UPSC prelims qualifiers to get free coaching, hostel, food, library in Rajasthan


Students qualifying the preliminary round of the Union Public Service Commission exam can now get free hostel, food, study material, coaching and library facilities as per a recent circular issued by the Rajasthan institute of cooperative education and management (RICEM). RICEM is a training institution promoted by the government of Rajasthan with a view to develop human resources in cooperative, public and private sectors.

As per the circular, the ‘Medhavi Sehkaari Sehyog Yojana’ is meant to benefit meritorious students who qualify UPSC prelims, but do not have favourable financial and family conditions.

A seven day window will be provided to students who have qualified the prelims to apply online and offline for procuring free hostel, food, study material, coaching and library facility provided by RICEM. Priority will be given to students hailing from below poverty line (BPL) families, specially abled, orphans, reserved categories and candidates who have given interviews before the UPSC or Rajasthan Public service commission (RPSC).

The procedure for application will go on for seven days and the scrutiny will be carried out in another two days said the circular. The application can be done offline at the RICEM office and online by sending the application along with all the documents at . Applicants can also avail further information at

The last date for application is July 27. Apart from personal details, the applicant is required to state any special reason as to why he should he/she be eligible for the freebies. The required documents to be enclosed for application include, documents of academic exams, bonafied, residence identity (AADHAR) and ITR (income tax returns) of parents along with the application.

UPSC Civil Services: Modi Government May Bundle Indian Bureaucracy Into Just 3-4 Divisions, Says Report


In a bid to rationalise the civil services in the country, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government is likely to reduce the more than 60 civil services in the country to about three or four, reports The Print.

According to the report, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has prepared a five year vision document in which it has been emphasised that the government will try to drastically reduce the number of services to ensure harmonious functioning of the state machinery.

“Rationalising the services essentially means reducing the number down from the existing 60-plus civil services to about three-four,” an official from DoPT was quoted in the report as saying.

“The idea was proposed last year by NITI Aayog and the government will now seek to implement it,” the official added.

The civil services in India comprises of more tha 60 specialised services classified into Group A and Group B. The Group A include the IAS, IPS, IFS and IRS among 25 other services.

As per the report, no decision regarding how to undertake the rationalsation has been done by the government. However, a possible solution could be to classify the civil services into three groups.

“One way of doing it is dividing the services into Indian Administrative Service, which would include all non-technical services; the Indian Police Service that would include all security-related services and the Indian Technical Services, which would include all technical services,” the official said.

“This is just one idea doing the rounds…the services could be rationalised in other ways too,” the official added.

Youth Shot Dead in Patna; Ward Councilor’s Husband Named Suspect


The crime took place around 8:00 am when Vikas Kumar, originally a resident of Shahpur police station in Patna district, was returning home from somewhere. Suddenly about 2-3 men in a Safari vehicle arrived in the area and shot Vikas in his head from a close range.

As the victim fell on the ground, the criminals fled in their vehicle before anyone could get a good look at the car.

His body was later sent to the Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IIGMS) for an autopsy.

In their police report, family members accused the husband of Panapur Ward Councilor Renu Devi, her two sons, and eight others saying they had threatened Vikas in the past and there was no doubt Renu Devi’s family was involved in his murder.

Vikas lived with his parents and other family members in Dev Vihar Colony off Ashiana Nagar under Rajiv Nagar police station.

Angered by the incident, a mob stormed the home of Renu Devi and vandalized properties and vehicles parked outside on the road.

They also set a cow menagerie owned by the Ward Councilor’s family on fire. Police had to use light force to bring the crowd under control.

Police said they will be questioning a number of people in the case and will also try to collect video surveillance footage from the area.

UPSC Job Notification 2019: Vacancy Under 7th Pay Commission


New Delhi: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has come up with yet another job notification inviting applications for the post of Assistant Employment Officer in the Directorate General of Employment, Ministry of Labour and Employment. Interested and eligible candidates are advised to apply for the position on or before August 1, 2019.

