Engineers are 50% of those who crack UPSC: Centre 

Nearly half of those who crack the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) civil services examination are engineering graduates. And a large number of them do so by opting for subjects like public administration and sociology. This was informed by the union minister Jitendra Singh.


He was replying to the question hour in Rajya Sabha. Jitendra Singh also said that among the 20 toppers this year, 19 were engineers and one was a doctor. Highlighting more, he said not even 10 per cent of the doctors opt for medical science as their option. Doctors and engineers choose optional subjects different than what they have studied, for the civil services exam.

He was replying to supplementaries. This after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member Subramanian Swamy asked whether the government had received representations to include Ayurveda as an optional subject for civil services examination.

In his written reply, the minister of state for personnel, public grievances and pensions said the issue was under examination by the government. He also said that there are 48 optional subjects for the examination. To support his statement Singh further said that Ayurveda not being an optional did not mean that Ayush graduates could not appear for the examination.


Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) had declared the result of the civil services preliminary exam in June. The main exam is scheduled to be held on October 2017. The papers will be conducted over a week’s time starting from 28 October to 3 November. Close to 14000 candidates have qualified the civil services preliminary exam.

Candidates must fill the detailed application form (DAF) for the main examination on the UPSC website. Candidates are advised to carefully read the guidelines for filling DAF form, since no changes can be made after final submission

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