in Building a World-Class Civil Service for Twenty-First Century India

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780198068662
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080465 | DOI:

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In India, the civil service examination is administered annually by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). At the state level, public service commissions conduct competitive examinations either yearly or when there are vacancies to fill. Statistics on the success rate in recruitment conducted by the UPSC show that less than 0.1 per cent of those taking the competitive examination are now being selected. The civil service appears to be able to attract the best and brightest of the educational system in India. This chapter discusses meritocracy in the Indian civil service, as well as the age limit for those taking the civil service examination.

Keywords: competitiveness; Union Public Service Commission; public service commissions; examinations; meritocracy; age limit; recruitment

Chapter.  2918 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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