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HAMDARD STUDY CIRCLE
Hamdard Study Circle (HSC) founded by late Hakeem Abdul Hameed, at Talimabad in
South Delhi, is a coaching center with full infrastructure including hostel
facilities and a well laid-out campus. This is aimed at preparing minority
candidates for the Civil Services Examination being conducted every year by the
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The study circle started functioning
from March 1992.
The study circle has been rendering result-oriented coaching and counseling
services to the candidates at all the three stages of Civil Services
Examination, preliminary, mains and interview.
Advertisements are inserted in national dailies. Candidates are admitted for all
the three stages of Civil Services Examination according to the schedule
mentioned in the prospectus of HSC.
For the Preliminary Exam, a committee screens the applications received on the
basis of academic excellence and extra-curricular activities. Selected
candidates are called for a written test held simultaneously at New Delhi,
Madras and Patna. Interviews are conducted at Talimabad only. On the basis of
the admission test, 60 candidates are admitted for intensive coaching of about
six months, initially for the Preliminary Examination, but preparations are
simultaneously set afoot for the Main Examination and the Personality Test.
Candidates who are admitted provisionally, if fail to clear either the
preliminary or the main Examination are asked to quit. In exceptional cases,
depending on the performance and record at the study circle, a candidate may be
given a second chance in the next session.
Admissions for the Personality Test are given only on the basis of an interview
just after the results of the mains are declared. Candidates qualifying the main
either from HSC or somewhere else are eligible for admission to this program.
The Hamdard Education Society, which sponsors and oversees the study circle,
started the program on its own but later on it drew some assistance from the
Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. As mentioned in the prospectus of
HSC, the yearly expenditure is about Rs.1.3 million. The expenditure is afforded
mainly by the HES. However, the said ministry has agreed to reimburse part of
the expenditure as per the number of trainees.
The HSC charges no fees for counseling, guidance, hostel and other facilities.
However, Rs. 500 monthly towards maintenance of facilities is taken from each
candidate. A security deposit of Rs. 200 (refundable) is deposited at the time
of admission. Presently Rs. 750 monthly per candidate is charged for food. This
is subsidized to the extent of Rs. 500 by the said ministry if annual income of
a candidate’s parents is Rs 44,500 or less. q