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Phiroze Vasunia

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199203239

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203239.001.0001

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Competitionwallahs: Greek, Latin, and the Indian Civil Service

Competitionwallahs: Greek, Latin, and the Indian Civil Service

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(p.192) (p.193) 5 Competitionwallahs: Greek, Latin, and the Indian Civil Service
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The Classics and Colonial India
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Phiroze Vasunia

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203239.003.0006

Entrance to the prestigious Indian Civil Service was regulated by competitive examination. The exams were introduced by Thomas Macaulay and Benjamin Jowett in the mid-nineteenth century after the closure of Haileybury in order to encourage the best students from good universities, and especially Oxford, to secure a place in the ICS. The marks/grades for classical subjects (Greek and Latin) were disproportionately high, a factor that favoured classics students from Oxford, and in fact a large number of students who read Greats at Oxford joined the ICS. Indian applicants were at a disadvantage since they were not able to study in India for the subjects that counted the most in the exams.

Keywords:   indian civil service, ics, haileybury, oxford, thomas macaulay, benjamin jowett, greek, latin, competitive examinations, marks/grades

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