2017 Skoda Octavia Facelift Review

Ever since the first ever Skoda Octavia was launched in India way back in 2002, it garnered a cult following among the Indian car enthusiasts. It was a true driver’s car with good cabin space and loads of practicality to boot. Globally, Skoda has sold over 5 million units of the Octavia. India got the current 3rd generation model in 2013 and it is now in the middle of its lifecycle. So it was time for the customary facelift and a bunch of new features to come our way.

2017 skoda octavia facelift headlamp(The 2017 Skoda Octavia Facelift gets all LED headlamps with separate bulbs for separate beams)

So what’s new? Quite a bit, actually! But we will begin with the exterior. The face is completely re-done with a new split-headlamp cluster that Skoda likes to call QuadraLED headlights. And that’s because the split is into four compartments. The low and high-beam have been separated. You also get LED daytime running lights and fog lamps on the bumper, which is all-new as well. For that premium feel, there is a chrome strip running across the bumper too. The grille on the 2017 Octavia is now done in a glossy black finish while the hood has a few new creases which weren’t there earlier. The front fenders get new lines too, and are more sculpted now, making the car look a tad more muscular. At the rear, the tail lamps are LED units as well and the rear bumper is also revised.

2017 skoda octavia facelift action(The 2017 Skoda Octavia Facelift retains the same engines which are on duty in the current model)

The 2017 Octavia facelift also gets ParkPilot. Activate the system and the car will manoeuvre itself into or out of a parking spot. But do keep in mind that it is you, who has to apply the brakes as and when necessary. There are proximity sensors all over and there is a reverse parking camera as well, which makes life easier.

2017 skoda octavia facelift connectivity(The new capacitive touchscreen infotainment system on the Skoda Octavia Facelift is rather slick)

Step inside the cabin and there are changes for the better. The most noticeable one is the brand-new 9-inch infotainment touchscreen, with capacitive touch. The interface is smooth and the resolution (800×480) is better than the previous Octavia’s. It is smartphone friendly and you can choose from Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink to pair your smartphone with it. Skoda has also introduced an app of its own, which is the ‘Boss Connect’. In case you are someone who likes to be driven around, you can simply download the app and control the infotainment system from the rear seat.

2017 skoda octavia facelift dashboard(The cabin feels a touch more premium than before)

That’s not all, Skoda is now offering ambient lighting with 10 colours. You can also increase/decrease the brightness of the lamps in the footwell and on the doors. Some other creature comforts include a panoramic sunroof and there are two USB ports for rear passengers right below the rear AC vent. The new Octavia feels plusher from the inside, thanks to the soft-touch plastics and the beige-black two-tone colour scheme. The cabin retains its roominess and is a comfortable place to be in.

No mechanical changes, though the car’s rear track has increased by 20 mm on the 2.0-litre TDI and by 30 mm on the 1.8-litre TSI variant. The reason for this is the TDI uses a tweaked compound crank axle while the TSI gets a new multi-link axle. The increased track provides better handling according to the company.

2017 skoda octavia facelift rear(At the rear, the Skoda Octavia Facelift gets LED tail lamps and a re-designed bumper)

The engines remain unchanged. Skoda is continuing with the three engines that have been available on the Octy – the 1.4-litre TSI, the 1.8-litre TSI and the 2.0-litre TDI. We drove the diesel variant and are pleased to report that the engine remains the powerhouse it was. There is that familiar diesel clatter when you start the car but the motor remains as punchy and torquey as ever. The 6-speed DSG always was a lovely gearbox and still is. The power and torque output remain the same at 140.8 bhp and 320 Nm. The claimed mileage is 19.3 kmpl.

As far as safety is concerned, the top trim of the Octavia gets 8 airbags while the base trim gets 4 airbags, which are the dual airbags upfront and at the sides. ABS, EBD and traction control are standard.

2017 skoda octavia facelift front(The 2017 Skoda Octavia Facelift remains as desirable as ever)

So the Skoda Octavia still remains a good value proposition in its segment – even though the segment itself may not be too hot these days. The new features and design elements are a step-up and add to the overall desirability quotient of the car. Prices will also be tweaked though the variant stack up should remain the same too. The car launches in mid-July which is when Skoda India will announce prices too.


NEET 2017 result: Harsh Agarwal is Bihar topper, secures AIR 16

Harsh Agarwal emerged as the Bihar topper on Friday with an all-India rank 16 in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) 2017 conducted for admission to medical, dental, AYUSH and veterinary colleges across the country.

Agarwal secured 685 marks to score a percentile of 99.99. He was the sole candidate from Bihar in the list of top 25, which the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) released. Navdeep Singh from Punjab topped with a score of 697 marks, a statement from the school board said.


In Patna, around 25,000 students appeared in the NEET at 32 examination centres.

Over 11,38,889 candidates registered for the exam, of which 10,90,085 appeared and 6,11,539 qualified. Of the successful candidates, 2,66,221 were male and 3,45,313 female. Five of the eight from the transgender category cleared the exam.

