Only 9 per cent enrolment Civil Services Preliminary Examination

Only 9 per cent enrolment Civil Services Preliminary Examination

The objective of India becoming a developed nation will not be possible without increasing investment in higher education, according to E. Balagurusamy, member of the Union Pubic Service Commission (UPSC).

Speaking to presspersons here at a centre where preliminary exams for the civil services were being conducted, he said India had only about 9 per cent enrolment in higher education unlike many other developed nations.

This needed to be changed by improving access to good colleges and creating employable courses to encourage students.

Although the importance of professional education is catching up with students, there was very little awareness about civil services, he said.

There had been a steady decline in the number of applicants from Tamil Nadu from about 31,000 in 2004 to only about 18,000 this year.

A major reason for this could be that many students from the State were being attracted by the private sector.

Another reason, he felt, could be the lack of awareness among students. Many candidates from Tamil Nadu had started preparing for the UPSC exams only after their college education unlike in some other parts of the country where parents encouraged their children to ‘become a Collector’ from an early age.

Regarding corruption in higher education, Dr. Balagurusamy said corruption was the bane on education not just in India but all over the world. Nearly 3.17 lakh students appeared for the preliminary exams all over the country on Sunday, with about 18,000 applicants from Tamil Nadu.

The exams were being held at 45 centres and 801 sub-centres nationally. Special arrangements had been made for visually challenged candidates at 6 centres, including Chennai.

Candidates who are selected in the preliminary exam will write two optional papers, an English paper, a language paper, an essay paper, and a general studies paper in October.

Based on the marks, successful candidates will be interviewed by the UPSC Board as per the requirements in different services.

The entire process, from the issue of application forms in December to the announcement of results, takes more than a year to complete with last year’s results having been announced only this Friday.