Wednesday, February 20, 2013

 international conference, department of social work Karnatak Univrsity Dharwad.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

sankalpa 2010 program content ( 1st draft)


Program content


  • Registration and boarding of participants

  • Lunch

  • Inauguration 2.00 to 3.30 pm

  • Introduction 3.30 to 4.30 pm

  • Tea 4.30 to 5.00 pm

  • Technical session I ( integrated Social work practice as solution

for current societal problems) 5.00 to 6.30 pm

  • Competitions 6.00 to 8.00 pm

  • Supper and closing


  • Breakfast

  • Technical session II (Legal knowledge for social work practitioner)

9.30 to 11.00 am

  • Tea break 11.00 to 11.30 am

  • Technical session III (Disaster Management as an emerging field

of profession social work)11.30 am to 1.00 pm

  • Lunch 1.00 to 2.00 pm

  • Participants paper presentation 2.00 to 4.00 pm

  • Tea 4.00 to 4.30 pm

  • Technical Split sessions a) Formation and management of social


b) Basics of industrial management.

c) Changing tends In family and its effect

On family wellbeing. 4.30 To 6.30 pm

  • Cultural program 7.00 to 9.00 pm

  • Dinner and closing


  • Breakfast

  • Technical split sessions a) Challenges and issues before

Development worker.

b) Capacity building in Human

Resource Practice.

c) Scope and present perspectives of

Medical and Psychiatric Social work.

9.30 To 11.30 am

  • Tea 11.30 am to 12.00 pm

  • Valedictory program 12.00 to 2.00 pm

Paper presentation

With an objective of providing an opportunity for participants for debating on various issues of concern to fieldwork and find out ways and means of handling them. It is planned to devote some time during the seminar for paper presentation of students. Following are some of the themes identified for students to focus their paper.

  1. Application of computer knowledge in fieldwork practice

2. Participation of people in fieldwork practice

3. Resource mobilization in fieldwork practice

Students can focus on developing papers on above theme or document and present their fieldwork experience in the above identified issues. Each college can make one presentation and each speaker will be given 10 minutes to present. Abstract of the paper to be presented must be sent along with registration form within the given time (with in 100 words). Final paper should not exceed more than three pages in A4 size. Three copies of the same should be submitted on arrival.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