The Group-B post is permanent while Pay Scale will be in Level-6 in the Pay matrix as per the 7th CPC.

Age Limit: 30 years.

Education Qualification: (A) Master’s Degree in Commerce or Social Welfare or Social Work or Economics or Statistics or Psychology or Education of a recognized university or equivalent.

Experience: (i) Two Years Experience of socio-economic investigation or research preferably in relation to demography employment and unemployment or manpower problems. (ii) Knowledge of employment service work.

NOTE: Qualifications are relaxable at the discretion of the Union Public Service Commission in case of candidates otherwise well qualified. NOTE: The qualification regarding experience is relaxable at the discretion of the Union Public Service Commission in the case of candidates belonging to the Schedule Castes and Schedule Tribes if at any stage of selection, the Union Public Service Commission is of the opinion that sufficient number of candidates from these communities possessing the requisite experience are not likely to be available to fill up the vacancies reserved for them.

DESIRABLE: Experience of employment exchange operations.

DUTIES: (i) Work pertaining to development of vocational guidance, occupational research job studies and employment Exchange procedures. (ii) Providing occupational information, vocational guidance and confidence building training to scheduled caste/scheduled tribe candidates and counseling to their parents.

HQ:Directorate General of Employment (DGE) in New Delhi. Liable to work anywhere in India.

Closing date for submission of online recruitment application (ORA) through ORA website is August 1, 2019 till 11.59PM. The last date for printing of completely submitted online application is upto August 2, 2019 till 11.59PM.

How To Apply: Candidates are requested to apply only Online against this advertisement on the Online Recruitment Application (ORA) website and NOT write to the Commission for Application forms. They are also requested to go through carefully the details of posts and instructions published below as well as on the website

Note: The post is suitable for Physically Challenged Persons viz. Locomotor Disability/Cerebral Palsy/Leprosy Cured/Dwarfism/Acid Attack Victims and Muscular Dystrophy with disability i.e. Both legs affected but not arms (BL) or One leg affected (R or L) (OL)or One arm affected (R or L)(OA).

UPSC Civil Services Toppers: Gopala Krishna Ronanki overcame poverty, social apathy and cracked IAS 3rd Rank


UPSC Civil Services is without doubt one of the toughest examinations to crack in this country. While lakhs aspire, it is only a few hundred who can make it through. And some stories leave an impression. Story of Shri Gopala Krishna Ronanki, a school teacher by profession, of overcoming poverty, difficulties in learning, social exclusion and then cracking UPSC Civil Services exam is one such story. No only did he fight the odds, he stood for his dreams and cracked the IAS or Civil Services Exam in 2016 and secured AIR Rank 3rd.

Hailing from a small village of Andhra Pradesh,  Gopala Krishna Ronanki had to face a lot of hardship to taste success. Gopal’s parents Apparav and Rukminamma were farmers in Parasamba village of Palasa Mandal, 70 km away from Srikakulam city. At a very early age, his parents were socially boycotted for 25 years due to their involvement in a Dalit family marriage. This caused a lot of hurdles in their lives, financially and mentally.

At one point of time, some wealthy people of the village wanted to grab the land that was owned by Gopala’s parents. They had to fight a long battle to save their piece of land. In midst of all these hardships, Ronanki completed his studies in Telegu medium from distance learning. After his Class 10, he completed his 12th studies from Palasa Junior College. Soon after plus two, Gopal took a teacher training course and started to work as a teacher in a government school.

While working as a teacher, Gopala completed his graduation and went on to prepare for UPSC Civil Services. He was discouraged by many of his friends who said that cracking UPSC Civil Services by studying in Telegu Medium is impossible.

Keeping all these negativity at bay Gopala attempted for UPSC Civil Services exam for the first time in 2015.  He was unable to crack the preliminary exam of it back then. It was in his second attempt when he cleared the UPSC Civil Services exam and secured AIR 3rd rank.

