(News) Baswan Committee has recommended the UPSC to reduce
the upper age limit of 32 years for Civil Services Exam
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has referred the
report of Baswan committee, that has suggested changes in civil services exam
pattern, to the government for final decision.
The UPSC had constituted the expert committee under the
chairmanship of former human resource development secretary and retired IAS
officer B.S. Baswan in August last year.
The panel had submitted its report to the UPSC last month in
a sealed cover and it has been sent to the Department of Personnel and Training
(DoPT) for a final decision on the committee’s recommendations, official sources
said on Tuesday.
The committee is understood to have recommended reduction in
upper age limit of 32 years to appear in the civil services exam, they said.
Lakhs of aspirants appear in the examination conducted
annually by UPSC in three stages—preliminary, main and interview—to select
officers for Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS)
and Indian Police Service (IPS), among others.
A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must
not have attained the age of 32 years on the 1st of August, 2016, as per the
latest notification for the examination.
The upper age limit is further extendable for candidates
belonging to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, Other Backward Classes, and those
who had ordinarily been domiciled in Jammu and Kashmir during the period from 1
January 1980 to 31 December 1989.