants your suggestions when you are rushing to complete a task at hand. Some family issue is bothering you despite your efforts to stay away from all distractions. You might not be able to focus on studies thanks to fear of Mains or due to fear of failing in Prelims.
Even if you are confident of scoring good marks in Prelims, you might not be studying very well as you had planned earlier. Immediately after Prelims you might have made up your mind to give your hundred per cent and score very well in Mains at any cost. You might have told yourself that you would write answers to daily questions, solve Optional papers and be regular in attending test series papers. You would have wanted to follow a strict routine daily.
But majority fail to follow their plans fully. But few try their best and never give up. Even if they are achieving 50% of their targets, they keep going. It is these few who do not give up because of non working plans or distractions end up getting ranks. They just never give up or scramble for a new plan or strategy. Distractions can be external or internal. Whatever they are, they should never stop you from doing something that will work for you.
While being  distracted by so many factors, you also lose focus on your goal i.e. getting a rank this year or bettering your rank. You don’t have to dream every day about your goal. In fact you should be so busy preparing that you should never think about the final result.
Between, how important is it for you to get a rank in this exam?
For some of you just clearing Mains might be a goal (please upgrade it to getting a rank in top 100 – the more ambitious you are, better are the chances of reaching your goal); for some seeing your name in the final list even if it is a last rank itself might be a final goal; and for some seeing their name in top 50 might be a top priority.
After one month post-Prelims 2016, what do you think about your chances of reaching your goal? Where do you stand now?
Well, you or anyone, nobody knows answer to this question. But some introspection is necessary. So that you wake up now and never stop until you realize your dream as there is still lots of time to do things right. Getting a rank in civil services exam is not difficult but it is unpredictable (don’t mistake it for ‘uncertain’). Those who do not think about rank and go on working every day by following a right strategy and right guidance, will succeed easily. Your confidence level should be such that you should not have time to think over anything else.
Let distractions be there. Let people talk negatively about you. Let relatives or detractors accuse you of wasting their time and money. Let society speak ill of you. Let the whole world think you are of no use. But never let down yourself. You should work so hard that you should not have time to even think about people who are working so hard to see you humiliated and go down. Wellwishers and people who know you well will always be with you. Even if nobody is there, why should you worry? Your success is the best answer you can give to anybody who hates you. You should focus on your goal while your detractors focus on you.
Before Mains or Interview, you will always have self-doubts. At times motivation levels will plunge to lowest level. You might wonder if you could get a rank or not. This is common.
We remember so clearly that none of our students who got top ranks were thinking about their result. They were too busy in completing task ahead. But the too had self-doubts at times, but a test next day would help them focus on exam preparation rather than on results or any other distractions. They worked hard and succeeded.
You too should focus on achieving targets every day instead of thinking about the result. Your self doubts will vanish. Your confidence will improve. If you write all tests and try to even finish 60% of your targets, you will definitely clear Mains.
Those who consistently follow the
timetable and write all tests will have great chance of getting a call for interview. It applies to others also who are writing test series by other institutions. You should just complete all tests. They help you a lot. Normal tendency is to give up after 3-4 tests. But please do not do this. Even if it is boring, take tests. You will learn a lot by writing one test than you do by studying for whole week. Try it.
It is not about quality of tests or feedback. It is about writing practice. The more you write on diverse topics, better will be your chances of clearing Mains.You must write consistently to experience the change for yourself.
But don’t try to follow 2-3 timetables or test series simultaneously and end up completing none. Follow any one series, complete it and try to excel in it.
This is no time to waste on any other matters. Do your work day and night, you will be rewarded. Fill yourself with confidence and get busy. Even if some factors try to discourage you or try to distract you, ignore them and keep going. Ignorance is bliss.
We have seen students who worked hard sincerely succeed with flying colours. Those of you who worked hard last year but could not get through, will succeed this year provided you work hard again.
You are going to succeed for sure. The decision you take now will decide whether you would succeed this year or next year.
It doesn’t matter whether you wasted your time all these days or not, quickly get up and start focusing on exams again.It is pure fun. Imagine the relief. Imagine not reading The Hindu again! (just kidding!) not reading Optional subject forever! At least for this relief you must work hard!
On a serious note just want to remind you that true success is when you succeed as a good officer.
For now, let your focus be on coming up test.
Wish you all the best.

