The Civil Services Examinations: Where to Start
A workshop on the Civil Services Examinations was conducted by the Student Welfare department of MIT in association with the Universal IAS Training Center, Bangalore, on the 27th of September, in the library auditorium of the college. The program was held in subsequent morning and evening sessions, and was coordinated by the Rotaract Club of Manipal.
The event was inaugurated with a lamp-lighting ceremony followed by a brief introduction of the chief guest Mr. Udaykumar Shetty of UCC, Bangalore, and a few inspiring words from the Director of MIT, Dr. GK Prabhu. The Director mentioned the purpose of the workshop and how the organizers hoped that it would eventually help the students.
Though attendance was low, those present actively participated in the workshop. An introduction of the civil services examinations was delivered by Mr. Shetty with the help of a Powerpoint presentation. He discussed the basic requirements and the key points regarding the examination. The presentation covered important areas such as the preparation time required, the topic-wise breakup of marks in the question paper, method to choose the optional subjects, and interview questions. His knowledge was vast and his experience apparent as he listed out the basic ways in which one can prepare for the Civil Services examination. He suggested reading newspapers everyday, particularly The Hindu, and initiating preparation with sixth to tenth grade-level NCERT textbooks. He went on to list out a few out of his students who had cleared the examination and who now have successful careers as civil servants.
The audience was quite engaged in the seminar as was evident in the extensive question and answer round. Mr. Shetty patiently answered all of the crowd’s questions and laid emphasis on the ‘working smart’ ideology. In the end, it was quite evident that the workshop had accomplished its goal of helping the students figure out if the civil services was their forte, and mobilizing those who had decided that it was.