Want to be a civil servant! Here’s an undergraduate vocational course that prepares you – Times of India

Every year thousands of students take up the option to prepare for the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), state public service commission and prominent government recruitment exams. But most students opt out of the coaching due to exorbitant fees.

To mitigate the dependency on coaching institutes and help youth who aspires to be a government officer from Haryana, Shri Vishwakarma Skill University (SVSU), Faridabad has partnered with Alternative Learning System (ALS) to launch the BVoc in Public Services to prepare the students for UPSC exams.

Germination of idea

SVSU in 2016-17 carried out an aspiration mapping of youth and its results indicated that the age-old obsession for government jobs. “State civil and public services constitute a major chunk as well, more than 80%. This was an important metric as many youth aspire to enter these government jobs. Against this primary data it was pertinent for the university to create and launch a course which serves the aspirations and mindset of youth. And prepares them in a way that makes them to add value to the public governance and facilitate social upliftment when they enter government jobs,” says Raj Nehru, vice-chancellor, SVSU.

SVSU piloted this program last year with 17 students. “We noticed a major transformation in these students. The demand for this programme has picked up and we have more than 150 applications for admission pending at our end,” adds Nehru.

Public-private partnership

Public private partnership, says Nehru is a key to success in niche areas especially when the partner has expertise in that area. “During the design phase of the programme it was realised that all administrative services exam have a strong emphasis on General Studies and Current Affairs. In addition to this the success also lies in the management of the entrance examination,” adds Nehru.

“Additionally, aspirants attend coaching while preparing for the exam. This probably gives them a psychological advantage. In such a situation we never wanted to reinvent the wheel. In fact, it was a wise move to look for a partner who can take care of all these requirements effectively,” explains VC.

Aim of the course

“The three-year programme called BVoc in Public Services is aimed to impart training to prepare the youth for the competitive exam,” says Manish K Gautam, chief executive director, Alternative Learning System (ALS). The curriculum was prepared by the university in consultation with ALS which was later approved by the academic council of the SVSU and UGC.

“Just to obtain an undergraduate degree, which is the basic criteria to appear in the exam, some aspirants take admission in any college located in remote areas where they can acquire the degree by merely appearing in the semester or final year exam. This does not fulfil the purpose because the low-quality of education, lack of various employable skills including communication,” he adds.

The BVoc programme has been designed to train students for the exam while completing the graduation. The curriculum includes interaction with academia, soft skills trainer, bureaucrats, corporate leaders, development sector professionals.


Emphasis on communication, writing, analytical thinking skills, personality development along with general knowledge, which is crucial in passing the civil services exam are part of the curriculum. The course will be an amplified version of coaching offered in commercial centres. Besides, subjects including Geography, Political Science, India’s relation with other countries, growth of various industries, economic issues are also covered in the curriculum.

Admission process

Admission will be based on merit followed by an interview. There are a total of 200 seats available for the course.

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