With controversy brewing over the civil services exam cut-off for economically weaker section (EWS) candidates being lower than that of other reserved categories, officials of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) have said that there is nothing legally or constitutionally wrong in the cut-offs announced by the commission.
The cut-offs for the three stages of the civil service examination (CSE) — prelims, mains and interview — conducted by the UPSC for 2019 are as follows: 98 for prelims, 751 for mains and 961 for the interview for the general category; similarly 90, 696 and 909 for the EWS category; 95.3, 718 and 925 for the Other Backward Classes (OBC); 82, 706 and 898 for the Scheduled Castes (SC) category and 77.3, 699 and 893 for the Scheduled Tribes (ST) category.
With the cut-off for the EWS category candidates being lower than that of the OBC category in all the stages, and lower than that of the SC and ST categories for certain stages, several took to Twitter to allege that the commission was making it easier for applicants from the general caste to clear the exam through the EWS quota.
This is the first time that the UPSC implemented the 10 per cent EWS quota for upper-caste poor in the CSE. This is in addition to the already-existing reservation granted to SCs (15 per cent), STs (7.5 per cent) and OBCs (27 per cent).
But due to the lower cut-off, the hashtag #End_Savarna_Quota_UPSC was trending on Twitter Wednesday.