UPSC 2019: Odisha pushes towards increasing local representation in Civil Services
Monday, July 1, 2019
Subsidised coaching launched by the state government will guide students for the UPSC and OPSC exams, writes Jagriti Kumari
To increase the representation of candidates from Odisha in the Civil Services, the state government has launched subsidised coaching for aspirants from the state. Under this initiative, students will be offered coaching and guidance for the Civil Services examinations.
General Studies papers of prelims and Mains as per the UPSC syllabus will be taught to students at the subsidised coaching to crack UPSC and state public service commission examination. “Odisha had a good representation in civil services till the 90s. However, the influx of professional courses such as Engineering, MBA etc has collectively changed the mindset. Most students now consider job-oriented courses. Currently, the representation from the state in civil services has declined to just 2%,” says Partha Sarathi Mishra, additional secretary to Odisha government.
“In view of declining representation, the need was felt to help and motivate students who are interested in Civil Services, but cannot afford expensive coaching for UPSC preparation outside the state,” tells Mishra, while talking to Education Times.
Kasturi Rout, who is among 88 students selected for first batch of the coaching, is thankful to the government for helping students. “Such kind of initiatives actually helps students especially those who face financial crisis. Availability of good coaching that too near to our home is also a boon for us,” says Kasturi, who did her BTech in Civil Engineering from a Bhubaneswar based college. Kasturi has been preparing for UPSC since 2017.
The higher education department has waived off fee for those with annual family income of less than Rs2 lakh. Students whose parent’s income is more than Rs 2 lakh need to pay Rs 20,650 out of total Rs82,600.
Students have been selected on the basis of their performance in UPSC prelims, Mains or state public service commission examination. Classes of this subsidised coaching kicked-off on June 24. The state government inked a MoU with Dhyeya Educational Services, New Delhi, in March this year to offer coaching and guidance to students. Total strength of this coaching is 100.