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Various expert committees have been constituted to examine


issues such as eligibility, syllabus, scheme and exam pattern. Yet,
many issues continue to be reported in the media. What do you
think has gone wrong?
Many of the expert committees' reports have not been made public. This has
resulted in speculation doing the rounds in social media. There are baseless
reports such as optional subjects being abolished after the 2018
examination. This makes rural students worried. There is also speculation
that the age limit and the number of attempts in the civil services
examination (CSE) may be reduced to 26 years and three attempts
respectively. All these are anxiety-driven rumours and students should
concentrate on their preparation based on the current scheme. Indian
universities are keen to retain optional subjects. Otherwise, social sciences
might lose their popularity among students.

Is the mushrooming of coaching centres affecting the functioning


of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)?
The number of CS aspirants has grown manifold compared to the number of
vacancies. Further, there is a huge gap between the syllabi of the
graduate/post-graduate courses at the university level and the syllabus of
the civil services exam. Preparation requires a different type of orientation
compared to university examinations. These factors have made coaching
institutions popular. Obviously, this has led to increased levels of
preparation among those who attend coaching classes and consequently,
increased levels of competition among candidates. For example, the cut-off
marks in the preliminary and the main examination have been steadily
rising. A gifted candidate with native intelligence may not pass, whereas an
above average candidate with access to coaching may. However, candidates
have the legal right to get coaching. The government must start more
coaching institutes and provide free coaching to deserving candidates.

What are the challenges faced by persons with disabilities during

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The UPSC and the DoPT must clarify this and they must be very transparent
in indicating the services to which the persons with disability are eligible
and the number of vacancies available.

For example, two Prime Ministers, Manmohan Singh and Narendra Modi,
had to intervene in order to ensure that these candidates received justice at
the hands of the DoPT. Generally, their allotments come very late, after the
training begins. Getting access to the right kind of material and scribes is
also difficult.


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