UPSC - Baswan Committee

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) constituted the Baswan Committee to review the modus operandi of the commission for conducting the Civil Service Examination (CSE) earlier this year in August.

It is speculated that the committee headed by retired IAS and former Human Resource Development Secretary, BS Baswan, has recommended a few changes in the CSE pattern. However, the Centre has so far refused to disclose the recommendation forwarded by the said committee.

In a response to the RTI filed by some petitioners, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said that the Baswan Committee has submitted its report to the government in August 11 this year and further reiterated that no further information specific to such query can be shared at this stage.


  • It is believed that the Baswan Committee has submitted its suggestion to the government urging the reduction of upper age limit for the Civil Service Examination (CSE)
  • According to reliable sources, the committee has critically analysed the model of examination, numbers of papers, test duration, weightage of marks, marking scheme and system of evaluation
  • The upper age limit is extendable for reserved category such as SC/ST, OBC and those who had ordinarily been domiciled in Jammu and Kashmir during the period from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 1989
  • According to reliable sources, the recommended upper age limit for CSE is 26 years for the general category
  • The upper age limit for the SCs/STs will remain as it is.

According to the existing norms, to take the coveted exam, aspirants must have attained the age of 21 years and should not have exceed the upper age limit of 32 years for the general category.