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By A Newsman

Kolkata, 12 August: WEST Bengal government has hired the services of private coaching institutes to impart free coaching in competitive exams to meritorious but economically unsound students in the state.

According to Bengal’s director of youth services, three institutes, namely, RICE, FITJEE and PATHFINDER, have been selected to impart coaching to 1,000 students in the first batch that will commence later this year.

The coaching is meant for competitive exams in IAS, WBCS, JEE Advance, AIEEE, AIPMT, WBJEE engineering, medical and clerkship. Both classroom and correspondence modes are available for the students to opt from.

The youth services director added that students with annual family income up to Rs 1.2 lakh would be eligible to apply for the coaching programme. State government will prepare a list of selected candidates on the basis of merit (marks scored in regular studies exams).

While in the first batch only 1,000 shortlisted students would be able to avail the free coaching, the state government has plans to accommodate remaining students, if any, in subsequent batches.

The deadline to apply for the programme is 20 August; interested students have been advised to download the application form from official website ~ www.wbyouthservices.in