Friday, August 26, 2016

Is UPSC reducing age limit for candidates appearing in civil services exams?

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.

20 comments:

  1. Age reduction is a wrong step....if a candidate of 32 yrs age is old then whts d age of the persons who prepared this report and whts the age of our H'ble PM . In my point of view...everybody should get a fair chance...kisi ka sapna ek do saal mei poora hota hai aur kisi ka sapna poora hone mei wakt lagta hai....this a very wrong step ....highly disappointed after reading this...

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    1. Why general candidates always target?.....agar upsc and govt ko itni hi problem general candidates sai to upsc reseved ka hi selection kare bas...

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    2. Completely agreeing you......in India we first strivr for bread and butter and then plan for make our dreams come true....graduation take 22 years of life then two year of job stability......then if one desire to fight for exam without hefty coaching he would take atleast 2-3 years to get well learned
      I am not saying for those whose parents are well educated and have strong financial background but of those ppl staying away from district hq or state capitals or metro and gather their information by them selves.
      So govt should not take any hasty decision on the question of age reduction

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    3. yes,age should not be criteria for servicing country honstly

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  2. Age should not be reduced because this service demands not only theoritical knowledge but it also demands experience or practical knowledge.So older candidates are more experienced than younger ones.Furthur if the age limit is more it gives the scope of wide representation.we can not increase the ability of civil servants by reducing age in recruitment because sixty years old civil servant can become the chief secretary and run the administration in which more aged and matured are given the highest responsibility and duties.Therefore there is no any positive impacts to be taken place by reducing age limit rather it denies the opportunity to the more experienced and matured candidates and giving scope only to few priviledged candidates.

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  3. Age should not be reduced because this service demands not only theoritical knowledge but it also demands experience or practical knowledge.So older candidates are more experienced than younger ones.Furthur if the age limit is more it gives the scope of wide representation.we can not increase the ability of civil servants by reducing age in recruitment because sixty years old civil servant can become the chief secretary and run the administration in which more aged and matured are given the highest responsibility and duties.Therefore there is no any positive impacts to be taken place by reducing age limit rather it denies the opportunity to the more experienced and matured candidates and giving scope only to few priviledged candidates.

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  4. Entry age for entry to all Govt posts should be raised to minimum 35 years and maximum 40 years. Then we get candidates with experience of private sector. It will reduce burden of salaries and perks on taxpayer as they have to bear expenses of Group of In-efficient (GoI, called Govt of India) for reduced period of 20-25 years with no loss in productivity. If politicians get elected every 5 years, why Govt officers and employees be emrolled for such a long period which at times stretches to 42 years. It is like marriage not employment. Serious rethinking required to balance job requirement and value for money of getting governed.

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  5. this is really torture for us. government ke inhi bekar ke decisions ki wajah se general candidates ya to private sector me dhakke khate hai ya phir unemployed hi rah jate hai. we dont want any reservation but hmare rights to mt chhino.

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  6. Ye country humesha sai Caste based thi aur Caste based hi rahegi....humesha koi na koi natak chalta hai upsc ka 26 bhi kyu kar rhe ho direct 22 hi kardo only one attemp for general and unlimited for reserved category...

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  7. Why don't the Govt. first cap the limit of Politicians upto 65-70 years max. ?? If Politicians are still allowed at age 65-70 years, then how do they find inefficiencies in UPSC candidates with age 30-32-35 ?

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  8. Sir kindly tell what is the age criteria for the prelims2017

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  9. Let us be upfront and not overlook the negative impact of reservation policy and concomitant age-relaxations on the quality of Civil Services . Factors like : providing unlimited chances and no age bar to appear in UPSC exams to aspirants belonging to certain categories, need to be re-visited. Grandparents cannot match their grandchildren aged 21 years, even in same community.

    A K Saxena (A retd civil servant)
    http://www.aksaxena.co.in

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    1. My opinion regarding age qualification to become IAS is to be revised. But it's not the upper age, the minimum age of an IAS aspirant should be above 25 years and he should have some kind of work experience (minimum 3 years) before appearing for the prelims examination. At this time he will not be spoon feeded by any coaching institutes. As he has started working he will not waste his parents money, may be he send his own money earned by him used for self study. By this time he will think on his own what he is supposed to do for the country. He start thinking about the real problems and go ahead with its solutions. Otherwise if the age limit is just 20 years age just after graduation most probably all the IAS aspirants have some passion towards clearing a competitive examination to do a job by which they can earn money, nothing else. Otherwise en educated intellectual (not just literate)do anything as UPSC requires to become as an IAS.

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  10. Govt nai humesha Gen candidates ko hi target kiya hai........

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  11. Age is only a 3 letter word. If a person has the desire to learn new things and the zeal to work for the progress of the community than he can be a 21 year old or 35, it doesn't matter.A 21 year old can be as corrupt as a 35 year old. No objective inference can be drawn on the basis of age. This whole age related debate is a bogus propoganda so that the Government can enforce its agenda on the young and impressionable minds.

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  12. This decision is not fair. Age limit should not be reduced. If so, it should atleast up to 30 years for general category.

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  13. In a phased manner government will reduce the age limit to 27 from 32 (acceptance of UPSC panel recommendations). Watch this informative video for detailed analysis of recent government initiatives for IAS reform: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyjpvyRCryA&feature=youtu.be

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  14. If the government will reduce the age limit to 26 years the general category people will be left with a decision of leaving India

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  15. Pehle Bhoode Politicians ko kursi se hattavo..uske bhad baath karnaa...

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