Candidates who successfully cleared the civil services exams (CSE) 2012 and have joined induction training to various civil services can now write the CSE 2014.
The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has ruled that candidates who have cleared the CSE and have already joined training can now write the CSE 2014 in view of the recent relaxation in age and attempts made by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
In February this year, the central government had granted two additional attempts to all categories of candidates to write the CSE with consequential age relaxation of the maximum age to sit for the exam.
Now candidates in the age group of 21 to 32 years can take the prestigious exam conducted by the UPSC.
The tribunal’s ruling came while adjudicating pleas of eight candidates who successfully cleared CSE 2012 and joined the National Academy of Direct Taxes (NADT), Nagpur for induction training as 67th batch of Indian Revenue Service (IRS).
Last July, when the applicants had joined the induction training they had no more chance or attempt available to take the CSE 2014.
The candidates, therefore, did not apply for extra ordinary leave for taking the CSE after completion of joining formalities at NADT and joined the induction training.
However, after learning of the relaxed norm made by the UPSC in February, the candidates applied for leave.
This was not permissible as per the existing policy of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) as no officer is allowed to write the CSE during induction training.
Ordinarily, officer trainees who wish to write the CSE again are sanctioned extra ordinary leave for one year after completing their joining formalities and then asked to join along with the next batch of probationers for induction training.
In the case of the eight candidates, they were asked to take the exam after concluding of their training.
Considering the ‘extraordinary circumstances’ the tribunal asked the government to consider “favourably and sympathetically” any application made by such candidates for extra ordinary leave if they wish to prepare for the exam.
“Denial of opportunity to the applicants to write the CSE again is unfair as it denies them opportunity of career advancement,” the tribunal remarked.
“This will, however, not preclude the respondents (government) from regulating the period of leave of the applicants to ensure minimum disruption of their training schedule,” the tribunal added.