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Meritocracy

S. K. Das

in Public Office, Private Interest

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780195653823
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081561 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195653823.003.0005
Meritocracy

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This chapter discusses the merit-based system of recruiting civil servants in India and evaluates the extent of effective meritocracy in the civil services. It describes public servant recruitment methods proposed by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) under D.S. Kothari in 1974 and under Satish Chandra in 1979. It provides statistics on the educational degrees of candidates selected for the civil services and the distribution of selected candidates by their divisions. The chapter also compares the Indian and Japanese Civil services. It concludes that the civil services in India is not in a position to attract the kind of talented individuals who are less likely to be corrupt because the culture of corruption and opportunism has become so dominant that youngsters now joining the civil services draw up their preferences on the basis of opportunity to make money through corruption.

Keywords: civil servants; recruitment; India; meritocracy; UPSC; D.S. Kothari; Satish Chandra; Japanese civil services; culture of corruption

Chapter.  5762 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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