Why UPSC extra attempt  is a necessary good? (due to Covid-19 impact)

On 20th March, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) made an announcement that no extra attempt will be provided to all candidates appearing for the UPSC exams in 2020 and 2021. This announcement is a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on the examinations process. With lakhs of students affected by this decision, here’s what you need to know about this extra attempt and how to make the most of it.

Why an Extra Attempt

The outbreak of Covid-19 has had a profound impact on our lives, and the way we conduct ourselves on a daily basis. For students who are preparing for the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exams, the pandemic has been especially disruptive. The widespread closure of schools and colleges has made it difficult to access study materials and to get the necessary guidance from teachers. In addition, the emotional and psychological pressures of living through a pandemic can make it hard to focus on studies.

As a result, many students have found themselves at a disadvantage when it comes to UPSC preparation. Given the unique circumstances of the pandemic, it is essential that students be given an additional attempt to sit for the UPSC exams. This will provide them with a level playing field, and ensure that they have a fair chance to realise their dreams of becoming civil servants. It is essential that we do all we can to support our youth during these difficult times, and giving them an additional attempt at the UPSC exams is one small way in which we can do that.

Problems Associated With Age Limits

For civil services aspirants in India, the age limit is one of the most contentious issues. The age limit for general category candidates is 32 years, while it is 37 years for OBC and 42 years for SC/ST candidates. There have been demands from various quarters to increase the age limit for all categories of candidates. Recently, the government announced that it was considering increasing the age limit to 35 years for general category candidates and 40 years for OBC candidates.

While this move has been welcomed by many, there are also those who feel that it will lead to an increase in the number of applicants and create additional pressure on the already overburdened system. The main argument in favor of increasing the age limit is that it will give aspirants more time to prepare for the competitive exams.

In a country like India, where there is a huge difference in the quality of education between rural and urban areas, this extra time can make a significant difference. Moreover, with the current age limit, many aspirants are forced to take up jobs before they are fully prepared, which can adversely affect their performance in the exams. By increasing the age limit, the government will give aspirants more time to focus on their studies and make sure that they are fully prepared before taking up jobs. This will ultimately lead to better-qualified candidates being selected for civil service positions.

However, some states like Odisha have raised the age limit to 38 years. Furthermore, some other states like Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka have upper age limit of 42 and 35 years respectively for general. This is because it is believed that candidates who are older tend to be more experienced and better equipped to handle the responsibilities of a government job.

Compared to Other Countries and States

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Exam is a competitive examination conducted by the Indian government to select candidates for various Civil Services of the country. The UPSC Exam is considered to be one of the most difficult exams in the world, with a success rate of only around 3%.

In comparison, the pass rate for the Canadian equivalent (the Foreign Service Officer Exam) is around 27%, while the pass rate for the US Foreign Service Officer Exam is around 18%.

The UPSC Exam is also significantly longer than either of these exams, with candidates being given 3 hours to complete the written exam and a further the interview. As a result of this, it is not surprising that the average age of candidates who pass the UPSC Exam is significantly higher than for either of the other exams.

In fact, the median age of successful candidates is around 32 years, while the median age for successful candidates on the Foreign Service Officer Exam is only 28 years. This difference in age limit reflects the greater experience and maturity required to succeed on the UPSC Exam.

The mental anguish, pain, and constant fear brought on by the #Covid 19 pandemic forced  youth to give up  their dreams.When you and your family are dealing with a life-threatening virus, clearing civil services is never a priority!

Authors : Dr.Brunda S Murthy , Dr.Darshan

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