SHILLONG, April 11: People who are yet to attain the age of 45 years and who belong to the Schedule Caste or Schedule Tribe section may soon be able to appear for the Meghalaya Civil Services examination as the state government has indicated that it is considering raising the age bar for these examinations from the existing 32 years.
“The matter of increase in upper age limit is being examined by the government and a decision will be arrived at by taking into consideration all aspects of the matter,” Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma informed the Assembly here on Wednesday.
Replying to a resolution moved by the lone Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) MLA from North Shillong Adelbert Nongrum, Conrad pointed out the pros and cons to enhancement of the upper age limit.
Conrad said that enhancing the maximum age limit to 45 years will give a fair chance to more aspiring candidates who have completed their minimum prescribed qualifications and also to give a second opportunity to those who could not clear the preceding competitive examination.
Conrad said that it is important to note that the duties of an MCS officer especially a field level post is physically demanding.
The CM however said if the upper age is increased to 45 years, the person would have only about 13 years of service considering the fact that the prescribed retiring age is 58 years.
“There would also be very less time to garner experience for efficient service delivery and also very less promotion avenues,” he said.
At the same time, Conrad said that with the introduction of the New Defined Pension Scheme, 2010 where the pensionary benefit is based solely on the factor of contribution, retirement benefits might not be viable for an individual with lesser years of service.
Earlier while moving the resolution, Nongrum urged the government to consider increasing the upper age limit in view of the fact that the MCS examination is being conducted after a gap of eleven years.