Pradeep Singh

Bhubaneswar: Cracking the civil services or the UPSC exam is considered one of the toughest tests and often develops fear and anxiety among students. Now, an NGO has taken up the task to help civil service aspirants from Odisha realise their dream.

The NGO, Utkal Pragati Foundation, is an initiative taken up by seven Odia bureaucrats to assist the civil service aspirants in the State in preparing the best way to crack the coveted exam.

Odisha students have the talent and potential. There are many students who are not able to get the right opportunity and fail to realise their dream to become a part of the Indian administrative services, said a civil servant, Ashis Panda.

“To help such students, we have started this programme," he added.

"It's a voluntary programme started by us where we will be providing free mentorship to students who are from Odisha. We want more and more students from the State to appear for the exam by getting free guidance,” said another civil servant, Smarak Swain.

The foundation will reportedly provide assistance to as many as 50 students each from General and SC/ST categories to get free coaching. The students will be selected based on their performance in a 'Civil Service Aspirant Scholarship Test' conducted by the organisation.

Those selected will get free online coaching through the foundation's official website,

The foundation is going to conduct the scholarship test for the SC/ST category students on May 25, while the General students will appear for the test on June 5.

“As they (IAS) are already in the service and it will be easy for them to guide us in proper way. I am sure that it will help the aspirants form the State do well in the exam,” said an UPSC aspirant, Medha Naik.

It is an innovative step and it will have immense benefit for the aspirants, especially the poor students, said another aspirant, Prabhu Arijit.

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