Civil Service Aspirants

Dear civil service aspirants,

Greetings from Athena Multiskills.

We offer a few words of advice to you because we have ourselves been part of the civil service for nearly four decades. Like every Indian who considers the Preamble to the Constitution of India as a beacon of faith, we are immensely proud of the sense of honesty and defined purpose with which we spent our own time in the service of the nation. Our course program is a bouquet of perspectives, insights and guidance plans based on a lifetime spent learning the myriad governance situations arising in different parts of this diverse and great country.

At the outset, we would like to clear some misconceptions in the minds of majority of the aspirants. First, IAS is only one among 19 Group ‘A’ services. Out of the thousand or more vacancies arising in civil services each year, for which selections are held through the UPSC exams, less than 200 would be in the IAS. Many other services offer excellent career opportunities. We will discuss all this in detail in due course of time through our weekly blogs which you would find on our home page itself.

Secondly, for aspirants who joined at a very early age, say, below the age of 25, practically every Group ‘A’ service offers opportunities for promotions right up to the top most levels. Therefore, it is very crucial to get into the civil service at the earliest age possible. Everything else being equal, it is the officers with the best age profile who would reach the top in each and every of the 19 Group ‘A’ services.

Thirdly, the All India Services, IAS & IPS, are undergoing a rapid transformation of their respective roles and responsibilities in view of the increasing emphasis being placed by the political leadership both at the central and state level on improving the delivery mechanism down to the remotest village in each region of the country. The collector or the SP are no longer held in awe and have to work under tremendous stress because of the massive increase of social media based communication. Therefore, those aspirants who go into civil service exams with feudal expectations need to have a relook at their priorities.

The framers of our constitution consciously decided to create a nationwide civil service infrastructure which has become the life blood of our polity. Civil servants in India have to be agents of change, leading by personal example and providing ethical leadership so as to give to the people of India the benefits which they deserve not through the generosity of any political dispensation but as a matter of right.

The civil servant has to be the servant of the people and of the constitution. He has to be civil in his outlook. That happens only when the aspirant tries to gain knowledge through a genuine and honest effort and not merely for cracking an examination.

At Athena Multiskills we teach you the nuances and complexities of cracking the civil service examinations. And we do it the way an erudite professor would communicate with a bright research scholar – with confidence, easy grace and, above all, with deep humility because he knows that those who seek knowledge remain students forever and never tire of this process.

This is how we would like to mentor you, if you were to decide to join us at our humble premises to become a civil servant. Personal attention to your coaching needs in order to respect the stars in your eyes is a matter of abiding faith for us at Athena Multiskills.

Cut off for Civil Services Exams 2016

In the Civil Services Examination 2016, the minimum qualifying standards/marks secured by the last recommended candidate in various categories at various stages are as under:-

Exam General OBC SC ST PH-1 PH-2 PH-3
CS(Prelim)* 116.00 110.66 99.34 96.00 75.34 72.66 40.00
CS(Main)# 787 745 739 730 713 740 545
CS(Final) 988 951 937 920 927 951 817

*Cut off marks on the basis of GS Paper-I only. However, GS Paper-II was qualifying with 33% (66.66 marks) (Rule-15 of Civil Services Examination, 2016)

# Subject to 10% marks in each of the seven competitive papers i.e. Essay, GS-I, GS-II, GS-III, GS-IV, Optional-I and Optional-II