​Motivation Note For IAS/KAS Aspirants, How to Deal with Sleepless Nights And Tensions


Syed Ahmad Raza Bukhari

Sometimes, after facing many failures you might start losing sleep. Even if you want to sleep forgetting everything, a sort of fear – fear of uncertain future, fear of failure or fear of becoming an object of ridicule – might not let you sleep. This exam (UPSC civil services) has become a prestige issue for many. Some of you take it so seriously that a setback is considered as fault in your own ability or in personality. Some people if they don’t clear prelims or Mains in 2-3 attempts might even slip into depression. If it is your last attempt or an attempt that you think is too important in your life where you need to show some result at any cost, there will be extreme pressure on you. This pressure might not let you sleep peacefully.

This should not happen at any cost. You should look at the bigger picture. Someone has said “.. .today is a gift, which is why we call it the present.” Sleep is an important part of this ‘present’. And life is full of these ‘presents’.

What is bigger is – Life. Not IAS or IPS or the appreciation you or us get because of achievements or actions. If we are unable to live our life peacefully, there is no meaning in achieving so much by sacrificing so much.

When you try to sleep, thought of not completing a target such as completing a chapter, not making notes, not writing a test, not sticking to timetable or the thought of pending work that is piling up might not let you sleep. This is a common problem when you take too much stress on yourself. Of course the thought of not clearing this exam even after putting lots of efforts is definitely depressing at first. But will this thought benefit you in any way? A little stress might help you keep on track by helping you realise your mistakes and help you correct them. But too much of stress and negative thought will negatively affect your mind, body and future.

Everything you do today is a means to live a happy life tomorrow. But tomorrow is uncertain. We never know if we’ll ever see another tomorrow. Even if we are lucky enough to see a tomorrow, we will again repeat same things to see another happy tomorrow.

But, how to overcome these negative thoughts? Sleepless nights? Stress?

I am not doctor or any expert to suggest you specific methods or remedies to deal with this problem. But experience of having gone through these stages has given us some insights enough to suggest you some practical solutions to overcome this problem.

First imagine what will happen in worst case scenario if you do not make it into civil services?

1. Will your parents abandon you?

2. Will your girlfriend/boyfriend ditch you?

3. Will you be ridiculed by your relatives and friends?

4. Will you become unemployed permanently?

5. Will you slip into coma?

6. Will you become a psycho?

Assume, unfortunately, you do not make it. Let your parents, girlfriend(s), boyfriend(s), friends, relatives – everyone ditch you (Of course, no loving people would do this!). Once they abandon you, Isn’t this a true freedom? Now you are on your own to do whatever you want to do. World is full of opportunities to make a decent living. World is full of stories of people who from poverty rose to become billionaires (let’s not get too ambitious and get carried away!) Life is such that you will make new friends. You will find a new life – only if you have patience and love for life.

Who knows, if you are determined and never give up in life, you might become some sort of star or celebrity in some field. Sometimes we should just act like rebels. The more we fail, the better it should get. If you do not fail too many times, then you will be missing an opportunity to become a great personality. Love failures even if they are extremely depressing.I am not saying this to soothe you.This is a possibility. Those who never give up are the ones who find success in one or the other field.

You know what? if you are living for 60 years, nearly 20 years are spent on sleep alone! In the remaining 40 years, we do all this circus and ruin moments that we should be enjoying with our loved ones. We also ruin our sleep which is fundamental for a healthy living.

We should be grateful to be alive. When you are stressed, go and immerse your head in a bucket full of water for 2 minutes. You will realize why life is important!

Sleep nicely. Haven’t studied as much as you wanted? Perfectly fine. There is tomorrow for everything. If you get up with a healthy body, be grateful for this and try to complete the task. Correct your mistakes and sleep well.

