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Saturday, December 13, 2008

ARC suggests lower age limit for civil services aspirants

The Second Administrative Reforms Commission (ARC) has recommended lowering of the upper age limit and reducing the number of attempts for civil services aspirants with some relaxations for reserved categories.

The Tenth report of the Commission on "Refurbishing of Personnel Administration — Scaling New Heights," released here on Friday, suggested doing away with the present system of evaluation of performance based on annual confidential report (ACR). Instead, it came up with a concept of annual performance agreements to be signed between the Minister concerned and the Secretary or head of the department, providing physical and verifiable details of the work to be done during a financial year. The actual performance should be assessed by a third party.

Addressing a press conference, Commission chairperson M. Veerappa Moily said the panel favoured reducing the upper age limit for writing the civil services examination to between 21 and 25 for general candidates, 28 for the Other Backward Classes (OBC) and 29 for Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates as also those who were physically challenged.

The number of permissible attempts in the civil services examinations should be 3 years, 5 years and 6 years for the general candidates, OBC, and SC/ST and physically challenged aspirants, the panel has suggested.

At present, the upper age limit is 30 years for the general candidates with 4 attempts. But there are relaxations for the OBC and SC/ST aspirants.

More at :

The Hindu

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