Overview Every year, thousands of civil service aspirants appear for the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exam. It requires a lot of thorough preparation months before the exam. In the late 1970s, the Government of Maharashtra came up with the idea to set up a coaching centre to help candidates from the State to score well in the exam so as to get an employment opportunity with the IAS (Indian Administrative Service) / IFS (Indian Foreign Service) / IPS (Indian Police Service) and similar fields. Accordingly, the State Institute for Administrative Careers (SIAC) was set up to offer free training programs to prepare for the Civil Services exam.
About SIAC SIAC is a residential campus. Hostel accommodation will be provided in a limited basis to those who are enrolling for the free training program from out of Mumbai based strictly on merit. There are separate hostel rooms for boys and girls.
The institute has its own library with all requisite reading material pertaining to subjects of the UPSC exam. The students can study in the reading room area and avail of Internet facilities on the campus.
About the training program It should be noted at the outset that if you have already enrolled with SIAC any time earlier for the free training program either of Prelims or Mains, then you are not eligible to apply again for it. Also, you cannot enroll for the program if you are a full-time student for any course or are having a job simultaneously.
Duration The program is a short term one, of 11 months.
Number of seats There are 100 seats, other than which additionally 10 seats are available for Minorities and 10 seats for those of the Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Research and Training Institute (BARTI), Pune.
Stipend Those selected will receive a stipend of Rs. 2000/- per month.
Fees You do not have to pay any fees for the training program. There is only an application fee of Rs.300/- for general category students and Rs. 150/- for minority category students. This fee has to be paid with an SBI Challan.
You do need to pay Rs.500/- as caution money for use of the Library. This is a deposit fee which is refundable at the end of the training program. Those granted hostel accommodation will have to pay a fee of Rs.100/-.
Application and selection process SIAC issues the admission notification for the free UPSC training program in August each year. This notification is released through advertisements in all major newspapers in every District in the State of Maharashtra. The advertisement will mention the eligibility requirements and details of the application procedure.
Accordingly then, once the notification is released, online applications have to be submittedat the SIAC official website
Once you submit the application and pay the fee for the application, you have to appear for the entrance exam, which is generally scheduled in the month of November. The syllabus for this entrance exam is based on the syllabus of the UPSC Civil Services exam.
The schedule generally is as follows:
SIAC entrance exam formatThe entrance exam is of total 200 marks, of two hours' duration. The questions are multiple choice ones, of an objective type. An incorrect answer will get 0.33% negative marks. There are two sections, one of general studies and the other of CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test), each section carrying 100 marks. The minimum qualifying score you need to get is 33%.
Type of questions for General Studies The questions in this section will include those on:
Type of questions for CSAT The questions in this section are to test your general aptitude, mathematics and general skills. Topics covered are:
Contact information of SIAC State Institute for Administrative Careers Hazarimal Somani Marg
Opposite Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
Mumbai – 400001
Ph: +91 22 2207 0942 / +91 22 2206 1071
A similar training program, but which has fees for the program, is the University of Mumbai UPSC and MPSC short term coaching program
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