The Department of Personnel and Training in response to the news published in The Hindu on 18th November, 2014, clarified in a notification that it is true that the Government has took decision on ARC report. But this decision was taken by the Group of Ministers (during former government) in a meeting held on 16th December 2013. In this meeting the GoM accepted that the age of entry in the Civil Services Examination will be 21 and the upper age limit to be 26 years for Unreserved Category, 28 years for OBC category and 29 years for SC/ST candidates with additional 2 years for the physically challenged category candidates as per the recommendation of CGAR. Regarding number of attempt the GoM also took decision to reduce the number of attempts in the UPSC Civil services exam with 3 attempts to unreserved category, 5 for OBC and 6 for SC/ST candidates with additional two attempts for physically challenged candidates. It was also decided that this will be implemented with effect from Civil Services Examination, 2015.
But, before any action could be taken on this decision the then Government on 7th February 2014 decided to allow two more attempts to all categories with effect from CSE 2014 with consequential relaxation in maximum age limit for all categories.
Further, on 22nd August, 2014 in pursuance to the assurance given by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions in the Parliament on 4th August 2014 the new Government has decided that the candidates, who appeared in the CSE, 2011 will be given one additional attempt in CSE, 2015.
Hence, the current position in respect to upper age limit and number of attempts is as follow:
• Existing Age and Number of attempts for unreserved is 30 years and 4 attempts, SC/ST 35 years with unlimited attempts, OBC 33 years with 7attempts and 40 years with 7 attempts for general/OBC PH category and 40 years with unlimited attempts for SC/ST PH category.
• With the consequential changes age and attempts are
♦ Unreserved 32 years and 6 attempts
♦ SC/ST 37 years with unlimited attempts,
♦ OBC 35 years with 9 attempts and
♦ 42 years with 9 attempts for general/OBC PH category and
♦ 42 years with unlimited attempts for SC/ST PH category.