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Separate IAS, Civil Services Exam Centre for Ladakh region

Last Updated on August 18, 2021 at 5:44 pm

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh, who is also Minister Incharge DoPT (Department of Personnel & Training), today announced the setting up of a separate IAS/Civil Services Exam Centre for Ladakh, to be located at Leh. 

The announcement came soon after Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh, R K Mathur called on the Union Minister at the DoPT headquarters in North Block to discuss the placement of IAS officers and other service related matters in the context of Ladakh. 

As per an official handout issued after the meeting, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will, from this year, have an Examination Centre at Leh, which will operate for the first time for the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2021, scheduled to be held on 10th of October this year. This will address a long pending demand of the youth from the Ladakh region whose grievance was that they found it difficult to reach Examination Centres in other parts of the country because of the constraints of affordability of air fare and uncertain weather conditions.  

The DoPT Minister recalled that about five years ago, the demand for a UPSC Examination Centre had been taken up by the Department, but it could not be carried further. However, now since with the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Ladakh has been given the status of a separate Union Territory, it was considered in the fitness of things to open an exclusive and self-reliant facility for the convenience of the IAS/Civil Services aspirants from the region, which has, in the past gifted some of the finest IAS officers to India.

In another major decision, Dr Jitendra Singh said that the Staff Selection  Commission (SSC), affiliated with DoPT, is conducting computer based examination for  selection to Group ‘B’ and ‘C’ posts of the Union Territory of Ladakh. This arrangement, he said, will streamline free and fair selection on merit for Group-’B’ and Group-’C’ posts in the Government departments.