The event started with a few videos about the Kingmaker's IAS Academy and their recent achievements. There was also a news report about Mrs.N.L.Beno Zephine who became India's first 100% visually challenged Indian Foreign Services (IFS) officer.
The chief guest Prof. Sathyasree Bhoominathan, ISS and other dignitaries entered the auditorium with a huge cheer from the crowd. The principal delivered the Welcome address and provided some glimpses about his personal relationship with the chief guest. He also emphasized on the need for all engineering graduates to overcome their fears about the various government exams like GATE, UPSC, and TNPSC etc. Finally the principal concluded his speech by thanking the chief guest for reaching out to the students at such short notice and hoped the students would put forward their questions.
The Chief Guest Mr Sathyasree Boominathan, Founder of King makers IAS academy started his speech by clearly specifying about the salient features of the programme. He also presented a short overview about his past. The students were astonished to know about his modest past and how he overcome his difficulties to achieve this astonishing fleets. He then presented about the overview of civil services examination. He explained about the scheme of examination which consists of preliminary examination which is followed by main examination and personality test. He explained that students who are in their final year of engineering course and have completed 21 years of age by August 1 are eligible to write the exams. He also said that the maximum age up to which one can attempt the exam is 32 which is further relaxed for backward castes.
One of the most astonishing things that he said was that the exam fees was a mere hundred (100) rupees and it was absolutely free for female candidates and SC ST candidates. He briefed that the preliminary test consisted of 400 marks with General studies (GS) and Aptitude (CSAT) carrying 200 marks each. He also explained about the mains exam which carries 1750 marks and also did not fail to mention that a mere 50% cut-off was enough to be selected for personality test. Finally he said that the personality test consisted of 275 marks which takes the total Mark to 1750 + 275 = 2025 marks.
He then explained about engineering services examination (ESE) which would be taken up by the engineering graduates and also mentioned that it is equal to an IAS or IPS officer. The Engineering Services Exam (ESE) consists of 1275 marks with split up being 400 marks for objective papers, 600 marks for theory papers and 275 marks for personality test.He also briefed about other services like Indian revenue services (IRS), Combined Defence Services (CDS), and Indian Foreign Services (IFS) etc.
Finally on the demand of the students the chief guest also provided a quick glimpse about Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) exams particularly about groups 1, 2 and 4 exams of TNPSC. He concluded his speech by urging the students to inculcate the habit of reading Newspaper daily and wished them all the best for their future endeavours. After his speech, he presented a short video of the speech given by India's first visually challenged IFS officer, Mrs N.L.Beno Zephine at the Prime Minister's office, (PMO). The statement said by her-"I may not have a vision but I definitely had the vision to enter the civil services”, greatly inspired the students.
Mrs.Kavita Vijayaraghavan, HOD, Department of Chemical Engineering requested the guest of honour Mr.Jagadesshwaran, IFS, Deputy Collector, Cuddalore to address the students. He said that he has got offer letters from Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Indian forest services (IFS) and now he is aiming to clear Indian Administrative Services (IAS). He presented a short view of his modest background and emphasized that he too was a backbencher and also had 5 arrears during his college days. But once he got admitted to a coaching institution he made himself disciplined and focused about the exam. With his hard work and inspiration from his brother (as a matter of fact his brother also has cleared the civil services examination) he was able to get through the civil services examination.
Finally the time came for which the students were awaiting-" The Question Hour”. The students asked quality questions to Mr Jagadeeswaran and he showed his rich knowledge and experience as well as his patience in answering their queries. The event ended with the vote of thanks by our beloved principal, Mr R.S.Kumar followed by a motivational video of Mr.M.Pratap who has topped the civil services exam from the state of Tamil Nadu and Secured an all India rank (AIR) of 21.
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