According to Gopala, all the problems that he had faced made him stronger and his determination harder. He aspires to help the Dalit section of the society in the near future.

UPSC: Pattern change over the years


Sriram, an aspirant for the Civil Services who successfully qualified for selection to the Indian Police Service (IPS) by securing the 150th rank in the merit list, was shocked when he did not find his number in the list of qualified aspirants at the prelims in the following year. After having prepared for the examination for three years he had cleared all the hurdles and secured a position in the IPS. He had appeared at the examination again to improve his rank and join the Indian Administrative Services (IAS). However, he could not clear even the first hurdle.

There are many other aspirants who share the same feelings. The Civil Services examination is conducted in three stages i.e. Preliminary, Main and Interview. The Preliminary examination, which is the first stage, is an objective type paper with multiple choice questions.

Aspirants often underestimate the importance of the Preliminary, and qualifying in it is taken for granted. However, the sheer magnitude of the competition where only 11,000 candidates qualify out of the five lakh who appear indicates the nature of the Preliminary. Also with negative marking in place the difference between success and failure could be a mere 0.33 per cent.

The Preliminary was introduced to `keep non-serious aspirants out and reduce the number of aspirants to a manageable number’ on the recommendations of the Kothari Committee in 1979. When it was introduced, it comprised an optional paper for 300 marks and a General Studies paper for 150 marks. The Satish Chandra Committee of 1989, appointed to review the examination, upheld the pattern but recommended negative marking to reduce the ‘chance element’ negative marking was introduced in 2007. The Alagh Committee of 2000, suggested a revised format for the Preliminary with an optional paper for 300 marks and a CSAT paper for 200 marks. The Second Administrative Reforms committee recommended common papers at the Preliminary. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) appointed the Khanna Committee in 2009, which recommended a revised format of the Preliminary with two papers i.e. CSAT and General Studies Paper. This was implemented from 2011. This pattern of equal weightage to aptitude and general studies gave an unfair advantage to urban students and there were wide spread protests all over India mainly from the Hindi speaking areas.

The government responded to the protests by making the Aptitude paper which had questions on quantitative aptitude and English comprehension as a qualifying paper. Aspirants who had suffered due to the CSAT model were compensated by increasing the age limit and the number of attempts by two years. Also, all aspirants of the year 2011 were given another attempt.

With all these changes, the Preliminary today has two papers i.e. the General Studies paper with 100 questions from various areas and the aptitude paper with 80 questions. While an aspirant has to score minimum qualifying mark of 67/200 in the aptitude paper, his/her success is determined by the marks scored in the General Studies paper.

It is this change that has resulted in a lack of `cause’ and `effect’ relationship. The UPSC has the unenviable task of reducing the number of aspirants out of the marks scored in the General Studies paper which has only 100 questions. Towards this aim it has been making the questions as unpredictable as possible. Such an uncertain exam is grossly unfair and dampens the spirit of the aspirant.

The Preliminary has become a jealous gatekeeper and many prospective aspirants are likely to move away from the examination. Such an exam in the long run is going to affect the quality of administration. Students have been protesting in Delhi for the last five years and demanding compensation in the form of at least an extra attempt. One of the demands has been to change the format of preliminary to reduce the uncertainty.

From 1979 to 2010, there were no protests as the exam had a cause and effect relationship. If you work hard and you were sure you would pass the examination – The uncertainty began with the changes and has reached a peak after 2015.

The UPSC has realised that it is time to make changes. It is reported that the vision document released by UPSC has recommended to the government that the CSAT paper should be deleted from the scheme of examination.

While it is not known whether an alternative paper has been recommended, it would be ideal if another paper on General Studies is introduced with diverse areas and predictability with reference to the number of questions from each area.

This paper could also have 100 questions and could replace CSAT. This will lead to the much needed uncertainty reduction and encourage qualified and meritorious youth to choose a career in the Civil Services, instead of opting for the private sector.

