The age limit in order to get into IAS and IPS services has been increased by two years and is set to be 56 years by the state civil services. This raise in the age limit would be applicable from this year onwards, said the centre. The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has pointed out that for the three all India services examination (Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFS)) the age limit would be extended to 56 years.
DoPT said, “For the selected list of 2015, the upper age limit for consideration will be 56 years with crucial date for determination of age as 1 January 2015.” The new rules exceeding the age limit would not be applicable for the selected candidates list of previous years. For all the selected candidates who have gone through IAS, IPS and IFS examinations of the state civil services and non-state civil services till 2014, would remain to be 54 years.
According to rules, a committee formed by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) remains responsible for making selection of candidates to IAS, IPS and IFS state services. The committee said, “The committee shall not consider the cases of the members of the state civil service, who have attained the age of 56 years on the first day of January of the year for which the select list is prepared.”
The increase in the age limit would help the centre to fill up vacancies in the three all-India services. According to a latest government data there is a sanctioned strength of 6270, 4728 and 3131 IAS, IPS and IFS officers in the nation, to which only 4169 IAS, 3798 IPS and 2,668 IFS officers are presently working.
- The age limit of IAS & IPS services has been increased by two years and is set to be 56 years
- This raise in the age limit would be applicable from this year onwards
- The new rules exceeding the age limit would not be applicable for the selected candidates list of previous years