Civil services examination is a competitive examination conducted by Union Public Service commission ( UPSC) for the recruitment of around 24 all India services . It is considered as the toughest examination in India considering its competition and syllabus. Every year around 10 lakh aspirants apply for the exam but hardly 1000 make it into the final list. This whole examination process is divided into three stages Preliminary, Mains and the Interview. The whole process takes an year to complete. With only limited number of attempts one has to go through extreme level of competition to clear this examination.
Even though the success rate of this examination is just .001%, Thousands of students are passionate to clear this exam. Every year they flock to coaching institutes, dedicate years for the preparation trudging through books but majority of them fail. It is a known fact that all of them prepare from the same source, everyone has access to all resources yet only few of them clear this examination. The reason for this is the lack of basic skills. From this examination, what UPSC demands from an aspirant is the skills required for a civil servant. It includes basic communication skills, analytical and logical skills, critical thinking etc.
Gaining these skills is like creating a strong and solid foundation for a tall building. Through the course Campus is trying to inculcate the aforesaid skills in the aspirants. Not only UPSC , KAS and changed PSC pattern also demands the same. Keeping this also in view Campus has decided to start this course.So that after the program the aspirant will be confident enough to crack all competitive examination.
Initially we will focus on building basic skills and knowledge of the aspirants. Excessive reading will the agenda for first year. This will help to improve the reading speed, comprehension skills and knowledge base. Daily newspaper reading, weekly magazines ( Frontline, Outlook), monthly magazines ( Yojana, Pratiyogita Darpan etc) will not only help the aspirants in building reading skills but also improve his or her critical thinking ability. He or she will start framing opinion, ideas etc on each topic gradually. Channelizing this opinion, arguments, etc into writing is the next stage.
Writing should be done only after a couple of months of rigorous reading. Then only answers will be diferent,else ideas or opinions expressed will be same for everyone (reason explained aforesaid). First year aspirants will be trained to write without any restrictions on word limit, speed writing , content structure etc
Listening to All India Radio news daily, debates on major issues etc on any podcasts app will also help to have different views on each issue.
Apart from these, knowledge enhancement should will be the next priority. NCERT textbooks are considered the base for gaining General knowledge in competitive exams. Starting with Economics and Polity textbooks will help aspirants in understanding current issues better.
This year priority will be given to completing general knowledge and Aptitude.
History , Geography , basic science, quantitative ability, reasoning etc must be completed before final year because
Writing should be done in parallel, in second year we should focus on framing their answers, Writing skills classes like how to frame essays and letters , how to comment on questions, framing balanced view etc will do.
Tests will also be conducted to ascertain the level of general awareness of candidates. Both in MCQ and Descriptive format.
This year its all about enhancing the acquired skills for the exam. Tweaking the strategy will do
Final year students will be in a dilemma, whether to go for campus placements, to search for jobs, to pursue higher studies etc. They may have the passion for Civil services but aforesaid factors can change their plans all of sudden. Mainly due to lack of confidence. At this stage speeches of Civil Servants, Retired officers experience sharing etc will help the candidates to get motivated. So holding such sessions will help them choose the right path.