16 from J&K, Ladakh crack Civil Services Exam 2019

Srinagar, August 4: At least sixteen aspirants from Jammu and Kashmir have qualified the Civil Services Examination 2019 the results of which were announced on Tuesday by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

The list of 829 successful candidates made public by the UPSC on Tuesday included fourteen from Jammu & Kashmir and two from Ladakh. UPSC declared the final list of selected candidates based on the result of written mains examination held in September 2019 and the interviews or Personality Test held in February-August, 2020. UPSC conducts the Civil Services exam every year for selection of candidates to Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and other central services.

From this year onward, unlike past years, there will be no upper-age relaxation for applicants taking the civil services examination 2020 who are domicile of Jammu and Kashmir between 1980 and 1989, according to a notification issued by the UPSC. The UPSC had announced 796 vacancies in the India’s bureaucracy to be filled through the civil services examination 2020.

According to last year’s civil services exam notification, the upper-age limit of 32 years to take the test was further relaxable by upto a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the Jammu and Kashmir during the period from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 1989. The Civil Services Examination 2020 was scheduled to be held on May 31. The exam has been rescheduled to October 4 in view of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

Suhail Yousuf Shah
Suhail Yousuf Shah
Suhail Yousuf Shah is a Kashmir-based senior journalist.

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