Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Career Hotline
Enabling them to make a difference
Pervin Malhotra

Q Are there any physical standards for appearing in the Civil Services Exams? Are differently abled candidates allowed in all the services?

Vignesh Kumar

A Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards laid down for admission to Civil Services Examination-2008. Please refer to the guidelines given in Appendix-III of the Rules for Examination published in the Gazette of India Extraordinary of December 29, 2007.

Of the 22 services under the Civil Services, 18 admit physically challenged candidates.

1. Indian Administrative Service

(i) Locomotor Disability, (ii) Hearing Impairment (iii) Visual impairment

2. Indian Foreign Service

(i) Locomotor Disability (ii) Hearing Impairment

3. Indian Revenue Service (Customs & Central Excise, Gr. ‘A’)

(i) Locomotor Disability, (ii) Hearing Impairment

4. Indian P&T Accounts & Finance Service, Gr. ‘A’

(i) Locomotor Disability (ii) Hearing Impairment

5. Indian Audit & Accounts Service, Gr. ‘A’

Locomotor Disability

6. Indian Defence Accounts Service, Gr. ‘A’

Locomotor Disability

7. Indian Revenue Service (IT), Gr. ‘A’

(i) Locomotor disability, (ii) hearing Impairment

8. Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Gr. ‘A’

(i) Locomotor Disability (ii) Hearing Impairment (iii) Blindness or Low Vision

9. Indian Postal Service, Gr. ‘A’

(i) Visual Impairment (ii) Hearing Impairment

10. Indian Civil Accounts Service, Gr. ‘A’

(i) Hearing Impairment, (ii) Visual Impairment

11. Indian Railway Accounts Service, Gr. ‘A’

(i) Locomotor Disability, (ii) Hearing Impairment

12. Indian Railway Personnel Service, Gr. ‘A’

(i) Locomotor Disability, (ii) Visual Impairment

13. Indian Defence Estates Service, Gr. ‘A’

Locomotor disability

14. Indian Information Service, Gr. ‘A’

Locomotor Disability or Hearing Impairment

15. Indian Trade Service Gr. ‘A’ (Gr. III)

Locomotor Disability

16. Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Gr. `B’ (Section Officers’ Grade)

(i) Locomotor Disability (ii) Hearing Impairment

17. Delhi , Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep , Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Gr.’B’

(i) Locomotor Disability, (ii) Hearing Impairment (iii) Visual impairment

18. Delhi , Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep , Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service, Gr. ‘B’

(i) Locomotor Disability (ii) Hearing Impairment.

Q Is there a relaxation in the number of attempts for physically challenged candidates as far as the Civil Services Exam is concerned?

Nalin Dewan

A There is no relaxation in number of attempts for physically handicapped candidates.

However PH candidates belonging to SC, ST and OBC categories are eligible for relaxation in the number of attempts provided to such categories.

Q I enrolled for the Civil Services Exam last year but could not take the Prelims. Will it be counted as an attempt?

— Nayantara Goel

A If you applied for the Civil Services (Prelims) Exam but did not appear for any paper in the Exam, it will not be counted as an attempt. It will be considered an attempt only if you have appeared in at least one paper in CS (P) Exam.

Q I did my B.Com from an Open University. Am I eligible to take the Civil services Exam?

— Kumud Chugh

A If you have completed your education from an Open School / University you can apply for the CS Exam provided it is a recognized University and you possess the prescribed educational qualifications and are otherwise eligible.

Moreover, even those who did their graduation without passing class 10 and 12, are still eligible for taking the Civil Service Exam provided they fulfil the other conditions.

Testing time for IIT aspirants

Q Are NRI category students exempted from taking the JEE for admission to the IITs? What is the fees for such candidates?

— Rohit Gangwani

A All candidates must first qualify in the JEE. The seats allotted to PIO/OCI/Foreign nationals are treated as supernumerary (extra). The tuition fee per semester for foreign students is $ 2000 (non-SAARC countries)/ $ 1000 (SAARC countries). Students who have PIO (Person of Indian Origin) and OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) status would be treated at par with Indian students so far as the fee structure is concerned.

Q I am a final year diploma-holder in electrical engineering from a govt. polytechnic. Am I eligible to sit for the IIT entrance exam?

— Jasbir Singh

A If you are pursuing a Diploma in engineering that is recognized by AICTE or your State Board of Technical Education, you are certainly eligible to take the JEE for admission to the IITs. Moreover, hundreds of engineering colleges offer lateral entry directly to the 2nd year BE/BTech programmes to Diploma-Holders. For many of these colleges, however, domicile conditions apply i.e., you have to be a resident of that particular state. The writer is a noted career consultant

Private venture

Q Can I appear in science subjects if I take the CBSE Class 12 exams privately?

— Menka Gosain

A Private candidates are not allowed to offer subjects which involve practical work for the exam except in the case of students who failed earlier and had pursued a regular course of study at a school affiliated to the CBSE Board in the previous academic year. Nonetheless, female students can offer Home Science with practicals.

Q Who is eligible to appear as a ‘private candidate’ in the Class XII Board Exams?

— Lakhvinder Ahluwalia

A A ‘private candidate’ is someone who is not a regular candidate but who is allowed to take the All-India/Delhi Senior School Certificate Exam.

The following can also appear as private candidates:

Students who failed in the Senior School Certificate Exam can reappear for a subsequent exam as a private candidate (in the syllabus and text books prescribed for the exam of the year in which s/he will reappear).

Bonafide women residents of the National Capital Territory of Delhi who passed the Delhi Secondary or equivalent exam at least two years before appearing in the Senior School Certificate Exam; and Physically challenged students who passed the Secondary School Exam or equivalent at least two years before taking the Senior School Certificate Exam (they must produce evidence of inability to attend a regular school).

Women/physically challenged private candidates should have privately pursued their studies under proper guidance; and must be unable to join a Senior Secondary School or due to other reasons compelling them to appear for the exam as a private candidate.

Serving teachers are also eligible to appear as private candidates provided they fulfill certain conditions.

Matter of a date

Q I will be still 16 years’ old when I appear for my Class XII exams in 2009. Will I be eligible to take the CBSE APMT exam in 2009?

— Heena Mendiratta

A You should have completed 17 years at the time of admission or on/before December 31 of the year of admission to the 1st year M.B.B.S./BDS course.

You should have passed physics, chemistry, biology and English individually and obtained at least 50 per cent marks taken together in Physics, Chemistry and Biology in the qualifying exam.

There is 10 per cent relaxation of marks for SC/ST/OBC candidates (40 per cent in PCB). If you are taking the plus two exam in 2009, you can provisionally appear for the entrance test subject to fulfilling the conditions later.