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Discovery: Committed to discovering the mettle

Among the plethora of institutions providing guidance to civil services aspirants, Discovery has emerged as an academy par excellence and has iconized integrity, success and passion for learning. It has undergone a metamorphosis from being a simple centre of guidance to a towering institution, Discovery Learning Solutions (I) Pvt. Ltd. in a short span of eight years.

In this journey, Discovery has always seen teaching beliefs necessarily dynamic and has been striving hard to provide a conducive environment in which civil services aspirants are ready to promote and use their skills for constructing a tower on a strong foundation. Having its mission and vision to impart training in a caring and ethical framework, Discovery believes in strategic planning and its efficient implementation creating a strong human resource pool for civil services in India.

Our strategic planning and implementation derive strength from our Performance Management System and Performance Monitoring and Evaluation System beginning from the level of preliminary to that of the personality test.

This esteemed and highly eulogized newspaper is giving us the opportunity to brief you the entire strategic methodology of our's.

First of all, so far as the preparation for Preliminary examination is concerned, it is to be noted that from 2011 the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has introduced an aptitude test.

The new pattern comprises two papers covering almost all sections of general studies and a number of topics to test the aptitude of the aspirants.

Precisely, the Commission intends to select only those candidates who can construct opinions of their own and take critical decisions. Very strategically, the two papers have been synchronised by inserting into the syllabus items like public policy, rights issues, environmental ecology on one hand, and decision making and problem solving, interpersonal skills, numeracy, reasoning and mental ability and above all comprehension.

The most striking feature of our strategic planning has been that we could anticipate such changes and synchronisation too, which we presented before a large number of aspirants through seminars in the month of June 2010 itself.

Further, Discovery earned kudos in the last four months because we could run our meticulously designed classes through a team of experts like Mr. Raj Rajesh, a well known guide and teacher for reasoning and analytical ability, Mr. Nishant Srivastava, the young and dynamic teacher known for data interpretation, comprehension etc., Mr. Abhishek Gupta for numeracy and above all, Mr. C.B.P. Srivastava, Director (Academics), Discovery for Decision Making and Problem Solving and Interpersonal skill.

One of the striking features of our classes has been that these incorporated practice sessions for capacity building of aspirants.

Secondly, Discovery has already created a niche for itself so far as the guidance for the Main examination is concerned. We offer courses in General Studies, Public Administration, Geography and now Hindi Literature is being introduced.

The classroom strategy for the Main examination is divided into two broad categories, namely, concept building and development of analytical ability. The session of concept building is based on identification of topics as per the requirements of the syllabus which are thoroughly discussed in the classes. On the other hand, the session to develop analytical ability, inter alia, includes the following major aspects—

Development of interdisciplinary approach

Minute and Precise understanding of each and every topic

Focus on applied areas of the topics

Special focus on the current developments concerned with various topics

Inclusion of the ideas/opinions/facts/figures etc. from various government documents/reports etc. so that an aptitude for governance is developed.

As said earlier, we, at Discovery have always believed in performance monitoring and evaluation for which a File Maintenance System (FMS) is in operation under our much-talked about Reform-based development programme (RBDP). The FMS provides opportunity to the aspirants to develop their communication skills through answer writing on daily basis.

Moreover, they also get opportunity to personally discuss with the faculty concerned for their doubt clearance. In fact, this has been our strength and USP.

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