UPSC Civil Services Exam Criteria to change? Weight to be allocated to performance in the foundation course

UPSC Civil Services Selection Process is expected to undergo a major overhaul. In early reports, there are suggestions that the selection of cadres would be done on the basis of the performance in the foundation course. More updates awaited.UPSC Civil Services Selection Process set for an Overhaul UPSC Civil Services Selection Process set for an Overhaul |Photo Credit: Representative Image In a surprising move, the Government is expected to overhaul the admission process of the UPSC Civil Services. In a letter of Department of Personnel and Training, recommendations have been reportedly made by the Government to overhaul the admission process for the UPSC Civil Services. As against the selection process at present, the government is mulling introduction of weight to the 15 month foundation courses. As per the preliminary reports, the performance of the candidates in the foundation course, after the selection process, there may be another examination which would determine the department allocated to the candidates.Though the reports have not been confirmed as yet by the GOI, there has been a confirmation that there is a suggestion for overhauling the system. More information is awaited at the hour. So far, the admission process includes two written examinations (Preliminary and Mains) followed by extensive interviews. The candidates are then selected and undergo a foundation course.As per the new updates, the candidates would be only provisionally selected and then finally assessed after the foundation course. The reports also suggest a massive overhaul in the system. Clarification and complete understanding of the report is still awaited. Experts have claimed that the process would further improve the system of selection. Critics, on the other hand believe that it makes the already extremely competitive examination more so. The move was strongly reported as “Anti Dalit” by Senior Congress Leader and Rajya Sabha MP, Ahmed Patel who tweeted against the move. Other favouring the move, however see this as a positive change in the UPSC Civil Services Admission process. According to the claims made, the performance based assessment would provide a bettwe window to assess the cadres and then allocate the departments in a more effective manner.