The Study Circle was created by Dr. S. Rau in the year 1953 as an independent body with a view to establish a bench-mark institution to achieve excellence in the toughest competitive exam in the country, i.e. Indian Administrative Service Exam which has now come to be known as Civil Services Exam. Over this long period, the Study Circle has evolved into a unique fraternity of educators and students striving together, year after year, in pursuit of a single goal. With a passion to excel, the Study Circle has raged with the dynamism of a river which constantly renews itself and yet remains unchanging in its resolve to reach its ultimate destination.
Throughout a journey lasting over six decades, the Study Circle has been at the cutting edge of real learning. Today, it is known as the most specialized institution of its type in the country, performing consistently at high levels and has acquired the rare distinction of achieving the highest success-rate in the Civil Services Exam.
The faculty of the Study Circle is composed of experienced educators, competent administrators and dedicated researchers. In fact, the essence of the functioning of the Study Circle is the faternal atmosphere it provides, in which the students are groomed by a committed, imaginative and gifted core faculty. Here, every student experiences creative excitement along with the thrill of adding to his store of knowledge. We treat our each member as a personality and not just a student. We approach our task like that of growing flowers; with all the will and skill required for performing such a delicate task.
The aim is to set the students free from the rigidities of highly ritualized, bland and indifferent teaching that they have so far experienced in universities; where there is a lot of teaching but very little learning. This is the gap that the Study Circle strives to remove by promoting REAL LEARNING, i.e. learning about learning as the first step: with the ultimate aim of making the personalities bloom like flowers and carry the aroma of freshness of their ideas and creativity wherever they go. It is precisely because of this sense of commitment that the Study Circle’s name has become a living legend among the students for success in Civil Services Exam.
Our effort is not only to provide the students with a road-map to effective learning but also to reassure them of our motivating company during their journey on the road to success. In nutshell, most of the students feel that the Rau’s experience is not only innovative but also unique.
“One ship sails to east while the other ship sails to west with the self same wind that blows. It’s the position of your sails and not the direction of gales which take you to your destination.”
THE STUDY CIRCLE DOES NOT ‘TRAIN’ CANDIDATES FOR JUST THE CIVIL SERVICES EXAM, IT STRIVES TO MAKE THEM EFFECTIVE MEMBERS OF A KNOWLEDGE COMMUNITY
The Study Circle 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.
CONSEQUENTLY, THE TECHNIQUE OF PREPARATION HAS TO DIFFER TO SUIT THE MATRIX OF THIS EXAMINATION.
Since very few candidates would have been preparing like that, the Study Circle emphasizes on the nature of the preparation to be made, the pattern of setting the questions and how to tackle them, evoking their interest in the various areas of knowledge, and acquiring a picture-like view of the various themes to be studied. All these dimensions of guidance would be projected as the teachers talk to the students in the sittings as per the schedule of work given to them at the time of enrollment.
Apart from the talks of the teacher, there will be a series of tests after the first fortnight and it is compulsory for the members to attempt them. A review of these tests will be done by the concerned teachers in the sittings that are scheduled after the first fortnight. Once, the mistakes committed by members are pointed out, it is expected of them not to commit the same mistakes while attempting the second set of tests.
What the Study Circle has in its repertory is not a bag of tricks or ways of outwitting examiners. Instead, what it aims at is to help its members to concentrate on essentials in the study of each theme or topic. There will be no foolhardy effort to acquire an encyclopedic range of knowledge in a short-while. The approach would, therefore, be to develop a higher degree of intellectual clarity and critical ability to learn new concepts and ideas better and faster.
These are pathways programmes designed for fresh aspirants of the Civil Services Exam. These preparation courses aim at laying the right foundation and guiding aspirants to understand the demand of the UPSC exam.
These are assessment programmes which focus on the upcoming examination only. They aim to cover only such themes on which questions may actually be asked in the exam. Targeted courses will benefit aspirants improve their scores manifold.