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Check your Employee Provident Fund balance online

Check the balance in your Provident Fund account nationwide upto the date, the accounts are updated, which also includes the latest approved transactions of settlement/advances/transfer-in/transfer-out, if any. You may need to select the EPFO office where your account is maintained and furnish your PF Account number. Leave the extension field blank, in case your account does not have one. You will be asked to enter your name and mobile number. The given mobile number will be recorded along with the PF Account Number. On successful submission of above information, the details will be sent through SMS to the given mobile number. Continue reading Check your Employee Provident Fund balance online

How to check Income Tax Refund Status Online?

Now that you have already filed your Tax returns (How to e-file tax returns? ) , One might be interested in knowing the status of his tax refund. This can be done very easily using the following link :-

In the ‘Refund Banker Scheme’ the refunds generated on processing of Income tax Returns by the Assessing officers/ CPC-Bangalore are transmitted to State Bank of India, CMP branch, Mumbai (Refund Banker) on the next day of processing for further distribution to taxpayers.

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How to apply for Jobs under MNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act)?

The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act aims at enhancing the livelihood security of people in rural areas by guaranteeing hundred days of wage-employment in a financial year to a rural household, whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work.

MNREGA fosters conditions for inclusive growth, ranging from basic wage security and recharging rural economy to a transformative empowerment process of democracy. It provides a strong social safety net for the vulnerable groups by providing a fall-back employment source, when other employment alternatives are scarce or inadequate.

The Schemes so formulated are called the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), followed by the name of the State.

Process of Application/Registration:

  • How to apply for Registration?
    Applications should be given in writing and should include the registration number of the Job Card, date from which employment is required & the number of days of employment required. It should contain the names of those adult members of the household who are willing to do unskilled manual work, and particulars such as age, sex and SC/ST status.
  • Where to apply?
    Applications for work should generally be submitted to the Gram Panchayat. An individual may appear personally and make an oral request for registration.
  • What are the timings?
    The application for registration may be given on plain paper to the local Gram Panchayat authority on any working day between 10 AM and 5 PM. To allow maximum opportunities to families that may migrate, registration is open throughout the year at the Gram Panchayat office during working hours.

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How to E-file your returns using

You can file your tax returns online using the Income tax Department website  :- 

Please follow the procedure outlined below: 

  1. Log on to
  2. Create a profile using your PAN as user id or login using the login credentials already created.Please remember the password and give a valid/active email id.
  3. Select your applicable IT Return Form in MS Excel and Download
    1. ITR 1, for Individuals having Income from Salary / Pension / Income from One House Property / Bank interest
    2. ITR 2, other individuals, who are not having Income from Business or Profession.

For other forms and for more information and applicability refer:

  1. Fill the IT return excel sheet with your personal info, details from form 16 and bank statement etc.
    1. Bank details are mandatory, ensure that you enter MICR code correctly.MICR code can be obtained from cheque book
    2. Usually the returns are filed under “11 – u/s 139(1)”
    3. Follow the tips and in-built validations to ensure that the information filled is complete and accurate.  You can save the form at any stage and complete the form as per your convenience.
    4.  Determine your income & pay tax if necessary.
      1. The tax can be paid online, please click on link
      2. FAQ –  and the Process – http://iscls2redirect/HMYEFIL/HTML/Online Payment of Direct taxes.mht.
      3. Verify your details and then generate .XML File

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How To Choose a College That’s Right For You? | Engineering | Medical | Arts | Commerce |Science

The college search doesn’t have to begin and end with the Ivies and the name brand schools. There are many schools out there to choose from — some known and some less known, all worthy of your attention. Here’s some advice for trying to find the school that works for you.

1. Start with who you are and why you are going.

You need to examine yourself and your reasons for going to college before you start your search. Why, really, are you going? What are your abilities and strengths? What are your weaknesses? What do you want out of life — something tangible or intangible?

2. Size matters: Your college does not have to be bigger than your school.

Most good liberal colleges have a population of fewer than 4,000 for a reason; college is a time to explore, and a smaller community is more conducive to internal exploration. It is not the number of people, but the people themselves and the kind of community in which you will learn that really matters. Many large universities have established “honors colleges” within the larger university for these same reasons.

3. A name-brand college will not guarantee your success.

Think about the people in your life who are happy and successful and find out where (and if) they went to college. Ask the same about “famous” people. You will likely find that success in life has less to do with the choice of college than with the experiences and opportunities encountered while in college, coupled with personal qualities and traits.

Employers and graduate schools are looking for outstanding skills and experience, not college pedigree. Continue reading How To Choose a College That’s Right For You? | Engineering | Medical | Arts | Commerce |Science

How to apply for passport?

1. Get the Passport Application Form: One can apply for Passport through Online Registration, (after doing online registration, get print outs of the application form) click here for details for Online Registration. Apart from this applicant can submit directly in the respective passport office/ DPCs/Speed post centers, get the relevant application form from here.

2. How to fill the Form: The Passport Application Form is Machine Readable. Please follow the instructions as follows:

  • Use capital letters only. Particulars given in the form will be printed in the passport. Therefore, please be careful in filling up the form and avoid any mistakes.
  • Use black/blue ball pen only
  • Do not fill the form with pencils or ink-pen.
  • While filling up the boxes, kindly leave one box blank after each completed word.
  • Write clearly within the box without touching the boundaries.
  • Adjust the information to fit within the number of given boxes.
  • Do not write anything outside the box.  Avoid over-writing
  • Incomplete application will not be accepted.

Columnwise Guidelines for filling the application form can be had from here.

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Information for On-Line Passport Applicants

Presently the online Registration for General Public is available at

1.Ahmedabad 7. Chandigarh 13. Panaji 19. Kolkata 25. Nagpur 31. Srinagar
2. Amritsar 8. Chennai 14. Guwahati 20. Kozhikode 26. Patna 32. Surat
3. Bangalore *** 9. Cochin 15. Hyderabad ## 21. Lucknow 27. Pune 33. Thane
4. Bareilly 10. Dehradun 16. Jaipur 22. Madurai 28. Raipur 34. Trichy
5. Bhopal 11. Delhi 17. Jallandhar 23. Malapuram 29. Ranchi 35. Trivandrum
6. Bhubaneshwar 12. Ghaziabad 18. Jammu 24. Mumbai 30. Shimla 36. Vizag
37. Coimbatore

***For Bangalore pl refer Home Page Continue reading Information for On-Line Passport Applicants

How to get a Digital Signature Certificate?

A Digital Signature Certificate, like hand written signature, establishes the identity of the sender filing the documents through internet which sender can not revoke or deny. Accordingly, Digital Signature Certificate is a digital equivalent of a hand written signature which has an extra data attached electronically to any message or a document. Digital Signature also ensures that no alterations are made to the data once the document has been digitally signed. A DSC is normally valid for 1 or 2 years, after which it can be renewed.

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certificates are a standard method for organizations to ensure e-commerce transaction security for their customers through a process of digital authentication of server identity. The key driver of SSL technology is encryption to prevent theft of data for malicious intent. It is embedded in most browsers and is an automatic security handshake whenever a user connects to a secure server. This handshake ensures that any information sent through this connection is encrypted.

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