UPSC recommends to Govt: Do away with CSAT in Civil Service Exam, Penalty for absentees


Union Public Serive Commission (UPSC) wants to change the current pattern of Civil Service Exam with dropping Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT). UPSC has proposed to remove CSAT from the preliminary examination. UPSC conducts civil services examination every year has sent a proposal to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).

As per the report published in The Print, in its proposal to DoPT, UPSC wants to charge a penalty on applicants for not appearing for the examination. UPSC civil service exam consist of 3 parts – Preliminary, Main and final is Interview. To qualify for the Main Written exam, students have to first qualify Preliminary CSAT Written Exam.

Penalty for absentees

In its proposal to DoPT, USPC wants to put some penalty for large number of absentees. UPSC wants this penalty to trim the gap between the candidates who apply for the test and those who actually appear for it. Every year about a million students apply for UPSC annual test but just half of them appear for it. Civil Service Examination (CSE) is conducted to select officers of the public services like IAS, IPS, IFS and other services.


Main paper or CSAT or Paper II, which was introduced in 2011, has witnessed widespread protests by aspirants, who claim that it gives an advantage to those with English, Maths and Science backgrounds. In year 2015 Indian government declared the test as just qualifying exam. Now candidates appearing for CSAT needs to score just 33% to quality this exam.

CSAT exam consists of seven papers like any Indian language, English, General Studies, Personality Test etc. CSAT exam also analyze the candidate’s decision-making, comprehension and communication skills. In a latest move proposed by the UPSC Council, CSAT exams won’t be mandatory from the curriculum year 2019-2020.

OPINION | RIP, Indian Civil Service


Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the Iron Man of India — for whom the country recently erected a massive statue — described the Indian civil service as the steel frame of the country. Tragically, as the Iron Man’s statue watches benignly, his steel frame is…

An attack on the civil service has begun. The attack will simultaneously make two of India’s institutions effectively ineffective, not only destroying the civil service but also damaging the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

If there is one examination in the country that has for decades been fool-proof, ensuring that only the meritorious and the most deserving get through, it is the civil services examinations. And the credit for that goes to the UPSC, which conducts th…

If there is one examination in the country that has for decades been fool-proof, ensuring that only the meritorious and the most deserving get through, it is the civil services examinations. And the credit for that goes to the UPSC, which conducts the yearly examination. Nearly a million aspirants apply for the examination every year, of which about 7-8 lakh go on to write it. Of these, finally about 1,200 are selected for the various services, with the top 70 or so selected to the IAS and the next 60 for the IPS and so on.

The UPSC, established in 1926, has been holding these examinations without leaks or other malpractices. Which is why only the most deserving and meritorious get through the exam. Only the best among those writing the exam in any year can get through the back door.

You could be the son of the cabinet secretary, or the daughter of the most powerful cabinet minister, but you can make it only if you write your examination better than the others. Else, how could I, coming from a very ordinary family and from the farthest corner of India, and both a linguistic and a religious minority, have made it to the IAS? Else, how could ordinary, uninfluential youngsters from Odisha and Bihar and UP get into the civil services every year?

Even in the United Nations, where I worked for 20 years, the entry is based on a compromised system of quotas and influence and a ‘you take my boy in your department, and I’ll take your boy in mine’ system. Indeed, there are few parallels to the merit identification system of civil service selection that the UPSC implements.

But that is all set to change. The government is planning a massive back-door entry at the top levels of the civil service. It began tentatively last year when about a dozen joint secretaries (JS) were inducted into the Government of India through the back door. It was lovingly labelled lateral entry.

Joint secretaries are the linchpins around which the government functions. Lateral entry of joint secretaries on a massive scale could lead to a system collapse; for, if you break the linchpin in a wheel, the vehicle collapses.

Alarmingly, however, the government is now proposing to expand the lateral entry to cover 50% of all the JS posts. What would make this most sinister is, if as is being reported, the lateral entry selection is not to be handled by the UPSC but by the Niti Aayog.

