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Application for IAS exam must be treated as an attempt in itself, UPSC tells govt

File image of UPSC aspirants leaving an examination centre after their exam in New Delhi | PTI

UPSC says 10 lakh candidates apply on average but only half appear for the exam & this stretches commission’s resources.

New Delhi: If a civil services aspirant applies to take the exam to become a civil servant but does not eventually appear for the test, it should be treated as one of the handful of attempts candidates are allowed, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has proposed to the Modi government.

Such a rule, the commission believes, will ease the strain on it as an average 10 lakh candidates apply every year but only about half of them actually appear for the exam, a top source in the government told ThePrint.

“The UPSC prepares for all the applications that are received in terms of the number of papers printed and centres roped in, among others. But a large number of people don’t show up,” the source who is familiar with the proposal said.

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At present, general category candidates are allowed six attempts while those from the OBC category are allowed nine.

The attempts, however, are counted only when a candidate appears for the preliminary examination.

While the government is yet to respond to the UPSC proposal, it will only impact non-serious candidates if implemented, the source said.

DoPT secretary C. Chandramouli neither denied nor confirmed the proposal 

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