Wednesday, 18 May, 2022
TopicCivil service

Topic: Civil service

IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS should have specific civil service entrance exams. At least discuss it

Would it not make sense if the Prelims and compulsory Mains were common to all, but service-specific papers introduced for IAS, IPS, IFS and Revenue Services?

How did Pakistan’s “IAS” deal with lateral entry? Lessons for Modi’s India

Zulfikar Bhutto's lateral entry system demoralised the civil service and was finally discarded under the subsequent regime of General Zia-ul-Haq.

Under Modi govt, civil servants have lost initiative and drive. India is paying the price

In various state govts, the office of district magistrate has been reduced to a glorified post office that receives instructions from various govt departments.

India’s smug civil service officers can learn lot from politicians during Covid: IRS officer

Bureaucrats often take pride in appearing cold, distant and unapproachable. Such traits don’t work in a pandemic.

Why Ashok Gehlot is under fire after appointing Rajasthan’s first Dalit chief secretary

Gehlot appointed Niranjan Kumar Arya, a 1989-batch IAS officer, as chief secretary through a midnight order passed 1 November. Arya will hold the post for 15 months.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

On Camera

YourTurn

PM Modi at the Shilanyaas ceremony for construction of the India International Centre for Buddhist Culture and Heritage at Lumbini Monastic Zone, in Lumbini, Nepal on May 16, 2022 | PIB

First, Rahul Gandhi visited Nepal, then PM Modi. Different reasons, one common factor

While Rahul went to attend a friend’s wedding, Modi was on an official visit. However, there was a common thread between the two.
Vehicles at a petrol pump station in Bengaluru, on 4 March 2021 | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Heatwave sends Indians into air-conditioned cars for relief, petrol sales soar

Petrol sales have gone up 14% during 1-15 May from the corresponding period in April, a considerable amount especially in comparison to other fuels.

Defence

Representational image of Pangong Tso | ThePrint

China building ‘bigger, broader’ 2nd bridge at Pangong Tso that can carry armoured columns

China's People's Liberation Army aims for multiple routes to counter any possible operations by the Indian forces on the southern banks of the Pangong Tso in the future.

How Congress is like the Ambassador & why Indian politics needs a brand new set of wheels

Like the car, nothing the party has done to reinvent itself has worked. Only way forward is to offer something looking towards the future, not in image of glorious past.
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