IAS information for sociology

Civil service, the backbone of the Indian government machinery constitutes all the departments which runs the State administration. A highly competitive and challenging area, it involves a variety of jobs in different departments. Compared to private sector jobs this profession has job security. The prestige and power that comes along with these top-notch jobs is a definite reason for anybody to join this profession. The salary, allowances and facilities like healthcare, housing, conveyance etc. also make it a lucrative profession.
Entry into the IAS, IPS and the Central Services, Group A and Group B is through the All India Combined Competitive Examination for the Civil Services conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) in different centers spread all over the country. However, recruitment to the Indian Forest Service is through a different procedure. Entry into the State Civil Services is through a competitive examination conducted by every state public service commission. Anyone thinking of taking up civil service, should have an idea how difficult it is to get in as lakhs of candidates apply for the 400 to 500 vacancies that may arise. So once you decide to appear in civil service exam, one should be prepared to slog endlessly.
Eligibility Conditions
The following are the eligibility criteria for the application of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Examination
I. Nationality
II. Age Limits
III. Minimum Educational Qualifications
IV. Number of attempts
V. Restrictions on applying for the examination
VI. Physical Standards
I. Nationality
a. For the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service, a candidate must be a citizen of India.
b. For other services, a candidate must be either:
i. A citizen of India, or
ii. a subject of Nepal, or
iii. a subject of Bhutan, or
iv. a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India. or
v. a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Srilanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.
Provided further that candidates belonging to categories (b), (c) and (d) above will not be eligible for appointment to the Indian Foreign Service.
A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to the examination but the offer of appointment may be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him by the Government of India.
II. Age Limits
a. A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 30 years on 1st August, 2005, i.e. he must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1975 and not later than 1st August, 1984.
b. The upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxable:
i. upto a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe.
ii. upto a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.
iii. upto a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from the 1st January, 1980 to the 31st day of December, 1989.
iv. upto a maximum of three years in the case of Defence Services personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof:
v. upto a maximum of five years in the case of ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1st August, 2005 and have been released (i) on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from 1st August, 2005) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency, or (ii) on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service, or (iii) on invalidment.
vi. upto a maximum of five years in the case of ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years Military Service as on 1st August, 2005 and whose assignment has been extended beyond five years and in whose case the Ministry of Defence issues a certificate that they can apply for civil employment and that they will be released on three month's notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment.
vii. upto a maximum of 10 years in the case of blind, deaf-mute and Orthopaedically handicapped persons.
§ Candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes who are also covered under any other clauses of para 3(ii) (b) above, viz. those coming under the category of Ex-servicemen, persons domiciled in the State of J & K, blind, deaf-mute and orthopadically handicapped etc. will be eligible for grant of cumulative age-relaxation under both the categories.
§ The term ex-servicemen will apply to the persons who are defined as ex-servicemen in the Ex-servicemen (Re-employment in Civil Services and Posts) Rules, 1979, as amended from time to time.
§ The age concession under para 3(ii) (b) (v) and (vi) will not be admissible to Ex-Servicemen and Commissioned Officers including ECOs/SSCOs who are released on own reguest.
§ Notwithstanding the provision of age-relaxation under para 3(ii) (b) (vii) above, a physically disabled candidate will be considered to be eligible for appointment only if he/she (after such physical examination as the Government or appointing authority, as the case may be, may prescribe) is found to satisfy the requirements of physical and medical standards for the concerned Services/posts to be allocated to the physically disabled candidates by the Government.
§ Save as provided above the age limits prescribed can in no case be relaxed.
§ The date of birth accepted by the Commission is that entered in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognised by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation or in an extract from a Register of Matriculates maintained by a University, which extract must be certified by the proper authority of the University or in the Higher Secondary or an equivalent examination certificate.
§ These certificates are required to be submitted only at the time of applying for the Civil Services (Main) Examination.
§ No other document relating to age like horoscopes, affidavits, birth extracts from Municipal Corporation, service records and the like will be accepted.
§ The expression Matriculation/Secondary Examination Certificate in this part of the instruction includes the alternative certificates mentioned above.
§ Candidates should note that only the Date of Birth as recorded in the Matriculation/Secondary Examination Certificate or an equivalent certificate on the date of submission of applications will be accepted by the Commission and no subsequent request for its change will be considered or granted.
§ Candidates should also note that once a Date of Birth has been claimed by them and entered in the records of the Commission for the purpose of admission to an Examination, no change will be allowed subsequently (or at any other Examination of the Commission) on any grounds whatsoever.
§ The candidate should exercise due care while entering their date of birth in column 8 of the application form for the Preliminary Examination. If on verification at any subsequent stage, any variation is found in their date of birth from the one entered in their matriculation or equivalent Examination certificate, disciplinary action will be taken against them by the commission under the Rules.
III. Minimum Educational Qualifications
The candidate must hold a degree of any of Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University Under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification.
§ Candidates who have appeared at an examination the passing of which would render them educationally qualified for the Commission’s examination but have not been informed of the results as also the candidates who intend to appear at such a qualifying examination will also be eligible for admission to the Preliminary Examination. All candidates who are declared qualified by the Commission for taking the Civil Services (Main) Examination will be required to produce proof of passing the requisite examination with their application for the Main Examination failing which such candidates will not be admitted to the Main Examination. The applications for the main examination will be called sometime in the month of July/August, 2005.
§ In exceptional cases the Union Public Service Commission may treat a candidate who has not any of the foregoing qualifications as a qualified candidate provided that he has passed examination conducted by the other Institutions, the standard of which in the opinion of the Commission justifies his admission to the examination.
§ Candidates possessing professional and technical qualifications which are recognised by Government as equivalent to professional and technical degree would also be eligible for admission to the examination.
§ Candidates who have passed the final professional M.B.B.S. or any other Medical Examination but have not completed their internship by the time of submission of their applications for the Civil Services (Main) Examination, will be provisionally admitted to the Examination provided they submit along with their application a copy of certificate from the concerned authority of the University/Institution that they had passed the requisite final professional medical examination. In such cases, the candidates will be required to produce at the time of their interview original Degree or a certificate from the concerned competent authority of the University/Institution that they had completed all requirements (including completion of internship) for the award of the Degree.
IV. Number of attempts
Every candidate appearing at the Civil Services Examination, who is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted four attempts at the examination.
Provided that this restriction on the number of attempts will not apply in the case of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates who are otherwise eligible.
Provided further that the number of attempts permissible to candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes, who are otherwise eligible, shall be seven. This relaxation will be available to the candidates who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.
§ An attempt at a Preliminary Examination shall be deemed to be an attempt at the examination.
§ If a candidate actually appears in any one paper in the Preliminary Examination, he shall be deemed to have made an attempt at the examination.
§ Notwithstanding the disqualification/cancellation of candidature the fact of appearance of the candidate at the examination will count as an attempt.
V. Restrictions on applying for the examination
A candidate who is appointed to the Indian Administrative Service or the Indian Foreign Service on the results of an earlier examination and continues to be a member of that service will not be eligible to compete at this examination.
In case such a candidate is appointed to the IAS/IFS after the Preliminary Examination of Civil Services Examination, 2005 is over and he/she continues to be a member of that service, he/she shall not be eligible to appear in the Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2005 notwithstanding his/her having qualified in the Preliminary Examination, 2005.
Also provided that if such a candidate is appointed to IAS/IFS after the commencement of the Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2005 but before the result thereof and continues to be a member of that service, he/she shall not be considered for appointment to any service/post on the basis of the result of this examination viz. Civil Services Examination, 2005.
VI. Physical Standards
Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Civil Services Examination. 2005 as per guidelines given in Appendix-III of Rules for Examination published in the Gazette of India Extraordinary dated 4th December, 2004.

