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First preference IAS...

By Vijay Satokar
Mar 23, 2018

For the last couple of years he camps in Delhi on week-ends to enlist aspirants from Maharashtra who have cleared written examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and preparing to cross the last hurdle- the final interview before the UPSC.

Dr.Pramod Lakhe's face lights up with a smile when he says that the number of students from Maharashtra who cleared the UPSC examination has gone up after the mocks (short for mock interviews) that he organises come February-April every year. After lining up the aspirants, Dr . Lakhe then goes about telephoning officials from Maharashtra (Marathi) from IFS, IAS and other services as also experts who form the interview panels that conduct the mock interviews and then guide the aspirants as to where there is a room to improve.

Young, their body language speaking eloquently about the success of having cleared the written examiations and fears o ffacing the final interview, the aspirants enter the room offering, some of them more like school students, before sitting down to answer the questions. There is increasing numnber of engineers and doctors who are opting to take a chance to be in the prestigious Indian Administrative Servicew (iAS). Ready to learn, they are all ears to what the panelists tell them after the 'mock'.

Maharashtra is woefully under represented in the nation's capital when it comes  to man posts in Delhi. A group of officials led by Secretary MEA, Dr. Dnyaneshswar Mulay, a popular officer also a known writer aqn d poet, has been active on this front, convincing colleagues back in the state as also politicians to improve Maharashra's presence. Not only posts are vacant, some of them are held by non-Marathi officers who run the show with visible disdain for the state they represent. 

One only wishes that the efforts of Dr. Lakhe bear fruit!

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