Ex Bureaucrat Sanjeev Sanyal On Multiple UPSC Attempts

Ex Bureaucrat Sanjeev Sanyal On Multiple UPSC Attempts

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Sanjeev Sanyal is currently a member of the Economic Advisory Council of the Prime Minister.

New Delhi:

 Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM) member Sanjeev Sanyal has said that 5-8 years of preparation for civil services examination by lakhs of students is a ‘waste of youthful energy’.

Mr Sanyal said one should only attempt UPSC or other such examinations if one wants to become an administrator.

“As mentioned, it (is) perfectly fine to attempt the UPSC or other such exams, but only if the person wants to be an administrator.

“The problem is that lakhs of people are spending 5-8 years repeatedly doing this exam as a ‘way of life’. This is such a waste of youthful energy,” he said in a series of posts on social media platform X.

Mr Sanyal further said it may come as a surprise, but his view is shared by most bureaucrats, who cleared the exam at some point.

“An attempt or two is fine for those who really want this path, but spending your entire 20s for it…is unhealthy,” he said.

The economist pointed out that an entire industry “indeed entire cities like Kota” is dedicated to taking an exam where less than 1 per cent of applicants will succeed.

“And this is (happening) every year. Imagine this huge effort being directed at other fields,” he said.

UPSC conducts the civil services examination every year in three stages – preliminary, mains and personality test (interview) – to select officers of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS), among others.

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