Aspirants of Group-I and Group-II posts have requested the State government to fix the upper age limit at 39 years for the notifications to be issued soon to help lakhs of graduates.

The aspirants argue that only five notifications were given in the last 18 years for recruitment in these ‘cream services’ while the notification was given only once in the last four years. Upper age was relaxed in the last notification after requests from the aspirants.

Similar benefit should be extended this time too as candidates were preparing seriously for the last few years expecting the notifications from APPSC. “Upper age limit is fixed at 39 years in States such as U.P., West Bengal and Kerala and similar norm should be applied in our State too,” says Sudhir an aspirant. The aspirants also met several Ministers and gave representations. “Every Minister was sympathetic to our views and promised to present our case with the Chief Minister,” said B. Sharma, another aspirant. Since the selections are based on relative merit everyone will get a fair chance to compete, argue other aspirants.

“No one will lose out with the increased age limit while lakhs of aspirants would benefit,” says Sudhir.

A few months ago, an all-party delegation also met the Chief Minister and urged him to increase the age limit. Officials said the APPSC has also brought the issue to the notice of the Chief Minister and the government was looking into the issue.