If scared of Mains or Interview or the final result, just go and watch a movie. Read/Listen Holy Books such as (Al-Quran)with translation Or go for Walk,Come back and study as much as possible. But never think of the result. It is utterly useless to worry about result without enjoying today’s moments and without putting our efforts sincerely every day.

Work hard but not at the cost of sleep. Imagine how your situation will be if you get sick when Mains is just few days away! That will be disastrous. Success in this exam not only depends on how much you know, it also depends on your health, good attitude and sound mind.

Sleep is the greatest gift we have. No matter what happens tomorrow, just go to sleep.

Also never think about the past. It is useless (you know it, everyone knows it). If something is affecting you negatively, stay away from it.

If you are staying away from home and living with friends, but not getting sleep due to exam fear, talk to roommates. Discuss politics or movies for few minutes and again go back to studies.

If you have a caring parents, friends or spouse, speak to them openly. Seek their support. If they truly love you, they will assure you of not abandoning you even if you fail thousand times.

Be relaxed and study. You will do better than last year. IAS is not life. It is just a means for you to live a good life. What if there is no life?

Don’t Let The Exam Pressurize You


Don’t let the exam pressurize you

 

 Syed Ahmad Raza Bukhari

I always had a dream to play for India but I never let it put pressure on me(Sachin Tendulkar)

I don’t think  it would be easy to find a quote closer than this to the UPSC exams. I think it might be safe to assume that a lot of people here have come with a goal of making a difference, some to society, some to their own lives and some to others. But I am sure at one end, the idea of service is also one of the motivating factors on your list. I would say no matter what reasons you have for choosing to take up these exams, they are great cos they are making you take this exam and that is strong enough to make you stay through the process.

It is a beautiful dream to have, to crack the exams, adorn the positions you love the most and tackle the challenges along the way. And also it is quite easy to assume a lot of pressure about the exam since the competition is severe and the number of people taking it is no less either. But something that might help you to remember through the process is the idea above. I do agree that being there in the forefront is one goal we all share, the goal which drives us, inspires us, motivates us to keep going no matter how hard it feels. But it also does pay to remember that you own the exams and it is not the other way round. It is the factor that you take the calls, you make the decisions and you find ways to address the challenges that come along. The exams are an entity which will be the same no matter what happens. It is easy to check blame on the system and the exams and let it take complete control over you and dictate terms for you. But it might help to keep remembering this every often, you cannot let it take control of you, it is always the other way round, it is you first and then the rest will follow.

‘Win a Car’ Whatsapp Scam Messages


‘Win a Car’ WhatsApp Scam Messages

Syed Ahmad Raza

November 7, 2017

WhatsApp users are currently being hit by “urgent” posts claiming that they can get a free car by following a link.  

The posts claim that Hyundai, Mazda, and several other car companies are offering the free cars as a means of celebrating their anniversaries.

But, alas, no cars are being given away and the posts have no connection to the car companies they name.

The posts are scams designed to trick you into spamming your friends, visiting dodgy survey and offer websites, downloading suspect apps, and divulging your phone number.

Here’s what the scam posts look like:

  • Urgent Hyundai offers free cars model 2018 on the occasion of the 99th anniversary of its establishment get yours now >>>>[Link removed]

If you follow the link, a message like this will appear:

After you click the “OK” button, you will be asked to fill in a brief survey about your driving habits before being taken to a website that looks like this:

If you click the “Download” button, you  may be redirected to an app store or third party website and prompted to download an app. These apps may contain malware or steal your information. 

Or, you may be taken to a website that promises the chance to win further prizes in exchange for providing your personal information.  This information will be subsequently shared with third-party marketing companies who will inundate you with unwanted emails, phone calls, text messages, and surface letters.

In some cases, you may be automatically redirected to a porn website.

