Fewer recommended for central services in ‘bid to right-size govt’ | India News

NEW DELHI: Aishwarya Verma, who hails from Ujjain in MP and did his electrical engineering degree in Uttarakhand, is ranked fourth in the merit list of the Civil Services Examination and is the topper among male candidates.
PM Narendra Modi congratulated the successful candidates, saying that they “are embarking on their administrative careers at an important time of India’s development journey, when we are marking Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. “I fully understand the disappointment of those who couldn’t clear the Civil Services Exam but I also know that these are outstanding youngsters who will make a mark in any field they pursue and make India proud,” he tweeted.
Notably, a fewer number of 685 successful candidates were recommended for appointment to various services – IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS, etc – this year even as 126 were placed in the consolidated reserve list. In 2020, a total 761 candidates were recommended and 150 put in the consolidated reserve list. While this may indicate an attempt at “rightsizing’ as part of the “minimum government, maximum governance” policy, a senior government functionary, when reached by TOI, did not corroborate this.
Based on CSE 2021, 180 candidates have been recommended for IAS (same as 2020), 37 for IFS (against 36 in 2020) and 200 for IPS (same as 2020). However, the number of those recommended for Central ‘Group A’ Services has been pruned to from 302 to 242 and for Group B Services from 118 to 90.
CSE 2021 topper Shruti Sharma told TOI that she had made up her mind to join the civil services towards the end of her graduation from St Stephen‘s.
Ankita Agarwal, who did her schooling in Kolkata before pursuing Economics (Hons) from St Stephen’s college, said this was her third attempt at Civil Services.

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