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Meeting Challenges of Changed Pattern of Civil Services Exam



In yet another initiative taken by ASCENT GROUP, an umbrella organization for human capital development in J&K,  the aspirants of All India Services (IAS, IPS etc), from State will be organizing a one-day orientation program designed to give maximum benefit to the aspirants in a limited time span.  Titled “How to Cope with the Changes in the Pattern of Civil Services (UPSC) Examination?”, the seminar-cum-workshop will be held at SKICC on 7th of this month.
  A social enterprise, ASCENT Group, was set up by a former civil servant, Mohammad Shafi Pandi, who was the first Muslim from J&K State to be directly recruited into the IAS in 1969 and figured amongst the top five ranks. The seminars and workshops often organized by ASCENT GROUP are hugely attended by the aspirants, their parents as well as a cross section of civil society.
Talking about the seminar, Pandit said, “It will provide an excellent opportunity to the aspirants to interact in person with academics and other experts as well as icons from civil services and other field to remove their doubts about the newly introduced changes in the pattern of examination, creating diffidence in them”.
The ASCENT GROUP has also been providing counseling, coaching and mentoring with faculty support from reputed institutions of the country to the aspirants of various civil services. The same is reflected in the larger participation and success rate in the civil service examinations at the State as well as the Central levels. More importantly, this is testified by the increasing number of candidates from J&K State who have made it to the elite services at the national level in recent years which has grown from about one in five years in late nineties to 10 in 2012 and to a double digit figure of 11 in the recently declared results of the Civil Services Main Examination of 2012. Pertinently, two alumni of ASCENT GROUP have made it to the list of successful candidates of the UPSC Civil Services Examination held in 2012, results whereof were declared recently.
“The issue of representation in the civil services has attained criticality as this is germane not only to good governance but also from the standpoint of making the youth of the State effective participants in the governance process. That’s why there is a dire need to create greater awareness about the civil service examinations as well as to make quality coaching facilities available to the youth of valley, who possess competence but just need a proper exposure and timely guidance to crack the prestigious examinations,” added Pandit.
Towards this end, this seminar highlights will include business/ interactive sessions with successful IAS candidates and other icons, and analysis of IAS/Allied (Prelim Examination question paper held on 26th May, 2013. The plenary session will be chaired by N N Vohra, Governor J&K.
For participation in the seminar, aspirants are required to register online, free of charge, at or by contacting the ASCENT office at tele number 2313042. The organizers also encourage parents to participate in the seminar, for they believe that their role is vital for enabling the aspirants for effective participation in the competitive examinations.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 4 Jun 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 4 Jun 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 5 Jun 2013 00:00:00 IST

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