Friday, 20 May, 2022
TopicUPSC

Topic: UPSC

Hiring non-IAS officers as joint secretaries may be too radical a step for India

India’s bureaucracy is the last refuge of the talented generalist, a tradition inherited from Oxbridge but long since abandoned by the British.

Anil Swarup, IAS, who juggled coal, labour & education, says specialisation not necessary

The education secretary's comment assumes significance at a time when the govt is pushing for lateral entry into civil services.

India thinks it can produce IFS officers by testing them on wildlife more than geopolitics

The foreign services is the biggest casualty of the generalist nature of the UPSC exam.

Lateral entry into civil services: IAS aspirants happy, IITians happier

UPSC aspirants at Delhi’s coaching hub and engineers at IIT cheered the move but also cautioned that transparency and neutrality may be compromised.

IAS is here to stay because it suits the political executive

It is not lateral recruitment but ‘back-door entry’ of retired ‘babus’ that can cause damage to the IAS.

Govt opens door to private sector talent, wants specialists to join ministries as joint secys

DoPT ad for applications gets mixed reactions - some welcome the move but others are apprehensive, say may increase scope for political appointments

Civil service recruitment needs real reforms, not ad hoc approach

By turning the foundation course into an obstacle course, we will really convert the ‘Happy Valley’ into a ‘Paradise Lost’.

With civil-services revamp, enduring friendships at ‘Happy Valley’ will turn into competition

If the proposal comes through, scores awarded by the training academy will now be on par with those given by the UPSC, a constitutional body.

UPSC notifies lowest number of vacancies in 10 years. Is this the Modi effect at play?

Modi had promised a leaner bureaucracy under his mantra of ‘minimum government, maximum governance’. Since 2014, vacancies have declined from 1,291 to 782.

The officer raj

The weakening of the political authority of UPA 2 has given the civil services a golden era of unfettered, unquestioned power.

On Camera

YourTurn

Representative image of an ethanol-blended fuel station plug | Wikimedia Commons

Ethanol blended fuel to power vehicles. Will it hurt your car’s engine?

India’s reliance on ethanol blended fuel is only set to increase in the wake of rising crude oil prices. But are we going to adapt in time?
A shopkeeper arranges stock at a grocery store in Bengaluru | Representational image | Bloomberg Photo

Inflation raised monthly expenses of 92% Indian families in last 3 months, finds online survey

A LocalCircles poll found that 70% of respondents felt their monthly household budget increased by 10% while 55% expected expenses to go up by another 10% in the next 3 months.

Defence

File photo of a defence personnel armed with a SiG 716 rifle near the Line of Control | Photo: Snehesh Alex Philip | ThePrint

India to ink ‘repeat order’ deal for 73,000 SiG 716 rifles from the US

In February 2019, 72,400 SiG 716 rifles of 7.62 x 51mm calibre were contracted from SIG Sauer Inc, USA, under government's 'Buy (Global) category', through fast track procedure.

How Congress is like the Ambassador & why Indian politics needs a brand new set of wheels

Like the car, nothing the party has done to reinvent itself has worked. Only way forward is to offer something looking towards the future, not in image of glorious past.
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