Reference and Recommendations for Changes in IAS Mains

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Final IAS Mains 2013 changes and official notification are now available here.

The conditions of reference of the Committee are stated below:

  • To identify the required profile including the skill sets for the Civil Servants to make them deliver good governance in the fast changing domestic and global socio-economic and technological scenario.
  • To study the various selection methods currently in vogue world wide for selection of Civil Servants.
  • To propose appropriate mechanisms and methodologies for selecting candidates with required profile and skill sets mentioned in above suited to Indian context for the next decade.
  • To recommend a system for evaluation of the effectiveness of the selection methodology adopted by the Commission and the periodicity in which corrective action, if any, may be made in the selection methodology; for ensuring that it keeps pace with the changing requirements of the services.
  • To recommend the role of the Commission in the assessment of performance of the candidates recommended by it during and at the end of the mandatory training period and in particular, where such assessments have the effect of altering the initial merit order recommended by the Commission as also where it is proposed to extend or terminate the probation of a direct recruit on the basis of unsuitability for Civil Service.

Any other issue, which the Committee may feel relevant to the process of selection of Civil Servants for the country, or which may be referred to the Committee by the Commission.

For its functioning, the Committee will devise its own procedures and it may set up such study group and take help of such experts as it may consider essential in consultation with the Commission.

The Committee will present the report within 6 months when it is being formed.

Meanwhile suggesting the changes in the pattern of the Civil Services Main Examination, the Committee will look into the earlier reports, especially the Alagh Committee Report and Second ARC Report. The Alagh Committee, which was established by the UPSC in 2001, dealt elaborately with the alterations in the pattern of the Main Examination. The Committee proposed to replace the optional subjects with a set of mandatory papers designed to test a wide and broad horizon of knowledge, skills and attitudes which would be more required to the requirements of entrants to the higher civil services. Each of the perspectives will lay the foundation on which the designated training academies for the civil services will build the essential knowledge-base, skills-set and the well required attitudes required in the high demanding life of civil servants.

Candidates are being judged and awarded a degree for the specific discipline by the universities. This serves as the entry point for them to apply for the civil services. The mandatory papers in the Mains examination will aim towards helping candidates widen their perspective so that they show a degree of readiness for entering a career in the service of the nation. Prospective civil servants cannot have limited understanding of a particular discipline. They should be able to comprehend the factors which are respective to the society to be served and show a level of understanding as may be expected of those desirous of entering the civil services. They should have sensitivity to recent issues and debates and know of some of the attempts of the government and civil society to solve these issues or problems.

The papers must be designed in that way to test the interest and the readiness of the candidates to work for society with some understanding of what they will face. The focus of these papers, therefore should be to include issues pertaining to our society, social structure, political, technological and administrative governance, emerging fields of change-social, economic, political, and modern developments in science and technology as they affect society. More crucially, they should enrich the ideals and values nurtured by the Founders of the Constitution and overall commitment to the most disadvantaged groups of the society.

The students who are preparing with the current scheme of Main Examination should not panic about the alterations in the Main Examination pattern, but about when the changes will be implemented. Changes could be administered from the year 2013 or later. Generally, UPSC has not officially mentioned at any date of implementation of changes yet.

The conditions of reference of the Expert Committee shows that it will be a time consuming procedure. While looking at the earlier changes which are being introduced by the UPSC, were very slow in implementation. The Civil Services aspirants should not panic about the changes and the time of changes, instead they should more focus on preparing for the exam on the basis of present pattern.

Courtesy: Competition Success Review.

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