The NEET exam was dogged by question paper leak. Bihar and Rajasthan police arrested nine people across Patna, Jaipur and New Delhi on May 7 for trying to leak the question papers of the NEET. Five of the arrests were from Patna.

NEET 2017: Karnataka’s Sankeerth Sadanand grabs AIR 4

Bengaluru’s Sankeerth Sadanand secured the All India Rank 4 in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) 2017.

Punjab’s Navdeep Singh topped with a score of 697 marks out of 720 in the exam conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for admission to medical, dental, AYUSH and veterinary colleges across the country. Indore’s Archit Gupta and Manish Mulchandani secured the AIRs 2 and 3.

Neet 2017 result

“It is a great feeling to have aced these exams and I am a little confused at the moment because of the choices I have,” Sankeerth said.

It is because Sadanand has also aced the MBBS entrance exam for the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, securing the 27th rank. And his heart seems set on AIIMS. “I don’t think anybody can turn down AIIMS,” he said.
Son of a company secretary father and biology teacher, Sadanand said he was interested in biology from a young age and eventually decided that healthcare was his calling.

Out of the 11,38,890 students candidates registered for the exam, 6,11,539 cleared the medical entrance examination for 65,000 seats in MBBS and 25,000 seats in BDS courses. Of these, 2,66,221 were boys and 3,45,313 girls. Eight transgenders appeared for the exam out of which five were declared successful.

He studied at the Delhi Public School and secured 97% in Class 12.

CBSE NEET 2017: Meet the four toppers from Muktsar, Indore and Bengaluru

New Delhi: The 17-year-old son of a Punjab school teacher, two close friends from Madhya Pradesh and a Delhi Public School student from Bengaluru, on Friday, bagged the first four positions in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), an all-India examination for admission to medical and dental colleges.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which conducts the examination, announced the results on Friday morning, ending weeks of suspense that saw the Madras high court withholding the outcome before the Supreme Court cleared it.

Launched in 2016, the NEET replaced a clutch of entrance exams conducted by states and colleges.

There were more successful women than men, the results show, with 3.45 lakh clearing the exams out of 6.16 lakh who wrote it. About 2.66 lakh men out of 4.73 who gave the exam were successful.

Five transgenders out of eight candidates also passed the exam held on May 7, the CSBE said.

Topper Navdeep Singh plans to pursue an MBBS degree from Maulana Azad Medical College in Delhi, his father, Gopal Singh, told HT at their home in Mukstar, around 550 km from Chandigarh.

NEET results 2017

“I was hopeful of clearing the exam but I had not expected to become the all India topper,” said Navdeep, whose hobbies include playing cricket.

Two other students from Punjab were placed among the top ten, with Nikita Goyal securing position 8 and Tanish Bansal with rank 10.

The results were particularly sweet for the friends from Indore, Archit Gupta and Manish Mulchandani, who were placed second and third.

Both Gupta and Mulchandani left their homes to live in a hostel so that they could concentrate on their studies and motivate each other. They attended the same coaching institute. Gupta wants to be a neurosurgeon.

“Archit and I always compete with each other, but it is a healthy competition and helped us score well,” said Mulchandani, who will represent India in the Bio Olympiad in London on July 23.

Both were also placed among the top 10 of successful candidates in an entrance exam to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

Sankeerth Sadananda, ranked 4, is a Delhi Public School student from Bengaluru in Karnataka. Son of a company secretary father and biology teacher, he has always been interested in biology and has decided to focus on a career in health care.

Sadananda too has aced the AIIMS entrance exam, securing 27th rank . He secured 97 per cent in Class 12.

“It is a great feeling to have aced these exams and I am a little confused at the moment because of the choices I have,” he said.

However, his heart seems set on AIIMS. “I don’t think anybody can turn dow AIIMS,” he said.

CBSE NEET 2017: Bathinda girl, Nikita Goyal, bags AIR 8

Bringing laurels to Bathinda, Nikita Goyal secured eighth rank in National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), result of which was declared on Friday. She is the only girl in top 10 ranks.

Elated over success Nikita said that she kept herself away from social media for the past two years and concentrated only on her studies. She said her brother Nikhil Goyal who secured 142 rank in Joint Entrance Examination in 2015 and is student of computer science engineering in Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, is her inspiration.

“I worked hard but wasn’t sure about rank. Though teachers told me that they were expecting a single digit rank for me,” she added. Nikita wants to enroll at Maulana Azad Medical College in Delhi and aims to be a neurosurgeon. She studied till X at Sanawar School, Bathinda, and passed Class XII from Sudesh Vatika School. Her father Suresh Kumar Goyal is an agriculture development officer and her mother is senior lecturer in Bathinda Polytechnic College.


“She was away from social media. I even asked her many times that she should get an android phone but she refused,” said her father. He added that his children made him proud and he believes that they will do good in the future. He added that children should avoid social media during studies as it kills time and divert their attention. He said that we never compelled their our children to do something specific. They choose their own paths.

