UPSC civil services and products examination: No higher age leisure for JK candidates this 12 months

New Delhi, Feb 12:  Unlike last year, there will be no upper-age relaxation for applicants taking the civil services examination 2020 who are domicile of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir between 1980 and 1989, according to a notification issued on Wednesday.

The age relaxation for
other categories will continue.

The Union Public Service
Commission (UPSC) has announced 796 vacancies in the country”s bureaucracy to
be filled through the civil services examination 2020, which will be held on
May 31, the notification said.


According to last year”s
civil services exam notification, the upper-age limit of 32 years to take the
test was further relaxable for up to a maximum of five years if a candidate had
ordinarily been domiciled in the state of Jammu and Kashmir during the period
from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 1989.

There is no mention of
such age relaxation in this year”s exam notification.

The erstwhile J-K state
has been bifurcated into two union territories– Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh
— with effect from October 31, 2019.

“A candidate must
have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32
years on the 1st of August, 2020 i.e., he must have been born not earlier than
2nd August, 1988 and not later than 1st August, 1999,” this year”s
notification said.

This upper-age limit is
further relaxed for up to a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to a
scheduled caste or a scheduled tribe; up to a maximum of three years in the
case of candidates belonging to other backward classes who are eligible to
avail of reservation applicable to such candidates, among others, it said.

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The UPSC will recruit
officers of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS),
Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS), Indian
Railway Accounts Service (IRAS) and Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS),
among others through the civil services examination 2020, the notification

This is probably the last
time that the officers of IRTS, IRAS and IRPS are being recruited through the
civil services examination after the amalgamation of the existing eight railway
services into the one — Indian Railways Management Service (IRMS), officials

The commission may
recruit IRMS officers from the next years onward. they said.

The number of vacancies
to be filled through the examination is expected to be approximately 796 which
include 24 posts reserved for persons with benchmark disability category, i.e.
three for candidates of blindness and low vision; nine for deaf and hard of
hearing; eight for locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy
cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy, among others,
according to the notification.

“Reservation will be
made for candidates belonging to scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, other
backward classes, the economically weaker sections and persons with benchmark
disability in respect of vacancies as may be fixed by the government,” it

The civil services
examination is conducted annually by the UPSC in three phases — preliminary,
main and interview.

The facility of
withdrawal of application is available for those candidates who do not want to
appear for civil services (preliminary) examination.

“UPSC has no provision to refund any fee amount paid by candidates, so in case of successful withdrawal of application the fees will not be refunded,” the notification said. Candidates are required to apply online. The deadline is March 3 till 6:00 P.M. after which the link will be disabled, the UPSC said .

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