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A bachelor?s course in Civil Services

The graduate course can help you crack a host of public service exams from UPSC, MPSC to various banking, defence services etc, reports Ketaki Ghoge.

india Updated: Nov 30, 2006 00:45 IST

This is what universities in Maharashtra are likely to offer its students once the report by former Chief Secretary Arun Bongirwar on increasing state representation to civil services gets a clearance.

If you are keen on joining the civil services, there is no better time than now.
The state government, worried about the poor percentage of Maharastrian students opting for a career in public service cadre appointed a committee led by Bongirwar in April.

The report submitted on Wednesday makes way for a slew of reforms and incentives - workshops, virtual class-rooms, state-level training centres, education loans – in a hope that more Maharashtrians will opt and do well in civil services.

The graduate course – one to three years – recommended by the committee can help you crack a host of public service exams from Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) to various banking, defence services and even `human resource development’ jobs in private sector.

The committee made up of legislators, academicians and civil servants has also sought a change in the Secondary School certificate (SSC) syllabus on the lines of CBSE and ICSE since these courses were found to be more conducive to cracking the competitive exams.

State’s higher and technical education minister Dilip Walse-Patil has accepted the main demands including setting up of a core group led by principal secretary (higher education) Joyce Sankaran to look at ways to implement these recommendations.

"We want to better the performance of our students in civil services. Now, the core group will scrutinise the recommendations and look at means and ways of implementing them," said Walse-Patil.

The government agency YASHDA based in Pune will act as a nodal agency to impart training to various centers that will in-turn impart training to students.

Sankaran pointed out, "We are planning to take this report forward by looking at means to ensure our students do well in all competitive exams."

No need to go to Delhi, here’s what you government is willing to offer:

· Better training through more centers including virtual class-rooms, state level libraries, recommended reading lists.
· Loans for economically backward students, workshops for toppers in Xth and XII standard to introduce them to civil service career options.
· A graduate course in civil services, introduction to public services in school syllabi.
· Psychologist and experts to train aspirants in personality development, mock interviews, groups discussions.
. On an average 3 lakh students sign up for the civil service exams
. Out of that, 1.5 lakh appear for exams
. Around 400-450 are successful in making career in various rungs of civil service
. Maharashtra lags behind Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Chennai in the    performance of its civil service aspirants