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Before we describe features of IAS coaching imparted at JUST IAS, it is essential to know the nature and requirements of civil services examination itself. Any competitive examination is oriented towards testing the suitability of a candidate for the job he is aspiring for. The entire selection process of civil services examination is also geared towards the same objective i.e. to choose the most suitable candidates (not necessarily the most intelligent candidates). Given the kind of responsibilities to shoulder a civil servant has during his tenure as an IAS, IPS, IFS or a central services officer, the UPSC has designed, with the help of multiple expert committee reports, a system of examination that seeks to test an aspiring candidate from the following angles.
Put together, these skills are tested through a multi-layered examination process. But, apart from such skills, certain personal attributes are also tested to ascertain the suitability of a candidate, viz; empathy, integrity, social cohesion etc.
While the GS papers, as well as the optional paper, are intended to test a candidate on his knowledge side, the papers on essay and ethics as well as the personality test seek to judge his personal attributes considered essential for a career in civil services.
If so many qualities are being looked for in a candidate, it is only natural that a vastly different exam system will have to be devised along these requirements. Thus, UPSC has devised an appropriate examination system aimed at judging the right skills and mental capacity of a candidate before he/she gets inducted into the most coveted cadre of civil services. Each set of IAS Exam tuned to evaluate a candidate in consonance with the requirements of the civil service.
Held in the month of June now, this is a common screening exam for IAS, IPS, IFS and other allied services as well as for IFoS (Indian Forest Service). It is purely a screening test which tests the basic information level of a candidate who has earned a degree like BA, B.Sc, B.Tech. BE, MBBS etc. The GS paper of prelims comprises areas such as history, geography, environment and ecology, polity, general science, economics and current affairs. With the importance of CSAT getting diluted by making it just a qualifying exam from 2015 onwards, the GS paper (i.e. GS Paper I) has become now decisive in clearing the prelims exam. The main purpose of the preliminary exam is to filter out the right candidates for the main examination. Through the CSAT Paper, it is intended to test the comprehension capability of the candidate as well as his decision-making ability. Besides, basic maths and reasoning are also tested in CSAT to determine the IQ level of the candidate.
The main examination, held in October now, about three months after the preliminary examination, is structured around testing the following qualities.
The Academic Faculty: The optional paper(one has to select only one optional paper in the revised format of UPSC Exam) seeks to evaluate a candidate on has academic, intellectual canvas. It is a test of his capacity to absorb a subject of his choice which belongs to an academic discipline at the undergraduate level (i. e. BA, B.Sc. B. Tech etc).
Broad Understanding of General Awareness: Through the first three GS Mains Papers i.e. GSI, GSII and GSIII papers, a candidate is tested in areas of history, culture, geography, international relations, security, science and technology etc. The purpose of such testing is to assess a candidate’s genuine interest in the world around him which makes him a suitable civil servant.
Ethical Grounding: The GS Paper IV on Ethics is a new and welcome introduction to the Mains syllabus which really deserved an earlier presence in the civil services examination system. Ethical conduct of a civil servant is a prime requirement in a functioning democracy. This paper mirrors the ethical mind of the candidate through both theories and case studies on ethics.
Socio-Moral Qualities: The essay paper is crafted to judge the socio-moral fabric of the candidate. By allowing him the freedom to express his inner self through the medium of an essay topic, his socio-moral map can be judged.
Personal Attributes: The IAS interview is basically an exercise at judging the personal attributes of a candidate. What are those attributes? As UPSC has itself articulated, those personal attributes are, viz: Empathy, social cohesion, mental alertness etc.
To sum up, the entire examination system requires the following qualities in a candidate:
1. Analytical and critical thinking
2.Comprehension of fundamentals
3. Application of knowledge
4. Personal attributes
ABOUT JUST IAS
JUST IAS is India’s most reliable and dependable learning platform. Far from being just yet another coaching institute, it is a place for a well-rounded evolution of a candidate in terms of building up his intellectual capital, honing the right cognitive, normative and linguistic skills which are the prerequisites for success in a hugely demanding examination like the civil services. Most of the IAS syllabus lies in a dark zone for a candidate who is unexposed to the UPSC pattern. At JUST IAS, we put lots of sunshine on this dark zone.
Given the complex and demanding nature of IAS preparations, an institute has to be well equipped to deliver many things under its learning package. These things include building up his intellectual as well as moral capital during a stated period of coaching at the institute. The essential attributes mentioned above are honed up in a friendly ecological set up of our institute.
Role of a Personal Mentor in IAS Examination:
The new UPSC syllabus demands intensive preparations under a competent and dedicated mentor. At JUST IAS, every single aspirant is allotted a personal mentor who monitors his progress on regular basis and makes corrections in his errors. The mentorship scheme is a unique feature at JUST IAS, which is not a part of traditional coaching institutes.
Appropriate Teaching Methodology:
A vastly different examination like civil services requires a compatible method of teaching. JUST IAS has evolved, through years of experience, the most appropriate teaching methodology which includes the following components
Analysis and Presentation of Relevant Source Materials: Before starting preparations a candidate must know his source. We reveal all the relevant sources like textbooks, reference materials, and govt. reports. Journal, newspapers and magazines and highlight their respective importance.
Beginning with Fundamentals and Basics of Syllabus: are the building blocks for higher levels of IAS preparations. At JUST IAS, we attach extra emphasis on clearing the fundamentals to a fresh candidate by imparting Fundamentalsbasicclasses for first few weeks before raising the level higher. This settles down the candidate and makes him mentally ready to take on the bigger tasks.
Intensive Class Room Lectures: The quality of any coaching is as good as its classes. Believing firmly in this, classes at JUST IAS are its forte. Conducted under a predetermined structure and personally supervised by its chief mentor, S B Singh, the classes are delivered by some of the best brains available in the country.
Very Concise Useful Support Material: Normally study material is treated as the body, but we treat it as the spine of the body. Accordingly, our study material supports the entire body of preparations as the spine does.
Conducting Tests which are Predictive in Nature: Every institute conducts tests. What distinguishes our tests is the fact that they are predictive, or say, illustrative of the likely questions to be asked by UPSC. This definitely requires a large resource of wisdom and prudence, which of course we have at our disposal.
Post Coaching Sessions to Repeat, Revise and Upgrade the Previous Preparations:This again is a practice we can call unique at JUST IAS. Generally, the institutes close their doors on old students soon after completion of the course, but we at JUST IAS, consider our old students as continuing students. It means that they have the right to repeat, revise and upgrade any area of knowledge, the information they feel they need to do. No extra fee is charged for this additional assistance to our valued candidates.