New Delhi, 15 November, 2021: Bihar government has recently announced that general category women aspirants of central and state civil services examinations (UPSC and BPSC) will be entitled to receive INR 1 lakh as an incentive after clearing the preliminary exams. The government has started this scheme to encourage the women belonging to Bihar to appear in the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) exams. The government will keep track of all women candidates who qualify the preliminary phase of civil services exams and directly transfer the appropriated amount to the bank accounts of the qualifying candidates.
Incentive Scheme: Key Highlights
- The Bihar government already offers Rs 50,000 to all candidates who pass the BPSC preliminary examinations and Rs 1 lakh to all aspirants who pass the UPSC preliminary exams under the incentive scheme that is being run for many years.
- However, only aspirants belonging to scheduled castes (SC), scheduled tribes (ST), and other backward classes (OBC) were given incentives. Now, the state government has extended the scheme to all women aspirants in the state as well.
- The incentive will be provided to those women candidates who have not received any prior financial assistance or grants under other civil services encouragement schemes that are already being provided.
- As per the announced incentive scheme, the State Government’s Women and Child Development Corporation (WCDC) will provide funds to the candidates to help them prepare for the main examination and interview.
What is BPSC?
The Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) came into existence on April 1, 1949 after Bihar’s separation from Orissa and Madhya Pradesh. It is a constitutional body under Article 315 of the Constitution of India. Its constitutional status was pronounced with the declaration of the Constitution of India on January 26, 1950.
The BPSC initially began its functioning for the state of Bihar with its headquarters at Ranchi. The state government decided to shift the headquarters of the commission from Ranchi to Patna and it was finally shifted to Patna on March 1, 1951.