New Delhi, May 21: The government is mulling a significant change in the existing rules to allocate the service as well as the cadre to those who clear the prestigious All India Civil Services Examination. The Prime Minister’s Office has proposed that civil service entrants should get their cadre and services only after the three-month foundation course.
Under the existing rules, civil servants for 24 services, including Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Revenue Service (IRS) and others, are allocated cadre and services before the commencement of the foundation course, based on their rankings in the exam, conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
The PMO has written to all the cadre controlling authorities/ministries, seeking their views on the possibility of probationers being allocated the service/cadre based on their performance during the foundation course. It added that this might provide a better assessment of candidates selected for civil services and their suitability to various cadres.
A communication sent by the department of personnel and training to the cadre-controlling authorities stated that “…. the PMO has desired to examine if service allocation/cadre allocation to probationers selected based on the examination be made after the foundation course”.
The departments concerned have been asked to examine the feasibility of allocating service/cadre to candidates based on combined marks obtained in the All India Civil Services Examination and the foundation course, the communique added.
The government, however, said no final decision has been taken yet. “DoPT sources clarified that no final decision has been taken and it is one of the suggestions under consideration,” a government spokesperson said in a statement. Minister of State for personnel Jitendra Singh made a similar clarification.
“There was a suggestion to this effect which has been followed up by eliciting the views of all stakeholders. At present, the issue is still in the consultation stage. There is nothing more to it,” Singh told a newspaper. There are three all India services — Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFoS).
The departments have been asked to give their feedback on the proposal to allocate other central services like the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) and Indian Telecommunications Service (ITS) among others, a Personnel Ministry official said.
The UPSC conducts civil services examination in three stages — preliminary, main and interview — to select officers for various central services. (With PTI inputs)