It sure would not be easy to compromise the UPSC, whose members hold tenured postings and whose systems cannot be easily bent to accommodate the party in power. So, it seems, the selection of the lateral entrants would be handed over to the Niti Aayog, a pliable organisation whose vice chairman and members owe their positions to the government in power and some of whose allegiance to the ruling party is well-known.

The Niti Aayog is a planning body, not a body with expertise in the selection of officials. It does not have functional expertise or experience in human resource selection at any level, let alone of higher civil servants. That is a nearly 100-year expertise that the UPSC has gathered.

Training, field experience

After selection, the young UPSC selectees undergo an intensive and varied two-year training before they are posted. Thereafter, during the first 15-20 years of their postings, they work in sub-divisions, districts, divisions and in state governments,all of which is on-the-job training that prepares them for policy-making in Delhi.

The middle-aged lateral entrants will not be coming in with any such long training and understanding of the varied Indian polity and systems.

One of the advantages that the All India Services bring into the central ministries is the field experience that they get working in rural, semi-urban and urban India. That is a diverse experience of India, of its people and their aspirations and the differing systems in place across the country that is brought to bear on governance in Delhi.

On the other hand, the lateral entrants would largely be managers with narrow specialities and likely to have little clue of the larger India, its people and systems.

Doubtless, the sectarian interests of those in power will largely determine the lateral entry selection. There is then little chance of a brilliant youth from rural Bihar to make it through the back door as a JS. Merit, as established on record through a fool-proof examination, will soon get an indecent burial.

Rest in Peace, Indian Civil Service.

Sardar Patel, whom the BJP now worships as one of its own, must be turning in his grave today, seeing his steel frame being destroyed by the very people who swear by his name. The Sardar’s heart in that massive statue in Gujarat must be melting.

For he, who knitted India’s many little kingdoms and principalities together into the nation we know today, knew that if the country’s steel frame was destroyed, it could not hold together for long.

22-YO Son of Petrol Pump Worker Beat All Odds To Crack UPSC in 1st Attempt!


5 April 2019, marked a very important day in the lives of over 759 candidates (577 men and 182 women) who cleared the coveted Union Public Service Commission exam. One step closer to their dream of serving the country in various roles like IAS, IPS, IFS, among others, future aspirants find succor in the success stories of those who rose up to the challenge and beat it.

Among these stories, stands out the tale of Indore’s Pradeep Singh. One of the youngest candidates appearing for the UPSC 2018 exams, Pradeep, the son of a petrol pump serviceman, cracked the exams in his first attempt at the age of 22!

In an exclusive interview with The Better India, Pradeep recalls how his father, Manoj Singh, who originally hailed from the town of Gopalganj in Bihar, migrated to Indore in 1991 in search of better education and employment.

Though the family had ancestral land, farming brought no steady income. The women of the household stayed back and took care of the land, while men migrated to bigger cities for employment to sustain their families.

Manoj took up the humble job of a petrol pump serviceman to make ends meet. In 1996, when Pradeep was born, he spent the first few years in Gopalganj. But for education, he moved to Indore with the rest of his family. From studying at a CBSE school to completing his B.Com (Hons) from IIPS DAVV, he spent the formative years of his life in Indore.

When I asked him how the decision to pursue UPSC came about, he laughs.

“Growing up, I didn’t know what UPSC or an IAS officer was. But my parents often spoke with delight about the success stories of aspirants who had cracked the exams to become ‘afsars’ (officers). I would look on in awe at the joy on their faces as they tried to fathom how proud the parents of these achievers would have felt to see their children crack one of the toughest exams in the country and serve the nation.”

It was at that moment that Pradeep knew, he wanted to be the reason for the same pride and joy on his parents’ faces. The dutiful son wanted it all for his loving parents.

Pradeep recalls the last wish of his late grandfather who, on his deathbed, told Pradeep and his older brother to educate themselves and achieve something on their merit and hard work.

