In a welcome relief to the civil services aspirants of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, the central government has come up with the decision of extending the next-year end the upper age limit relaxation of the students of the state.
The residents of the state can now appear for the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exam until they reach the age of 37 years. The UPSC has issued its latest notification that clearly states that the lower age limit to appear in the central civil services examination will be 21 years and the upper age restriction has been set at 32 years (as on August 01,2014).
A recent order from the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) confirmed that the central government has decided to extend the age limit for a further period of two years beyond December 31, 2013. The order will apply to all persons who have ordinarily been domiciled in Jammu and Kashmir during the period from January 01, 1980 to December 31, 1989. Further, the department asserted that change in rules will not adversely affect the interest of any person.
The DoPT had already issued a notification in Jammu and Kashmir (Relaxation of upper age limit for recruitment to Central Civil Services and Posts), 1997, for the purpose of relaxing the upper age limit till 2015.
The recently published civil services 2014 notification clearly states that the upper age limit can be relaxed up to a maximum of five years. However, the rule is applicable only to a candidate who had ordinarily been domiciled in the state of Jammu and Kashmir during January 01, 1980 to December 31, 1989.
The DoPT had also directed the Department of financial services, the Ministry of Railways, Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Space, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and the Department of Electronics to issue similar orders for appointment to posts under their ambit.