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Clarification : Civil Services Examination 2016 Final Results – Results Awaited

Dear Friends,

The Results for CSE 2016 are still awaited. There was an email from ForumIAS which said that results will be announced by 3PM on 30th May. This email was sent erroneously. We regret the inconvenience caused.

As per the annual convention, results are released within 1 week of finishing of the Interviews. Hence, we expect the CSE 2016 Final Results to be released this week.

However, we do not yet have any official communication from UPSC on the same.





IAS Vacancies at ‘Alarming Level’: Parliamentary Committee

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On a perusal of Annual Report 2016-17 of the Ministry, the Committee observes that shortage of IAS officers in this country has been a perennial problem since 1951. But now the vacancy position has increased to an alarming level. With the present rate of recruitment it will require decades to fill the existing vacancies.

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Vacancies in Civil Services has reached ‘alarming levels’. Parliamentary standing committee on personnel, public grievances, law and justice has recently stated that vacancies in higher level of Civil Services has reached ‘alarming levels’.

What does the Report Say?

The report was presented in the parliament recently.

  • The shortage of IAS officers has been a problem since 1951. But now, “the vacancy position has increased to an alarming level” with only 4,926 incumbent officers against a sanctioned strength of 6,396 (77%) as per the civil list dated January 1, 2016. The report Said.
  • There is a shortage of around 1,470 IAS officers as on January 1, 2016.

Note: Shortage of officers in key positions in government would affect governance.

Recommendation of the Parliamentary Panel

The panel has recommended that efforts need to be made to fill up remaining vacancies, either by:

  • Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) to train more IAS officers by utilizing the extra capacity at the Academy.
  • Increase the training capacity in Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA).

The panel was informed of 1,470 officer vacancies in the IAS (about 900 vacancies) from the direct recruitment quota, and rest from states’ promotion quota.

Reasons for Shortage in Vacancies

The DoPT secretary has told the panel that direct recruitment shortfall was primarily due to following reasons-

  • Cadre review.
  • For a long time, recruitment has been very low. Direct recruitment could not be increased suddenly as the training capacity for IAS officers was only 180 per year.
  • Problem of cadre management.

Observation by the Parliamentary Committee

The Committee failed to understand why lack of training capacity is mentioned as one of the reasons for not filling vacancies of IAS officers.

On a perusal of Annual Report 2016-17 of the Ministry, the Committee observes that shortage of IAS officers in this country has been a perennial problem since 1951. But now the vacancy position has increased to an alarming level. With the present rate of recruitment it will require decades to fill the existing vacancies,” the committee said.




Update: New UPSC Members

Air Marshal Ajit Shankarrao Bhonsle and Ms. Sujata Mehta have taken oath as Members, UPSC 

Air Marshal Ajit Shankarrao Bhonsle, AVSM, VSM took the oath of office and secrecy as Member, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The oath was administered by Prof. David R. Syiemlieh, Chairman, UPSC. He has done M.Sc., MBA and M. Phil from National Defence Academy, Defence Services Staff College, College of Defence Management and National Institute of Defence Studies, Japan. His forte is Flying Operations, Pre-commissioning Military Training & Education, Infrastructure development, Counter Intelligence, Capacity Building of Training Institutions, Defence Civilian Personnel Management, Cyber Security and Aviation Safety. He is the recipient of two Presidential Awards:- Vishisht Seva Medal and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal.

Ms. Sujata Mehta, IFS 1980, took the affirmation of office and secrecy as Member, Union Public Service Commission. The oath was administered by Chairman, UPSC. She served in Indian Missions in Mascow, Dhaka and at United Nations in New York. She also served on deputation to the United Nations in Gaza and New York. She served as Ambassador to Spain and as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva before returning to Headquarters in 2013 as Additional Secretary and later Special Secretary. She was appointed Secretary(ER) in Ministry of External Affairs in February, 2014 and has taken charge as Secretary(West) in the Ministry on January 11, 2016.


Economic Survey 2016-17 : 5 Things you should know.

The Economic Survey 2016-17 will be released today. Here are five things to know.

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1. What is the Economic Survey 2017?

Economic Survey 2017 is an assessment documents that presents a picture of the Economic Landscape of the country. The Economic Survey is released one day before the Budget.

The Budget is for the fiscal year 2017-2018, while the Economic Survey is as assessment of the last fiscal year , preceding it , that is 2016-2017.

It basically gives a detailed overview of different sectors and suggests the reforms measures required.

2. When is the Economic Survey Released ?

The Economic Survey is released one day before the Budget. The Budget is set to be presented on February 1, 2017. The Economic Survey is released on January 31, 2017 this year.

3. Who prepares the Economic Survey?

The Economic Survey is presented by the Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India. Arvind Subramaniam and his team will be presenting the Economic Survey 2017.

4. What is the significance of the Economic Survey?

First, the Economic Survey gives a holistic overview of the economy and sector specific issues.

Second. problems assessed in the Economic Survey and policy suggested, are often put to use in the coming years by the government. For example, Direct Benefit Transfer was much talked about in the past economic surveys and is being implemented right now.

