Many threads exist where people have brought out the problems with UPSC's conduct of the Civil Service Examination.
But hardly is there any discussion regarding the step-motherly treatment meted out to the aspirants of another All - India Service, The Indian Forest Services, which deals with a field as critical as our Environment.
And these issues had started right since 2013 when all of a sudden the prelims were made the same for both Civil Services and IFoS.
This is to bring to your notice few issues with regards to the recruitment procedure followed for Indian Forest Service (IFoS) via UPSC.
The eligibility for IFoS clearly says that students with only Science or Engineering backgrounds can apply for IFoS. But there is no checking of graduation documents / marksheets at the preliminary stage. As a result, many students who might be otherwise ineligible at later stages (due to Arts or other educational backgrounds) for IFoS, apply for it.
Now if they clear the cut off (which is usually 15-20 marks higher than Civil Service cut-off) they essentially deprive a potential eligible candidate of his/her chance at appearing for IFoS mains. (because only a fixed number of candidates will be allowed to sit for the Mains around 13 times the vacanices)
There is no way to rectify this injustice meted out to a deserving and eligible candidate under the present rules.
Unlike Civil Services, Indian Forest Service does not come out with a "Reserve List" of candidates who may have missed out from the final list by a few marks and who can be allotted the service in case someone opts out.
Every year there are many over-lapping candidates who qualify for both Civil Services and also IFoS. Many of them opt for Civil Services (and Allied Services) due to the physically challenging nature of the job of an IFoS officer.
Hence all 110 vacancies are usually not filled up yet at the same time, many bright candidates, who may have missed out by very few marks at the final interview stage, are also deprived of their chance to pursue this prestigious All-India Service.
Though there have been many petitions and protests in the recent past regarding the syllabus and format of Civil Service recruitment, nothing has been done to correct these wrongs meted out to Indian Forest Service aspirants every year.
The reserve list for the Civil Services 2016 has not been released yet.
Indian Forest Service should also get its due importance and DoPT and UPSC should also come out with a Reserve List for Indian Forest Service Examination.
Send emails to MoEF, DoPT and Dr. Jitendra Singh to bring this issue to their notice.