The UPA approved two additional attempts for all candidates from the current year, ostensibly to enable civil service aspirants to adjust to the new examination pattern.
The announcement said all categories of candidates would get two more attempts with effect from this year’s examination.
The move comes days after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi promised civil service aspirants that he would take up their grievances. Gandhi had also signalled his disapproval to the manner in which the UPA introduced changes in the Civil Service Examination without consulting the aspirants.
Earlier, minister of state for personnel V Narayanasamy told Parliament that the government had received representations seeking relaxation in the upper age limit and the number of attempts but firmly rejected the demand.