Sunday, 2 October, 2022
TopicIndian Civil Services

Topic: Indian Civil Services

‘What Next’ for UPSC-negatives? Indians with wasted youth don’t want to return empty-handed

While the passionate preparatory struggle of India's UPSC aspirants is widely acknowledged, their years after the negative result is spent in quiet solitude, loss of esteem, even shame.

180 in 2013, 180 now — Modi govt’s IAS intake remains constant despite crunch

Latest UPSC results show that total intake of recruits in civil services has gone down to 749 in 2021, from 1,228 in 2013.

Modi PMO tends to control everything, ministers seek nod for press meets too, says Anil Swarup

Former Union secretary Anil Swarup weighs in on Modi govt's evaluation system for civil servants & wonders how there could be a compromise in the Ranjan Gogoi harassment case.

How civil servants tackle retirement phobia—take up service extensions and live in luxury

With former IAS Durga Mishra and DGP Abhay in news for post-retirement services, what civil servants do after their term is back in debate.

UPSC, SSC, Railways, Banking — Recruitment for govt jobs shows massive dip in last 5 years

The Modi govt has advertised 10% fewer jobs for the civil services this year, a trend that is replicated in SSC, banking and railway recruitments.

Govt wants IAS, IPS officers to be nice to public, organises training to make them ‘friendly’

The voluntary training programme is likely to be organised in February next year. Officers with a minimum of four years in service all the way up to secretary rank will be eligible.

6 years on, PM Modi’s core team is in the grip of IAS, IPS, IRS officers from Gujarat

From the PMO to investigative agencies and key regulators, civil servants from the Gujarat cadre — or those with a connection to the state — wield much power in Modi govt.

Telecom accounts & finance service writes to PM, repeats call for merger of audit services 

The audit services of India have been seeking a merger to bolster efficiency, as well as to tackle what they describe as IAS hegemony over top posts.

IRS body of NE seeks makeover as officers fear faceless taxation reduces them to ‘cyber cops’

Under new scheme, tax appeals can be randomly allotted to any officer, whose identity will remain anonymous. IRS officers say this will hit the service hard.

Nothing wrong with cut-offs for EWS candidates being lower than SC, ST & OBC, says UPSC

UPSC says cut-offs for civil services exam for EWS candidates doesn't impact the chances under other categories. Also notes that it depends on the number of people availing the quota.

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Over 38% inmates in Indian jails are OBCs, 10% increase in a decade, study finds

Religious minorities, specifically Muslims and Sikhs, have been overrepresented among prison inmates for years now, but there have been some shifts in the last decade, NCRB data shows.
A man counts Indian currency notes inside a shop in Mumbai, India | Reuters/Francis Mascarenhas

RBI tells state refiners to reduce dollar buying in spot market, contain sharp fall in rupee

RBI has ensured that $9 billion has been made available at overseas branches of some Indian banks for the country's three state-run refiners to tap, according to sources.

Defence

Naval Group & IIT Goa signing agreement to extend partnership on 28 September | Twitter @navalgroup

France’s Naval Group, IIT Goa extend R&D deal for underwater surveillance, submarine imaging

Agreement will act as catalyst for improving analysis of data collected by underwater sensors through application of neural systems & AI.

India’s hijab supporters will lose even if they win SC battle. Because the real war is political

In a highly polarised time, cornered minorities tend to lean back and protect the roots and fundamentals of what is so dear to them. Politically, it can often be a bad trap.
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