|UPSC Toppers: What backgrounds are they from?|
1. The panel has been constituted to revisit the entire pattern, syllabus and eligibility criteria for civil services examination conducted by the UPSC. This examination selects India’s top bureaucrats and diplomats including IAS, IFS, IPS, IRS etc.
2. The expert committee consists of leading academicians, technocrats and senior bureaucrats of national repute.
3. The primary objective of setting up the committee, as articulated by minister Jitendra Singh, is to provide a level playing field to aspirants from diverse streams of curriculum such as mathematics, engineering, medicine or humanities.
4. Another goal of bringing about changes as per the recommendations of the committee is to ensure that the youngsters taking up “IAS as a career possess a genuine aptitude for administrative job”, the minister told the group of civil servant aspirants.
5. The idea, according to the minister, is to ensure that the best and the most deserving with a genuine aptitude should get the opportunity to become a part of the administrative set up of rapidly developing 21st century India.
6. The minister then clarified that till such time as the recommendations of the expert committee are received and the government subsequently takes a decision on the same, the General Studies Paper-II (CSAT) in the civil services preliminary examination will remain a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.
7. And then, the DoPT’s decision taken last year to exclude the English portion consisting of 22 marks in the General Studies Paper-II of the civil services preliminary examination from tabulation also continues to remain in force.
8. The minister personally studied the question papers of the last 3 years of civil services examination.
9. And after studying those, he had come to a conclusion that the issue “deserved to be re-looked in the background of inputs received from different quarters”.
10. The minister also talked about an allegation that the present syllabus and pattern tended to benefit students from mathematics and engineering backgrounds.