To meet the huge demand of civil services aspirants for more time to adapt to the changes effected in the Civil Services examination pattern in March 2013, the government on Monday approved two additional attempts for all candidates with effect from the current year.
A Department of Personnel and Training order issued on Monday said the Central government had approved "two additional attempts for all categories of candidates’ w.e.f Civil Services Examination, 2014, with consequential age relaxation of maximum age for all categories of candidates, if required".
Civil services candidates, who now get just four attempts to write the prestigious exam, will now get six attempts. OBC category candidates, who are allowed seven attempts as per the rules, can now take the exam nine times. There is no cap anyway on attempts by a candidate of the SC/ST category.
The Civil Services Examination (Preliminary), 2014 is tentatively scheduled to be held on August 24 this year.