The Centre has denied sharing a report of the Baswan Committee which has suggested changes in the civil services exam pattern. The committee headed by retired IAS officer B S Baswan was constituted in August 2015. The expert committee submitted the report to the government on August 11, 2016. Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) clarified that no further information would be provided as of now.
According to sources, the committee has recommended a reduction in upper age limit of 32 years to appear for UPSC exam. Lakhs of aspirants appear for civil services examination every year. The examination is carried out for positions in Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), among others.
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The committee has also examined the pattern of examination, weightage of marks, marking scheme, evaluation, structure and duration, the number of papers and others. As per the current guidelines, the candidates who are in the age group of 21 - 32 years are eligible to take the exam. No candidate more than 32 years old can apply for the examination.
However, the upper age limit might be extended for the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Other Backward Classes (OBC) and those who had ordinarily been domiciled in Jammu & Kashmir during January 1, 1980, to December 31, 1989.
One could get a clear picture of the entire scenario if the DoPT provides access to the report and recommendations suggested by the Baswan Committee.