Exactly what clicking the “Download” button does appears to be dependent on the type of phone or device you are using.
The scam page also instructs you to click a button to publish on WhatsApp. It warns that you won’t get your free car if you don’t share the page with 30 people or groups on WhatsApp.  Via this ruse, the scammers ensure that their fraudulent posts continue to spread via WhatsApp, finding many more victims as they travel.
Finally, you will be instructed to enter your phone number to complete your entry and get your free car.  But, your phone number may then be added to a very expensive SMS subscription that charges you several dollars for every message they send.
Or the scammers may use the phone number to send you further spam and scam messages.
If one of these scam messages comes your way, just delete it.  Do not follow any links that it contains.  And, if possible, inform the person who sent the message that the supposed giveaway is a scam.

What is the Real Patience ?


Syed Ahmad Raza Bukhari

The fish said to the sea,:

“You can never see my tears, because I am in the water.”

The sea answered back,:

“But I can feel your tears, because you are in my heart.”

This is how we are;

No one will feel us except those who are truly close to our hearts.

Arwah bin al-Zubayr’s leg was cut because of the disease which he

suffered, and on the same day the dearest of his seven sons died.

The dearest son to his heart. He died after the horse kicked him

and killed him.

Arwah said: “Allahuma laka Al hamd, Waina Lillah Waina Ilehi

Rajiuun.”

[Oh Allah, thank you, and we are from Allah and to Him shall

return] He gave me seven sons and He took one.

He gave me two legs and two hands and He took only one leg.

When Allah gives us calamities, He always Forgives our sins.

And when He takes away something, He always gives back

something better.

I ask Allah to join us together in Janna.

The days passed and one day Arwah entered the house of a

Khalifa, and saw a Sheikh who was old and had a face which is

damaged and eyes blind.

The Khalifa said: Oh Arwah ask this sheikh about his story. Arwah

asked him: What is your story, Oh Sheikh?

Sheikh said: Oh Arwah do you know that I was living in a valley?

And in that valley there was no one who was richer in money,

properties and children like me.

In one night floods came and washed away my children, properties

and everything that I earned.

The next day at sun rise I was only having a small baby and a

camel.

The camel ran away and I ran after him wanting to catch him but I

did not reach far and I heard the scream of a baby, I turned back

and saw the baby’s head in the mouth of a wolf.

I tried to save the baby but I couldn’t as the wolf had torn him

apart. As I was going away the wolf hit me lightly on my face. That

is why my face is damaged and my eyes are blind.

Arwah asked him: What did you say after all this, Oh Sheikh?

The Sheikh replied: I said Allahuma Laka Alhamd, You left with me

a heart and a tongue which will always mention You.

This is the real patience, these are those who Allah mentions them:

ﺇﻧﻤﺎ ﻳﻮﻓﻰ ﺍﻟﺼﺎﺑﺮﻭﻥ ﺃﺟﺮﻫﻢ ﺑﻐﻴﺮ ﺣﺴﺎﺏ

{only the patient will be paid back their reward in full without

measure.}

What kind of calamities have you got until you become sad and

live in misery?

Can you compare their misery to yours?

They were patient and Allah Will Reward them, and we are

inpatient what will we get?!

Rabana Laka Alhamd Hamdan Katheeran Tayyiban Mubarakan Feeh.

You are living with your family.

You enjoy good health and wellbeing.

You sleep on the (bed) of your own.

You eat and drink and go out and live safely!!

May Allah Reward the one who will share this article.

This is a very beautiful story to share with all your colleagues & loved ones.

Poem with Advice 


Syed Ahmad Raza Bukhari
As I walk through life,

I look at all I have done.
I had wandered aimlessly,
And wondered what I have become.
The lessons I have learned
I am shocked I pulled through.
The times I wondered
What life was all about.
The trials experienced in life,
Can make all the good come out.
We try to make it day by day.
Remembering what we were taught.
Just remember to pray,It is important,
We need it every day.
Life can be short.
Unexpected at that.
We try to take its punches,
Just hoping it won’t break our back.
Remember who you are,
Who you want to become.
Everything will fall into place,
When the time comes.
Don’t forget I love you’s,
Every chance you get.
The time may be short,
There is no time to regret.
Life can be exciting,
As we all have found out.
Eventful, even busy
There is no time to be left out.
Remember who you are,
And who you want to become.
The time can be short
Don’t leave things undone.
Remember your families,
They are the only ones you’ve got.
To carry you in times of need
They can not be bought.
Remember they love you,
Either here or there.
They will always be with us.
Help for things to bear.

