Two Additional Attempts for Civil Services Exam
In more good news for civil services aspirants, the central government has granted two additional attempts to ALL categories of candidates w.e.f from Civil Services Examination, 2014. Here’s the notice in full:
Discussion is on that the largesse has been granted owing to meeting between civil services aspirants and Rahul Gandhi after camping outside his home throughout the night. Whatever be the history, the fact is this will be a huge relief for aspirants who are nearing their age/attempt limit and have not got used to the changes in Mains syllabus.
The notice clearly implies that:
- The attempt and age relaxation of 2 years is valid from Civil Services Exam 2014 and NOT earlier.
- This is most likely NOT a permanent change rather only a stop gap arrangement to enable aspirants nearing their age and attempt limit to have a crack the IAS exam which they otherwise couldn’t due to the changes in Mains syllabus.
- More clarification is likely by UPSC in the coming days as to who are eligible for this relaxation and till when. Expect some cut-off dates as well.
Early analysis implies that this will benefit those candidates who are on the threshold of their attempt/age limit. For different categories this is: General 4 attempt /30 yrs, OBC 7 attempts / 33 yrs, SC/ST 15 attempts / 35 yrs.
The age factor is crucial here. So, for example even though 2014 might be your first attempt at CSE but you are turning 30 years in 2014, you will still get 2 additional attempts till 32 years of age.
But if your age is, say, 26 years and this is your first attempt, you will most likely not get any benefit from this relaxation. But if this is your last attempt at 26 or 27 years, you should still get 2 additional attempts. Further clarification by UPSC in the coming days will help clear your doubts.
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Anyhow, this is a very welcome development since many aspirants have still managed to adapt to the changes in the Mains pattern and syllabus and 2 additional attempts should help them take a fresh crack the IAS exam.
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