(Public Administration Paper I / Chapter: Personnel
(Current Based) Question: The
recruitment to bureaucracy needs to be modernized as per new demands. Comment.
(15 Marks/250 Words)
The government’s proposal to revise the present system of recruitment to the
country’s elite civil services has set the cat among the pigeons. Now, we have
the PMO proposal seeking replacement of the existing mode of recruitment to the
civil service by a system in which after initial recruitment by the UPSC,
allotment of service and secondment to a state will be finalised on the combined
basis of UPSC results and performance in the 100-day Foundation Course at the
Place this in the modern context, wherein a person whose calibre has been so
tested will have many options before her. This is a positive step towards
bringing the services in line with modern management practice. However, it will
require a host of collateral reforms to succeed.
The Foundation Course is designed simply to acquaint the trainees with the
service to which they are assigned and with colleagues from different services.
It leads to life-long bonding, bringing an esprit de corps. But it is not a
testing laboratory, nor can it be in the period assigned for a service of such
The LBSNAA, though ably led and staffed with outstanding faculty, is not
equipped to make the evaluation necessary for so a large a number of recruits in
the short space of a few months. The LBSNAA with its superb facilities would be
the apposite instrument for formulating such a project. However, it would need
to be restructured with training courses redesigned and faculty selected in line
with the new demands. (Total Words- 253)
Valuable inputs from The Indian Express Coulmn: ‘A bureaucracy for our times'
by Wajahat Habibullah
(Linkages: Bureaucracy and Recruitment, Recruitment and Sound Management
Principles, Recruitment and Single Examination)