Education Most Important component of Life


Syed Ahmad Raza Bukhari

​Education is the most important component for the development of human civilization.Education provides the nation  man power such as doctors,engineers,teachers, administrative officials, economists, judges etc and boosts national unity and bring up public awareness.Education plays a main role in all sections of society.Education profoundly strengthen  human prosperity.

We know Life Is Short


Syed Ahmad Raza Bukhari

​We know deep down that life is short, and that death will come to all of us eventually, and yet we are infinitely surprised when it comes to someone we know. It’s like walking up a flight of stairs with a distracted mind, and misjudging the final step. You expected there to be one more stair than there is, so you find yourself off balance, before your mind shifts back to the present moment and how the world really is. Truth be told, someday there REALLY won’t be a tomorrow! And this harsh reality needs to be respected.Treat every day like it was the last time.

The change is embedded in the fact that we expect certain people to behave a certain way


Syed Ahmad Raza Bukhari

The change is embedded in the fact that we expect certain people to behave a certain way.  Specifically, we expect them to always treat us kindly, fairly and cordially, but the reality is that they don’t.  They lose their attitude sometimes.  And when they do, we resist this reality, and want things to be the way we want them to be.  It forces us to change our perceptions and expectations.  And so we get confused, agitated, or hurted.

What you have today may become what you had by tomorrow.  You never know.  Things change, often spontaneously.  People and circumstances come and go.  Life doesn’t stop for anybody.  It moves rapidly and rushes from calm to chaos in a matter of seconds, and happens like this to people every day.However good or bad a situation is now, it will change.

I Don’t Help My Wife !!


I DO NOT HELP MY WIFE!!

Syed Ahmad Raza Bukhari

8 June,2017

A friend came to my house for coffee. We sat and talked, talking about life. At some point in the conversation, i said, “I’m going to wash the dishes and I’ll be right back.”

He looked at me as if I had told him I was going to build a space rocket. Then he said to me with admiration but a little perplexed: “I’m glad you help your wife, I do not help because when I do my wife does not praise. Last week I washed the floor and no thanks.”

I went back to sit with him and explained that I did not “help” my wife. Actually, my wife does not need help, she needs a partner. I am a partner at home and the society has divided functions, but it is not a “help” as they put it.

I do not help my wife clean the house because I live here too and I need to clean it too.

I do not help my wife to cook because I also want to eat and I need to cook too.

I do not help my wife wash the dishes after eating because I also use those dishes.

I do not help my wife with her children because they are also my children and my job is to be a father.

I do not help my wife to wash, spread or fold clothes, because the clothes are also mine and my children.

I am not a help at home, I am part of the house. And as for praising, I asked my friend when was the last time after his wife finished cleaning the house, washing clothes, changing bed sheets, bathing in her children, cooking, organizing, etc did you praise her and said thank you

But a thank you of the type: Wow, sweetheart !!! You are fantastic!!!

Does that sound absurd to you? When you, once in a lifetime, cleaned the floor, you expected her to praise why? You never thought about that, my friend?

Maybe because for you, the macho culture has shown that everything is her job.

Perhaps you have been taught that all this must be done without having to move a finger? Then praise her as you wanted to be praised, in the same way, with the same intensity. Give her a hand, behave like a true companion, not as a guest who only comes to eat, sleep, bathe and satisfy needs … Feel at home. Its your house.

The real change of our society begins in our homes, let us teach our sons and daughters the real sense of fellowship!”

