The expert committee thinking of separate UPSC exams for each services like IAS and IPS
expert committee set up by the government to review the scheme, syllabus and
pattern of UPSC's civil services examination will examine if there is a case for
prescribing different papers for selection to different participating services
like IAS and IPS, and study the option of expediting selection process through
IT solutions including an online examination.
As per terms of reference of the expert panel headed by
former IAS officer B S Baswan, it will suggest suitable changes to both the
Civil Services (Prelims) exam and Civil Services (Mains) exam, including whether
there is a case for having a separate set of papers for IAS, IPS and other
services, considering that a different set of skills are required for each of
these services. The panel will also review the time-frame within which the
examination is conducted and suggest changes to reduce the time taken for
selection of candidates by utilizing information and communication technologies
and revisiting procedures mandated by the examination rules.
"The purpose is to overhaul the entire examination scheme and
suit the selection process to the skills required for each set of services," a
senior officer of the department of personnel and training (DoPT) told TOI. The
panel will evaluate the effectiveness of the current examination scheme in
selecting suitable candidates keeping in mind the need for inclusiveness in the
selection process; fair mix of candidates from different disciplines; skill-sets
required for a modern, effective and efficient civil service; and trainability
of selected candidates, after reviewing recommendations of previous expert
committees in this regard.
The Baswan panel will take a fresh look at the number of
papers in each stage, mix of compulsory and optional subjects, their structure
(objective or conventional) and duration, broad areas to be covered in each
paper, medium of examination, marking scheme, weightage of marks and system of
evaluation "so as to arrive at an examination pattern that is holistic and does
not exhibit any bias for or against candidates from any particular stream,
subject area, language, or region," says the August 12 UPSC notice on
constitution of the panel.
The panel, which will have UPSC additional secretary MP Tangirala as its
member-secretary, will submit its report in six months. It will also suggest the
timeframe for implementation of the revised pattern of examination.
Courtesy: The Times of India