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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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The Classics and Colonial India

Phiroze Vasunia

Oxford University Press

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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