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What tips would you give someone who is going to the US for the first time?
It depends on where you are coming from.Let's say you are coming from Asia or more specifically from India.Here is what you need to know:Don't assume anything like we do back home in our country. I used to do that a lot and had to pay for it later here.Be on time wherever you have an appointment. Be it at Doctor’s, Dentist, or any other place.There is a concept of space in the west including America. Don't keep hugging, touching, crossing by close from people and touching others while crossing them.Don't break the queue. It is deemed disrespectful and unlike in many other countries including India, you will be called out by any individual there standing in the queue. Everybody is same in America and it feels that way too.If you are a first time student then your task is cut out. You need to care for a lot of things. It's completely different from India. Lectures happen on time. Submissions of assignments can't go beyond a prescribed date or hour of the day. No personal favors from the Professors because of your gender, caste, color, religion, personality etc.If you are visiting for the first time, make sure that you don't throw garbage wherever you like. Somebody will definitely check you in public and somebody can also report that to the police. Littering fines are really high in some places.No free perks in this country. You earn and you eat. Simple as that. Unlike in India where if you are a top government official or a politician, you don't have to carry your wallet with you anywhere because you seldom have to pay for anything.When you pass by anybody, most people will smile and say ‘Hi’ or ‘How are you?’. Don't be surprised. This is how everybody greets each other here. What a great thing to do.People will open the door for you or keep it open even if they are ahead of you. That's just how people like to help each other. It is not seen in many countries at least not in India.You go over the limit while driving, chances are that you will be caught and fined. Stay in the speed limit or just a few miles above it is also acceptable. Drink and drive has huge fines, never try that. Don't overtake too many times, the police is trained to catch such people.If you get into an accident on the road, don't keep beating the hell out of that person whether it's their fault or yours. In India, it is very common that whether it is your fault or not, you have the moral right to beat the crap out of the other person. Just like that. Here in US, you will not just be put in Jail, you could lose a teeth or two as most people are not that submissive.Keep walking on the road while crossing. Here in US, pedestrian has the right of way before anybody to cross the road. Don't try that on a freeway. No right of way there for pedestrians.Thanks for the A2A!
How can I fill out a form to become a pilot in Nepal?
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How do I crack UPSC CSE in the first attempt while being under any circumstances?
I will share my story and the strategy that I followed to clear the coveted Civil Services Exam in the first attempt.First of all, let me tell you a bit about myself. Civil services was never childhood dream. I did not start preparing from my school days and if anyone tells you that you need to start preparing from 8th standard, it is a myth and do not take them at face value.I did my B.Tech from College of Engineering, Trivandrum in Kerala. After graduating in 2015 I was working with ITC Limited, as a mechanical engineer. It was during my stint at ITC that I decided to prepare. So, I put in my papers in the June of 2016 and started preparing from July 2016.Term of preparation:- I started my preps from July 2016 and wrote Prelims in June 2017. So that is a total of 11 months of focused preparation before appearing for CSE 2017.So let me now come to the topic of how to crack civil services in the first attempt.These are some prerequisites that anyone should have before starting their preparation.Unflinching self belief:- No one in the world is going to believe in you and your capabilities. And every tom, dick and harry will not miss any oppertunity to question your abilities and to blame you for every decision. So you of all people should believe in you, without that kind of confidence in yourself, seeing through this exam would become a Herculian task.Having an original plan/strategy:- Before I started my preparation for civil services, I had gone through strategies of many toppers. What I found out was that no two people had cleared this exam with the same strategy, but the common factor that runs through all those toppers were that they had their own strategies. Now that is rule number one. Do not blindly follow the strategy shown to you by a coaching institute or any topper, you need to have your own plan which magnifies your strong points and diminishes your weaknesses.Be tougher than the exam:- The civil services exam is dubiously dubbed as the toughest exam in the world. So to master the exam you need to tougher than it. You need to be prepared to face failures and get up and fight back stronger.Know your syllabus:- The most common mistake that most aspirants make is that they fail to go through the syllabus for the exam. Knowing what the syllabus demands and not demands is