SC/ST, OBC get 3 chances for IPS

September 3rd, 2010
Age Corespondent Share Buzz up!The Centre has decided to give one more
chance to SCs, STs and OBCs to crack the special examination proposed
by the Union home ministry to fill the shortfall of IPS officers in
the country. The move has come after the Prime Minister’s Office
raised concern over the shortfall of SC/ST officers in the IPS.
Government sources said that there is a shortfall of at least 30
officers in the reserved category in the elite police services every
The ministry had proposed “limited recruitment’’ to the IPS by holding
special examinations, by the UPSC, for officers belonging to the state
police forces, central police organisations (CPOs) and central
paramilitary forces (CPFs). Following a review, fresh changes have
been incorporated by the MHA to give three chances to officers
belonging to the SC/ST and OBC category against the two attempts given
to officers belonging to the general category.
Apart from this, the home ministry has also decided to incorporate the
standard quota provisions giving reservation to SCs, STs and OBCs in
the proposed lateral induction into the elite services.
After the UPSC turned down the proposal, the MHA approached the PMO to
overrule the UPSC decision which directed it to consult the law
ministry on the issue.
As per the MHA proposal, the competitive examinations would be open to
assistant commandants or deputy superintendent of police with at least
five years experience in the five major CPOs and CPFs like the CRPF,
BSF, ITBP, SSB and CISF and state police who are less than 35 years of
The ministry has sent the reworked proposal to state governments for
their comments. However, facing resistance from the IPS officers who
fear a dilution of the elite services, most states have not responded
yet. The MHA has given an extention of 30 days to the states to reply.


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