Officials said on Friday that the application for the Civil Services Exam should be counted as an attempt to test, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has offered to the government to save resources.
In order to select candidates between the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS), the Civil Services Examination is organized by the UPSC in three phases – Initial, Main and Interview – Others are included. According to the existing norms, if a candidate actually appears in any one paper (out of a total) in the Preliminary examination, then he will be deemed to try in the examination.
If a candidate sits in the exam, then an attempt is counted, even after the disqualification / candidature is canceled. For the UPSC Civil Services Examination, the minimum age of the candidate should be at least 21 years and he can make six attempts till he is 32 years old. Candidates from Other Backward Classes (OBC) category can sit for nine times in the examination. There is a provision of relaxation of maximum age limit for five years for Scheduled Castes or Scheduled Tribe candidates. In the Civil Services Examination conducted in 2017, 9 lakh 57 thousand 590 candidates had applied and four lakh 56 thousand 625 candidates were actually sitting in the examination.
Officials said that if the proposal is accepted by the government, it will result in saving UPSC’s efforts and resources. “If we get about 9 lakh applications, then we have to prepare for 9 lakh candidates to sit in the exam. But almost half of them turn. If this recommendation is accepted, then we will save a lot of money, time and effort. Officials said that the UPSC has sent its proposal to the Ministry of Personnel.