UPSC looking to combine CAPF recruitment with civil services exams

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New Delhi, Updated on Feb 10, 2020 12:55 IST

It is planning to merge CAPF exams with civil services examination that selects IAS and IPS officers. As the syllabus has not been revised since then, the UPSC wrote to the Union Home Ministry in 2017  to finalize the new scheme.

The Central Government is looking to bring major changes in the recruitment of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs). It is planning to merge CAPF exams with civil services examination that selects IAS and IPS officers.  A proposal pertaining to this is underway in the backdrop of the Union government last year permitting the Organised Group A Service (OGAS) categorisation to Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) that consist of ITBP, SSB, CRPF, BSF, and CISF. The organised service tag permits a service to have its own recruitment regulations and greater possibilities for command, promotion, pay, and deputation of its officers.

The considerations are targeted to alter the arrangement and syllabus of the Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandant) exam that is being held by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) since 2003 for employing officers to lead these forces set up in the internal security and border guarding area of the country. As the syllabus has not been revised since then, the UPSC wrote to the Union Home Ministry in 2017, to get the comments on finalising the new scheme and pattern of the exam. 

The Union government had granted the OGAS tag to the officers of these forces on the Supreme Court orders last year. So, it is now being considered that this test can be combined with the civil services examination in order to make better cooperation between all the associated services like the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the Indian Police Service (IPS), the Indian Forest Service (IFoS) and others. The CAPF service can be declared a distinct entity in the UPSC civil services exam notification once a decision to merge the test is taken.

CAPF officials have approached the court looking to have its interference to make sure they get full benefits of the OGAS declared last year and curbing the tenure of IPS officers in their services up to a distinct rank and number.

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