All India Combined Competitive Examination for the Civil Services conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) comprises of two successive stages:
Preliminary Examination: It is of objective type, which is a qualifying examination.
Main Examination: It consists of written examination and interview.
The Preliminary Examination is held in May/June and the Main Examination in October/November. One must begin preparations of the main exam along with preliminary exam. This is because there is little time for the Main exam if one waits for the results of the Preliminaries.
A candidate is permitted 4 attempts at the examination. If a person appears in the Preliminary Exam or even appears in one paper, it is counted as an attempt.
Selection to the Indian Forest Service, on the other hand, is on the basis of a written test held in the month of July/August every year. The test comprises: two compulsory papers (General English and General Knowledge); and additional papers in any two subjects chosen from the following options: agriculture / botany / chemistry / physics / geology / zoology / mathematics / agricultural engineering / chemical engineering / civil engineering / mechanical engineering , excepting combinations of agriculture and agricultural engineering , chemistry and chemical engineering.
Examination Papers:
Preliminary Examination The preliminary examination consists of two papers:
Paper I -- General Studies 150 marks
Paper II -- An Optional subject 300 marks
Subjects for Paper II (one subject to be selected): Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science, Botany, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Commerce, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Geography, Geology, Indian History, Law, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Science, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Sociology, Statistics, Zoology.
Both the papers will be of objective type questions (multiple choice). The question papers are set in Hindi as well as in English. The course content for the optional subjects will be of the degree level. Each paper is of two hours duration. Blind candidates are allowed an extra time of 20 minutes for each paper.
Main Examination It Consists of the following papers:
Paper I - One Indian language (selected by the candidate) 300 marks
Paper II - English 300 marks
Paper III - Essay 200 marks
Paper IV&V - General Studies 300 marks each
Paper VI-IX - Any two subjects (optional papers to be selected by the candidate) with two papers each 300 marks for each.
Each paper is of 3 hours duration.
Optional Papers: Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science, Botany, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Commerce, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Geography, Geology, Indian History, Law, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Science, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Sociology, Statistics, Zoology. The following combinations not allowed are:
Political Science & International Relations and Public Administration
Commerce and Management
Anthropology and Sociology
Maths and Statistics
Agriculture and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
Management and Public Administration
Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science and Medical Science
Any two branches of engineering.
The final stage of selection is the interview which is conducted in April/May every year. Candidate will be asked questions on matters of general interest. The object is to assess the personal suitability and judge the mental caliber of the candidate. The candidate must exhibit an intelligent interest in events happening around him so that he appears to be a complete personality.
There is also a medical test, especially rigid for IPS. Out of the final candidates selected top rankers are appointed as IAS officers.
Once appointed, all probationary officers of the All India and Central Services undergo a compulsory foundation training.
Examination Syllabus
Part A - Preliminary Examination - Optional Subjects
Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
Civil Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Indian History
Mechanical Engineering
Medical Science
Political Science
Public Administration

