Is UPSC Civil Services Exam not conducted fairly?

UPSC Civil Services Exam: Lacs of aspirants apply for UPSC Civil Services Examination each year but a few of them are able to qualify the prestigious examination. UPSC CSE is one of the most coveted examination in India but recently, the Indian Parliament has been raising a lot of questions against the recruitment process of this examination.

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UPSC CSE Exam Prelims Answer Key Issue

In UPSC CSE Preliminary Examination, the candidates can not raise objections to the answer key. The answer key submitted by UPSC is the final one and no-one can raise any challenge to it. A parliamentary panel has said that – “this compromises the validity and fairness of the exam that picks India’s top civil servants”.

“In other words, the commission is depriving the candidates of an opportunity to contest the answer key before progressing to the next stage of the said examination,” the standing committee on personnel, public grievances, law and justice, headed by BJP member Sushil Kumar Modi, said in a report tabled in Parliament last week.

“This practice not only demoralises the candidates but also compromises the validity and fairness of the examination process.”

Read: In 2021 UPSC completed CSE recruitment process in 1.2 years, Check other years data

What UPSC said?

The UPSC told the parliamentary panel that it publishes the answer key of the preliminary test only after the main examination and interview have been held and the results get declared.

What Parliament Panel said?

Although the UPSC exercises the utmost caution to ensure the answer key is fool-proof, the possibility of errors cannot be ruled out, the House panel said.

“The committee, therefore, recommends that UPSC may take steps to publish the answer key right after the preliminary stage of the civil services examination and allow candidates to raise objections,” it said.

The panel also recommended that the schedule for the exam be tightened and a level playing field be created for examinees from different academic backgrounds.

Another issue

UPSC takes around 15 months to complete the recruitment process of Civil Services Examination. A Parliamentary Standing Committee has said the duration of any recruitment exam “should not ordinarily exceed six months”. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice said in a report tabled in Parliament earlier this week, “the UPSC should take steps to reduce the duration of the recruitment cycle significantly without compromising the quality.” Read this in detail 🠖