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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...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with IAS officers participating in a training programme in New Delhi | pmindia.gov.in

Niti Aayog pushes Modi govt’s ‘domain experts’ idea for civil services

Niti Aayog recommends civil services recruits be placed in a 'central talent pool' before being allocated positions on the basis of their talent.
PM Modi interacting with IAS probationers in 2015 | pmindia.gov.in

Central govt is bearing the brunt of severe shortage of IAS officers

The Centre, which relies on states for IAS officers, has only 34 per cent of the officers it should ideally have.  
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

India faces severe shortage of IAS officers despite Modi govt’s recruitment spree

The Modi government has drastically increased intake through UPSC exams but 22% IAS posts still lying vacant.
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Joining the Indian Army won’t make you a bad Muslim

Indian Army is one of the most secular institutions in the country and Muslims must sign up.
File image of the North Block, Central Secretariat, New Delhi

IAS has now become a customer service, pleasing politicians and businessmen

The new motto for the IAS seems to be: 'Customer, not the Constitution, is Supreme.'
UPSC IAS Officers (representational image) | Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

IAS officers counter association president’s stand, say being ‘generalist’ is the strength

IAS community’s reaction comes amid a growing debate over Modi govt’s move to allow lateral entry at joint-secretary level.
PM Modi interacting with IAS probationers in 2015 | pmindia.gov.in

Want to make central deputation for IAS officers compulsory: IAS Association president

Move is aimed at addressing the issue of falling number of IAS officers in central government departments.
Students in a classroom | Bloomberg

What happened to students who topped CBSE ten years ago?

Being a topper helps for a while. But it also comes with added pressure to stay on top.
UPSC IAS Officers (representational image) | Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Weak demand makes expertise an orphan child

For many in the opposition, any decision to depart from the status quo is tantamount to the skies falling down.

On Camera

ram madhav

Why does the Right-wing want to ‘occupy’ Delhi’s liberal hotspot Khan Market?

BJP's Ram Madhav took party workers to Khan Market to celebrate the Lok Sabha victory to assert the "new political ideology and culture".

Defence

An AN-32 aircraft of the Indian Air Force

IAF workhorse AN-32 gets a fuel that’s green and creates jobs for tribals

The IAF will now run its AN-32 transport aircraft on a blended bio-fuel partly derived from trees. It plans to widen the experiment over the next two years.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi era begins in politics as caste factor fades. Here’s why he won’t be easy to beat

BJP's Mandir politics has subsumed Mandal under Modi-Shah and created a pan-Hindu vote. Modi's challenger has to invent a new politics.