|Dream Run: A section of successful IAS of 2011 batch|
A number of news sites have recently carried
an agency (IANS) story which talked to a number of IAS coaching institutes, and also a member of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to get a correct picture on this relatively new phenomenon. The trigger was the recent foray of one of the coaching institutes, Chanakya IAS Academy, to hold an interactive session in Dubai mainly to woo NRI civil services aspirants.
Any citizen of India can appear for civil services examinations which means the children of Non Resident Indians do qualify to take the plunge. But UPSC currently does not have any centres abroad. The NRI aspirants, however, can camp in any major cities in India to appear for the examinations held at multiple layers: prelims, mains and then interview. The interview is held only in New Delhi.
Though the million dollar IAS coaching industry is reaching out to the NRI population mainly to increase their topline in a saturated market, this exercise may create awareness and help more NRI children taking the UPSC examinations more seriously. It also means more competition ahead for those who are studying 16 hours a day in Patna, Guwahati or Chennai, dreaming to crack arguably the toughest exam in India.
Action and Appointments
a) Sudhir Garg, a 1990 batch UP cadre IAS, presently working as joint secretary in the ministry of water resources, has been appointed as Executive Director (North Zone), in Food Corporation of India.
b) Ashish Srivastava, a 1992 batch MP cadre IAS, has been appointed as Director General (Training) in Election Commission of India at a joint secretary level.
c) Shri Prakash, a Central Secretariat Service officer, has been appointed as Director in DoPT.