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Backwoods Babus

Children of rickshaw-pullers, farmers, clerks are cracking the IAS. Will they lead to a better, kinder bureaucracy?

Backwoods Babus
Backwoods Babus
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Who's Getting Into The Civil Services?

  • Less than 2 in 10 entrants were from a metro or a state capital in '04
  • More than 5 were born in a tehsil or district town in '04
  • One out of four are kids of fathers who have not studied beyond matriculation
  • 4 in 10 were engineers, techies or medics
  • New recruits are older. About 50% in '05 were over 25.
  • 4 in 10 now sit for the exam in Hindi, but English-types still have the upper hand
  • 12 of top 50 rank-holders in the latest (2006) civil services exam are OBCs
  • 32.5 % of IAS officers inducted in the last five years are OBCs
  • Despite reservation, only a tiny fraction of civil servants are first-generation learners
  • More women are making it to the IAS
  • Tamilians and UP-ites dominate the last three years' IAS intake

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