New Delhi, Feb 26: The government's hiring 980 officers to fill up vacancies in IAS, IFS and IPS through civil services exam 2017 is the lowest in the past five years.
A total of 1,079 and 1,164 vacancies were reported to be filled through the civil services examinations 2016 and 2015.
The number of vacancies to be filled on the result of civil services examination 2017 is expected to be approximately 980 which include 27 vacancies reserved for those in physically handicapped category. The vacancies for this year's test are lowest advertised in the past five years by the government.
The civil services preliminary examination 2017 has been preponed and is scheduled to be held on June 18, instead of August. The Union Public Service Commission will be conducting the examination in June after a gap of three years. The last date for receiving the applications for the preliminary test is March 17.