(News) Number of Rural candidates are decreasing in civil services - September, 2013

Civil services: Number of rural candidates cracking exam dips

If the profile of recruits being trained at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie, is anything to go by, the purpose of Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT), introduced two years ago to make the civil services examination (CSE) a level playing field, appears to have been defeated.

Students with science background have gained an upper hand and the number of those with a rural background has dropped considerably.

Only 27 per cent of the 269 members of the 2012 batch at LBSNAA have a rural background. Their four-month foundation course began on September 3.

Latest data on the LBSNAA website reveal only 31 per cent of men and 15 per cent of women recruited have a rural background.

In 2009 and 2010 and 2011, the year CSAT was introduced, 63-67 per cent of men recruited by LBSNAA were from a rural background.

Of the 71 women candidates selected in 2012, only 11 (15 per cent) are from rural background. In 2011, 52 of 58 (90 per cent) woman recruits had the background.

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Courtesy : The Indian Express