NITI Aayog

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    • The NITI Aayog, in its comprehensive report on the national strategy for 2022-23, has proposed a slew of measures to bring in reforms in recruitment, training and performance evaluation for the prestigious civil service.
    • In its report ‘Strategy for New India @75’, the Niti Aayog has proposed to reduce the upper age limit for the civil services to “27 years for the general category in a phased manner by 2022-23
    • As of now, the average age of recruits for civil services is about 25-and-a-half years, while the age limit for General Category is 32 years.
  • The current recommendation of the Aayog stems from the fact that about 33 per cent of India’s population is under 35 years of age
  • “The existing 60 plus separate civil services at the central and state level needs to be reduced through rationalisation and harmonisation of services.“
  • The think tank has called for putting in place a central talent pool for recruits, which would then allocate candidates by matching competencies and the job description of the post.
  • Other measures proposed by the think tank include encouraging lateral entry, nurturing specialisation, assigning of mentors, strengthening of municipal corporation cadres, and outsourcing service delivery.

Various Committees

  • Kothari Committee
  • Satish Chandra Committee
  • Y.K. Alagh Committee
  • Anandakrishnan Committee
  • Bhattacharya Committee S.K. Khanna Committee
  • Nigavekar Committee
  • Purushottam Agarwal Committee
  • Khanna Committee (recommended introduction of CSAT)
  • Baswan Committee


  • Age limit
  • Optional
  • Rumours
  • Affect millions of students
  • Phased manner
  • Chance would be gien to aspirants
  • Secretive nature of commission
  • Can eliminate serious candidates
  • Preparation strategy is affected
  • Students invest their time.

What should aspirants like you do now?

  • UPSC CSE Prelims 2019 is just months away. The first stage of UPSC CSE is scheduled to be conducted on June 02, 2019.
  • It has been the policy of UPSC, to give sufficient time for the aspirants to prepare before coming up with any major changes in exam pattern or structure.
  • Nobody knows if the Government or UPSC will come with any major overhaul in next 3 months, to be implemented in 2018, but it is unlikely.
  • Your focus should be to clear the Preliminary Exam of UPSC CSE 2019, at a comfortable margin against all odds. This will give you added confidence to prepare for Mains 2019
  • Whether there is pattern change or not, the whole STUDY IQ Team is ever ready to adapt and help you. So until any major updates from the government, keep preparing with a new vigour

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