“Two additional attempts and two-year age relaxation” for all categories of candidates in UPSC’s Civil Services Exams

Screenshot_7The Union Government approved two additional attempts along-with a consequential age relaxation to all categories of candidates for the Civil Services Exam conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The new rules are effective from Civil Services Examination 2014.

The UPSC conducts the civil service exams to select members of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Foreign Service (IFS) among others.

As per the revised norms, the Ministry of Personnel stated that from this year :-

  • Unreserved (or general category) category candidates will get six attempts until 32 years of age.
  • There is no restriction on the number of attempts by candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs). But the age limit for such aspirants has been extended by two years from 35 to 37 years.
  • The Other Backward Classes (OBC) candidate will get nine attempts until 35 years of age.
  • Physically handicapped candidates in the general and OBC categories will be eligible for nine attempts as against the seven at present. They will also get age relaxations of 42 years for general and 45 years for OBC candidates.
  • There is no cap on the number of attempts by physically handicapped candidates in the SC and ST categories while there will be an age limit of 47 years for them as against the present 45 years. 

Till 2013, an unreserved candidate is permitted a maximum of four attempts with the age limit for such candidates to take the examination being 30 years. 

Note: The Civil Services Examination (Preliminary), 2014, is tentatively scheduled for August 24, 2014. The examinations are conducted in three stages: Preliminary, mains and interview.

Hockey India (HI) accorded status of National Sports Federation (NSF) status

Screenshot_6Hockey India (HI) has accorded with the status of a National Sports Federation (NSF) for governing the sport of hockey (both men and women) in India. It will represent India in International events.

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports declared Hockey India as the sole body responsible and accountable for the overall management, direction, control, regulation, promotion and development of the sports discipline in India.
Hockey India will have to follow the guidelines of the Government and National Sports Development Code to get assistance and continued recognition.

How Hockey India got National Sports Federation (NSF) status?

To be recognized as a National Sports Federation, any institution or body needs to be recognized by its international body.

  • Hockey India’s recognition was mandatory by International Hockey Federation (FIH), as well as the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).
  • Since 2009, HI has fulfilled both the criteria as the FIH, Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) and IOA have considered it as the sole body responsible for the governance of the game in India.
  • Since 2012, HI and FIH have jointly organized major tournaments viz. the FIH Olympic Qualifiers, FIH World League Round 2, FIH Junior Men World Cup and FIH World League Round Final in India.
  • HI has also been conducting nationals in all the categories since 2011.

Note: Earlier, the Sports Ministry had derecognized it for not adhering to government guidelines.