Q.3)“Lateral entry will bring in much-needed outside experience, buffer the talent within the administration and challenge the IAS into continuous self-improvement”. Critically evaluate.

Why this question 

UPSC has advertised for lateral entry in Central administration.

Key demand of the question 

An extensive analysis on the positive and negative impacts of lateral entry in administration.


Critically evaluate - Give your verdict as to what extent a statement or findings within a piece of research are true, or to what extent you agree with them. Provide evidence taken from a wide range of sources which both agree with and contradict an argument. Come to a final conclusion, basing your decision on what you judge to be the most important factors and justify how you have made your choice.


Define what lateral entry is and the purpose that the government intends to achieve with it.


In the first part, highlight the positive impact that the lateral entry in administration would have.

In the next part, highlight the issues that can emerge as a consequence of such a move. Suggest some other ways to reform administration processes.


Conclude with a balanced approach.