Part B - Main Examination - Optional Subjects
List Of Optional Subjects For Civil Services (Main) Examination
Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
Civil Engineering
Commerce & Accountancy
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Medical Science
Political Science and International Relations
Public Administration

UPSC - Syllabus - Sociology

Examination Syllabus - Subject : Sociology
1. Basic Concepts
o Society, community, association, institution. Culture-culture change, diffusion, Cultural-tag, Cultural relativism, ethnocentrism, acculturation.
o Social Groups-primary, secondary and reference groups.
o Social structure, social system, social action.
o Status and role, role conflict, role set.
o Norms and values-conformity and deviance.
o Law and customs.
o Socio-cultural processes: socialisation, assimilation, integration, cooperation, competition, conflict, accommodation, Social distance, relative deprivation.
2. Marriage, Family and Kinship
o Marriage : types and norms, marriage as contract, and as a sacrament.
o Family : types, functions and changes.
o Kinships : terms and usages, rules of residence, descent, inheritance.
3. Social Stratification
Forms and functions; Caste and Class. Jajmani system, purity and pollution, dominant caste, sanskritisation.
4. Types of Society
Tribal, agrarian, industrial and post-industrial.
5. Economy and Society
Man, nature and social production, economic systems of simple and complex societies, non-economic determinants of economic behaviour, market (free) economy and controlled (planned) economy.
6. Industrial and Urban Society
Rural-Urban Continuum, urban growth and urbanisation-town, city and metropolis; basic features of industrial society; impact of automation on society; industrialisation and environment.
7. Social Demography
Population size, growth, composition, and distribution in India; components of population growth-births, deaths and migration; causes and consequences of population growth; population and social development; population policy.
8. Political Processes
Power, authority and legitimacy; political socialisation; political modernisation, pressure groups; caste and politics.
9. Weaker Sections-and Minorities
Social justice-equal opportunity and special opportunity; protective discrimination; constitutional safeguards.
10. Social Change
Theories of change; factors of change; science, technology and change. Social movements-Peasant Movement, Women's Movement, Backward Caste Movement, Dalit Movement.

