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No plan to lower age limit for IAS aspirants
Nov 20, 2014

The Modi government on Tuesday declared that there was no proposal to reduce the age limit for civil service aspirants, an announcement that effectively distances from the UPA’s last-minute decision to reduce the upper limit by four years.

The government’s announcement comes in the backdrop of news reports that suggested the Modi government would implement the decision finalised by the government early this year.

“There is no proposal before the government to reduce the age limit for civil services,” a government spokesman said. Instead of reducing the age limit, the government has already announced that civil service aspirants — who may have lost out due to changes in the exam pattern — would get two additional attempts and consequential age relaxation.

Government sources said there had been several attempts in the past to explore the possibility of reducing the upper age for the civil services examination, right from the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government’s tenure.

“But they were all nipped in the bud due to opposition from the political class that feels it would put rural candidates at a disadvantage,” a senior official said, conceding that the politicians “did have a point”.

The official said the Manmohan Singh-led PMO too had been keen on reducing the age profile of civil service candidates but was not able to have its way.

The empowered group of ministers tasked to study recommendations of the administrative reforms commission, approved the decision to fix 26 as the upper age limit for unreserved candidates, 28 for OBC, 29 for SC/ST candidates with additional two years for the physically challenged in each category.

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