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File image of PM Narendra Modi with IAS probationary officers at the Statue of Unity | Photo: ANI

UPSC allows application withdrawal, but it is unlikely to deter ‘casual’ IAS, IPS aspirants

The UPSC has allowed civil service aspirants to withdraw their applications between 12 and 18 March if they do not wish to appear for the exam to be held in May.
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50% drop in IAS, IPS officers promoted in central govt in 2018, and no one can explain why

According to govt data, appointments through promotion at the level of deputy secretary, joint secretary, additional secretary & secretary fell to 2,918 in 2018 from 5,953 in 2016.
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) headquarters in New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

UPSC to recruit 100 fewer civil servants than last year despite shortage

UPSC has notified 796 posts for the civil services exam this year, continuing the downward trend in recruitments that has been observed since 2015.
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men in Maharashtra | ANI

If CAPF cadre wants to be treated as civil servants, it must develop citizen-centric values

What the CAPF cadres are demanding has huge national security implications. It also impacts the contours of India’s civil-military equations.
BSF personnel

Armed police forces to become service like IAS & IPS, officers to be recruited via UPSC

Modi govt plans to club all Central Armed Police Forces into one Indian Central Armed Police Service, to bring the forces on par with other civil services.
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) headquarters in New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Modi govt’s plan to open up UPSC scores for pvt sector big hit among aspirants

In two years, the number of high-scoring UPSC aspirants who opted for pvt sector jobs has risen 1,650%, from 800 in 2017 to 14,000 in 2019.
Thakurdwara is dotted with UPSC coaching centres in every nook and corner, with large boards and negligible results. | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

This UP town sells IAS-IPS dream to lakhs without caring for the reality of a lack of jobs

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.
Thakurdwara is dotted with UPSC coaching centres in every nook and corner, with large boards and negligible results. | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

In this sleepy UP town, lakhs are sold an IAS-IPS dream but no one gets selected

Thakurdwara is home to dozens of UPSC coaching institutes that teach youth to pursue the IAS-IPS dream, without caring for the reality of a lack of jobs.
A file photo of the CBI headquarters in New Delhi. | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

Are you a graduate keen on investigation, data analysis? CBI is ready to teach you

The interns can be graduates, post-graduates and research assistants & will be allowed to work with CBI for a six to eight-week period.  
North Block and South Block on Raisina Hill | Manisha Mandal/ThePrint

These civil services want Modi govt to merge them to challenge ‘IAS hegemony’

The suggestion comes less than a month after the Union Cabinet merged 8 railways services in a bid to streamline the transporter’s operations.

On Camera

A pedestrian crosses a nearly empty street in the Times Square neighborhood of New York, US | Bloomberg

We must not return to work for now. Covid’s not over yet, says a virologist in letter to son

If everyone goes back to work as soon as the ‘curve bends downwards’, it's guaranteed you'll get a second wave of infections in Europe.

Is forcing private labs to make Covid-19 tests free the only way to stop spread of infection?

The Supreme Court directed the central government to make Covid-19 testing by private laboratories free of charge Wednesday.

Defence

Col Navjot Singh Bal | special arrangement

Col Navjot Singh Bal, Shaurya Chakra awardee and icon for many, loses battle with cancer

Despite losing an arm to cancer, Col Navjot Singh Bal continued to serve in 2 Para as the commanding officer and even learnt to fire with his left hand.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.