UPSC - Syllabus - Sociology

Main Examination Syllabus - Subject : Sociology
General Sociology/Foundations of Sociology/Fundamentals of Sociology
Sociology-The Discipline
Sociology as a science and as an interpretative discipline; impact of industrial and French Revolution on the emergence of sociology; sociology and its relationship with history, economics, political science, psychology and anthropology.
Scientific Study of Social Phenomena
Problem of objectivity and value neutrality; issue of measurement in social science; elements of scientific method-concepts, theory and fact, hypothesis; research designs-descriptive, exploratory and experimental
Techniques of data collection and analysis
Participant and quasi-participant observation; interview, questionnaire and schedule case study, sampling-size, reliability and validity, scaling techniques-social distance and Likert scale.
Pioneering contributions to Sociology
Karl Marx : Historical materialism, mode of production, alienation and class struggle.
Emile Durkheim : Division of labour, social fact, religion and society.
Max Weber : Social action, ideal types, authority, bureaucracy, protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism.
Talcott Parsons : Social system, pattern variables.
Robert K. Merton : Latent and manifest functions, anomie, conformity and deviance, reference groups.
Marriage and Family
Types and forms of marriage; family-structure and function; personality and socialization; Social control; family, lineage, descent and property; changing structure of family marriage and sex roles in modern society; divorce and its implications; gender issues; role conflicts.
Social Stratification
Concepts-hierarchy, inequality and stratification; theories of stratification-Marx, Davis and Moore and Melvin Tumin’s critique; forms and functions; class-different conceptions of class; class-in-itself and class-for-itself; caste and class; caste as a class.
Social Mobility
Types of mobility-open and closed models; intra-and inter-generational mobility; vertical and horizontal mobility; social mobility and social change.
Economic System
Sociological dimensions of economic life; the impact of economic processes on the larger society; social aspects of division of labour and types of exchange; features of pre-industrial and industrial economic system; industrialisation and social change; social determinants of economic development.
Political System
The nature of power-personal power, community power, power of the elite, class power, organisational power, power of the un-organised masses; authority and legitimacy; pressure groups and political parties; voting behaviour; modes of political participation-democratic and authoritarian forms.
Educational System
Education and Culture; equality of educational opportunity; social aspects of mass education; problems of universalisation of primary education; role of community and state intervention in education; education as an instrument of social control and social change; education and modernisation.
Origins of religious beliefs in pre-modern socieites; the sacred and the profane; social functions and dysfunctions of religion; monistic and pluralistic religion; organised and unorganised religions; semitism and antisemitism; religion, sect and cults; magic, religion and science.
Science & Technology
Ethos of science; social responsibility of science; social control of science; social consequences of science and technology; technology and social change.
Social Movements
Concepts of social movements; genesis of social movements; ideology and social movement; social movement and social change; types of social movements.
Social change and Development
Continuity and change as fact and as value; theories of social change-Marx, Parsons and Sorokin; direted social change; social policy and social development.
Study of Indian Society
Historical Moorings of the Indian Society
Traditional Hindu social organisation; socio-cultural dynymics through the ages; impact of Buddhism, Islam, and the West, factors in continuity and change.
Caste System
Origin of the caste system; cultural and structural views about caste; mobility in caste; caste among Muslims and Christians; change and persistence of caste in modern India; issues of equality and social justice; views of Gandhi and Ambedkar on caste; caste on and Indian polity; Backward Classes Movement; Mandal Commission Report and issues of social backwardness and social justice; emergence of Dalit consciousness.
Class Structure
Class structure in India, agrarian and industrial class structure; emergence ofmiddle class; emergence of classes among tribes; elite formation in India.
Marriage, Family and Kinship
Marriage among different ethnic groups, its changing trends and its future; family-its structural and functional aspects-its changing forms; regional variations in kinship systems and its socio-cultural correlates; impact of legislation and socio-economic change on marriage and family; generation gap.
Agrarian Social Structure
Peasant society and agrarian systems; land tenure systems-historical perspectives, social consequences of land reforms and green revolution; feudalism-semi-feudalism debates; emerging agrarian class structure; agrarian unrest.
Industry and Society
Path of industrialisation, occupational diversification, trade unions and human relations; market economy and its social consequences; economic reforms liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation.
Political Processes
Working of the democratic political system in a traditional society; political parties and their social base; social structural origins of political elites and their orientations; regionalism, pluralism and national unity; decentralisation of power; panchayati raj and nagarpalikas and 73rd and 74th constitutional amendments.
Directive Principles of State Policy and primary education; education; educational inequality and change; education and social mobility; the role of community and state intervention in education; universalisation of primary education; Total Literacy Campaigns; educational problems of disadvantages groups.
Religion and Society
Size, growth and regional distribution of different religious groups; educational levels of different groups; problems of religious minorities; communal tensions; secularism; conversions; religious fundamentalism.
Tribal Societies
Distinctive features of tribal communities and their geographical spread; problems of tribal communities-land alienation, poverty, indebetedness, health and nutrition, education; tribal development efforts after independence; tribal policy-isolation, assimilation and integration; issues of tribal identity.
Population Dynamics
Population size, growth, composition and distribution; components of population growth; birth rate, death rate and migration; determinants and consequences of population growth; issues of age at marriage, sex ratio, infant mortality rate; population policy and family welfare programmes.
Dimensions of Development
Strategy and ideology of planning; poverty, indebtedness and bonded labour; strategies of rural development-poverty alleviation programmes; environment, housing, slums, and unemployment; programmes for urban development.
Social Change
Endogenous and exogenous sources of change and resistance toc hange; processes of change-sanskritisation and modernisation; agents of change-mass media, education and communication; problems of change and modernisation; structural contradictions and breakdowns.
Social Movements
Reform Movements : Arya Samaj, Satya Sadhak Samaj, Sri Narayanguru Dharma Paripalana Sabha, and Ram Krishna Mission.
Peasant movements-Kisan Sabha, Telengana, Naxalbari.
Backward Castes Movement : Self-respect Movement, backward castes mobilisation in North India.
Women and society
Demographic profile of women; special problems-dowry, atrocities, discrimination; existing programmes for women and their impact. Situational analysis of children; child welfare programmes.
Social Problems
Prostitution, AIDS, alcoholism, drug addiction, corruption.