This guy became a doctor at 16,then became an IAS officer at 22 and  finally  left  all his  jobs  at 24 to  teach  poor and needy students


IAS Officer leaves his job to educate under privileged childre

16 May,2017

By:Syed Ahmad Raza Bukhari

Former collector of Jabalpur, Dr. Roman Saini’s story is one which is bound to inspire many to do something good for the welfare of the society. To help all those students who cannot afford IAS related education, he launched an online institution by the name “Unacademy” and has been providing not just IAS related education, but coaching in various fields.

Another shocking thing about Mr Saini is that he had turned an IAS officer at a tender of 22. He also became the youngest to clear the pre medical examination and a doctor at the highly reputed AIIMS. When he visited a village in 2011 as a part of the medical camp and then he realised how much people were struggling in such meteor towns.

He runs the Unacademy website with the help of his friend Gaurav Munjal and is doing a spectacular job, gaining great popularity on social networking websites such as Facebook, Quora, Instagram and Youtube. When his popularity increased, he decided to quit the IIT job and focus completely on becoming a full time educator.

There are closely 400 videos in his portal and is currently having more than 1 Million subscribers on Youtube, which indeed is a significant number to achieve. His channel provides a great platform for all those students who cannot afford costly coaching or materials required to prepare for competitive exams.

He covers almost all main aspects like Geography, Physics, History, Politics, Arts, Environment, Ecology, Biodiversity etc.

Financial conditions becoming a barrier to educational progress is a common sight in our country, but from many years we have failed to bring a solution to this thing. Here’s a young 25 year old, who is showing way for this generation people to not just settle yourself well, but also to help your surroundings to improve and live a sophisticated life.

We all salute you Mr Saini, keep doing the great job!

Today, I challenge you to challenge the lies you’ve been fed over the years


16 April,2017

By:   Syed Ahmad Raza Bukhari

​In 1914, the great inventor Thomas Edison experienced a devastating hardship. His entire laboratory burned down to the ground, and several years worth of his work was ruined.

Newspapers described the situation as “the worst thing to happen to Edison.”

But that was a lie!

Edison didn’t see it that way at all. The inventor instead chose to see his circumstances as an invigorating opportunity to rebuild and re-examine much of his current work. In fact, Edison reportedly said shortly after the fire, “Thank goodness all our mistakes were burned up. Now we can start again fresh.” And that’s exactly what he and his team did.

Think about how this relates to your life.

How many times have you heard it was the end, when it was really the beginning?

How many hopeless labels have been slapped over the top of your inner hope?

How many lies were you fed by people when you were younger, that have driven you to call it quits on those hard days when Edison would have called their bluff?

Today, I challenge you to challenge the lies you’ve been fed over the years, however through bouts of failure and hardship, I’ve learned the truth through experience: you can change paths anytime you want to. Yes, starting over is almost always feasible, and it’s oftentimes a pretty darn good choice too. Of course, it won’t be easy, but neither is being stuck with a lifelong career you naively chose when you were a teenager. And neither is holding on to something that’s not meant to be, or something that’s already gone.

The truth is, no one wins a game of chess by only moving forward; sometimes you have to move backward to put yourself in a position to win. And this is a perfect metaphor for life. Sometimes when it feels like you’re running into one dead end after another, it’s actually a sign that you’re not on the right path. Maybe you were meant to hang a left back when you took a right, and that’s perfectly fine. Life gradually teaches us that U-turns are allowed. So turn around when you must!

There’s a big difference between giving up and starting over in the right direction. And there are three little words that can release you from your past mistakes and regrets, and get you back on track. These words are: “From now on…”

So… from now on, what should you do?

Anything. Something small. As long as you don’t just sit in your seat, strapped down to a destiny that isn’t yours. If you mess it up, start over. Try something else.

Let go and grow!

No doubt, one of the absolute hardest lessons in life is letting go – whether it’s guilt, anger, love or loss. Change is never easy – you fight to hold on and you fight to let go. But letting go is generally the healthiest path forward. It clears out toxic thoughts and choices from the past and paves the way to make the most positive use of the present. You’ve got to emotionally free yourself from some of the things that once meant a lot to you, so you can move beyond the past and the pain it brings you. Again, it takes hard work to let go and refocus yourself, but it’s worth every bit of effort you can muster!

