An EXPERT COMMITTEE was formed by UPSC to bring changes in the Civil Service Examination. There are few issues related to civil service examination and this Expert Committee gave some thoughts which are known as Baswan Committee Report for Age rules in Civil Service Exam.
Let us discuss Baswan Committee Report for Age rules in Civil Service Exam.
Baswan Committee Report for Age rules in Civil Service Exam
The successful candidate in civil service, no doubt, deserves appreciation, but have we ever given a thought about the talented and educated Indians who could not make it in final list. They exhaust their age limit in writing Central Civil Service, then move towards State Civil Service exams and many exhaust their age limit here also. These numbers are not in hundreds or thousands but in LAKHS.
It is assumed that a person is very productive during his 25-40 yrs of age. He/she have lot of energy within the age that, they could help to bring out the best in development of economy. But when maximum educated Indians are busy in writing UPSC (especially Civil Service), State Civil Service, SSC and other group ‘A’ or group ‘B’ officer rank exams, within this age group, they are reducing their productive age by reading the contents of syllabus of exams. If their energies are used in right direction, our country could do wonders.
Moreover, even after clearing a Government job, he/she keeps trying to get into any other higher government job especially Civil Services. Selected candidate in Civil Services keeps writing exams to improve their rank to get selected as IAS/IPS/IFoS. So when he/she should concentrate on the job and utilize energies and powers to bring new ideas and innovation, to bring change in society through their departmental work, they keep writing exams till they don’t cross the age limit (32-35 years). The same way a rural government school teacher also keeps preparing for higher exams and do not do justice in teaching rural students of his class. This delays our development process as a nation.
Baswan Committee Report says that we should understand that in any developed country every individual is equally respected for whatever field they opt for. The mindset in Indian society to reach at highest hierarchical rank is not only associated with the individual’s right of making choices but pressure from family members and society. So even he/she wants to excel in the field they opted for, they have to struggle to climb the hierarchical ladder with the societal pressure. Their struggle to climb hierarchical ladder through preparation of examination consumes lot of their productive age. They could have used this lost age in giving better things to society. This may change their expertise steams to another.
America, Europe, Japan are not developed just because of the bureaucrats. They are developed because every individual from scientists, software professionals, laborers, bankers, doctors, professors to musicians and whose not, have contributed equally in nation-building.
Baswan Committee Report says that we must not follow the colonial or conventional pattern but should think out of the box. This Expert Committee has that magic stick to bring a change in the mindset of Indian society.
Baswan Committee Report’s suggestion may not be a perfect one but a way to a small solution on system of examination of government job.
- There are less than 100 group ‘A’/ class ‘I’ officer posts in India including 20-22 post available in Civil Service exam. So any candidate who qualifies in group ‘A’/class ‘I’ should not be allowed to write subsequent exam of other group ‘A’/class ‘I’ posts exams. If he/she wishes to write subsequent exam to improve his/her rank, they must resign from the previous post in which they qualified. Such rules are followed in Central Armed Police Force, Assistant Commandant Exams (CAPF,A.C ) It will have following advantage::
a. The qualified candidate will focus on the WORK rather thinking of writing exams till their age limits of 35-40 yrs.
b. Only fresh candidate will be added every year.
c. Avoid any vacant seats in the exams.
d. It gives pshyclogically equal status to every official posts available in India.
e. The number of unemployment will reduce fractionally.
- The All India Service posts such as IAS, IPS , IFoS can be recruited through departmental exam conducted in Central and State Government departments who holds post of group ‘A’ or group ‘B’. The departmental exam must give 50% weightage to the performance of the candidate apart from the score. We could find similar pattern followed by IIT-JEE (Indian Institute of Technology) examination which considers the scores obtained in class 11 and 12. This helps students to focus on the school curriculum. This will inculcate a positive vibe of doing work in the department. Hence Underperforming officials can be avoided.
- The syllabus of the exam should be concise. Vast syllabus does not let candidates to work and prepare for the exam simultaneously. They quit/resign from their present job to prepare for the government exams. Many do not even get the government job and lose their productive age.
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