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Chatline Dr. P. Kanagaraj, a political science professor, believes in serving society by providing free coaching and mock interviews to Civil Service aspirants from across India. K. JESHI reports

Professor P. Kanagaraj - PHOTO: M. PERIASAMY
Professor P. Kanagaraj - PHOTO: M. PERIASAMY

Q: Why does Coimbatore have such a pleasant climate?

A: Coimbatore is situated across the Palghat gap. When the South West Monsoon travels across the Palghat gap it brings rainfall to the region and makes it pleasant.

“The civil service aspirants from the region are often asked such questions at their final interview,” says Professor P. Kanagaraj. He is the associate professor of political science at Government Arts College. We are at the Higher Study Centre of the Corporation building on Nanjappa Road, from where he conducts free coaching classes for students preparing for the Civil Services exams. He brings serving bureaucrats from all over India to conduct mock interviews. “Interview is a personality test — an engaging conversation, an autobiography. The best strategy for the interview is to know thy self,” says Kanagaraj. “One should also know something substantial about everything. General knowledge and specific knowledge in chosen areas is a necessity.” Kanagaraj knows. He has appeared twice for the interview. “I lived in Delhi for eight years to complete my post graduation and Ph.D. It was a great learning experience. And I share it with aspiring students.”

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