And oftentimes letting go is strictly about changing the labels you place on a situation – it’s looking at the same situation with fresh eyes and an open mind, and then making the best of it.

The underlying key is to treat life like the journey that it is.

The destination you have in mind today is likely not the same place you’ll someday be grateful you’ve landed. So while it’s healthy to plan for the future, it’s not healthy to do so at the full expense of today. The truth is, no matter how smart you are or how hard you try, you can’t accurately figure out the future. Even people who have a systematic plan (steps to be a doctor, steps to be a successful entrepreneur, etc.) don’t actually know what will happen down the road. And if they have any certainty at all, they’re a bit naive.

Life rarely goes as planned. For every person that succeeds in doing exactly what they set out to do in the exact time frame they set out to do it in, there are dozens of others who start strong and get derailed. And if this happens to you, it isn’t a bad thing. New obstacles and opportunities may come along to shift your perspective, to strengthen your resolve, or to change your direction for the better. 

So… if you can’t plan out your future in its entirety, what should you do?

Focus a little less on the future and focus a little more on what you can do now that will benefit you no matter what the future brings. Read. Write. Learn and practice useful skills. Test your skills and ideas. Build things. Be adventurous and seek real-world experiences. Cultivate healthy relationships. These efforts will help in any future opportunities that come your way, and they may even create them for you.

When life does not go as planned, breathe and remember that life’s richness often comes from its unpredictability. Remind yourself that you are on a journey that’s ongoing, and that nothing is ever guaranteed. Sometimes this is hard to accept. Sometimes you have to force yourself to step forward. Sometimes you just have to accept the fact that things will never go back to how they used to be, and that this ending is really a new beginning.

Strangers to ourselves


Strangers to ourselves?
By:Syed Ahmad Raza Bukhari
16 March, 2017

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Many of us go through our entire lives as total strangers to ourselves, simply because we never pause long enough for moments of self-inquiry. We are so busy seeking answers to other people’s problems that we forget to ask questions for our own well-being. Obviously, this isn’t wise.
Wisdom, after all, is not about knowing all the answers every minute; it’s about asking the right questions. In the long run, the simple questions you ask yourself on a regular basis will determine the type of person you become.
At the very least, you need to set aside some dedicated “me time” at the end of each week – a personal timeout for self-reflection and self-inquiry .
No matter what happens, no matter how far you seem to be away from where you want to be, never stop believing that you will somehow make it.  Have an unrelenting belief that things will work out, that the long road has a purpose, that the things that you desire may not happen today, but they will happen. Persist and persevere, your desired path remains possible.

How happy we are? By Syed Ahmad Raza Bukhari


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By:Syed Ahmad Raza Bukhari
16 march, 2017

