The Hindu Education Plus, in association with Hyderabad Study Circle, organises seminar on “Career Prospects in State Services”

Be positive and drive away negative attitude. Prepare as if you have to crack it in the first attempt. Don’t depend on luck but hard work, and more importantly don’t believe in touts who promise ‘help’ for money.

Aspirants of various State services got these and many more tips from people who had cracked such competitive exams themselves with élan and are in responsible positions now serving the State government in top positions. The tips and suggestions came at a seminar on “Career Prospects in State Services”, organised by The Hindu Education Plus, in association with Hyderabad Study Circle (HSC) here on Sunday.

Former Secretary of Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) and Special Director, Commercial Taxes, Harpreet Singh explained the reforms introduced in the Group-I and Group-II examinations in the last decade in an effort to create level playing field for candidates from different streams. He referred to dropping of optionals to remove anomalies in the normalisation process and also to drive away undue advantage.

Introduction of online applications and online hall-tickets have reduced burden and considerably reduced the recruitment process period, he said. Removal of interview part in all recruitments except Group-I posts has driven away the apprehensions of favouritism, he said.

Mr. Singh, who was responsible for several changes during his period, favoured appointment of subject experts from the government sector as Commission Members to make the recruitment process easy and relevant. He said that such a system was working well in West Bengal. Mr. Singh said the established recruitment system rules out bias against rural students or vernacular students, and candidates should drive away such fears. Similar is the case with physically challenged candidates.

Aruna Bahuguna, senior IPS officer and Chairperson of A.P. State Police Housing Corporation said the immense service satisfaction gained in government service cannot be matched with money and perks of private sector. She said the services help candidates understand India from a different perspective. She said the guidance available in terms of institutes, study material or Internet should be made use of by the candidates.

Ms. Bahuguna, who is also HSC Secretary, promised to conduct special classes on weekends for employed candidates if sufficient numbers were there.

Additional DG (Vigilance and Enforcement), A. Sivanarayana said that will power and sense of direction during preparation makes a huge difference. He said quality coaching helps candidates in enhancing their success. He said the system was not as bad as it was portrayed outside so candidates need not lose heart. Senior IPS officer, Venugopala Krishna, asked candidates not to believe in touts.

He said exams like Group-I test not just the knowledge but the application of it in the exam. So candidates should learn to critically analyse any issue or topic.

T. Vivek, Addl Director, Revenue (Vigilance and Enforcement) focussed on preparation style. Retaining, recalling and presenting perfectly in the exam hall were the key factors of success. Managing time was an important element in the exam and coaching centres train students on such key aspects. Ultimately, it is the candidates’ calibre that matters.

B.S. Yousuf Shariff, Director, Natural Resources (V&E) explained the opportunities in forest services and how one can rise to top positions in the Indian Forest Service (IFS) even after being recruited through state services. K. Krishna Reddy, Director of HSC explained how HSC was started by serving IAS and IPS officers realising that fewer aspirants from the State were making into Civil Services.

He said over the years it has produced several IAS, IPS and IRS officers apart from officers in the State Services. In fact, most of those who addressed the session were products of HSC.

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