Now a days lakhs of students prepare for civil service examinations across the country. Many of them spend hours together in libraries to realise their dream career. Little more than chairs, tables and desks, these are the rooms that provide them comfort and cozy feeling to understand the complex concepts and absorb the current affairs and general knowledge besides enjoying the silence and mindful meditation. Many young aspirants, both men and women, sit in these libraries with their heads bent over their books, journals, newspapers and furiously make notes. With the competition hotting up and the big clock hanging on the wall which chimes every hour reminding them that they could afford no distractions and disturbances, the determined aspirants hardly looked up from their books and notes. Even during lunch hour break, they huddle together and discuss a national issue that nagging the public over a cup of tea or coffee. This is a scene from the library of Takshasila IAS Academy’s Kanuru campus in Vijayawada of Andhra Pradesh. Those aspiring to join the elite all-India services, the library at the academy is a best place to study and seep in the knowledge.
The management has taken a special care to equip it with a variety of newspapers and journals including Yojana and Kurukshetra besides an array of NCERT books. Mr Irshad Shaik, an aspirant of the Takshasila IAS Academy, says that he finds peace and ambiance in the library. “It enhances my discipline and concentration skills,” the young lad avers. Mr Varma, who cracked the mains and is awaiting to face the UPSC interview board within a two months’ time, says “ I changed my body clock. I sleep moderately and eat a small meal and then I am off to the library to discuss and devour current topics and country’s current economic crisis”. The library provides much solace to me, he adds flipping a page in a modern history book.Dr BSN Durga Prasad, the Managing Director of the Takshasila IAS Academy, says that his academy is planning separate discussion rooms and even offer mentors. “Interaction and intermission are a very significant part of the preparation.
You know where you stand when you discuss with others. And these discussions help build confidence,” the young entrepreneur says. “Mine is a joint family. The atmosphere at my home is not good to prepare seriously. So many distractions and deviations. My mom and other members of the family flock to TV . But atmosphere in my library was so congenial that I put extra effort to crack the exam,” says Priyanka Kandakatla, an aspirant at the Takshasila IAS Academy. The Vijayawada city, which is emerging as the hub of civil service coaching giving a stiff competition to its counterparts in Delhi and Hyderabad, has a number of good libraries like Sarvottam Granthalayam, Takshasila Library, Tagore Memorial Library, Sri Velidandla Hanumatharaya Granthalayam and State Library to mention a few.