Civil services aspirants can now take a sigh of relief. The Central Government on 10 February has announced 2 additional attempts permitted to the candidates of all the categories aspiring to make it in the prestigious competitive civil services examination, which is conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The 2 additional attempts will take effect from Civil Services 2014 Examinations.
After the notification issued by Department of Personnel and Training, announcing the centre’s approval for 2 more attempts, the Civil Service Aspirants of a General category will now be able to appear for the Civil Services Examination 6 times in total, while OBC aspirants would be able to attempt the exam 9 times in total while earlier there were only 4 attempts for the General Category and 7 attempts for the Other Backwards Classes (OBC) category.
Ministry of Personnel Notice
The Central Government has approved “two additional attempts to all categories of candidates w.e.f. Civil Services Examination 2014, with consequential age
relaxation of maximum age for all categories of candidates, if required.”
As per the eligibility mentioned in the notification, a candidate who has attained the age of 21 years but not attained 30 years is eligible to apply for the civil services examination. However, the upper age limit criteria remains same and only attempts have been increased, adhering to the upper age limit prescribed for the candidate’s category.
The ST/SC was already having no cap on the number of attempting limits. However, the upper age limit to appear in the examination is relaxed for the ST/SC categories to up to a maximum of five year and for OBC aspirants the relaxation is up to a maximum of three years. The upper age relaxation is also set for Physically Handicapped candidates, for up to a maximum of 10 years.
The centre’s decision of allowing 2 more examination attempts for all categories came after knowing about the grievances of aspirants who were moved by the "sudden" changes made in the Civil Services examination by the UPSC, in both exam syllabus as well as paper pattern for the Civil Services Mains exam 2013. Unpleasant with the change, the aspirants demanded for more time to be able to adapt themselves to the new modifications in Syllabus and other changes, effected in the civil services examination pattern from March 2013 examination.
The notification issued by UPSC on March 5, 2013 doubled the number of papers for General Studies in IAS Main (Written) Exam and significantly increasing its weightage vis-a-vis optional subjects, months ahead of the Mains 2013 exam.
The Civil Service Examinations is conducted by the UPSC to select Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Foreign Service (IFS) among others. The examination is held in three stages - preliminary, mains and interview to select the eligible candidate for this job of high repute.