IF REPORTS appeared in a news channel and some news websites on Thursday are to be correct, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) which conducts civil services examinations, may reduce the upper age of candidates eligible to appear for the prestigious exam, from the current age limit of 32 years. According to the reports, the new upper age limit for general candidates may be brought to…26 years. ET Now news channel first carried the report which was subsequently published by several news websites. The reports giving reference to unnamed sources say, the UPSC plans to bring down the upper age limit from 32 to 26 years, (i.e. by six years) in the next 5 to 7 years time, based on Baswan panel's recommendations which are yet to be made public. But the same reports say, the upper age limit for the reserved categories may remain un-altered. Presently, the upper age of OBC candidates is 35 years whereas for SC and ST candidates, it is 37 years.
At present, former education secretary BS Baswan has been heading a panel, appointed by the UPSC last year, to comprehensively examine various issues raised from time to time regarding the civil service examination, with respect to the eligibility, syllabus, scheme and pattern of the examination vide notice dated August 12, 2015. The committee was subsequently given extension of time till August 2016 to submit its report, according to the reply given to a question asked in Lok Sabha on July 20, 2016. The news reports are based on Baswan panel’s recommendations, which are yet to be made public.
Before the Baswan committee was set up, the UPSC had constituted eight other committees, each giving valuable inputs on the civil services examinations. Those committees were:
1. Kothari Committee
2. Satish Chandra Committee
3. YK Alagh Committee
4. Anandakrishnan Committee
5. Bhattacharya Committee
6. SK Khanna Committee
7. Nigavekar Committee
8. Purushottam Agarwal Committee
So long as reduction of upper age limit of candidates is concerned, it's the government, and not UPSC, which will take the final call.