UPSC/ KPSC Selection 2010
LEAD Trust embarked on another important project for the benefit of the community. The Department of Minorities, Government of Karnataka planned to conduct a Civil Services Coaching for minority candidates through its newly introduced scheme - Pre-Examination training for Minority Candidates for UPSC/KPSC Examinations for 2010-11. Towards this purpose, bright graduate candidates from throughout the state needed to be identified and assessed. This is a new scheme taken up by the Department of Minority Welfare where selected candidates can enroll in UPSC/KPSC coaching institute of their choice, and the entire coaching fee will be borne by the State Government. LEAD Trust made a proposal to assist the Department of Minorities, Government of Karnataka to conduct the screening test for the Civil Services Coaching initiative by the Government.
LEAD Trust conducts selection test for UPSC coaching
By Gods grace, LEAD Trust conducted a state-wide entrance examination on Sunday, 22nd August 2010 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on behalf of the State Minority Welfare Department to select deserving minority candidates of all castes/religions to undergo State-sponsored UPSC/KPSC coaching. The examinations were conducted at 11 centers across Karnataka. Of the 439 students who registered, 319 wrote the exam.
The trust prepared the test information brochure containing details of the scheme and the test and put this up on the website of the directorate.
Co-ordinators were appointed by LEAD trust in all 11 centres to be responsible for publicity regarding the test, get posters pasted and pamphlets distributed, conduct general advertising, arranging for test centre, assist in conducting test, make payment to test centre/ invigilators, send the answer sheets and application forms back by post/courier, etc. They had responsibility to ensure that the test gets conducted in a fair manner.
Posters/ Pamphlets were prepared by the LEAD trust regarding the screening test and put up by co-ordinators regarding the screening test at important locations such as colleges, community centres and other places to inform the minorities of the examination. More than 2500 In addition, the department will issue advertisements in various newspapers and electronic media.
Three test papers designed by IAS toppers and institutes were prepared and a final question paper made combining the three. This was submitted to department for approval. Once approved, LEAD trustensured that sufficient number of test papers and answer sheets were printed and made available with the test centres before the examination.
LEAD trust was responsible for collection of answer sheets and evaluation. LEAD got the corrections done through appropriately qualified academicians and invigilators. Students obtaining above a fixed percentile in the objective type were evaluated in the essay section. Data entry of the details of the candidates taking the test was done and shortlists were submitted to department for approval and calling for interview. LEAD Trust contacted all candidates and informed them about the interview schedule. All candidates called for interview had to provide originals of relevant documents for verification by the trust.
On Sep 18th 2010, LEAD trust facilitated interviews of the candidates screened from the UPSC/KPSC selection exam to be interviewed by the directorate of Minorities. The final list of selected candidates by the department was compiled by LEAD trust and submitted to department.
By Gods grace, the entire project was done to the utmost satisfaction of the Karnataka State Department of Minorities Welfare. Utmost care was taken throughout the project to ensure complete transparency - no candidate was given any kind of unfair consideration because of his/her gender/race/religion/location, etc. We also took all the necessary precautions to ensure the examinations/interviews were conducted in the most fair, professional and honest manner. There was absolutely no room for any cheating.