Reasons why Allahabad University is no More a Factory Producing IAS Officers

Dushyant Vanaik updated on : 25 Oct 2016

Allahabad University, with 13 decades of glorious history, is slowly losing its charm. Read further to know more.

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The University of Allahabad has always stood among the premier education institutes in the country with the reputation for providing some of the top IAS officers. Till as recent as 2010, it was known as a ’Factory producing Civil Service Officers'. AU, as it is popularly known, consistently produced dozens of students every year who entered the Indian bureaucracy for decades. In the years 2008, 2009 and 2010, it stood at fourth (with 26 selections), fifth (with 25 selections) and eighth (with 21 selections) positions respectively among the 170 institutions in the country.

But in the past five years, the selections have drastically gone down with 2013 witnessing a washout. So, why is one of the most prestigious institutes in the country producing a long line of IAS officers facing a sharp decline now?

Observers mention that there are multiple reasons for the downslide of the Allahabad University established way back in 1887. The major reason, as experts claim, is the aptitude test that was introduced in 2011. This test has made the English language an important part of the IAS examination and it became difficult for AU students to cope with the change.

Another reason that Prof Yogeshwar Tiwari from AU explains is the change in the examination pattern. He says that AU students failed to adapt to this change, since UPSC, in 2010, changed the nature of most of its paper from factual to analytical, even in streams like humanities.

Another big reason for AU's downfall is its dissociation with Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology (MNNIT) in 2002. MNNIT was set up in the year 1961 and was a major contributor in AU's civil services credit. It managed to keep AU among the top 50 institutions in the country for a long-long time. But after its dissociation with AU, the number of students being selected from MNNIT rose as compared to that from AU. As per the latest reports from UPSC, many technical institutions in Allahabad are not only making a stand in the top 50 institutions, they are also constantly defeating AU.

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