Application for civil services exam should be counted as attempt: UPSC’s proposal to govt

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New Delhi: An application for the civil services examination should be counted as an attempt to the test, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has proposed to the government in a bid to save resources, officials said Friday.
The move comes after it was noticed that only about half of over nine lakh aspirants who apply for the exam actually take it.
A candidate gets six attempts to take the civil services exam. This restriction is not applicable for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST), according to the notification for the civil services exam, 2018.
Officials said if the proposal is accepted by the government, it would result in saving the UPSC’s efforts and resources.
“If we get about nine lakh applications, we have to prepare for nine lakh candidates to sit for the exam. But only about half of them turn up. if this recommendation is accepted, we will save a lot of money, time and effort,” an official explained.
UPSC has sent its proposal to the Ministry of Personnel, officials said.