(BREAKING NEWS) CS aspirants appeared in between 2012-14 need
not be given an additional chance
The UPSC aspirants who took the civil services examination in the last three
years (2012-14) need not be given an additional chance this year, the Centre has
"After analysing all facts, it has been decided that these
candidates do not deserve to be given additional chance to appear in civil
services examination", an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT)
The move comes following a directive by Central
Administrative Tribunal (CAT) to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT)
to examine whether candidates who were eligible to take civil services
examination 2011, or had taken 2012, 2013 or 2014 examination should be given
another chance to take 2015 test with changed pattern.
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the prestigious
examination annually to select IAS, IFS and IPS officers, among others, in three
stages--preliminary (having two papers), main and interview.
It had in 2011 modified the structure of preliminary
examination and substituted the paper on optional subject (Paper II) by
introducing a new paper viz General Studies & Paper II on aptitude test. Since
there was a change in the format, many candidates appearing for civil services
exam 2011 alleged that they did not have adequate time to prepare and opposed
the new pattern.
The government had in August 2014 given an assurance in Parliament regarding
an additional attempt to the 2011 candidates, in year 2015. Following which an
order was issued by the DoPT.
Aggrieved over the decision, an application was filed in the
CAT seeking its direction for the government to allow an additional attempt in
2015 to those candidates who did not appear in 2011 exam but appeared in tests
of subsequent years or for those who had applied for the test in 2011.
The CAT had disposed off the petition with the direction to the DoPT to take
a decision on it within four weeks of receiving copy of the order.
After considering the matter, it has been decided that the
candidates who had taken attempts in civil services examinations in 2012, 2013
and 2014 had got sufficient time to prepare and acclimatise themselves with the
new pattern of General Studies Paper II (aptitude test) introduced in 2011.
Moreover, such candidates got the benefit of relaxation in terms of age and
attempts in 2014, the DoPT said and decided against giving additional chance in
2015 for those candidates.
The government had in 2014 made amendments in the eligibility conditions
which resulted in relaxed age criteria and increased number of attempts.
Source- PTI & India Today