In India, now a days bureaucrats and civil service aspirants are expressing apprehensions over the proposed changes in the service and cadre allocation recruitment rules of UPSC . This rule is to govern recruitment of civil servants of country.
New Proposal for Service and Cadre Allocation Rule
As of now, cadre is allocated on the basis of marks scored in the main exam and interview conducted by the UPSC but as per new proposal, cadre to be allocated as per performance in the foundation course and will get decided once candidate completes his or her three-and-a-half-month foundation course.
Civil servants weren’t always recruited via exams
If we look at the history of recruitment bureaucrats in India, we can see that exam system was not always the selection criteria.
Formation of UPSC
The proposal of a body to regulate public service was mentioned in the Govt. of India Act, 1919. But the public service commission came into existence in 1926. After Independence, the constituent assembly also advocated an autonomous public service commission which was required to ensure unbiased recruitment of bureaucrats. Thus, UPSC came into existence.
What are the major functions of UPSC?
Article 320 of Indian Constitution gives right to UPSC to get consulted on all matters relating to recruitment of civil servants. UPSC conducts exams to recruit officers for IAS, IPS and IFS and forest services, etc. Not only this UPSC also holds recruitment exams for selection of army and paramilitary officers, geologists, doctors, engineers, economists etc. UPSC also conducts direct interviews for specialists recruitments. UPSC looks all promotions, deputations and absorption of officers..
Are civil services seats declining over the years?
It can’t be said that every year seats are declining but vacancy of 2018 is lowest since 2008. But, it is not the lowest in the last 15 years.