Reforms are a necessity. They are needed not only as
a remedy against malfunctioning of any process but, also to keep up with the
pace of modern times. The IAS Exam conducted by the Union Public Service
Commission needs more than reforms it needs an Overhaul.
Gone were the days when aspirants would have accepted
their dictated Fate. The UPSC was pressed to disclose the cut off marks of IAS
preliminary exam of 2006. Thanks to the coming into force of Right to
Information act 2005. With coming years the UPSC will be further pressed to
disclose the Prelims marks and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Scaling System.
It will be difficult for the UPSC on either count
because if it declares the cut off marks of prelims than it will also has to
disclose The Correct keys. The UPSC will never do this as it will have to face
Litigations. For students will approach with Books/guides/coaching material
and claim that their version of answer was correct. This will force the UPSC
to disclose Ã¢â‚¬Å“AuthenticÃ¢â‚¬Â books that are considered as standard and the Game
will be over. The system of Negative Marking has been introduced to tackle
Further the UPSC cannot tell about its Scaling Method
which is full of flaws. Scaling was introduced to give advantage to students
of Arts Vs Science. It tries to make Arts into Science and Vive Versa. But,
that is impossible for even a naÃƒÂ¯ve can tell itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not possible. Public
administration can never be Physics; History can never be MathÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s.
Except the Kothari committee and satish Chandra
committee various committees have been constituted to reform the IAS
examination system but they all gave an Objective Analysis. The UPSC Ã¢â‚¬â€œ IAS
exam system needs a Subjective analysis. The exam system needs reform so that
Students competing in it would believe that they were given a fair chance. It
needs reform for students only and no one else.
Following things can be
done to reform UPSC-IAS exam system.-
- are conducted to weed out not so
deserving candidates and lessen the burden on examination agency to conduct
the MAIN (real) exam.
BUT it should be taken on
General Studies only (200 questions of 3 hours duration) negative marking can
also be there. The GS Paper should include
1 History of India
2 World and Indian
3 Indian Polity and
4 General Science.
5 Mental ability
6 Current events of
National. And International Importance.
It will bring PARITY in the examination system and
students competing in it. As optional brings Disparity (How can physics
and Public adm. have parity? sometimes one is easy compared to other). It
will do away with litigations against UPSC through courts and take away
reason to file RTI. The UPSC can publish correct keys without hesitation
and every one will be contended.
It will save Time, Money. Resources of UPSC in printing
two papers i.e. GS and Optional further it will also help in their safe
It will do the purpose for which it is administered
exam can be conducted in August.
is NO rational reason why it is conducted in May. In India the university
exams of almost all Universities are conducted in March-April. If IAS Pre is
conducted in August then students will have a chance to add to their Degrees
or to do it with purpose. More than 10-12 lacks students prepare for IAS/State
services exam simultaneously (all over India of which round about 2 lacks
appear at prelims. If they are given this much time they will at least have
something in their hand even if they do not make it to the IAS. As I have
lived and prepared for it In Delhi I know that so many have only IAS option,
its like IAS or Nothing and believe me f 99% people end up being nothing.
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s stupid to say that
it tests your endurance in May. Believe me the Main exam tests all sorts of
endurances one has.
The no of attempts should
be limited to 3/4/5 for GENERAL/OBC/SC/ST Candidates.
The students who compete and take main
exam are like natural resources only foolish country will want to waste them.
And if they are not through they will change stream instead of becoming 30 yrs
with only tag of having taken Mains Twice/thrice.
The age limits should be 21-28 for
general and OBC candidates and 21-30 for SC/ST candidates.
Stated as above.
B MAIN EXAM
The optional list should be done
away with and main exam should be conducted on following subjects:
1 History of India and Indian Culture
2 Indian Public Administration 300
3 Indian Geography and Indian Social
Problems 300 marks
4 Indian Economy and Elementary
statistics 300 marks
5 India and the World including
IndiaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s relations with outside world and it Foreign policy. 300 marks.
6 Current events of national and
international importance 300 marks.
7 Essay 200 marks.
1. This will maintain Parity in
question papers and in awarding marks. AS there will be no optional, NO
specific group (History/Pub Adm/ psychology/Sociology) will have unnecessary
advantage in a particular year.
2 It will make marking easy and
objective (against subjective)
3 It will ensure Fair Competition.
(Both to a PhD in psychology and BA (hons) graduate
And aspirants who reside in
disadvantageous cities and cant afford either costly education or coaching.)
Further as IAS is a generalist Post
there should be a generalist exam for its selection.
It is Ok as it is.
The government should sense the growing
discontentment amongst aspirants against IAS examination system. It should
bring Parity in the examination system so that every aspirant gets a Fair