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Rise Up Students, Your Future Is At Risk! Warns Rahul Gandhi Over Govt Proposal On Civil Services

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| May 22 , 2018 , 13:35 IST

Congress President Rahul Gandhi in a tweet on Tuesday warned students of the risk from the new government proposal on the allocation of cadres to students successfully clearing the civil services examinations.  

"Rise up students, your future is at risk! RSS wants what’s rightfully yours. The letter below reveals the PM’s plan to appoint officers of RSS’s choice into the Central Services, by manipulating the merit list using subjective criteria, instead of exam rankings," tweeted Rahul Gandhi.

The Congress president attached a letter from Joint Secretary (Admin) Vijoy Kumar Singh sent to Abhay Kumar Singh from the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. The letter detailed the PMO's suggestion for considering the performance of selected candidates in the foundation courses before awarding them their respective cadres.

Currently, the approximately 1,000 candidates selected every year in the annual All India Civil Services Examination are allotted cadres based on their rankings in the exam, which is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment to 24 elite services. The candidates then undergo the 3-month foundation course before taking up their service.

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According to the proposal by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) sent to all the cadre controlling authorities/ministries, the Centre wants the candidates to undergo the 3-month foundation course first, on the basis of which they would be allotted their respective cadres.

“A lot of newly selected civil servants take the foundation course as just a formality because they know that they have been allocated a cadre and services. When their marks/rank in UPSC and performance in foundation course will be at stake, they will take those three months seriously,” an officer said.

However, for candidates scoring high in the UPSC exams and performing poorly in the foundation course, their hard work may go to waste.

“If a person who has studied hard to get top rankings in UPSC exam somehow performs low in the foundation course, and if he/she is denied the cadre and service he/she wanted or deserved, then it would be unfair for them”, said another officer.