Becoming an IAS officer is the most sought-after profession for aspiring minds in India. Though many dreams to become IAS or IPS, notable candidates relish the dream because of the limited seat availability. To get the premier civil services posting, one needs to crack the UPSC exam and then breeze through the interview.
If the results are satisfactory, immediate field posting will be given to the desired candidates. This has been the case so far. But according to a recent update from Prime Minister’s Office, cracking the civil services exam and clearing the interview is just not enough to get the IAS posting.
The update reads that the selection process may get tougher as the levels progress. The policy states that those who clear the examination and interview process, they have to go through a three-month foundation course where the candidates will be chosen based on the performance.
In this new system, the candidates will not only be judged based on knowledge but also by their leadership skills and teamwork. This also means that the new system can evaluate apprentices for their better choice of service. Nobody saw this proposal coming. But why exactly this move?
In a discussion with all ministries, Ministry of Personnel has asked them for comments on a recent suggestion received by the PMO that service and cadre allotment for civil servants should be done after they go through a three-month foundation course at the government’s training academy in Mussourie, Dehradun District of the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand. It has been learnt that the performance in the foundation course is essential for the ones to become IAS or IPS.
Every aspiring mind is entitled to his or her own choice of service. It is cognisance of the fact that IAS is the most preferred service by the candidates after securing top marks while others prefer to become IFS or the IPS. Those with lower ranks try their hands with allied civil services such as Indian Revenue Service, Indian Audit and Accounts Service and Indian Railways Service.
Currently, the IAS and IFS trainees go through a three-month foundation course at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie. The allotment of service will be entirely based on the total score as well as the aptitude score of the candidate.