The fact that UPSC examination aims to test not only the candidates subject knowledge but also his understanding and interpretation combined with his moral and ethical standards, makes it one of the most challenging national level examinations. The academy prepares the student with sound knowledge and inculcates in them the ability to think decisively, analyze logically and act purposively. The preparation for Civil Services Examination entails much more than the academic grasp of a subject. An ideal candidate, besides acquiring in-depth knowledge of General Studies & optional subject would also have to work upon building his logical reasoning, problem solving and writing skills along with developing cheerful and optimistic outlook towards life. CSE aims to develop amongst its students a competitive attitude along with sound academic base with quality teaching and individual attention as its hallmark. The Academy organizes seminars and workshops with the help of civil servants and experts in soft skills to train the aspirants to think, feel and express like administrators. The institute enrols candidates possessing the necessary potential to compete at the Civil Services Examination. It organizes them in the form of a fraternity striving to achieve the success in Civil Services Exam.
The needed potential consists of two parts: one relates to character and the other to administrative talent. No candidate is born with this potential but it is acquired over a period of time. An explanation of this potential is very neatly summed up in the prospectus of UPSC under the sub-heading 'Interview-Test'. He will be asked questions on matters of general interest. The objective of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service by a Board of competent and unbiased observers. The test is intended to judge the mental calibre of a candidate. In broad terms this is really an assessment of not only his intellectual qualities but also social traits and his interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.
Candidates are expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in their special subjects of academic study but also in the events which are happening around them both within and outside their own state or country as well as in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of well educated youth.
Although the neat sum-up in the UPSC's prospectus is good, it is not exhaustive enough. Apart from the traits mentioned in the prospectus, it is required that the candidates be cool and collected; understand the subject-matter of optionals and General Studies in a lively manner; write in a direct, logical and constructive manner; possess an optimistic, cheerful and lively disposition towards life and other things in general. The clarity of vision is the most important element in a positive personality.
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