UPSC : Examination Plan

Plan of Examination
The competitive examination comprises two successive stages:
i. Civil Services (Preliminary) Examinations (Objective Type) for the selection of candidates for Main Examination; and
ii. Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates for the various services and posts.
The Preliminary Examination will consist of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions) and carry a maximum of 450 marks in the subjects set out. This examination is meant to serve as a screening test only; the marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the Main Examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit. The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination will be about twelve to thirteen times the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year in the various Services and Posts. Only those candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified in the Preliminary Examination in a year will be eligibe for admission to the Main Examination of that year provided they are otherwise eligible for admission to the Main Examination.
The Main Examination will consist of a written examination and an interview test. The written examination will consist of 9 papers of conventional essay type in the subjects set out.
Candidates who obtain such minimum qualifying marks in the written part of the Main Examination as may be fixed by the Commission at their discretion, shall be summoned by them for an interview for a Personality Test. However, the papers on Indian Languages and English will be of qualifying nature. The marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking. The number of candidates to be summoned for interview will be about twice the number of vacancies to be filled. The interview will carry 300 marks (with no minimum qualifying marks).
Marks thus obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination (written part as well as interview) would determine their final ranking. Candidates will be allotted to the various Services keeping in view their ranks in the examination and the preferences expressed by them for the various Services and posts.
General Instructions (Preliminary / Main Examination):
1. Candidates must write the papers in their own hand. In no circumstances, they will be allowed the help of a scribe to write the answers for them. However, blind candidates will be allowed to write the examination with the help of a scribe.
i. The eligibility conditions of a scribe, his/her conduct inside the examination hall and the manner in which and extent to which he/she can help the blind candidate in writing the Civil Services Examination shall be governed by the instructions issued by the UPSC in this regard. Violation of all or any of the said instructions shall entail the cancellation of the candidature of the blind candidate in addition to any other action that the UPSC may take against the scribe.
ii. For purpose of these rules the candidate shall be deemed to be a blind candidate if the percentage of visual impairment is 40% or more. The criteria for determining the percentage of visual impairment shall be as follows :
iii. For availing of the concession admissible to a blind candidate, the candidate concerned shall produce a certificate in the prescribed proforma from a Medical Board constituted by the Central/State Governments alongwith his application for the Main Examination.
iv. The concession admissible to blind candidates shall not be admissible to those suffering from Myopia.

