circles set up by the state government to provide free coaching for
poor students to crack the UPSC civil services exam and other
competitive exams have turned out to be “white elephants” in Telangana.
more than Rs 225 crore was spent on these study circles, not a single
student from these circles has been selected for IAS in the last five
the other hand, the Tamil Nadu and Odisha governments’ study circles
have become “role models” sending scores of students from poorer
sections to the All India Services every year.
government spends nearly Rs 3 crore per year to run each study circle.
The circles have been set up at each district for BC, SCs and STs
undivided Andhra Pradesh, these study circles had the capacity to train
50,000 students per year. After the bifurcation, TS has the capacity to
train 30,000 students.
2010-11, 47 students were trained for civils in TS, but none got
selected. Similarly, 57 students were trained in 2011-12, 56 in 2012-13
and 60 in 2013-14, but none made it to the final selection list. They could not even make it to the interview stage.
success rate of these students in other competitive exams has also been
poor. While 1,518 students were trained, only 678 were selected. Students
were also coached for private sector jobs and state-level jobs like
constables etc. In this category, 2,421 were trained in 2011-12, but
only 601 got selected. In 2012-13, another 2,393 were trained, but just
352 were selected and in 2013-14, 2,884 students were trained, but only
309 made it to the selection list.
In 2012, out of 300 students trained in TN, 14 got selected for IAS, three for IPS, four for IFS and 28 for AIS. “Study
circles in undivided AP were neglected. It will take time for the TS
government to get these circles back on track,” said Jogu Ramanna, the
minister for BC welfare.
said Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Maharashtra etc. were holding classes with
experienced faculty. The services of retired IAS/ IPS/ IFS officers were
also being utilised, which is not the case here.
For some, state-run circles only option:
study circles remain the only option for students from economically
backward sections, who cannot afford costly private coaching centres. Some private centres charge fees from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh, the elite ones charge up to Rs 2 lakh for the civils.
the government used to appoint doctorates as regular faculty for the
study circles. For the past seven years, it has stopped the practice due
to financial constraints. The government is now dependent on contract staff who are invited to give guest lectures.
lecturers are paid Rs 1,500 per class. Private coaching centres pay on
the basis of the number of students in the class. In a way, they share
profits with the managements and this is more lucrative.
Tamil Nadu, the government provides special classes in Delhi for
students who qualify in the Civils Mains exam to face the interview
board. It provides accommodation at the Tamil Nadu House in Delhi for a
month and pays their transport costs,” said Mr R. Krishnaiah, president,
BC Welfare Association, who has been agitating for long to strengthen
Such encouragement has resulted in more students from Tamil Nadu making it to the All India Services, he said. BC,
SC and ST unions in Telangana are demanding that the government admit
students in private coaching centres by spending the same amount instead
of wasting money on poorly-staffed government study circles.