ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Rethinking Questions


Many people agree that India’s civil services need reform. One step might be to reconsider some of the substance of the annual examination set by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) that serves as the gateway to public employment. A study was conducted on examination questions on public administration from a decade ago, and the questions were found to be outmoded.

Nearly 12,000 people appeared for the Civil Services Mains examination in September 2019. Many chose to write the two optional papers on public administration—one of the most popular optional topics for the last several years. These optional papers send an important signal about what matters in public administration. Universities, coaching centres, and textbook writers all keep an eye on the content of the UPSC optional papers. There is a strong incentive for everyone to “teach to the test.” Many state public service commissions also follow the UPSC practice when setting their own examinations, which magnifies the effect of its choices about topics.

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Updated On : 27th Dec, 2019
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