 Her mother Rani Devi said that she will take her daughter for shopping as sacrificed a lot in last two years and now deserves a treat.


Steam Summer Sale 2017: The Biggest Sales and Deals

The longest day of the year has come and gone – considered the first day of the summer for people in the Northern Hemisphere – and with that Steam’s annual summer sale is now upon us. Sure, for most of us in India it’s monsoon already, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the gifts that Steam bears.

On top of the discounts, Valve has added a mini-game of sorts, where you complete daily quests to fill a sticker book. If you manage to complete any of the 15 pages, that one will permanently stay unlocked on your account. Stickers can’t be traded, so you’ll have to do the quests to earn them.

If you don’t have an international credit/debit card, don’t worry. Steam brought in support for netbanking, digital wallets, and cash on delivery late last year, so there’s a ton of new ways to pay for your favourite games.

As has become the new norm, there’ll be no limited-time or flash sales during the Steam Summer Sale. Instead, games with discounts will stay that way throughout the sale period – June 22 to July 5 – and games that aren’t on discount won’t be receiving any discounts randomly. That’s good for players, since it gives you ample time to browse the store and find gems.

Steam Summer Sale 2017: The Biggest Sales and Deals

In any case, we’ve perused through the games on sale so you don’t have to bother looking. Here are the top deals during the Steam Summer Sale:

Big-name titles

Bayonetta – Rs. 498 (25 percent off)

Batman: The Telltale Series – Rs. 216 (65 percent off)

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – Rs. 2,149 (50 percent off)

Civilization VI – Rs. 1,499 (40 percent off)

Dark Souls III – Rs. 1,719 (60 percent off)

Dishonored 2 – Rs. 1,335 (50 percent off)

Doom – Rs. 1,000 (50 percent off)

F1 2016 – Rs. 353 (70 percent off)

Fallout 4 – Rs. 1,000 (50 percent off)

Final Fantasy VII – Rs. 204 (50 percent off)

Final Fantasy VIII – Rs. 204 (50 percent off)

Football Manager 2017 – Rs. 544 (66 percent off)

Grand Theft Auto V – Rs. 1,468 (50 percent off)

Mafia III – Rs. 617 (63 percent off)

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor – Rs. 197 (80 percent off)

NBA 2K17 – Rs. 624 (75 percent off)


Nier: Automata – Rs. 1,399 (30 percent off)

Planet Coaster – Rs. 1,989 (33 percent off)

Prey – Rs. 2,639 (34 percent off)

Resident Evil 7 – Rs. 1,619 (40 percent off)

Rise of the Tomb Raider – Rs. 399 (60 percent off)

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands – Rs. 2,344 (33 percent off)

Total War: Warhammer – Rs. 679 (66 percent off)

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III – Rs. 1,499 (25 percent off)

Watch Dogs 2 – Rs. 1,749 (50 percent off)

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt GOTY – Rs. 499 (50 percent off)

XCOM 2 – Rs. 989 (67 percent off)


Abzu – Rs. 169 (70 percent off)

Dead Cells – Rs. 466 (15 percent off)

Firewatch – Rs. 254 (55 percent off)

Hyper Light Drifter – Rs. 282 (50 percent off)

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes – Rs. 158 (67 percent off)

Overcooked – Rs. 399 (50 percent off)

Superhot – Rs. 371 (40 percent off)

VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action – Rs. 320 (33 percent off)

What Remains of Edith Finch – Rs. 423 (25 percent off)

What do you have on your eye on this summer? Leave them in the comments below.


UPSC CAPF AC Exam 2017 Admit Card released, download at upsc.gov.in

New Delhi, June 23: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the admit card of Central Armed Police Forces (ACs) Examination, 2017. The hall ticket of UPSC CAPF AC Exam 2017 has been released on the official website of the Commission, upsc.gov.in. Candidates can download the admission certificate by following some steps mentioned below. It is mandatory to carry the admit card of UPSC CAPF AC Exam 2017 during the exam.

In case a candidate faces any problem while downloading the e-admit card of UPSC Central Armed Police Forces (ACs) Examination, 2017, he/ she may contact soe23-upsc@gov.in. The admit card will contain the Name of the candidate, Roll Number, Registration ID and Name and Year of the Examination. Candidates should check the admit card for any discrepancy and contact the commission and get it rectified. Candidates are required to carry the admit card in the exam hall and should enter the exam Hall 20 minutes before the scheduled commencement of the exam.


How to download UPSC CAPF AC Exam 2017 Admit Card

  • Visit the official website of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
  • Click on the activated link ‘UPSC CAPF AC Exam 2017 Admit Card’
  • Read the instructions
  • Enter required details
  • Click on Submit
  • Download the UPSC CAPF AC Exam 2017 Admit Card and save it

Candidates are advised to take the print out and keep it safely for further reference.