An expert panel set up by the Government of India is contemplating the case of having separate papers for different Civil Services, including IAS and IPS, and also mulling improvisation of selection procedure with the use of IT solutions.As per various media reports, the expert committee headed by former IAS officer BS Baswan has been set up to recommend appropriate changes to entire selection process, including Preliminary Exam and Main Exam, given the fact that a different set of skills is required for different participating services.
“The purpose is to overhaul the entire examination scheme and suit the selection process to the skills required for each set of services,” a media house quoted a Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) official as saying.
The panel, having UPSC additional secretary MP Tangirala as Member-Secretary, is supposed examine possibilities of reducing the time taken in selection process, consider utilization of information and communication technologies, revisit the current examination guidelines and suggest improvements.
The Baswan committee will take six months to submit its report and also suggest the timeframe for implementation of the revised exam pattern for UPSC Civil Services.
UPSC conducts Preliminary Exam for UPSC Civil Services every year to fill in nearly 1,200 vacancies in Civil Services including Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Central Services (Group A and Group B).
TheCivil Services Exam of UPSC is followed by three levels – Preliminary, Mains and Interview. While the Prelims is just a screening test, Mains is of evaluative nature and those who qualify this level of the selection process are called in for the personality development test and interview round, after which the qualifying candidates will be appointed as Civil Servants.
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