New Delhi: The covid-19 situation is going to change a lot in the job sector, especially in the government job sector. As half of the Indian population is young, there will be tough competition in competitive exams; one of them is civil service and therefore students have to plan and prepare differently. To guide the students in the right direction for civil service and Law, The Policy Times in association with G D Goenka University organized a webinar on “How to Crack Civil Services and Make Careers in Humanities & Law” on Saturday, July 25, 2020, from New Delhi.
The Chief Guest for the session was Shri. Ashok Kumar, IPS, Director General of Crime, Law & Order, Uttarakhand Police, Govt. of Uttarakhand along with one of our speakers Prof. (Dr.) Tabrez Ahmad, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, and Dean School of Law. Over 100 school students across India had participated in the career guidance session to find the right guidance to establish their careers in civil service & Law.
Shri. Ashok Kumar, IPS started the session being direct on what, when, and how to choose civil service as a career option. He said, “One should choose a career that choose their heart and shoot their aptitude (determination)”. He focused on the four main factors in life, which will help students to bring success, those are, 1) Talent or aptitude which is inborn, 2) Hard work or determination, 3) Luck & chance factor, 4) Marketing or self-promotion.
“UPSC looks for good IQ and EQ in a person, a person with good ethical values towards empathy, honesty, and integrity, a person with positive mindset, analytical capabilities, and decision making capabilities; these are must having qualities if any person want establish them in civil service”, he added.
He mentioned some study plans or action plans, a student must follow,
- A person’s action plan should be short term, medium-term, and long term.
- One must take a minimum of 2 years’ plan for civil service and should work on at least 8-10 hours/day.
- One should choose their study time and keep maintain it. Also, a student should keep a weekly target.
- One should go for two subjects at one time. To do that, students can choose a tough subject and an easy subject, so they can focus on their subjects without losing concentration and being confused.
- The next important thing he mentioned is time management; he advised students to make a matrix of ‘urgent’ and ‘important’. He said, “Keep urgent to the minimum and choose the important.
Speaking on the exam, he explained, “Before going for a civil service exam, a student must do self-analysis. It is very important to know about individual strengths and weakness along with possibilities and threats”. The next most important thing to crack the civil service exam is to improve your reading skills and improving your writing skills. To improve reading skills one must 1) revision and revision their subjects, 2) Must cover 90% of the syllabus, and on writing skills, one must stick to the word limits”.
“Interview is all about your personality test not your knowledge. You should have positive mindset to crack the interview,” he said. He cleared all queries of students regarding civil service examinations, its preparation, and building a strategy.
Coming to the other prominent and one of the finest career option, which is Humanities & Law, Prof. (Dr.) Tabrez Ahmad, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, and Dean School of Law explained the entire legal education system and how it changing depending on the current situation. He said, “Law is the very dynamic area for policy making, running business, running the regulation of the country, maintaining law and order, controlling the crime, and law should be properly framed and to keeping in mind of social economic cultural India and the foreign world”.
Further, he mentioned, “Law has three groups, one is the Law maker, second is Legislature, and enforcement agencies and third is judiciary. Anybody can plan a their career option as law for practice, for profession, because all the companies now are hiring the lawyers just like the management professionals (like legal manager) where one would be framing the companies policy”.
Explaining the career choice of individuals, he added, “People who have thought process, very analytical and mature mind, they can choose law as their profession. We have also lot of option for judiciary. It is the field where lawyers can appears, one can take UPSC examination or even one can take law as course in Civil Service examination, and if one has very good knowledge in law he/she can appear by taking law in civil services”.
He further interacted with students who answered all queries on career opportunities, strategy making, study, and preparations with brief explanations.
The moderator of the show Mr. Akram Hoque ended the show by thanking the speakers for giving their time for growing a better India for the future and specially thanked Shri. Ashok Kumar, IPS for his support to be a part of the show and guiding the students on the right path.
The Policy Times decided to reach out to the students in the future to help them to choose the right career and a bright future and will allow them to connect to such prominent personalities.