The UPSC committee, set up to review the Civil Services examination, will soon be asking the government to lower the upper age limit for candidates planning to appear in the esteemed examination.
- Amidst a string of protests in 2015 opposing a civil service aptitude test introduced in the preliminary exam by the previous government, the Narendra Modi government had promised to assess the esteemed examination
- "We feel that the entry age is on the higher side. At the same time, we realise that candidates should not be put to any unforeseen hardship. Therefore, we would prepare a road map which will give all candidates sufficient time to adapt to the new system," Baswan told HT
- The upper age limit for aspirants from general categories has increased from 24 years during the 1960s to 32 years for 2014
- The proportion of successful candidates who were over 30 years in 2012 and 2013 was in the range of 6 to 11 percent
- It is a common belief that the candidates over 30 years who successfully cleared the civil services examination, found it difficult to adapt and internalise the core values demanded of the civil services
- The government officials and training schools entrusted with the charge of helping students successfully clear the civil services examination have been pushing for lowering of the entry age
- Meanwhile in Andhra Pradesh, during a felicitation ceremony in the state for UPSC rankers, Municipal Commissioner G. Veerapandian said that aspirants should start preparing for Civil Services right from college level for better foundation