IPS officer dispels exam myths

The notion that only brilliant minds can crack the Civil Services exams has been dispelled by senior IPS officer and Secretary of A.P. Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society, R.S. Praveen Kumar, on Sunday.

“Civil Services don’t look for people with high intellect but those with average intellect who can come up with ideas to tackle people’s problems and serve their motherland with passion,” he said speaking at a seminar on “Careers in Civil Services,” organised by ‘The Hindu Education Plus’ in association with ‘Krishna Pradeep’s 21st Century IAS’.

Neither the mind-boggling marksheets nor the social and economic background of the candidates matters. “All have the same potential and the winners will be those who make fewer mistakes,” he said.

Right attitude, hard work, clever preparation strategy and originality are some of the traits of a serious aspirant, he observed. Examiners look for original ideas and those who have innate concern for the society. Officers who have made a difference to society during their service possess this character, he said, sharing his own and his colleagues’ experiences in tackling the naxal problem as a district SP.

The answer sheet is the candidate’s personality and everyone should weave their answers with their personality, he said. Different perspectives given to an issue matters a lot. “Answering different questions differently will separate the best from the rest,” he said, giving his tips.

Dr. Praveen Kumar said the first attempt is the best attempt and it should be done with all seriousness. Aspirants must read a lot whether its newspaper, magazines or novels even as the television, Facebook and mobiles are turning out to be great distractions.

Youngsters turned out in large numbers to listen to the distinguished officer. Dr. Praveen Kumar spoke fervently on the police service and the opportunities it provided to serve the nation.

Anant Nag, an IPS officer of 2010 batch, undergoing training, also shared his preparation strategies. “Reading ‘The Hindu’ was part of my life. I didn’t miss it even on my interview day,” he said, advising aspirants to make newspaper reading a serious habit.

He suggested a few books and also explained the positive role played by the trainers. “Right strategy, assessment of performance on a regular basis and improving upon weaknesses can provide the cutting edge,” he said.

P. Krishna Pradeep, Managing Director of 21st Century IAS, threw light on the role of a newspaper in the success of an aspirant. Those who read editorials and analytical articles and gain a perspective on the issue have an edge. “My students don’t come to the class without reading the newspaper,” he declared.

“Clear thought, respect for nation and respect for parents and society,” are also among the key qualities of a serious Civil Services aspirant, said Akella Raghavendra, trainer at 21st Century IAS.