A new change is going to be implemented shortly in the upcoming examinations of Civil Services. An expert committee has been set up to discuss over the reduction in the upper-age limit of candidates aspiring to get into civil services. The panel was headed by the former education secretary BS Baswan. The panel has submitted the report to UPSC that conducts the civil services examination. “The report will first be examined by the commission. A decision will be taken by the government in consultation with the UPSC that will give its views on the report,” said a senior government official.

The civil services examination is conducted in three stages, namely; preliminary, main, and interview. The examination is conducted every year to recruit officers to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS). In the year 2016, Tina Dabi topped the exam by scoring 49.5%.

The upper age is relaxed by 5 years for SC and ST candidates whereas for other backward classes, a three-year relaxation is provided. Disabled candidates get an additional 10-year cut. The panel has made a recommendation that the age should be reduced in a phased manner spread over several years and not in one go.