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File image of PM Narendra Modi with IAS probationary officers at the Statue of Unity | Photo: ANI

UPSC allows application withdrawal, but it is unlikely to deter ‘casual’ IAS, IPS aspirants

The UPSC has allowed civil service aspirants to withdraw their applications between 12 and 18 March if they do not wish to appear for the exam to be held in May.
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) headquarters in New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

UPSC to recruit 100 fewer civil servants than last year despite shortage

UPSC has notified 796 posts for the civil services exam this year, continuing the downward trend in recruitments that has been observed since 2015.
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) headquarters in New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Modi govt’s plan to open up UPSC scores for pvt sector big hit among aspirants

In two years, the number of high-scoring UPSC aspirants who opted for pvt sector jobs has risen 1,650%, from 800 in 2017 to 14,000 in 2019.

Bihar’s Shahid Raza Khan credits his UPSC success to the time he spent at madrasa

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.
RFID

What does an IAS officer bring to the table that regular mortals can’t?

We now have a system where a potato expert is looking after defence, a veterinary doctor is supervising engineers, and a history graduate is dictating the health policy.
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Building in New Delhi | Yasbant Negi/The India Today Group/Getty Images

Civil service recruitment needs real reforms, not ad hoc approach

By turning the foundation course into an obstacle course, we will really convert the ‘Happy Valley’ into a ‘Paradise Lost’.
Illustration by Siddhant Gupta

Modi govt’s proposal to change how service & cadre are allocated to civil servants – a good idea?

Experts weigh in on the PMO's proposal that services and cadres should be allocated after civil services entrants complete their three-month foundation course.
M.K. Stalin, working president of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam political party

Barbs follow NDA govt proposal to change allocation criterion for civil services

DMK working president M.K. Stalin Sunday demanded the immediate withdrawal of the proposal, calling it a move aimed at nullifying reservation for Dalits and backward classes.
PM Modi meets IFS probationers | YouTube

Modi govt wants to change how civil service entrants are allocated IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS

The PMO has proposed allocating the cadre and service to probationers only after they complete three-month foundation course. Govt says just a suggestion, no final decision taken.

On Camera

A house marked in Delhi during coronavirus pandemic | Twitter

Marking Covid-19 patients should not leave a social mark in India

The act of marking carries historical baggage. If India wants to mark those infected with coronavirus, it must think of sensible ways that don’t outlive the crisis.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Ramayan on DD: Best way to keep India’s elderly indoors or show the young TV beyond Netflix?

Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan, which was a rage in the late 1980s, has made a comeback at a time when the 21-day lockdown has forced people indoors.

Defence

Indian Army (representational image) | Photo: PTI

Soldiers failing to disclose Covid-19 information will invite action under Army Act

Army advisory says not disclosing Covid-19 symptoms, travel details or contact with suspected patient will be treated as 'willful concealment' & breach of discipline.

Modi’s India isn’t Mao’s China. Silly forecasts assume we’ll let corona kill millions of us

There are many scary scenarios about how badly we Indians may be affected or how many killed by Covid-19. But they presume we will do nothing to influence our fates.