On popular demand we bring to you in this article the Baswan Committee Report Recommendations. Civil Services examination that selects the top bureaucrats in the country is likely to see major changes like reduction of upper age limit and removal of an optional paper in the mains, to ensure a level playing field for all the aspirants. Baswan Committee Report Recommendations have been forwarded to the Department of Personnel for taking a final decision on the same and its consequent implementation. 

Baswan Committee Report Recommendations

Reason for commissioning Baswan Committee

The main reason behind commissioning the Baswan Committee report was the shortfall of IAS officers. In March 2017, Union Minister Jitendra Singh had informed Lok Sabha that there was a dearth of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) officers in the country. There are 4,926 IAS officers, which is 1470 less than the authorized strength of 6,396. As against the authorized strength of 4,802 officers, only 3894 IPS officers employed with the central government.

Baswan Committee Members

The committee constituted of four members – B.S. Baswan (Former Director, IIPA), R.K. Barik (Professor, IIPA), Akber Ali (research Officer, IIPA), and Pankaj Kumar Singh (Research Officer, IIPA). 

What did Baswan Committee take into account

The Baswan Committee took into account the number of IAS officers due for retirement in the period 2010-20, number of officers due for a promotion, and the existing number of vacancies and determined the over the course of ten years there would be a shortfall of 569 officers. 

Major Baswan Committee Recommendations

  • The number of IAS officers recruited every year should be to the tune of 180. With 180 IAS officers recruited every year, the backlog of 569 vacancies can be reduced by 443 in the year 2020.
  • Reduction of the age-limit (32 years of General category candidates, at present). However, the reduction in age limit will not be an easy thing for government to accept due to its electoral impact as well.
  • Removal of the optional paper. This was suggested by lakhs of UPSC aspirants as well and is likely to be accepted by the government.
  • A meaningful assessment should be done about the requirement of IAS officers every year to send a realistic requirement of Direct Recruits to the Government of India each year, and to monitor the vacancies under the promotion ceiling. 
  • To fulfill the requirement of IAS officers for the next 10 years, the intake through the civil service examination will needed to be limited to a certain number to maintain quality and to the balance the demand of different cadres. This number should be fixed on a realistic basis according to the cadre gap. 
  • The Process of settlement of disputes by the various state governments in relation to the promoted officers should be done in a speedy manner, in order to minimize the gap. 
  • The process of preparation of select lists should be initiated well in advance, while taking into consideration the number of vacancies that would arise in the next few years.