Baswan Committee : Likely Changes in UPSC, Civil Services Examination

Baswan Committee : Likely Changes in IAS, Civil Services Examination 2019

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) had constituted an expert committee in August 2015 under the Chairmanship of B.S. Baswan to review the scheme of civil service examination. The committee had submitted its report to UPSC on 9th August 2016. The Baswan Committee’s report along with UPSC’s recommendations on it has been forwarded to department of personnel and training (DoPT) on 20th March 2017 for final consideration and further implementation.

Baswan Committee : (Chairman) B.S. Baswan (Former human resource development secretary and retired IAS officer)

Members- R.K. Barik (Professor, IIPA), Akber Ali (research Officer, IIPA), and Pankaj Kumar Singh (Research Officer, IIPA).

Baswan Committee recommendation of :

  • (A) Reduction of upper age limit form 32 years (General Candidates)
  • (B) Removal of optional paper in the UPSC mains examination to provide a level playing field to all aspirants.


(1) Aspirants have to wait for the UPSC notification or press release from the DoPT.
(2) UPSC as a historical policy gives sufficient time to prepare before coming up with any major changes in exam pattern or structure.
(3) Those who are already in the process (i.e. already appeared ) will be exempted. Simply mean if at all it would be only applicable for IAS freshers.

Committees Constituted by UPSC regarding revision of CSE structure : Chronology

1. D. S. Kothari Committee (1976)
2. Satish Chandra Committee (1980)
3. Y.K. Alagh Committee (2001)
4. S.K. Khanna Committee (2010) (recommended introduction of CSAT)
5. Nigavekar Committee (2011)
6. Purushottam Agarwal Committee (2013-14)
7. Baswan Committee (2015)