[RTI] Finally got the “top-secret” Nigvekar Committee report on Civil Service Exam Reforms- Even more radical than expected!

Nigvekar Committee report-highlights

[RTI] Finally got the “top-secret” Nigvekar Committee report on Civil Service Exam Reforms- Even more radical than expected!

  1. Nigvekar report is more radical than I had expected
  2. Word of advice
  3. Index of the report
  4. Executive summary and recommendation
    1. Proposed Mains structure
    2. Count language marks in final list
    3. Double the Language marks for North East candidates
    4. Only graduation related optional subject
    5. Six group of Optional Subjects
    6. Personal narrative before interview
    7. Service preference can be changed during training
    8. Topper can re-appear only ONE more time
    9. Assessment Post-Training
    10. Change exam system every five years
    11. Create separate R&D Center
  5. Fodder material: Qualities of an Ideal civil servant

Nigvekar report is more radical than I expected

After nearly two years of RTI stonewallingTM and Lord Curzon-giri, today UPSC handed over the Nigvekar Committee report to me. Spread across more than 200 pages and six chapters, his report contains observations that are even more radical than I had expected. For example:

  1. Many IIT/IIM walla get selected in Group-B posts, but they leave the job halfway, thereby wasting the seat and reducing the chances of other candidates to qualify in the exam. So, remove group-B jobs from Civil service exam. (indirectly hinting that Group-B should be recruited by Staff Selection commission.)
  2. And among the group A jobs, create two separate civil service exams– one for [IAS, IPS and IRS], while second separate exam for other remaining group A jobs.
  3. Donot allow past-toppers to re-appear in the exam more than once.
  4. Donot allow people with less than 50% in graduation to sit in prelims.
  5. Prelim score card should have validity of two years (Meaning “senior player” should not be forced to prelims give again.)
  6. Give specific booklist along with syllabus. (to get rid of coaching menace)
  7. Three days interview, Group discussion, psychological-profiling similar to SSB.
  8. Each interview candidate should be interviewed by “ALL boards” then take average score, so there is no biasedness.
  9. In the elite Management colleges, you need to send a “admission-essay” before interview, Nigvekar recommended similar system before UPSC interviews.
  10. Consolation prize- those who fail in interview should be given atleast some non-gazetted posts or alternative career opportunity.

^this just a “trailer” of the third chapter of his report. (He has written total six chapters). But, the Most interesting part: UPSC’s own research wing gave input to Nigvekar that:

  1. CSAT paper- II favors Urban English medium candidates and it is hurting rural candidates.
  2. Candidates with poor command over general studies are qualifying because of their good command over aptitude. (Since even the best candidates in general studies, cannot score beyond a point in GS paper- given its toughness). Thus, graduates from non-science/engg. background are hurt in the competition.

Nigvekar clearly mentioned ^this in chapter 3 of his report. No wonder, why UPSC was hellbent on hiding this report from RTI queries!

Word of advice: take a chillpill before reading

  1. There is no need to lose sleep over this report.
  2. There is no need to run into debate-wars with each other in the comments- about reservation, engineer-non-engineer etc. things.


  1. Whatever few reforms were to be taken- have been taken in 2013 (e.g. combining IFoS, four GS paper, ethics paper etc.)
  2. Some of the recommendations were even reverted (e.g. allowing non-arts graduates to pick literature optional).
  3. Besides, the age-attempt limit has already been relaxed by DoPT. (click me)

In short, UPSC hasn’t fully-implemented the report, which indirectly hints that most of Nigvekar’s radical recommendation will go in cold storage just like the Committees before him. so there is no need to lose sleep, no need to debate-war among each other.

I’m publishing the report, because of its utility as fodder material in

  1. Essay and interview about “Civil service reform”, GS4 case studies etc.
  2. Public Administration Mains: personnel administration, Indian administration related syllabus topics.
  3. (and mainly) To help my fellow specialists in orkut and Delhi, to come out with new conspiracy theories. (After all, there hasn’t been any new conspiracy theory in rumor-market for quite some time.)

In short read this report as timpass sitcom. No need to get stressed over anything.

Index of the report

Acknowledgment 1
Executive summary 2-11
Chapter1: Introduction 12-25
Chapter2: The need for formation of the Committee and the job entrusted to it 26-37
Chapter3: Feedback/inputs received by the Committee from various stakeholders/ sources 38-55
Chapter4: Problems envisaged with the existing scheme of examination 56-86
Chapter5: Proposed framework in the light of terms of reference placed before the Committee 87-95
Chapter6: Recommendations and conclusion 96-131
Annexure 132

In the current article, we only the executive summary. (page 2 to 11). Remaining chapters will be published soon. (Reason – it takes time to get the papers scanned, typed and formatted).
Nigvekar Committee report-highlights

Executive summary and recommendation

December 2011: UPSC formed this Committee under Prof.Nigvekar to recommend reforms in civil service examination.

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