Dr.Ambedkar Competitive Examination Center (ACEC)
Excellence Through Coaching

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Keeping together is Progress
Working together is Success
Excellence Through Coaching
Dr. Ambedkar Competitive Examination Center (ACEC) was set up at YASHADA, Pune in May 2006, under the Special Component Plan (SCP) for providing coaching, for Civil Services Examinations, to the weaker section of the society. ACEC aims at tapping the talent in students, encouraging them to appear for Civil Services Examination and helping them to improve their preparation for the examination. It also aims at inculcating, in them, the culture of serving the community as a whole.


  • To create awareness among the youth of Maharashtra particularly from the deprived sections, about aims and objectives, procedures and relative advantages of various competitive examinations particularly Civil Services Examinations.
  • To inculcate in them the culture of serving the community and the nation.
  • To plan and conduct coaching and training programmes for successful participation in competitive examination.
  • To muster support for conduct of coaching from eminent administrators, academicians and professional experts from management, training and research institutions. Train students from weaker section of the society for preparation of higher education entrance examinations like CAT/GRE/ TOEFL/IELTS etc.
  • Train weaker class professionals for leading or managing groups and acquire better opportunities in their professional career.


Department of Social Justice and Special Assistance, Government of Maharashtra, has sanctioned Rs.30 lakhs for every year to the Center through Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Research and Training Institute (BARTI), Pune.

Facilities Provided

  • Accommodation:The candidates are provided free residential facility on the campus of YASHADA.
  • Stipend: Rs. 1500/- is paid as stipend to each candidate every month on the basis of his attendance and performance in class .
  • Committees: Selection and Academic Committees have been formed to facilitate smooth working and monitoring of the Center. The Hon. Director General, YASHADA heads the Academic Committee as well as Selection Committee. Director of the Center is secretary of above two committees.
    • Selection Committee: is formed for selecting candidates properly. The Principal Secretary- Social Justice, Govt. appointed retired IAS Officer, Director- Social welfare, Director-Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Competitive Research and Training Institute, Director- SIAC Mumbai , and Registrar are the members of the Committee.
    • Academic Committee: Addl. Director General, Registrar, Director- Research and Documentation Center, Director-Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Competitive Research and Training Institute, are the members of the Committee.
  • Website: A section of this website, providing information of the Center and guidance to the candidates appearing in Civil Service Examination, has been launched in the month of October, 2006.
  • Library and study Room: Prosperous library with Books, magazines/ Journal, Newspapers along with study room is made available to candidates.
  • Coaching: A professional approach has been taken while providing coaching to the candidates. Highly knowledgeable and experienced Resource Persons for Optional subjects and General Studies have been engaged.
  • Computer/Internet: Computer with Internet are made available to the candidates.
  • Contact details in YASHADA:
    Nitin Mane, Training Coordinator.
    Phones : 020-25608202/203
    Telefax : 020-25608100
    Email : nitinmanehere@yahoo.com
  • Study Plan in ACEC:

    Phase – I
    Preparation for Prelim Exam.
    (Optional – I + G. S.)
    December to March
    Preliminary Exam
    Revision and Test for Prelim
    April to May
    Phase – II
    Preparation for Main Examination
    (G.S. + Optional II)
    August to October
    Phase – III
    Special Training Programme for UPSC-Interview Every year, Special training for UPSC-Interview along with Mock Interviews is being conducted in the 2nd or 3rd week of March (In view of the date for result of UPSC-Mains)

  • Admission Procedure in Center:

    Advertisement Published in the month of August in all leading Newspapers in Maharashtra.
    Entrance Test First Week on November
    Admission Criteria On merit basis
    Available Seats 50 (We follow reservation rules as per Government Directives)
    Address Dr.Ambedkar Competitive Examination Center,
    Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration (YASHADA)
    Raj Bhavan Complex,
    Baner Road, Pune-411007
    Contact Number 020-25608202/203
    Nature of Exam On the UPSC Prelim Patten


The UPSC examination is conducted in three stages :
  1. Preliminary Examination (Screening Test) – Mid May
  2. Main Examination - October
  3. Interview - April / May
The Advertisement is published in ‘Employment News’ and ‘Rojgaar Samachar’ in November/December.



An Objective (multiple choice) type examination consists of two papers:
  • Paper – I General Studies (150 questions)- 150 Marks
  • Paper-II Optional Subject (120 questions) - 300 Marks
Click here to download Annexures I and II
(List of Optional Subjects for Preliminary & Main Examination)
Important note: Negative marking with one third of marks (0.33)



It is descriptive examination, which consists of nine papers of conventional essay type :
Paper-I : One of the Indian Languages (to be selected by the candidate from the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution) - 300 Marks.
Paper–II : English - 300 Marks
(These two papers are of ‘qualifying nature’ and marks obtained in these papers are not counted for merit.)
Paper-III : Essay - 200 Marks
Papers-IV & V : General Studies - 300 Marks. each
Papers VI & VII (Paper I and Paper II) - 300 Marks each
Papers VIII & IX (Paper I and Paper II)- (Any two subjects to be selected from the list of optional subjects. Each subject will have two papers. - 300 Marks each
Click here to download Annexures I and II
(List of Optional Subjects for Preliminary & Main Examination)

• Grand Total (Paper III to IX) - 2000 Marks
• Interview - 300 Marks
• Total for Main Examination Including Interview Test - 2300 Marks

Eligibility Conditions

  • Minimum Educational Qualifications: Graduate in any faculty from recognized University
  • Age Limit: A candidate have must have attained the age of 21 yrs. and must not have attained the age of 30 yrs. as on 1st August of the relevant year.
  • Relaxation in age limit : 5 years to SC/ST, 3 years to OBC, 10 years in case of Blind, Deaf- Mute Orthopaedically handicap persons.
  • Number of Attempts: Maximum 4 attempts. SC/ST: NO limit if otherwise eligible. OBC: 7 attempts if otherwise eligible.
  • An attempt at a Preliminary Examination shall be deemed to be an attempt at the examination.
For details, please visit UPSC website (click on the link to visit the website).

Click here to view / download the "Reference List of Books for Prelims and Mains."

Director General, YASHADA: Dr.Sanjay Chahande
Director, ACEC : Dr. Bharat Jethithor
Administrative Officer, ACEC :Seema Jagtap
Training Co-ordinator, ACEC :Nitin Mane
Research Assistant, ACEC :Sachin Bhagat