Better eye
Worse eye
Category 0
6/24 to 6/36
Category I
6/60 to nil
Category II
6/60-4/60 or field of vision 10-20º
3/60 to nil
Category III
3/60-1/60 or field of vision 10º
F.C. at 1 ft to nil
Category IV
FC. at 1 ft to nil field of vision 100º
F.C. at 1 ft to nil field of vision 100º
One eyed person
F.C. at 1 ft to nil
2. The Commission have discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination.
3. If a candidate’s handwriting is not easily legible, a deduction will be made on this account from the total marks otherwise accruing to him.
4. Marks will not be allotted for mere superficial knowledge.
5. Credit will be given for orderly, effective and exact expression combined with due economy of words in all subjects of the examination.
6. In the question papers, wherever required, SI units will be used.
7. Candidates should use only international form of Indian numerals (i.e. 1,2,3,4,5,6 etc.) while answering question papers.
8. Candidates will be allowed the use of Scientific (Non-Programmable type) calculators at the conventional (Essay) type examination of UPSC. Programmable type calculators will however not be allowed and the use of such calculators shall tantamount to resorting to unfair means by the candidates. Loaning or interchanging of calculators in the Examination Hall is not permitted.
It is also important to note that candidates are not permitted to use calculators for answering objective type papers (Test Booklets). They should not therefore take the same to the Examination Hall.
Interview test
The candidate will be interviewed by a Board who will have before them a record of his career. He will be asked questions on matters of general interest. The object of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service by a Board of competent and unbiased observers. The test is intended to judge the mental calibre of a candidate. In broad terms this is really an assessment of not only his intellectual qualities but also social traits and his interst in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.
The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross-examination but of a natural, though directed and purposive conversation which is intended to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate.
The interview test is not intended to be a test either of the specialised or general knowledge of the candidates which has been already tested through their written papers. Candidates are expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in their special subjects of academic study but also in the events which are happening around them both within and outside their own state or country as well as in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of well educated youth.
UPSC - Form Centers

Main Examination Syllabus - Application form centers
List of Head Post Offices/Post Offices where UPSC application forms are available
Andhra Pradesh CircleHyderabad GPO, Hyderabad Jubilee, Kachiguda Stn., Khairatabad, Secunderabad, Trimulgherry, Adilabad, Anantapur, Arundelpet (Guntur), Chittoor, Cuddapah, Eluru, Kakinada, Karimnagar, Khammam, Kurnool, Machilipatnam, Mahboobnagar, Medak, Nalgonda, Nellore, Nizamabad, Ongole, Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Vijayawada, Vikarabad, Visakhapatnam, Warangal.
Assam CircleGuwahati, Barpeta, Dhubri, Dibrugarh, Diphu, Golaghat, Hailakandi, Jorhat, Karimganj, Kokrajhar, Mangaldoi, Nagaon, Nalbari, North Lakhimpur, Sibsagar, Silchar, Tezpur, Tinsukia.
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birds sankalpa photos

Friday, March 6, 2009

social work seminar


Social work Seminar on

“Social Change and Social Development; challenges for social work ”
BIRDS and BIRDS College:

BIRDS in its full name Belgaum Integrated Rural Development Society – Naganur is a leading development organization based in Belgaum district of Northern Karnataka and operating at South India level. Being an organization committed to integrated social development, BIRDS has promoted different programs in the field of education (both formal and Non formal), disability welfare, agriculture development, HIV and AIDS Intervention, Health, Community Organization and so on. In the field of formal education BIRDS runs Residential school from first to tenth standard, Junior Technical School and college of social work.

With an objective of training rural youth in professional social work and building trained manpower for working in the field of development, BIRDS started College of Social Work at the graduate level. The college was started as first of its kind under Karnataka University in the year 1991. This institution is one among very few rural based colleges all over India and second college of social work in Karnataka when started. So far, 485 students graduated from this college are enjoying respectful positions in their professional/vocational life. Some of them have started their own NGO and are contributing directly of the social development.