5. What can we expect in the Economic Survey 2017?

One of the key things we can expect is Universal Basic Income.  It may be recommended by the Economic Survey – a form of social security that can be paid to individuals.

The government is not bound to follow the recommendations of the Survey. Government have been known to not follow very rational policy measures suggested by the Economic Survey.

Similarly, we can expect Banking Transaction Tax – a tax on all banking transactions ( one original proposal says – declare cash holdings as illegal, remove income tax, and have only Banking Transaction Charge) and lowering corporate tax, in light of government’s demonetization initiative.

Happy Waiting 🙂

And those of you waiting to get a print-out, you can pre-order one  at


Events News

Update: New UPSC Chairman!

Professor David R. Syiemlieh is appointed as the Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) by the President.

Syiemlieh is from Meghalaya and was a UPSC member. He will assume charge on January 4 and retire on January 21, 2018.

Syiemlieh has succeeded Alka Sirohi, a retired IAS officer.

He is the second person from Meghalaya, after Rose Millian Bathew, to hold the coveted post of UPSC chairman. Bathew was the first from Meghalaya to hold the post of UPSC chairperson.


He became professor of history and held various positions in the university, including the offices of dean of students’ welfare, proctor, director, College Development Council, and head of department of history. He was also the controller of examinations, Nehu, and was officiated as registrar of the university. Syiemlieh was pro vice-chancellor of the central university from 2010-2011 as well.In September 2011, he was appointed vice-chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University, Itanagar.Syiemlieh was actively engaged in Historical Research and has published a number of books and papers on the history of the Northeast.

We wish him Best of luck 🙂

Note: His profile would be important for UPSC Interview Preparation.


News Results

Prelims 2016: Survey Results & Estimation of Cut off for Prelims 2016

Disclaimer: The Cut off estimation from the below data reflects a very small sample size of student and does not reflect the official cut off by ForumIAS. ForumIAS does not come up with a cut off though members are entirely allowed to debate it. We, at ForumIAS would ask all those with marks around 100 or more to prepare for the Mains, even it is your last attempt.

For those of you for whom 2015 was not the last attempt should anyway prepare for Mains.

Hi Friends,

Thank you for attempting the test at Less than 3000 candidates submitted their scores. Lower than 5600 candidates who wrote the FREE open Test 😛

We removed a few hundred scores which were unrealistic or erroneous.

Anyway, going by the data, we have plotted a graph of the scores. A histogram, has been drawn.

See the scores below




Based on the above data, an estimated cut off in the range of 110 can be expected. This is purely based on this data and may have no relevance to actual cut off.

We again appeal to all those of you with scored in the range of 100 to prepare for the Mains Examination.

Exam Updates News Notification

NEWS : UPSC Releases Civil Services 2017 Calendar – Important Dates

The Union Public Service Commission has released the calendar for 2017. Wide ranging changes in the examination calendar have been made in the 2017 Calendar

Important Dates

Event This Year (2016) CSE 2017 Comments
Date of Notification (CSE + IFS) 27 April, 2016 February 22, 2017 The Notification is earlier this year to complete the process early and hold Prelims in June
Last Date to Submit Application 27 May, 2016 March 17, 2017
Prelims Examination August 7, 2017 June 18, 2017 This will leave less time for Prelims Examination. Candidates will have to gear up early for Prelims.
CSE Mains Examination December 3, 2017 October 28, 2017 You will have 4 months and ten days to prepare for the Mains after Prelims. You will get 2 Weeks more to prepare for the exam.
IFS Mains Examination November 12, 2017 December 3, 2017 For IFS this means very tough competition in Mains. Mostly candidates writing IFS are also writing CSE Mains, and prepare for IFS in a limited time. But from next year, candidates will have more than 1 month to exclusively to prepare for IFS. This should raise the bar for IFS as candidates are likely to be better prepared.


What it means for IFS Aspirants

For IFS aspirants, it means below things –

  • You get more time – one month extra – to prepare IFS Examination
  • Competition for IFS will get tougher as better candidates will have extra one month to prepare.
  • Competition may also toughen because many CSE aspirants do not fill up for IFS so that they can exclusively focus on CS Mains. The number of serious applicants for IFS is likely to go up because of  this .

What it means for IAS aspirants

  • It is good that the Calendar is available now. For IAS aspirants, an extra of 14 days between the Prelims and Mains is a boon. Boon because you get 14 extra days. This should especially help first timers.
  • Prelims preparation will have to be begun earlier than usual.

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News: B S Bassi , ex Delhi Police Commissioner appointed UPSC Member

This year, as Kilemsungla Ma’am retired after the IFoS Interview ( she was not there for CSE Interview ), we have a new appointment to UPSC.

B S Bassi, former Delhi Police Commissioner has been appointed as the new member of UPSC.

Bassi Sir retired at the age of 60 this year in Feb, so as a UPSC Member , he will serve a very long tenure – which is six years or 65 years whichever happens earlier.

So Bassi Sir will be taking Interviews for CSE 2016 till CSE 2018. He will retire in Feb 2020 and will not be taking Interview for CSE 2019 , assuming that Interviews are held in around April.

Earlier, K K Paul Sir was a member of UPSC who was also former Delhi Police Commissioner.