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After UPSC exam, IAS, IPS, IFS and other recruits could have to take one more online test

According to DoPT, all civil service recruits will be given pre-training material online, and they will be tested on it right before their Foundation Course.

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New Delhi: Trainee officers of the IAS, IPS, IRS and other such services may have to undergo one more test immediately after they are recruited through the UPSC, ThePrint has learnt.

According to senior officials in the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), before the training of officers begins with the Common Foundation Course, all civil services recruits will be given pre-training material online, and they will be tested on it right before their Foundation Course begins.

This will allow us to reorient the Foundation Course to have more focus on case studies, field and skill-based training,” a senior official said. “Most of the theoretical components of the FC will be completed before it begins.”

The recruits will be given access to “high-order training inputs” through the government’s online training platform iGoT.

“We assume that once these recruits have gone through the rigour of the UPSC, we can straight away expose them to high order training through iGoT, and ensure that once they come to the academy for the Foundation Course, their focus is on application-based training.”

Officials also said that recruits will be evaluated for the standardised test, and their performance will determine their intra-service seniority through their careers.

Another evaluation level to recruitment

While civil servants are assigned their services and cadre on the basis of their UPSC ranks, these ranks are not final in nature. Over the course of their two-year training post-recruitment, officers are evaluated several times in their Foundation Course and Professional Course, among others. 

After these two years, their rank is finalised, and their intra-service seniority may change on the basis of these evaluations.

Now, the government is adding another level of evaluation to this process.

Last year, the Modi government made the Foundation Course mandatory for all civil servants.

While earlier the Foundation Course was mandatory for only seven civil services, in its bid to make the civil services more cohesive and less hierarchical, the government launched a Common Foundation Course last year.

Like the Common Foundation Course, the pre-training test will also be made compulsory for all the 20+ civil services in the country. 

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  1. The only and best solution is to independent the Administrative services and strictly not to entertain politicians interference. Likewise judiciary also independent.

    • These are bureaucract who helps and guides politicians regarding sowing seeds of corruption in system,in last 65 years these IAS are responsible of underdevelopment of many parts of indian states, hence Modi government decision is right and in favour of Nation.

    • Hi.. sir..can you tell me how can I prepare IAS… background Telugu medium…and I m single parent… I m doing job..plz..

  2. Can we have similar kind of exams and scores to be politicians, ministers and members of the governing bodies?

    • Many more highly qualified individuals in India created huge scams most of them passed such exams , while layman graduate had have not knowledge of highly sophisticated instruments of corruption.2nd one is passing any UPSC like exams doesn’t results and proved in majority as sincere ,honest,humentrian and nationalist individuals.

  3. सिविल सेवको को फाउंडेशन कोर्स ओर ट्रेनिंग टेस्ट में प्रदर्शन के आधार पर काडर देना चाहियें जिससे वो इन्हें गम्भीरता से ले

  4. Test also should be online otherwise possibility of partiality nepotism as well as political interference.

  5. जब नेताओं के कहे अनुसार ही चलना है तो इतना ट्रेनिंग की क्या जरुरत है। do something to make the bureaucracy more independent…otherwise all these training would have no meaning.

  6. The very right step… Once you can dodge, not twice…. In UGC-NET and NEET and IIT and all job-fetching exams, I am of the view that first it should be Descriptive to ward off the deceptives, and then, Objective of very high difficulty-level to decide the order-of-merit. Then Dodgers like CM Mr. $%$$# and VC Dr. #$@###% will fail in their schemes…. ONCE YOU CAN DODGE BUT NOT TWICE !

  7. More than any tests, it is better to put a clause that anyone who aspires to be civil servant should compulsorily put minimum three years of service in defence service. Most of the bureaucracy are not understanding the responsibility that is bestowed upon them and no regards to nation or it’s well-being.

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