UPSC Museum showcasing rare records

Museums are the sacred shrines of the rich heritage of a country. They are also a bridge and a medium of communication between the past and the present. Museums render a great public service to their diverse audience, engaging them in an enjoyable and enlightening experience even while enriching the learning opportunities for all.

With this thought in mind, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has come up with a first-of-its-kind of museum showcasing original pamphlets, documents, reports and other records of all the examinations conducted since the founding of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) in 1916. The Chairperson, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), Smt. Alka Sirohi inaugurated the Commission’s Museum on November 23, 2016. Entry to the Museum is free and will be open to public from 10 am to 2 pm (Monday to Saturday).   A Brochure about the Museum is available both in Hindi and English on the UPSC website: upsc.gov.in.

UPSC Museum
Photo courtesy: The Indian Express

The museum is divided into three sections – first shows the history, development and growth of administration in India. The section also provides information of other Civil Services in China, USA among others. The museum has been set up with a hope that it will inspire students and civil service aspirants and appreciate the history of this great institution.

The collection would be of interest to a wide cross section of people.  The items would be displayed in the Museum on a rotational basis. Presently 147 such articles have been displayed aesthetically, under one roof. In the Museum, state-of-art technology has been leveraged for displaying several documents of archival value digitally, through e-kiosks. Braille Panel has been fixed to facilitate the visits  of  visually impaired. The material, which is on display, covers the period since the founding of the Commission in 1916, upto 2015. It also gives rare details of prestigious examinations conducted during pre-to-post independence period to select the country’s bureaucrats.

Speaking on the occasion, Smt. Alka Sirohi said that the process of setting up this Museum had started when the Commission approved, in-principle, the setting up of an Archive-cum-Museum in UPSC on the ground floor of the Examination Hall building. It has taken a lot of effort in collection and collation of material for the vision to be translated into reality.

The outstanding objects on display at present include, Pamphlets of the Civil Service of India, 1916 and 1918 Examination,  Indian Imperial Police Service Examination, 1926, Combined Competitive Examination 1938, Pamphlets of various other examinations, Reports of the Islington Commission (1913),  The Lee Commission (1924), The J.R. Cylines Commission (1931).

It also showcases, Composition of Public Service Commission, 1924, Notification of India Civil Service Commission, 1935, Regulations relating to Indian Police Service, 1937.  Books authored by bureaucrats along with Mementos received from different organizations are the other objects that have been exhibited.  Panels showing lists of the Toppers of Civil Services Examination, Engineering Services Examination, Indian Forest Services Examination, Indian Statistical Services Examination, Geologist Examination, and Combined Defence Services Examination have also been displayed.

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