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Newspaper is a textbook for IAS aspirants: expert

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Programme to motivate people to take up civil service exams

— Photo: L. Balachandar

Guidance:J.K.Rithish Kumar, MP, speaking at an IAS coaching programme in Kilakarai on Tuesday.

RAMANATHAPURAM: Reading a national newspaper is important for the aspirants of civil services examinations, according to B. Ramasamy, social scientist and Director, RIAS Civil Services Academy, New Delhi.

Delivering a special lecture at the IAS coaching programme organised by J.K. Rithish Kumar, Member of Parliament, Ramanathapuram, at Mohamed Sathak Engineering College in Kilakarai on Tuesday, he said during his last 15 years of conducting coaching and training programme to civil service aspirants he had found that those who were familiar with day-to-day affairs had come up with flying colours in civil services examinations.

They could be familiar with the current affairs only by reading national newspapers. It would be immensely useful in preliminary, main and interview stages.

“For IAS aspirants, national newspaper is like a text book. If they undertake the reading in a dedicated manner, I think they have a bright chance,” Mr. Ramasamy said.

Stating that the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) had effected a major change in the pattern of examinations for civil services, he said the pattern, which mostly benefited by the upper middleclass people particularly doctors, engineers during the last six decades, had been changed so to benefit all citizens of India.

All people irrespective of rich, poor, crossing barriers of caste, religion should come forward to reap the benefits of new pattern.

“Write extensively”

Mr. Ramasamy said the second foremost important work for aspirants was to write extensively on various aspects.

They must work hard to write so as to get good marks in descriptive aspects. If anyone wanted to become an IAS and IPS officer, he or she should preserve the school books and notes for reference.

They would be immensely helpful to them for scoring good marks.

While pointing out that many aspirants, who did well in preliminary and main examinations, had been forced out of the race due to lack of interpersonal skills, logical reasoning abilities, and communication skills in the personality test (interview). They should strive hard to know about their own native areas, India and the country's relationship with the neighbouring countries.

Mr. Rithish Kumar said he was of the view that civil services was better than any other profession. It was a dream for many.

The programme was to motivate the people of Ramanathapuram constituency to take up civil services examinations.

T.N. Hariharan, Collector, S.M. Hamid Abdul Quadir, Chairman, Mohamed Sathak Trust, S.M. Yousuf, Executive Director, A.J. Habeeb, Faizal Abdul Cader, Directors, Mohamed Sathak institutions, Syed Abu Thaheer, Principal, Mohamed Sathak Engineering College took part.

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