NOIDA- NITI Aayog has recommended revising the UPSC civil services exam upper age limit to 27 which is presently 30 years for the candidates who hail from non-reserved category. As per the Aayog suggestions, it should be brought down in a phased manner by 2022-23. In the ‘Strategy for New India @75’ document, the government has also indicated to conduct integrated exam for all civil services.
As per the document, the maximum age limit for civil services should be reduced to 27 years for the candidates from general category. Also, the document recommended that the rationalisation and harmonisation of services should be implemented to reduce the existing 60-plus separate civil services at the central and state level.
“Recruits should be placed in a central talent pool, which would then allocate candidates by matching their competencies and the job description of the post,” it said.
Concurrently, the number of civil service exams should be ideally reduced to one with nationwide ranking. State exams may also be inspired to use this way for smooth recruitments. The document also added this point.
The document also raised a point that the service conditions for employees working for autonomous bodies need to be harmonized and regulated.
It stated that reformation and amendments in civil services are part of an ongoing process and the present government has taken several initiatives to make it better.