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Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) building, New Delhi | Manisha Mondal/The Print

Modi govt struggles to fill IAS-IPS vacancies but UPSC recruitment falls by nearly half

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) building, New Delhi | Manisha Mondal/The Print

UPSC recruitment has fallen 40% since 2014 while govt struggles to fill IAS-IPS vacancies

The number of recruits has fallen from 1,236 in 2014 to 759 in 2018. Officials say UPSC has no authority over how many candidates to recruit.
The Union Public Service Commission premises in New Delhi

IIT, IIM and Oxford alumni make way into govt as lateral entry specialists

In an announcement Friday, the UPSC named nine lateral entry specialists. ThePrint takes a look at some of the new joint secretaries.
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

Modi govt’s lateral entry scheme gets going, 9 ‘domain experts’ picked for joint secretary posts

The appointment of private sector specialists to these posts is unprecedented as they are traditionally occupied by civil servants, particularly IAS officers.
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) building, New Delhi | Manisha Mondal/The Print

There’s a drop in Muslims clearing UPSC exam this year, but it’s not all bad news

Muslim candidates who have cleared the civil service exam this year say coaching is now more accessible, and credit UPSC for being a ‘fair’ institution.

Delhi HC seeks reply from Haryana, UPSC on plea challenging DGP Manoj Yadava’s appointment

IPS officer Prabhat Ranjan Deo, who had filed the plea, said appointment of an officer junior to him as DGP was discriminatory.
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Before UPSC, Modi govt wanted Cabinet Secy to head lateral entry recruitment panel

Modi govt received backlash when it decided to recruit specialists from the private sector as joint secretaries. That’s why it decided to hand things over to UPSC.
The Union Public Service Commission premises in New Delhi

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.
File image of UPSC aspirants leaving an examination centre after their exam in New Delhi | PTI

Modi govt’s plan for common entrance test for Group-C jobs unlikely to roll out soon

If implemented, proposal would spare crores of candidates the hassle of filling up multiple forms, paying fees for each of them, and taking several exams in far-flung centres.
Supreme Court of India | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

2 senior Punjab cops challenge DGP appointment on ‘malafide grounds’

IPS officers Mohammad Mustafa and Siddharth Chattopadhyaya challenge UPSC’s recommendation of 3 junior officers over them in Supreme Court.

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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.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

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.