Modern History Simplified: Indian Civil Services Act 1861

1. This Act reserved certain offices for covenanted civil servants but the examination was held in England in English language, based on classical learning of Greek and Latin.
2. The maximum permissible age was gradually reduced from 23 (in 1859) to 22 (in 1860) to 21 (in 1866) and to 19 (1878).
3. In 1863, Satyendra Nath Tagore became the first Indian to qualify for the Indian Civil Service.

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