Reforms in UPSC – Major Committees & Baswan Committee Recommendations (Part- 1) (Download PDF)

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Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) constituted the Baswan Committee, led by Shri B. S. Baswan to examine varied issues related to the UPSC CSE. Kautilya’s Arthashastra. Lord Cornwallis is known as the Father of Civil Services in India. Major Committees & Their Recommendations.

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Baswan Committee Recommendations & 5 Major UPSC Reforms (In - English)

Recommendations are made by committees time and again but students should have a razor sharp focus on preparation.

Kothari Committee (1976)

  • Objective test to qualify for mains
  • Written and interview test
  • Post training test on completion of foundation course
  • Attempt in any language mentioned under constitution
  • With 3 attempts and 2 years age relaxation
  • Based on 1st ARC

Satish Chandra Committee (1989)

  • Essay paper was introduced

Y. K. Alagh Committee (2001)

  • Continue optional for Prelims but recast GS comprising analytical ability questions
  • Optionals to be replaced by 3 set of compulsory papers in Mains
  • It favoured testing the candidates in a common subject rather than on optional subjects.
  • Majority candidates opting subject based on scorability rather than specialization

Bhatnagar Committee

  • Preliminary examination with two objective type papers - Civil Services Aptitude Test (300 marks) and General Studies (300 marks).
  • CSAT in prelims started since 2011

Bhattacharya Committee (2003)

  • Civil services pension reforms

Hota Commission (2004)

  • Recommended the use of ICT to spread awareness about government policies and programs.
  • It advocated the use of eGovernance, code of ethics, public evaluation of services etc. to increase the efficiency of administration.
  • Age – 21 to 24 years with relaxation to ST/SC

SK Khanna Committee

  • Preliminary stage reforms – Recommended CSAT format
  • Reforms under 2nd ARC

Nigavekar Committee (2011)

  • Mains stage reforms
  • Reforms under 2nd ARC
  • Eligibility – 50% & more marks
  • Prelims score should have 2 year validity
  • 3 day interview
  • Alternative career opportunities to those who fail
  • Change exam system every 5 years
  • 5 attempts irrespective of category
  • Conduct CSAT online
  • Combine prelims and mains
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Baswan Committee Recommendations & 5 Major UPSC Reforms (In - Hindi)

Recommendations are made by committees time and again but students should have a razor sharp focus on preparation.

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