We all want to be happy. But we sometimes think of happiness as a thing that happens to us —
something we have no control over. It’s easy to link the idea of happiness with the situation we’re in. We might tell ourselves, “If only things were different, then I’d be happy.”
But that’s not really how happiness works. Research shows that just a small portion of happiness (only about 10%) depends on a person’s situation. So where does most of our happiness come from?
Born Happy?
Part of happiness depends on personality. Some people have a naturally happy nature. We all know people who are cheerful and optimistic most of the time. Their upbeat personalities make it easier for them to be happy.
So what does that mean for people who are born with a personality that’s on the grumpy side? They might see the faults in people and situations instead of the good. Their mood might be glum more often than it’s cheerful. But if they’d like to be happier (and who wouldn’t?), it is possible to get there.
Happiness Is Up to Us
Researchers have found that more than half of happiness depends on things that are actually under our control. That’s really good news because it means everyone can be happier.
A big part of how happy we are depends on our mindset, the habits we practice, and the way we live each day. By learning the key ingredients of happiness, we can use them to become happier.
Why Happiness Matters
Happiness is more than a good feeling or a yellow smiley face. It’s the feeling of truly enjoying your life, and the desire to make the very best of it. Happiness is the “secret sauce” that can help us be and do our best.
Here’s what researchers found when they studied happy people:
Happy people are more successful.
Happy people are better at reaching goals.
Happy people are healthier.
Happy people live longer.
Happy people have better relationships.
Happy people learn better.
Ingredients for a Happy Life
Happiness is so important in our lives that it has it’s own field of research called positive psychology . Experts in this field have found that there are key things that make people happier:
Positive Emotions
Joy. Gratitude . Love. Amazement. Delight. Playfulness. Humor. Inspiration. Compassion. Hope. Creativity. Interest. Excitement. Enjoyment. Calm. We all like to have these positive feelings.
Besides feeling good, positive emotions do good things for our brains and bodies. They lower stress hormones, help ease anxiety and depression, and improve our immune system.
Feeling some positive emotions every day has a big effect on our happiness and well-being. That’s why it’s so important to do things that give us positive feelings. Even simple actions like playing with a child or a pet or going for a walk outdoors can inspire these feelings.
Knowing how to manage our negative emotions is also key to happiness. Difficult emotions are a fact of life. But the way we handle them makes all the difference.
Strengths and Interests
The things we’re good at, and like to do, are our strengths. We all have strengths, even if we haven’t discovered them yet.
Strengths include:
the things we’re interested in — for example, music, art, science, building things, cooking, reading
any skills we have — like painting, playing an instrument, or playing a sport
our good qualities — such as kindness, humor, or leadership
Happiness increases when we discover a strength and practice it. The more we practice a strength, the better we get until we really master it.
When we get really good at doing something we enjoy, we can get lost in it. That’s called flow. Experiencing flow helps boost happiness. Finding daily ways to use our strengths is a key ingredient for a happy life.
Good Relationships
The people in our lives matter. Good relationships are one of the best ways to enjoy happiness, health, and well-being.
Developing certain emotional skills can help us form and keep good relationships. When we are there for the people in our lives — and when they’re there for us — we are more resilient, resourceful, and successful.

The false human belief


The False Human Belief

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15 March, 2017
By:Syed Ahmad Raza Bukhari
As a man was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime can break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.
He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. “Well,” trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”
The man was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.
Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before?
Moral: Failure is a part of learning. We should never give up the struggle in life. You Fail not because you are destined to fail, but because there are lessons which you need to learn as you move on with your life.

It’s time to answer your wake up call


It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.

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Syed Ahmad Raza Bukhari
15 March 2017
And so often, against our better judgment, we accidentally make the wrong choices.
Our pride has us holding on when we need to let go.
Pressure from peers sways us left when we mean to go right.
Negative thoughts provoke frowning on otherwise beautiful days.
And so it goes…
One choice at a time, one moment at a time, we ruin the most promising days of our lives.
If you can relate at all, it’s time to answer your wake-up call.
How many times have you thought “this isn’t working” or “something is not right” or “things have to change”? Those thoughts are coming from your intuitive inner voice. It’s your wake-up call calling.
You don’t need a major life crisis to wake you up, either.  And no one needs to tell you what needs to change, because you already know. Your inner voice has been trying to tell you, but in case it’s been a challenge to find time and space to listen through the chaos, maybe you’ll resonate with one of these situations.
If your life is on autopilot heading in the wrong direction, this is your wake-up call.
If you’ve become someone you don’t recognize simply to please others or to chase some version of success that doesn’t resonate with you, this is your wake-up call.
If you never make your own needs and goals a priority, this is your wake-up call.
If you are constantly numbing out with food, shopping, booze, TV, or other distractions, this is your wake-up call.
If you are worn down, beat up, stressed out, and completely exhausted, this is your wake-up call.
Getting your wake-up call is not the hard part, answering the call is. Choosing to answer the call instead of ignoring it is the hard part. Right now, it may feel easier to keep going, and going, and going without making a change. But you know if you don’t find a way out of the endless cycle you’re in, it’s going to ruin you.
No doubt, a big part of your life is a result of the choices you make. And if you don’t like your life it’s time to start making changes and better choices.