News reports suggest that once the new quota bill for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) comes into effect, there is every chance that more attempts would be given for General Category Candidates in UPSC Civil Services Exam.
Big News for IAS aspirants!
Once the new quota comes into effect, job aspirants from general category could enjoy similar relaxations given to OBC candidates. These include relaxations in terms of age limit, number of attempts, and cut-off marks.
The OBC candidates currently have an upper age limit of 35 years and nine attempts to crack civil services examination while candidates from the general category have an age limit of 32 years and are allowed only six attempts. For SC/ST candidates, the upper age limit is 37 years and there is no limit on the number of attempts.
The upper age limit of General Category (EWS) may increase to 35 years
Hopefully, EWS candidates from General Category could try for UPSC Civil Services Exam until they attain the age of 35 (just like the non-creamy layer OBC), instead of the present upper-age limit of 32.
The number of attempts for EWS (General Category) may increase to 9
The number of attempts permitted for the Economically Weaker Section among General Category may increase to 9, instead of what is currently permitted, ie. 6.
Fewer marks may be needed to qualify for the job
The cut-off marks needed for General Category candidates (EWS) to qualify Prelims, Mains or interview may also reduce, similar to OBCs.
Relaxations may be applicable to all government jobs, and not just UPSC exams
The new relaxations may be applicable not only for UPSC Civil Services Exam but all other government exams as well.
Millions of candidates in the general category will enjoy relaxations in terms of age limit and the number of attempts to apply for government jobs, including the civil services.
Another bill likely soon…
As per the Financial Express report, the government will most likely introduce a detailed bill in the upcoming budget session that will deal with all these aspects of 10% quota for general category candidates.
The session is expected to start from 31st January and the government will push through its pending legislative business in this two-week long session which will be the last one before general elections due in April-May this year.
“The government will bring in another bill that will deal with all these aspects,” said a senior BJP leader in the Rajya Sabha who is aware of the development.
Who will get the benefit of these relaxations?
The Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) among the General Category.
Will you come under the EWS?
For the purposes of article 15 and article 16, “economically weaker sections” shall be such as may be notified by the State from time to time on the basis of family income and other indicators of economic disadvantage.’
The states will have the freedom to decide on the income criterion of beneficiaries under the bill.
The government referred to an annual household income of up to Rs. 8 lakh for determining the economic backwardness of a candidate from the general category. This is exactly the same for determining the creamy layer for other socially and educationally backward class (OBC) candidates.
Will Supreme Court allow the EWS relaxations?
All these relaxations will be subject to the approval of the EWS quota bill by the Supreme Court.
As the EWS quota crosses the Supreme Court prescribed limit for reservation (50% in total), it will be under the review of SC. Moreover, the new act by affecting the merit has, in turn, reduced the effective share of vacancies for candidates belonging to SC, ST, OBC, and General.
If the Supreme Court quash the new bill, the IAS exam eligibility will remain the same, as before.
UPSC Notification for Prelims 2019 soon
Union Public Service Commission will release the notification for Civil Service Prelims and Indian Forest Service Prelims on February 19, 2019. Hopefully, this would clear the air on many of the new developments.