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Panel report on age limit in civil service exam under UPSC consideration: Govt

The government today said that the report of Baswan Committee that has suggested changes in civil service exam pattern and age limit is under consideration of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: November 17, 2016 17:25 IST ]
File pic - MoS for Personnel Jitendra Singh
File pic - MoS for Personnel Jitendra Singh

The government today said that the report of Baswan Committee that has suggested changes in civil service exam pattern and age limit is under consideration of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

"The recommendations made by the committee including on pattern of civil service examination and age limit are presently under consideration of the UPSC. The recommendations of the UPSC on Baswan committee report are yet to be received," MoS for Personnel Jitendra Singh told Rajya Sabha in a written reply. 

The UPSC had constituted the expert committee under the chairmanship of former human resource development secretary and retired IAS officer B S Baswan, to review the scheme of civil services examination, in August last year.

The Baswan committee submitted its report to the UPSC on August 9 this year. 

The committee is understood to have recommended reduction in upper age limit of 32 years to appear in the civil service exam, official sources said. 

As per existing norms a candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years to appear in the examination. The upper age limit is further extendable for candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, Other Backward Classes, and those who had ordinarily been domiciled in Jammu and Kashmir during the period from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 1989.

Lakhs of aspirants appear in the civil service exam conducted annually by the UPSC in three stages--preliminary, main and interview--to select officers for Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS), among others.

With PTI Inputs

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