Another source of motivation was the change Pradeep witnessed first hand.

Moving to Delhi to prepare for the UPSC was a big decision. From coaching to accommodation, Pradeep knew it was more than his father could afford. And yet, Manoj decided to sell their home and move into a rented accommodation to help Pradeep achieve his dream.

Pradeep moved to Delhi on 17 June, two years ago. Already a bright student who had won several debates, quizzes and extempores, his preparation had started back in college where he kept himself abreast of the latest happenings in India and the world.

Even though there were times when the study material was expensive, Manoj never let Pradeep lose out. He ensured that his son had all the resources he required.

He sheds light on the challenges he faced while preparing for his maiden UPSC attempt, “I was new in the field and there are lakhs of aspirants. I knew there would be a lot of struggle but I was ready to fight my battles.”

“The schedule was set. Get up, shower and eat, all the rest of my time was spent studying. The distractions were rare. I had limited going out for films or hanging out with friends to a bare minimum. My father sacrificed a lot and I knew not everyone gets the opportunity that I had. So I treated my first attempt like it was my last attempt. I had to give it my best shot and prove myself.”

Before you think the process may have drained him, he is quick to clarify that he enjoyed the process of preparation thoroughly.

With every result that came—be it the prelims, mains or the final, the happiness of the Singh family reached new heights.

In a message to UPSC aspirants, Pradeep says, “Do not rely on coaching alone. Be a self-starter. Coaching will contribute about 8-10 per cent to the results. But 90 per cent depends on your hard work. If you want to pursue UPSC, think your decision through. Don’t pursue it under family or peer pressure. When it is your own decision, you will do well. Your motivation will come from within and at no point will you regret it. Yes, there will be a lot of struggle. But remember, the more you struggle the greater your chances at success.”

The results were only the first step, as he begins his journey into the civil services.

Pradeep whose journey as an IAS officer has begun signs off by saying, “As an IAS officer, any district that I am posted to, I want to focus on four key areas, namely law and order, women empowerment, health, and education. Because I believe all of these fields are intertwined and dependent on each other for a better society. As I step closer to my dream, I hope I am able to attain these for the greater good of the people I serve.”

UPSC Result 2019: UPSC Declares NDA, NA Results at Check via Direct Link

UPSC Result NDA, NA 2019 | The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has declared the result of National Defence Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy (NA) written examination. The PDF versions of UPSC NDA Result 2019 were uploaded on the Commission’s official website The UPSC Result 2019 can also be downloaded through the direct URL.

The UPSC conducted National Defence Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy (NA) written examination on April 21 for granting admission to selected candidates depending on their overall performance to Army, Navy and Air Force Wings of the National Defence Academy and Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC).

According to information available in the official press note of UPSC NDA, NA Result 2019, the scorecard of qualifying candidates will be uploaded on the Commission’s website within 15 days from the date of publication of final result. Further, it has mandated all the shortlisted candidates of UPSC NDA Result 2019, UPSC NA Result 2019 to complete registration process for subsequent interview round at Indian Army Recruiting website at within two weeks. Further communication regarding allotted selection centres and dates for interview will be provided to candidates on their registered email IDs.

UPSC 2019: Steps to download UPSC NDA, NA Result 2019

All candidates who took the entrance and are waiting for UPSC NDA Result 2019, UPSC NA Result 2019 can check their qualifying status through the Commission’s homepage. Steps are given below-

Step 1- Visit Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) official website

UPSC NDA/ NA results 2019

Step 2- On homepage, under what new section, you will get ‘UPSC NDA Result 2019, UPSC NA Result 2019’ link on it

Step 3- Click on it and you will be redirected to new window, here click on document tab

Step 4- A pdf file containing UPSC Result 2019 for NDA , UPSC NA Result 2019 will appear on the screen

Step 5- Check your roll number with Ctrl+ F key to know if you have passed the UPSC 2019 NDA, NA examination

Step 6- Take a print out for further reference.