The Indian government may soon reduce the age criteria for Union Public Service Commission's (UPSC) prestigious Civil Services Examination (CSE) such as IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS, and IRTS etc. According to ET Now the upper age limits might be brought down to 26 Years instead of 32 Years. Proposal of UPSC is for bringing down upper age limit by 6 Years for a period of 5-7 Years to segregate the candidates who are preparing for the examination. Currently, for these examinations the age criteria for the candidates between 21 years and 32 years (for General Category), age limits is vary due to caste based reservation but there will be no changes or reduction in upper age limit for SC/ST candidates from the current 37 years.
Currently upper age limits for all the categories:
- General Category: 32 Years.
- Other Backward Class (OBC) : 35 Years.
- SC/ST Categories: 37 Years.
Last year in August, the panel headed by former education secretary B S Baswan, was appointed by the PM Narendra Modi government to change the overall system of the civil services examination
which was one of the most exclusive and hard-lined extending throughout the nation.
Civil Services Examinations is conducted by UPSC to fill administrative positions in different All-India Services and Central Civil Services including IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS, and IRTS. Every year, more than 1 Lakh students appear for this Civil Services Examination. There are total 6 attempts allowed for general and OBC candidates for IAS Civil Services while there are not any such restrictions for SC/ST candidates.
According to ET Now, the current upper age limits is seen as being too old for the prestigious posts like IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS, and IRTS. However, the sources said that the final decision all about it will be taken by the Government.