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Bharat Cadre

The IAS isn’t a preserve of the elite any longer. Candidates from the hinterland, often with disadvantaged backgrounds, are laying claim to its hallowed ranks.

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31 August,2020

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  • Cover Story

    Except Jholawallahs

    With the highest strike rate, RSS-linked Samkalp has former...

    August 31, 2020 | Bhavna Vij-Aurora
  • Trailblazers

    Giving Up Code

    Gave up Infosys job to serve the country

    August 31, 2020 | Ajay Sukumaran
  • Trailblazers

    A Neater Shot

    An engineer who found her calling in UPSC

    August 31, 2020 | Ajay Sukumaran
  • Trailblazers

    Showkat Parray, The Humble...

    Veterinary science beckoned, but his journey from a north Kashmir...

    August 31, 2020 | Naseer Ganai
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    Undeterred By Darkness

    Lost eyesight at the age of five but this Tamil Nadu girl never ...

    August 31, 2020 | G.C. Shekhar
  • Trailblazers

    Farmer To The Iron Frame

    Student from small village overcame language barrier to crack the...

    August 31, 2020 | G.C. Shekhar
  • Trailblazers

    High On Confidence

    Himachal prodigy pursues childhood dream of becoming an IAS officer

    August 31, 2020 | Ashwani Sharma
  • Trailblazers

    Target Practice Of A Supermom

    She balanced housework, parental duty and an intense study regimen.

    August 31, 2020 | Harish Manav
  • Returnees

    Babu Got Back

    What is prompting civil servants to quit one of the most coveted professions in India?

    August 31, 2020 | Preetha Nair

    ‘A Farmer’s Son Making It To...’

    Inspired by Anu Dahiya, a housewife and mother from Sonipat who stood second in 2017, fellow Haryanvi...

    August 31, 2020 | Harish Manav
  • Interview

    ‘Our Education Must Be...’

    Sultanpur, in UP, Class X in a state board Hindi medium, and public spaces hostile to girls…

    August 31, 2020 | Neeraj Jha
  • Opinion

    An Ideal Elite

    The current lot of IAS officers compares very favourably to the older generation. But...

    August 31, 2020 | K.M. Chandrasekhar


  • Turncoats: An Open Season

    As Trinamool embarks on an aggressive rehabilitation and...

    by Snigdhendu Bhattacharya | August 31, 2020
  • Language Of Politics

    More voices from the state demand learning of Hindi.

    by G.C. Shekhar | August 31, 2020
  • Towering Inferno

    The draft Environment Impact Assesment has triggered outrage...

    by Puneet Nicholas Yadav | August 31, 2020
  • No Reason To Apologise, Your Honour

    Prashant Bhushan quotes Gandhi to defend freedom to speak his mind.

    by Puneet Nicholas Yadav | August 31, 2020


Kamala, Here She Comes

First Indian-American to run for US vice president

by Seema Guha | August 31, 2020

Sans Frontiers

Headlines from around the world last week.

August 31, 2020


  • Anatomy Of A Riot

    A blasphemous FB post, police inaction, a truculent SDPI and rumours of Congress infighting...all lead up to Bangalore's worst street rioting in years

    by Ajay Sukumaran | August 31, 2020
  • Power Panch In Odisha

    An elected member stands accused of misutilising her powers.

    by Sandeep Sahu | August 31, 2020
  • When The Flock Loses Its Way

    A moralist in the age of pragmatic politics, former Himachal CM Shanta Kumar shows the way yet again, going into self-quarantine and chiding the present incumbent.

    by Ashwani Sharma | August 31, 2020
  • Mixed Shots

    Passing through: A chuckle here, a teardrop there.

    August 31, 2020

The News


In case you missed it: News and newsmakers from India over the past week

August 31, 2020



A Covid-Era How-To For the Money-Wise

Lessons on investor behaviour during the unprecedented pandemic

August 31, 2020| Lola Nayar, Yagnesh Kansara & Himali Patel

Arts & Entertainment

Mewat In The Mirror

Jasraj was one of the early popularisers of Hindustani classical, his voice timbrally pleasing and rich, but ductile enough to be drawn into thin filigree

by Sunil Menon | August 31, 2020

‘I Am Happy About The New Phase In...’

Returning with a debut Netflix series, 51-year-old Bobby Deol speaks with the wisdom of hard years as he reminisces about his partial eclipse, alcohol and being a star son.

by Giridhar Jha | August 31, 2020


  • A Rotor Blade

    MSD impressed as rookie, champ, skipper in the quest to excel for India

    Sachin Tendulkar | 31 August 2020
  • 'M.S. Dhoni Doesn’t Need A Godfather'

    Former BCCI and ICC bossman N. Srinivasan opens up about his...

    By N. Srinivasan | 31 August 2020
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    Styled Yours, Mahi

    Seen from the perch of his great brand appeal, Dhoni is in the sublime...

    By Arun Pandey | 31 August 2020


Beirut Diary

The sofa shakes, but it’s not an earthquake…. It’s one of the strongest...

by Cilina Nasser | August 31, 2020