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RAW needs to become more like CIA, and move away from IAS & IPS

RAW should open its recruitment avenues and engage individuals from different backgrounds with diverse skills and education.
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Upper-caste poor will get 10% UPSC seats but age relaxation & more attempts unlikely

Since this year's civil services exam marks the maiden run of the quota for upper-caste poor, the application process has been marked by confusion.

Dreaded conduct rules haunt civil servants as Modi govt cracks down on ‘misdemeanours’

Senior officials say the rules for the conduct of civil servants are ambiguous, which then leads to 'misuse'. Govt insists there's no increase in such cases.
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) building, New Delhi | Manisha Mondal/The Print

Good news for IAS aspirants — UPSC looks to fill 180 vacancies, incorporates EWS quota

Overall, the UPSC has announced it’s looking to fill 896 civil service vacancies, the first time since 2014 that the number has gone up.
The Union Public Service Commission premises in New Delhi

From 2020, the same UPSC exam could get you into IAS as well as BSF

UPSC is working on a proposal to cut down the number of preliminary exams it conducts, with the civil services test for IAS likely to be expanded.
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Shah Faesal quits IAS: Right for officers to join politics early or wait till retirement?

After nine years in civil services, Kashmiri IAS officer Shah Faesal quit to join politics. In a social media post, Faesal said he took the decision “to protest the unabated killings in Kashmir and absence of any credible political initiative.” ThePrint asks: Shah Faesal quits IAS: Right for officers to join politics early or wait till retirement? Shah Faesal’s statement shows an ugly reality where bureaucrats feel silenced Padamvir Singh Retd IAS officer Shah Faesal’s resignation tells us some very grave truths about the system. One of them is about the status quo in Kashmir and the sense of insecurity felt by the Muslim population in the rest of the country as well. Shah is a young, promising, articulate individual, and made for an excellent IAS officer. The kind of potential and calibre he brings to the table is immense and the system only stands to benefit from it. His words come from a...
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An ex-IAS officer on how politicians (mis)use civil servants—and the way out

The damage political crossfire does to governance is phenomenal, especially if honest IAS officers are implicated.
Ankur Garg

This IAS officer scored 171 out of 170 at Harvard. Now, he plans to solve India’s problems

Ankur Garg, a civil service entrance topper, is studying International Development at Harvard, and achieved 171/170 in macroeconomics.
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In IAS exam age limit debate, focus should be on delaying retirement for Dalits, OBCs

The service tenure of all officers should be the same.
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NITI Aayog says cap IAS entry age at 27: Keeping services youthful or limiting talent pool?

NITI Aayog has recommended that the upper age limit for entry into the civil services should be lowered to 27-years of age for general category candidates. The government think tank also proposed an integrated exam for all civil services. ThePrint asks: NITI Aayog says cap IAS entry age at 27: Keeping services youthful or limiting talent pool? Mentorship and training much more effective with younger IAS officers Anil Swarup Former secretary, government of India I am convinced that budding IAS officers should be recruited at a younger age. The problem with older people entering the service is that it is extremely difficult to change their attitude and behaviour. Their attitudes have already been hardened and become almost like a hard-boiled egg — near impossible to change. The chances of their attitudes changing and being moulded according to the requirements of the services are much more when they are younger. Mentorship and training are much more effective when those...

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Industrialisation only hope to eliminate poverty in Africa

African development is key to a stable world. For if it remains underdeveloped, Africa, with its exploding impoverished population, will fall prey to climate disasters and wars.

Sri Lanka terror attack: Did the world let its guard down on ISIS?

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the serial suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, which have killed more than 300 people till last count.

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Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
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Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.