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New Delhi: The General category candidates – those not belonging to the SC, ST, OBC or the Economically weaker sections – were competing only for 304 that is less than 37 per cent of the 829 appointments to the various All-India services that have been recommended by the UPSC on Tuesday 4 August on the basis of the Civil Services Examination, 2019.
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The total number of candidates recommended for appointments from the OBC (251), SC (129) and ST (67) categories adds to 447 or 54 per cent of the total and that’s more than 50 per cent reservation for these categories. This is against the Supreme Court directive that reservation under no circumstances should exceed 50 per cent.
If one were to add the total number of General Category candidates (304) and the number of Economically Weaker Sections (78) who have been selected for various services, theier total comes to 382 which is 46 per cent of the total posts being filled this year.
The Big Question: When the Supreme Court has fixed a 50 per cent cap, should not the candidates availing reservation be kept within the ambit of the quota and the balance 50 per cent be kept for unreserved candidates only?
The thumb rule should be straight and without ambiguity. Political parties, both ruling and in the Opposition, should ensure overall reservation does not exceed 50% as laid down by the Supreme Court of India, and anybody applying for a seat or job under the quota shall not be eligible for general merit seat. Raising the quota limit beyond 50 per cent is unfair, unjust and discriminatory against those not covered by any quota though they may be economically disadvantaged.
We should not forget that the quota system in its present form is causing reverse social discrimination and it leads to more and more forward communities clamouring for Other Backward Classes (OBC) status and Governments succumbing due to electoral pressures.
Based on the result of the written part of Civil Services Examination, 2019 held by the Union Public Service Commission in September, 2019 and the interviews for Personality Test held in February-August, 2020, following is the list, in order of merit, of candidates who have been recommended for appointment to:
(i) Indian Administrative Service;
(ii) Indian Foreign Service;
(iii) Indian Police Service; and
(iv) Central Services, Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’
- A total number of 829 candidates have been recommended for appointment as per following break-up:
In accordance with Rule 16 (4) & (5) of the Civil Services Examination Rules
2019, the Commission is maintaining a consolidated Reserve List of
candidates as under:
Appointment to the various Services will be made according to the number of
vacancies available with due consideration to the provisions contained in
the Rules for the Examination. The number of vacancies reported by the
Government to be filled is as under:
|Central Services (Gr ‘A’)||196||34||109||64||35||438|
|Group ‘B’ Services||57||14||42||14||08||135|
- includes 45 PwBD vacancies (17 PwBD-1, 09 PwBD-2, 13 PwBD-3 & 06 PwBD-5)