absolutely necessary fpr clearing this exam. Only then will we be able to target our efforts for quick results. Merely pouring through volumes and volumes of history and geography is not what the exam demands. there is a very highly defined syllabus and our effort should be to cover as much of the syllabus with as much clarity as possible.It is breadth that matters and not depth:- The Civil Services Exam is an examination to recruit generalist bureaucrats who would be able to handle any department under the government. The exam, therefore, demands the exact same thing, your vastness and breadth of understanding matters and not depth of understanding in any subject. A common mistake that I have seen aspirants make is that they try to cover a subject from cover to cover and in the end amassing as much knowledge in the subject as a PhD holder in that subject would have. Whereas the exam demands a mere fraction of that knowledge.Should one attend a coaching class to clear Civil Service Exam?This is perhaps the first decision any civil service aspirant will have to make before starting your preparation. Now this is highly subjective. Given the huge amount of online content that is available now-a-days it is perfectly possible to clear the CSE without joining any coaching institute.But I had enrolled at a coaching centre in Kerala. I did so because, at the start of my preparation I had absolutely no idea about the exam or how to prepare for the same. So for me some amount of guidance and handholding was necessary for me.Now I should add a word of caution here. Even if a candidate decides to join some coaching class there is only so much classes can do (at best say 20–30% of the work might get done in a classroom), it will entirely depend on how much effort that you put in that will decide your result.What books should I read?This is again a very subjective topic and there is not a single comprehensive book list that will help you clear this exam.NCERT Text books of history, geography, economics and polity from class Vi to XII are a must read in my opinion. Reading these books will help you cover and basics and create a strong foundation which you can supplement with your further reading. Personally almost 60% of my knowledge base for the static subjects come from NCERT text books.Below is a list of books that I followed for my preparation.The key here is to select the books you are comfortable with and to stick with them. Reading all the material that comes out daily is both impractical and unfruitful. Reading the same texts multiple times will be much more beneficial.How important is newspaper reading?Newspapers are vital for any preparation strategy. I used to spend atleast 2–3 hours daily reading the newspaper. It helps one cement the concepts and helps you evolve opinions and will help you analyse a given situation from multiple perspectives. This will come in handy especially during mains and interview stages.I used to prepare notes from The Hindu daily on the evernote app. This helped me stay organised. During the last 2 months of prelims preparation, I further reduced my one year worth of newspaper notes into crisp notes that filled one 100 page notebook. I read this condensed version multiple times and was the major source for current affairs preparation for prelims as well as mains.How important is mock exams?Mocks tests are very very very very very important in all the three stages of the exam. I cannot stress the importance of mock tests any more.For Prelims, giving lot of mock tests will help you refine your strategy to maximise your scoring. For some answering only those questions which they are absolutely sure of will do the trick. Whereas for someone else (like me) maximizing the number of attempts may help clear the cut off. And there is only one way to find out the strategy that will work for you, do umpteen number of mock exams.Perhaps, mock tests for mains are the most important. In mains it is not how much you know that matters, but how well you can articulate the things that you know in the limited time that is available. Mains answer writing is a skill, which can be mastered only with practice.Choosing the right optional subjectThe optional paper can make or break your career. So be very careful in choosing your optional. Your criteria while choosing the optional should beDo you like the subject, enough to spend thousands of hours pouring over it.Is there good guidance available for the subject. Especially are there good mock tests with good feedback available for the chosen subject.Also check the trend of past few years and check the scoring trend. However this should be the last consideration and the primary consideration should be for your passion for the subject.Pacing your preparation:-It is of utmost importance to rightly pace your preparation so that you never run out of steam. One must start slowly, but steadily build up momentum so that he/she can give the final push close to the examination.But the most important aspect to clearing this exam is to enjoy the journey and not just the destination. One must thoroughly enjoy the preparation phase to be able to bear with the stress that this exam puts on an aspirant. Take it one day at a time, enjoying the learning process and you are sure to succeed.All the very best!!
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How can I become fluent in English?
