New Delhi, October 4 2016: Several retired bureaucrats from the IAS, IPS, IRS and IFS shared tips and gave motivational support to a gathering of 150-odd civil services aspirants at a seminar held here today.
The seminar, entitled ‘Changing Pattern of the IAS Exam: Predictive Analysis for 2017’, was held by a non-profit civil services training institute Mission Possible IAS Study Circle, at a convention hall in Ghitorni on MG Road. The event featured an analysis of the preliminary examination of this year’s Civil Services Examination conducted by UPSC last month by the institute’s faculty, who dwelt at length on how the exam was designed to level the playing field for students from all kinds of academic backgrounds.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Gautam Kaul, IPS (R), who held several important positions in Delhi Police before retiring as Director General, ITBP, exhorted IAS aspirants to go in for this career option only if they had a desire for public service in mind. “In today’s scenario, a sincere civil servant may get perturbed by falling standards of integrity in society, but he should only be concerned with staying honest herself, and not be distracted by all that,” he also advised aspirants.
Mr Kaul also took questions from students who were curious about his own career in the IPS, quipping in the process that an IPS officer spends most of his time either reassuring aggrieved people or fielding calls from politicians.
Mr Ashok Pandey, IAS, who retired as Secretary, Lok Sabha, spoke at length about Bhagwat Gita’s message relating to putting in as much hard work as possible in any endevour, and leaving the final result to the Higher Power. “If you work truly hard, with determination, and get the right guidance considering the complex nature of the CSE, you will certainly succeed,” he, however, added.
Mr Anil Kumar, IAS, who served as Secretary to Government of India in various departments such as Fertiliser and Telecom, and as Secretary to the Vice President of India post-retirement, advised aspirants to constantly keep in mind the example of Arjun, the Pandava prince in Mahabharta, who was able to lift, string, and fire Pinakin – the Shiva dhanush – to pierce the eye of a golden fish whilst only looking at its reflection to be able to win Draupadi’s hand in marriage. “If you can do that, you will succeed in your endevour,” he said.
Also gracing the occasion was Ms Reena Pandey, IFS, who served at the Indian embassies in London and Istanbul and as protocol officer at the Prime Minister’s residence, before retiring as India’s ambassador to Georgia and Armenia.
The seminar concluded with the institute’s faculty some pertinent current affairs topics linked to their respective subjects, which include history, art and culture, geography, economics, science and technology, and taking questions from the students to clear their doubts and queries relating to the civil services examination and how to best prepare for it.
They also stressed on the fact that Mission Possible IAS Study Circle, located on IGNOU Road in south Delhi, is not a commercial establishment and offers scholarships to bright and needy IAS aspirants to help them achieve their dreams of serving the country as a civil servant.