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A beacon of hope: IAS officer offers help to CSE aspirants


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From Our Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI, April 29: Even as academicians, experts and politicians lament Meghalaya’s poor performance in the Civil Services (Mains) 2023, the results of which were declared last week, the Director of School Education and Literacy Swapnil Tembe offers a ray of hope with his expertise and insightful perspectives.
Tembe, a 2015 batch IAS officer, has live-streamed his lectures on how to prepare for civil services exams which, he says, the “mother of all examinations”.
He has also uploaded a 10-episode series on the preparations for UPSC and other exams on YouTube, accessible free of cost.
He is confident that the NCERT books will be a game-changer for the UPSC aspirants at a later stage. The Meghalaya government adopted the NCERT books from Classes 1 to 10 last year with an aim to bring the students of the state on a par with the students in rest of India.
Earlier, academicians and experts of the state called for a study to find out the factors responsible for the failure.
They believed things will change with professional coaching platforms, implementation of National Education Policy, 2020 and other interventions.
But Tembe told The Shillong Times that coaching is not a must to succeed in UPSC exams but what one basically needs is to regularly read newspapers, prepare notes and work hard.
Eighteen candidates from the Northeast, including nine from ethnic violence-hit Manipur, cracked the examination this year. The other successful candidates were from Assam (5) and Nagaland (4).
Tembe has been instrumental in reviving many old and defunct schools in remote areas. He also popularised chess in the state.


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