You have received some incredibly brilliant answers, many from extremely qualified and well placed individuals too, so let me give you a foreigner's practical perspective, if I may.I was born in Italy, didn't speak a word of English when I first came to London thirty years ago, there were no 'online resources' then, and I remember going to the movies  bringing a pocket dictionary with me. The problem was though, I did not know the spelling of most words I heard on screen, so I always felt like attempting synchronized swimming in a force 10 gale at sea.One day, a very old guy who was sitting next to me at the cinema, noticing how furiously and frustratingly I was flicking my well worn out dictionary, asked me how well I wanted to speak. "Like I native" I answered. He laughed and said that that was not possible, but he could teach me so people would be impressed by my English nevertheless. We met regularly and talked about all sorts of things,  it turned up he was a retired professor of modern languages at Cambridge University, fluent in Italian too.He told me that the only way to become almost perfect at speaking a language, not just English, was to allow others to correct you, even constantly, as you speak. He said that that would irritate most people immensely, but surely it was the best and fastest way. So he did, and I remember these surreal and surely  irritatingly stuttered conversations, that eventually became more balanced, as he interrupted me less and less.One evening we were together at a dinner party and a lady sitting next to us complimented me on my English, saying it was perfect, asking where I came from. Before I could answer he said to her, visibly irritated, that if my English was truly perfect she wouldn't have noticed.As we were walking home I asked him how I could improve further, especially my diction, so to become perfect. He smiled, hugged me and said "Franz, what makes you special and 'exotic' is exactly that, your accent and your little imperfections and odd grammar, never lose it completely, it would be a huge mistake."I was very fond of him, he taught me not just English, but a most valuable lesson too: make the most of what you have received in life at birth, it is what makes you special.I felt confident enough eventually to write several books, and I even won a Creative Review Award for my writing. Nowadays I give lectures to all sorts of audiences, and whenever someone compliments on my "perfect" English I smile and answer "hopefully it isn't, so you'll remember me better".My English is far from perfect, but it has an unique style (or so I hope) and my accent is so undefined that people cannot really figure out where I come from, and that is enough.So find someone you can talk to regularly who is happy to correct you every time you make a mistake, but at the same time don't lose what makes you special, exotic.
How does one become a hacker?
RantThis is the one thing I hate about Quora. Someone redirected my answer/changed the question to how someone becomes a hacker. The original question was how does one learn hacking. To the person who made the edit: If you think the 2 questions are the same, you're probably better off spending your time somewhere else and not ruining content that people write. You can take your intelligence and apply it to something that might be more fruitful for you, I.e. Quackery! Works great for pseudo intellectuals! /RantRealize that learning hacking can be a slow and a tedious process. You'll achieve your goal if you enjoy the process of experimenting and by embracing the frustrations you face when things don't work, and when you suddenly get curious about an infrastructure.Step 1. Install Kali linux. (I liked it when they called this backtrack. : Rebirth of BackTrack, the Penetration Testing Distribution. Set this as your wallpaper till you don't get a firm grip on basic commands. Step 2. Start learning programming side by side. Also, set aside a specific time for working on networking and hacking everyday. Step 3. Learn about network infrastructures, cryptography and how things are built. The last one is really important, if you are to invade a building, it is very helpful to have a blueprint and knowledge of how it was built in order to start the invasion. Learn about routers and firewalls.Step 4. Don't read, do! Step 5. Learn common exploits, basic stuff used for wireless cracking WPA/WPA 2 airsniff, aircrack-ng. SQL-Injection, decryption techniques, brute force etc. When you read about them, do them. Make a lock, and break it. Doing is extremely important.I write this from my experience. When I was in 4th grade, I was crazy about computer networks. In 6th grade we had a hacking competition (not a hackathon) in school, where we had to hack the school server and get access to encrypted data (using a server client which had limited privileges). In my house, I had about 5 computers in a room, a CAT 5 cable and some free time with me.There were no 6th graders in the competition and I had to get special permission. So 9th and 10th grade kids were all up for the competition and everybody had a weird look when I walked in. Some even started laughing, that I'd try my hand at hacking. I hacked the server within 15 minutes and bagged the prize. They had about 6 hours and none of them could do it.Also, no amount of courses or books can teach you how to hack. Just like you don't learn driving by reading books, you need to learn hacking by doing it. Have a server set up, and try to hack it. Others have already mentioned it, but please don't be the next Ankit Fadia.[P.S. :Please don't message me asking me to teach you hacking or anything about it. I've already received a lot of messages along similar lines. I haven't and I won't reply to any such messages.If you sent me a message or were thinking about sending one asking me about hacking, know that hacking isn't really something someone can teach you. Really. If you're inquisitive enough, you'll pave your way to acquire the knowledge. You'll find the right resources, right mindset and the right results if you have a true desire to set on the path.]P.P.S: Anon now!