More than 50 students of Centre for Coaching and Career Planning — run by Jamia Millia Islamia for students belonging to the SC/ST, minority and women categories — have cleared the preliminary examination of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The result was declared on Saturday.
“This year 53 students have cleared the UPSC preliminary examination. These students will now be trained for the Mains that will be held in December. We will train those who qualify their mains for the interview process,” said Anisur Rahman, director, Centre for Coaching and Career Planning at Jamia.
The centre, which also provides residential facility for the students, coaches them in public administration, sociology, history and geography, among other subjects for the coveted public service exam.
When asked what was the strategy adopted by the students to crack the exam, officials said solving past years’ papers ensured that students were in good stead.
“We have observed that making students solve the previous years’ question papers and sample papers helps a great deal. Students are able to gauge where they stand. In addition, to train these students for the mains, we bring in faculty from within the university as well as experts from outside,” Rahman added.
The centre, which began operations in 2010 after the UGC gave it the go-ahead, has been consistently grooming students to take the competitive exams. The successful candidates will undergo a rigorous round of mock interviews to acclimatise them with what the actual interview process is likely to hold.
“Last year we had received 1,700 applications, of which 100 students had been selected. The centre is essentially for SC/ST, minority and women students. So we conducted an entrance test followed by an interview, based on which the selection was made,” he added.