Lucknow: The Central government is still undecided over lowering of upper age limit for the premier Civil Service examination conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and it is highly unlikely that recommendations of Baswan Committee in this regard are accepted at one go .
The age limit may be reduced but in a phased manner so that the aspirants preparing for the elite IAS, IFS, IPS and other services are not put to any road block. “The report of Baswan Committee is under consideration but as far as upper age limit issue is concerned, there is no decision has been reached as yet,” a senior official of Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) told newstrack.com.
The Baswan committee headed by a retired IAS officer BS Baswan was constituted in August, 2015 to study and suggest changes in the Civil Service exam pattern, mode and quality. The whole gamut of mandate included the issues related to age limit, giving level playing field to all aspirants and number of officers. The Committee had submitted its report in August, 2016 but suddenly came into the news after an RTI query, the Central government said the recommendations were under considerations.
The highly placed sources, however, revealed to newstrack.com that government did not propose to go for suggested changes in a hurry. According to reports, the committee had recommended reduction in upper age limit for general candidates from existing 32 to 28. Subsequent changes have been suggested for lowering the age for OBC and SC, ST which stood at 35 years and 37 years respectively.
The Government sources said that it was not binding on the government to accept all the recommendations as was the case with Nigvekar Committee report in 2011. May be some of the recommendations are accepted but that too after due consideration, according to them.
Moreover, sources pointed out that 2018 Civil Services aspirants are already preparing for the exam and any change at this stage will be looked upon from this point of view. There is nothing concrete at of today with regards to any logistics with regards to reduction in age limit or other changes.