Ranchi, Aug. 28: Union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh may have promised it, but a centre in Ranchi to host the mains of civil services and forest services exams is unlikely to become a reality this year.
Speaking to The Telegraph on condition of anonymity, a senior official of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) said they had no plans to hold the IPS, IAS and IFS mains, scheduled in October, in the state capital as of now.
“Right now, there is no such proposal to grant Ranchi a centre for the exams. There should have been a centre for Jharkhand, but then it is a policy decision. Awarding centres for mains depends on factors like the number of examinees from the given state, whether they opt for a particular centre, geographical concerns at al,” he said.
Ranchi is already among the 45 centres notified by the UPSC for conducting the prelims.
During a visit to the state in June, Ramesh had said that Ranchi would become one of the centres for civil and forest services main exams from this year. The Union minister had also claimed to have spoken to the central government, UPSC and Union minister of state for personnel V. Narayansamy.
The UPSC official this correspondent spoke to conceded that the number of successful students in civil service exams from Ranchi has gone up over the years. This year, a total of 14,958 cleared the mains.
The results of the past few years further showed several candidates from Jharkhand making it to the toppers’ list.
In 2012, 12 students from Jharkhand had cracked the exams with Neeraj Kumar, Awkash Kumar and Kishore Kaushal even grabbing ranks. In 2011, Iva Sahay, Tanvi Sundriyal and Rajiv Ranjan Singh — all from Jharkhand — had ranked third, sixth and 191th, respectively. In 2009 Indrajit Mahtha had secured the 11th position. Some other successful candidates were Umesh Agarwal, Omprakash Patel, Faizul Haque, N. Khalkho and Yogesh Ranjan Tamwar.
“Ideally, every state capital should have been allotted a centre for the mains. UPSC must explain the reason behind denying Jharkhand a centre,” an academic and former vice chancellor of Ranchi University A.A. Khan said.
Sumit Kumar Jha of Ranchi, who is set to appear for the mains, said: “Appearing for the test at the home centre has a certain psychological advantage. Besides, it saves time energy and money of the students. I have chosen Patna as an exam centre.”