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  1. मई 10- 16 – डा0प्रमोद बी0एल0चौरसियाआप ICFAI UNIVERSITY ,JAIPUR के Vice Chancellor रह चुके हैं ।

Dr. P.B.L.CHAURASIA ,Former Vice-Chancellor,  ICFAI University, Jaipur

Dr.P.B.L.Chaurasia is a former Vice-Chancellor of the ICFAI University, Jaipur and has served for a term of three years from Jan 2015 to Jan 2018.  Dr. Chaurasia has more than 43 years’ experience and has worked in various capacities in India and Foreign countries. He has been an outstanding scientist and carried-out R & D work on the different fields: solar energy utilization, fuel cell, heat transfer, passive systems, energy management etc. He started his career as scientist S-1 in the Indian Council of Agricultural Research in 1978.  He joined Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur and did the work in various capacities for more than 32 years. He worked as Principal Scientist and supervised a large number of research projects.

He has also given his services as Principal of  Vyas Engineering College, Jodhpur and also worked as Dean of Engineering in the Suresh Gyan Vihar University, Jaipur during Nov.2011 to Dec 2014.

He has also served in various prestigious foreign Research Institutes and worked with many international teams of reputed scientists at the University of Birmingham, UK (2007-09); Energy Research Institute, Japan (2000); Demontfort University, UK (1994).

He has been honored by several agencies in India and Foreign countries and conferred with several prestigious awards:

“Invention Award on the Republic Day Award” by the NRDC – Govt. of India (1990)

“Kheti Award” by the ICAR – Govt. of India (1986) 

“India Excellence Award” with Gold Medal for Life Time Achievements by the FFI (2000)           

“Incoming International Fellowship Award“ by the European Commission, Belgium (2007)

“STA Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award” by the JST, Japan (2000)

“Marie-Curie Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award” by UK (1994)

Dr. Chaurasia has more than 250 publications to his credit and published papers in the reputed National and International journals.  He has organized workshops/conferences and presented Invited Papers at several National and International Conferences/Seminars.

He has developed several solar gadgets during his life time  and those solar systems are being used by the society. The solar technology invented by him on ‘Solar Candle Making Machine’ has been commercialized and licensed by the NRDC. The “Passive Cool Chamber – refrigerator without electricity” for storage of fruits & vegetables has gone at the field level and being used by the farmers.

Regarding his academic qualifications, he has done his M.Sc. in Physics from the University of Rajasthan  in the year 1971 and Ph.D. on Heat Transfer from the same University in 1977. 


Name : Abhishek Chourasiya

Father’s name : Shri Rajendra Prasad Chourasiya (Retired as Assistant Secretary, CMO, Secretariat, Jaipur)

Mother’s name : Smt. Santosh Chourasiya (Retired as Upper Divisional Clerk, Nagar Nigam Jaipur)

Hometown: Jaipur, Rajasthan


                Pre Primary and Primary Schooling till class V : St. Michael School, Subhash Chowk, Jaipur

                Class VI till Class X : S. J. Public School, Janta Colony, Jaipur

                Class XI – Class XII : DAV Public School, Kota

                B. Tech and M. Tech (Dual Degree) in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Kharagpur, West Bengal

Work Experience :

He worked as Lead Engineer at Samsung Research Institute Noida, Uttar Pradesh for more than 3 years. As part of Job description, he successfully filed 6 patent applications in patent offices across the globe. One of these has been recently granted by USA.

Thereafter, he cleared the Civil Services examination and joined Indian Administrative Services (IAS). Earlier he was posted as Sub Divisional Magistrate, Kurseong, Darjeeling, West Bengal and now is ADM and Addition Executive Officer at Uttar Dinajpur,WB.

Successful Examinations :

                AIR 5 in Indian Forest Service Examination, 2016 (1st attempt)

                                Subjects Chosen:  1. Agricultural Engineering   2. Forestry

                AIR 72 in Civil Services Examination, 2016 (3rd attempt)

                                Subject Chosen: Geography

Motivation: In words of Mr. Abhishek: “IAS would provide me diverse roles and responsibilities whereby I can utilize my capabilities in thinking and help in implementing innovative solution to various problems India is a facing. IAS provides an opportunity to work for and at the grass root levels of society.”

Advice to aspirants: The latest pattern of examination demands good knowledge about current affairs. For this, regular reading of newspapers is must. In this quest, smart utilization of internet can prove very helpful.

  • Choosing optional subject : Science subjects v/s Humanities subject

Science subjects are more objective and have more of certainty as compared to Humanities subjects. Humanities subject have overlaps in the general studies papers. Thus, from strategy point of view, both type of subjects have their own advantages and disadvantages. A candidate can score good in either of the subject. It depends on individual’s strategy.

  • Booklist for Prelims

Indian Polity by Laxmikant, A Brief History Of Modern India by Rajiv Ahir, Environment by ShankarIAS, Goh Cheng Leong, Certificate Physical and Human Geography, NCERT books

  • Bookllist/ Sources to prepare GS Paper 1 ( Mains)

NCERT books are very helpful for Mains as well and one should try to go through them before examination.

For geography, I did not do anything special since it was my optional. While writing the answers I ensured that I do not write highly technical stuff.

For Indian Society, I relied mostly on Class XI and XII NCERT books. I also prepared topic wise notes based on newspaper articles.

For History, I relied mostly on NCERT books. I also prepared for personalities individually e.g. National leaders Governor Generals etc.

For Art and Culture, apart from NCERT books, I went through CCRT website.

  • Bookllist/ Sources to prepare GS Paper 2 ( Mains)

Indian Polity by Laxmikant gives enough factual information to support your answers with. I tried to provide Constitutional article numbers/Acts etc wherever possible.

For IR topics, I visited Ministry of external affairs site. Also I made my own notes from the newspaper articles. My coaching notes also proved to be helpful.

For topics like “Issues relating to poverty and hunger”, I tried to gather current status, measures taken etc from various reports and news articles.

  • Bookllist/ Sources to prepare GS Paper 3 ( Mains)

For economics, I mostly relied in Class XI and XII NCERT and newspaper and coaching notes.

I did not do anything extra for Science and Technology except reading The Hindu.

For topics related to Internal security, I again made notes based on newspaper articles.

I also listed major acts/bills/schemes/policies and their major provisions.

  • Bookllist/ Sources to prepare GS Paper 4 ( Mains)

For theories and thinkers, I went through Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude for Civil Services Examination by G. Subba Rao  apart from my coaching notes. Further, I prepared my own notes explaining and differentiating the jargon.
Most helpful would be to give a deeper thought about any and every issue that comes up while reading newspaper. While doing so one should try to think of various ethical dimensions, ethical/legal issues, possible options etc.

  • Preparation strategy for the Essay Paper

I did not do anything special for this paper except that I researched on how to write good essay on internet before the exam. I made my own strategies for dealing with various type of essay topics and followed it during the exam.

  • Message for UPSC aspirants

Current pattern of UPSC has a lot of stress of Current Affairs. Focus on it to secure good marks.

  • Key Success mantra for cracking the examination

Smart Hard Work and effective time management is the key to success in this examination.