Now, ‘Super-25′ to coach poor UPSC aspirants
PATNA: Now money will not come in the way of Bihar’s meritorious, but poor students to crack country’s toughest test, Civil Services examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
In line with Bihar’s famous Super 30 initiative where students are coached free of cost to crack IIT-JEE, a unique ‘Super-25′ initiative will be launched next month. Under ‘Super-25′, poor meritorious Bihari UPSC candidates will be given free quality coaching and lodging arrangements to help them crack UPSC.
The decision was taken at a symposium on ‘Declining Performance of Bihar in Civil Services’ held at A N Sinha Institute of Social Studies (ANSISS) here on Sunday. At the symposium, Bihar HRD minister P K Sahi, Super 30 founder Anand Kumar, DGP Abhyanand, IAS trainer Ashok Kumar Singh, educationist S P Singh, IAS officer Sanjay Kumar Singh and others explored the cause of Bihar’s declining performance in the UPSC.
Meridian Courses director Ashok Kumar Singh announced that in association with the Career Launcher’s CL Educate Limited he will conduct tests in the fourth week of November to select 25 poor students who will be provided around a year-long free coaching and lodging to help crack civil services.
“During the past few years, Bihar’s performance in UPSC examination has dramatically declined. It is in reverse to what was the scene during the 1990s. It is a major cause of concern. Bihar’s educationists and government must come forward to check this dangerous trend,” Ashok added.
According to the 68th UPSC report, around 50 percent decline has been witnessed in Bihar’s performance in the prestigious examination in the last 10 years. In 1990s, UPSC success rate in Bihar was 7 to 8 per cent while national success rate was 8 to 9 per cent. At present, Bihar’s success rate is 3.6 per cent while the national success rate is 7.0 per cent.
Sahi, who also felt the need to do something substantial to check this trend, promised all possible support of HRD department. In the Super-25 initiative, Meridian Courses and CL Educate Limited will partner with the state government.
“We will formally issue advertisements to invite candidates to appear for our entrance examinations. At present, we are structuring everything in consultation with the stakeholders. Date, time and venue for the procurement of entrance forms and examination venues will be duly advertised in the local media,” said CL Educate Limited vice-president Vijay Jha.
Anand Kumar expressed happiness over the unique idea: “Bihar has a heritage of academic excellence. This heritage should be preserved. Nothing would be better for poor Bihari UPSC aspirants.”
A few months ago, the government of J&K had initiated such an initiative to help poor UPSC aspirants. The idea behind ‘Top-25′, which was conceived in a similar symposium in Srinagar, was also attended by J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah. From the very beginning, the programme was supported by Abdullah, said Jha.