UPSC Civil Services Exam and APSC CCE Exam preparation needs a dedicated approach while preparing for the exam and only the right guidance can help students prepare in the right direction. With an aim to find that right path, LIAS, Guwahati organized a few interactive & special sessions on APSC Combined Competitive Exam in the month of Feb 2019 at its LakshyaforIAS, Guwahati branch located at H.No. 18, R.G. Barua Rd, Bhaskar Nagar, Near Ivory Enclave, Guwahati, Assam 781021.
The sessions were taken by Ms. Asmita Rekha Bora, ALRS 2018 (Rank 9, CCE 2016) . The free interactive sessions were open for all the CCE aspirants. Asmita Rekha Bora, while addressing the candidates, shared her rich experiences while also shedding light on important tips on how one should approach the exam and the important factors needed to prepare well for Civil Services preparation, both the UPSC and the state services (APSC CCE).
LIAS Guwahati has always endeavored to provide quality guidance and education to Civil Services aspirants and create able administrators. These sessions on the same lines, aimed at addressing all the queries and doubts of the participants regarding the examination, and also shed light on syllabus & effective preparation strategy for all the 3 stages of the Exam.
On the request of LIAS, Ms. Asmita Rekha Bora conducted some intensive sessions on Indian Geography. Some of the topics that were dealt with are:
- Population- Interactive handouts were provided by Ms. Asmita Rekha Bora to illustrate the topic, some of which are as below:
2. Migration-Causes, Consequences etc
3. Urbanisation – Definition, Indian urbanization, Issues related to Urbanisation etc.
4. Forests – Different types of forests along with their features, Causes of Forest Depletion, calculation of forest reserve on the basis of canopy density, forest conservation, National Forest Policy 1952, National Forest Policy 1988, Forests Right Act 2006 etc. The topic was adeptly dealt with by Ms. Asmita Rekha Bora using handouts like:
5. Biodiversity – Definition, categories, global hotspots, Principle threats to bio-diversity, IUCN Categories (Extinct, Extinct In The Wild, Critically Endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable, Near Threatened, Least Concern), Biodiversity Conservation, National Parks, Wild life Sanctuaries with special focus on Assam e.g. Kaziranga National Park, Manas National Park, Orang National Park, Dibru Saikhowa National Park, Deepo Beel etc, Initiatives of India to conserve Biodiversity like Forest Conservation Act, 1980, National Wildlife Action Plan, Biodiversity Act 2002, Rhinoceros Project (1987) etc., Types of Social Forestry etc.
6. Climate: with special focus on the all important topic of Monsoon. The technical concepts were lucidly explained to the students by Ms. Asmita Rekha Bora.
7. Disaster Management: Floods, Droughts etc.
8. Water Resources: She included topics like water stress, methods of ground water conservation, inter state river water dispute e.g. Kaveri water dispute, National water Grid, Water Pollution, Biological Oxygen Demand etc.
9. Wetlands: Ramsar International Treaty, Marsh, Swamp, Importance pf Wetland
10. Human Development: Policies on Human Development i.e Education, Health Care, Skill Development. Various Schemes towards achieving these objectives like
- Education: Rt to Education Act, Sarva Siksha Abhiyaan, Mid-Day Meal etc.
- Health: National Health Mission, Malnutrition, National Nutrition Mission, Scheme for Adolescent Girls, Integrated Child Development Scheme, sanitation, Swachch Bharat Mission etc. various diseases (Dengue, Kalazar, Japanese encephalitis), Mission Indradhanush, Ayushman Bharat, National De-worming Initiative, primary, secondary and tertiary health care etc.
- Skill Development & Employment: Various policy initiatives like MGNREGA etc, types of unemployment
- Human Development Index, Millennium Development Goals, Sustainable Development Goals and India’s performance, NITI Aayog & SDGs
Some of the handouts provided are as below:
11. Energy Resource: Coal, Petroleum, Crude Oil, Natural Gas, Solar Energy, National Solar Mission, Nuclear Energy, Wind Power, Bio Energy, National Policy on Bio Fuel 2018. Interactive videos were used in the class so that the students gets a clear idea about the concepts.
12. Industries: European Economic Policy, Industrial Policy 1948, 1991, 2017Monopolies & Restrictive Trade Practices Act, Types of Industries-problems, steps by Indian Govt., Assam Govt. etc
13. Agriculture: Problems in India, reasons for low productivity, Determinants of Agriculture, Irrigation, Green Revolution, Various crops in India
The icing on the cake was an “Answer Writing” session and the answers of the participants were evaluated by Ms. Asmita Rekha Bora, herself. She gave valuable feedback to the students along with tips on fetching good marks in Mains.
The goal of organizing this interactive session is to motivate the Civil Services aspirants and to help them ward off their doubts and myths associated with Civil Services examination. The session also encouraged the participants to discuss their queries in detail, which was further answered by Ms. Asmita Rekha Bora to provide aspirants a complete and absolutely right guidance on Civil Services Examination.
The entire team of LIAS, Guwahati thank her for the sessions and wish her the best in her future endeavors