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Civil services-MBA lose sheen

New Delhi/Bangalore, Nov 27  (): As per the govt admission, civil services are losing their sheen. Karnataka Govt says that 50% of the seats for MBA course is lying vacant.

V Narayanasamy MOS (Personnel, Public grievances and pension) told the Parliament that the Govt has 6154 postings for Indian administrative service officers. Around 1,777 posts of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) are lying vacant. 4377 IAS officers are in service.

Union Govt has sanctioned 4730 postings for Indian Police Service (IPS) personnel and till date 1255 posts are lying vacant. Only 3475 IPS officers are in service. Other civil service posts in Indian Foreign Service (IFS) has a shortfall of 378.

Under the direct recruitment quota, the move was to increase the recruitment to civil services and has also now set a limited competitive exam to recruit IPS officers. Selection Committee meetings are held for conferring IAS, IPS on State govt servants. Unattractive pay packets, postings in rural areas, political interference and domination of senior officers are keeping away the youth from coming in droves to write the civil services exams, say educationists.

Karnataka Govt is sitting on a pile of MBA seats once most sought after by graduates. The state has 14148 MBA seats to offer. These courses are spread over 236 colleges. 8007 seats come under the merit quota for which the Karnataka Exam Authority does the admissions. Only 7600 aspirants joined the course. The management quota is no better.

Of the 13,000-plus seats available and filled up by the Karnataka Management Admission Test, only 9,000 students joined. With many companies cutting down on hiring and colleges offering no placements, students who have to pay around Rs 5 lakhs in a premier institute are not keen to join up.

In most colleges there is demand for part-time MBA courses since the students can take up jobs to pay for their studies. With centralized MBA exams, the students coming to study will be even lesser, feel the college officials.