From the year 2008-09, we have started Masters program in social work with affiliation from Karnataka University. Currently we have twenty students enrolled into MSW first semester. Together with imparting professional and academic training in social work, college also promotes various informal and non formal opportunities (with help of its mother organization) for the students to participate and practice the components of social work which they study inside their class room.

Background of the Seminar:

The BIRDS BSW college and PG department of social work as an integral part of BIRD society has been decided to held three day seminar on the theme “social change and social development: challenges for social work”. To address on rapidly changing social structure and on the social development and to explore the challenges for social work on these and other related issues help students and faculties helps in greater extent. We expect principal and faulty members and students from your institution to participate in the seminar. The registration forms enclosed herewith, please send it duly filled on or before 25th of march 2009.
The three day seminar invites educationalists. Students from social work colleges. And students are expected to present papers on the theme “social change and social development challenges for social work”. An expert panel will screen and select the papers to be presented at the seminar.

Objectives of the Seminar:

To provide an opportunity for students of social work colleges to interact with each other and learn from sharing,
To develop an increased understanding about the recent trends and challenges in professional social work.
To debate on various issues concern to social development and find out successful ways and means of handling them,
To create an opportunity for schools of social work with in the jurisdiction of Karnataka University, to meet and discuss the issue of organizational concern and strengthen the process of networking,
To create an opportunity for the students of social work to exhibit their talents and get positive re-enforcement.

Program content.

DAY 1 - Friday 3rd April 2009

Registration and boarding of participants



Keynote speech

Group activities/ documentary show/ introductory games.


DAY 2 - Saturday 4th April 2009


Technical session I

Tea break

Technical session II


Students paper presentation


Cultural competitions


DAY 3 - Sunday 5th April 2009


Technical session

Competitions ------ Quiz. Debate. Speech

Tea break

Valedictory program

Paper Presentation:

With an objective of providing an opportunity for participants for debating on various issues of concern to social development and find out ways and means of handling them, it is planned to devote some time during the workshop for paper presentation of students. Following are some of the themes identified for students to focus their paper.

Changing social systems and social problems,
Social work practice in different settings like Hospital, schools, etc.
Corporate social responsibility,
Social work and labour welfare,
Empowerment of weaker sections in communities,
Child rights and societal response,
Promotion of social justice.

Students can focus on developing papers on above theme or document and present their work experience in the above identified fields. Each college can make one presentation and each speaker will be given only 10 minutes to speak. Abstract of the paper to be presented must be sent along with registration form with in the given time (with in 100 words). Final paper should not exceed more than three pages in A4 size paper (font 11 in Verdana fonts and single line spacing) and three hard copy of the same should be submitted on arrival. Each paper presenter will be given a certificate of appreciation.

Registration and Hospitality

The registration fee is Rs.150 per head for both students and faculty. It includes materials on conference proceedings lunch, refreshment and accommodation for all the three days. Accommodation will be arranged for out station participants on request on common sharing basis. For further information on registration and hospitality contact us at the earliest via email or phone. Please confirm the participation by 25th March 2009 by sending us back the filled up registration form to the address mentioned below. Registration fees can be paid through DD in favor of Principal, BSW College, Tukkanatti payable at Gokak or by cash at the time of registration.

For any more details please contact:

Prof. BK Barlaya Prof. Shrishail Davalatti
Principal, lecturer, MSW Department,
BIRDS BSW College, BIRDS BSW College,
Tukkanatti – 591 224 Tukkanatti – 591 224
Gokak taluk, Belgaum. Gokak taluk, Belgaum.
Phone: 08332-284678 © +9197423 41725 (M)
08332-284567® Email-
+9198441 03526(M)

Sunday, February 22, 2009

trip to maharashtra

snap taken at ganapatipule beach. such a beatiful scene of sea bank. onother spactacular attraction is lord ganapati temple located near to the sea.