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A conventional degree is no more the first choice for students wanting to pursue IAS or KAS. Coaching centres in the city are seeing a drastic rise in the number of engineering graduates. It is not only engineering graduates from the state, but also aspirants from neighbouring states like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh are joining the coaching centres in Bangalore. At the JSS Training Institute for Competitive Exams, for instance, five years ago, the number of students with engineering background was 50.
In the past two years, 150 have enrolled for various competitive examinations. The trend has gone up after the recession in 2008, said institute in-charge coordinator R Ranganath. Take the case of K. R. Prasanna Kumar, an IAS aspirant who was working as a senior software engineer but decided to quit his high-payng job a year ago and join the IAS coaching centre. Recession proved how insecure my job in a private company was. And I wanted to work with people. Agrees Vijendra, an engineering graduate who has been preparing for KAS for the past eight months. He said he chose to take up KAS exams since there was no job security in private companies. I worked in a software company for six months. My work was hectic. Pointing to this recent trend, S Mani, in charge of Global IAS academy, said due to increasing work pressure in corporates, techies are quitting their jobs to join coaching centres. And majority is with engineering background. With the number of engineering colleges in the state swelling up, and an engineering degree holding more value than the conventional B.A / B.Sc / B.Com, students find it easier to get an engineering degree. Said B Manjunath, coordinator of Innovative IAS and KAS coaching centre, two decades ago there were only a couple of coaching centres in Bangalore. Today there are more than 10 centres making it much easier for engineering graduates to switch career. An IAS aspirant, K. N. Bharath who recently completed BE, said: I have seen some BE graduates struggling to get a job despite scoring well in exams due to increasing competition in the private sector. If we look at the present political scenario, there is need for young honest officers. Rahul B, a final year mechanical engineering student from Mysore, has already started checking out coaching centres in Bangalore. Rahul said: Though corruption is deeply embedded in government offices, some honest police officers inspired me to take up coaching classes for competitive exams. Why switch in career No job security Work pressure Stiff competition in private sector Realising need for young honest officers.
Courtesy: Times of India
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