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
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
Courtesy : The Indian Express