New Delhi: A panel formed by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is all set to urge the central government to reduce the upper age-limit for candidates appearing in civil services examination.
The UPSC appointed the panel headed by former education secretary BS Baswan in August 2015 as part of an initiative by the Narendra Modi-government to overhaul the civil services examination.
The government had promised to review the examination after a string of protests were held in 2015 against a civil service aptitude test, which was introduced by the UPA government in the preliminary exam, according to a Hindustan Times report.
In the general category, the upper-age limit of candidates has gone up from 24 years in 1960 to 32 years in 2014. The upper age limit of candidates belonging to scheduled caste and scheduled tribes has been relaxed by 5 years while those from the other backward classes get a three-year relaxation. Additional 10-year cut were given to disable candidates.
A senior government official said that the recommendations by the UPSC committee would be considered after they submit their reports.