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UPSC issues clarification after controversy

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  • Total indented vacancies: 927
  • Total candidates recommended for civil services: 829
  • Social media users alleged that less number of candidates were recommended for civil services by the UPSC as against the vacancies indented by the government.

Following a controversy over less number of candidates being recommended for civil services, UPSC has issued a clarification terming the entire episode as “misleading information”.

A day after UPSC announced the results for Civil Services Examination, 2019, many social media users alleged lesser intake of candidates for the prestigious services as against the vacancies indented by the government.

UPSC’s clarification

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) issued a clarification on Thursday to put the controversy to rest.

The commission said it has been brought to its notice that some misleading information is circulating on social media platforms. The misleading information was regarding less number of recommended candidates against the vacancies indented by the government.

Rejecting the controversy, the UPSC said for recruitment for civil services, the commission strictly follows the rules of examination, notified by the Government of India.

“It is hereby clarified that as against 927 vacancies for Civil Services Examination, 2019, the commission, in the first instance, has released the result of 829 candidates. It has also maintained a reserve list in accordance with Rule-16 (4) & (5) of Civil Services Examination Rules, 2019.”

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“This is standard practice for decades,” the commission said. It further added: “In case candidates belonging to reserve categories who are selected at general standards wish to choose services and care based on their reserve status, the resultant vacancies may be filled up from the reserve list.”

The commission said the reserve list carries an adequate number of candidates from the reserve categories also to cater to the shortfall arising out of preferences exercised by candidates belonging to reserve categories figuring above general standard.

“The UPSC is mandated to keep the reserve list confidential till the process of such exercise of preferences is over in accordance with Rule 16(5) of the Civil Services Examination Rules, 2019, the commission said in the release.

Controversy

On August 4, the UPSC declared the results for CSE 2019 and recommended a total number of 829 candidates for appointment to various civil services posts. Out of the total, the commission selected 304 candidates under the general category, 78 from the EWS category, 251 from the OBC category, 129 from the SC category, and 67 from the ST category.

The UPSC conducts civil services examination every year in three stages—preliminary, main and interview or personality test—to select candidates for Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) among others.

 

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