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UPSC to reimburse full airfares of candidates flying to Delhi for civil services interview

The Commission will also help the candidates with their lodging and transport requirements, according to an official statement issued Monday.
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) headquarters in New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

UPSC considers online interviews for candidates to avoid Covid risk

UPSC has asked NIC to explore the possibility of online interviews for candidates for different exams in case the Covid situation persists for long.
Representational image of IAS officers being addressed by PM Narendra Modi | Photo: narendramodi.in

4,057 orders in 4 months: Covid crisis shows how much Indian officials love making rules

Central and state govts have since January issued 4,057 orders on Covid-19 crisis. Experts say the number & impenetrable language are evidence of red-tape.
PM Narendra Modi with 70th batch of IRS officers | Facebook/itaxirs

The ‘dreaded’ IRS is back and so is India’s pushback against it during Covid crisis

IRS officers — the eyes and ears of the government’s economic decision-makers — found themselves under extra scrutiny this week.
The committee’s report stated that IIS officers should be posted to Prasar Bharati for a specific period | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

I&B panel wants information service revamp — with double cadre strength, new media wings

10-member Cadre Review and Restructuring Committee will soon submit a report detailing the recommendations to the government.
Kannan Gopinathan | File photo | Facebook

If India is in crisis, it is because good guys like ex-IAS Kannan Gopinathan rather quit

To arrest India’s decline, it is important that the government attract, retain and empower the good guys. Kannan’s leaving is a loss to the government.
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) building, New Delhi | Manisha Mondal/The Print

There’s a drop in Muslims clearing UPSC exam this year, but it’s not all bad news

Muslim candidates who have cleared the civil service exam this year say coaching is now more accessible, and credit UPSC for being a ‘fair’ institution.
Why the IAS cannot be abolished

There is no way India can abolish the IAS

There is a feeling that all the problems of India would disappear simply if the IAS is abolished, writes former UPSC chairman Deepak Gupta.
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Older IAS entrants tend to have lower performance levels, says a global study

Research by scholars from University of Chicago, UC Berkeley and London School of Economics backs Niti Aayog suggestions for civil services.
PM Narenda Modi | Photo: @MannKiBaat_PMO | Twitter

Midnight orders and hurried transfers: Where Modi govt is going wrong with IAS officers

Enormous delays in postings, shifting of top IAS officers and short tenures — a lot is amiss in Modi government.

On Camera

Amitabh Bachchan with a loss of over 4 lakh followers was one of the biggest losers | Facebook/@AmitabhBachchan

Hey Alexa, will Amitabh Bachchan be Uncle Anushashan or Silsila’s romantic rebel?

It will be a treat to have the most powerful man in Bollywood do your household chores. As long as Amitabh Bachchan doesn’t make Alexa spout superstitious mumbo-jumbos.
A car production facility (representational image) | Photographer: Simon Dawson | Bloomberg

After Toyota’s tax crib, govt says GST is fair, auto makers must cut royalty to parent firms

In an interview to Bloomberg this week, a top official of Toyota’s local unit said taxes in India were too high, making car purchases expensive for buyers and impacting business.

Defence

Army chief M M Naravane assesses situation along LoC in North Kashmir

The Army chief, who is on a 2-day J&K visit, also discussed issues concerning the present security situation in the Union Territory with Lt Governor Manoj Sinha.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Why India’s triple crisis needs Modi to de-escalate & disengage from divisive politics at home

Covid, China and economy are intense, intertwined crises that need political space and confidence. Responsibility to create them doesn’t lie with opposition.