Topic:Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business,
powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.
3)Discuss the legal, administrative and other issues associated with the idea of allocating cadres and services based on the combined score of CSE and FC.(250 words)
Why this question
The PMO has recently mooted the idea of including the score of Foundation Course (FC) in allocating the cadre and service in UPSC civil service exam. However, there are several issues involved. The question is related to GS 2 syllabus under the following heading-
Key demand of the question.
The question wants us to simply highlight and describe in detail about the legal, administrative and other issues associated with the idea of allocating cadres and services based on the combined score of CSE and FC. We have to highlight the issues under different headings separately here.
Discuss- we have to be as exhaustive as possible in our answer. We have to write in detail about the legal, administrative and also if there is any other issue involved.
Structure of the answer
Introduction– Mention the normal course followed for service and cadre allocation in CSE.
Also mention the recent proposal.
Body- Discuss in points, under different headings, what are the problems associated with the given idea.
E.g Legal issues- Article 321 which only authorizes UPSC to conduct UPSC exam will be violated, article 316 ( security of tenure of UPSC members) and article 319 ( bars from holding further office) will not be applicable on directors of academies where FC is done.
Administrative issues- Lack of capacity in present academies to conduct FC, Issue with cadre and service allocation in cases where people take EOLs (Extra-ordinary leave) etc.
Other issues- politicization of the process, higher chances of corruption etc
Conclusion– Bring out a fair, balanced opinion on the need to bring reform in the civil services exam and on the desirability of the present idea.