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States’ views sought on revised norms for promotion of state officers to IAS

Government has sought comments from the states on its revised scheme for promotion of state civil service officers into the ranks of IAS, IPS and IFoS.

Several associations of state civil service officers have opposed the government’s decision to hold examinations and interviews for selecting personnel into the elite services.

As per a new scheme, state civil service officers will now have to face a Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) test and interview for promotion to the All India Services.

So far, the selection of state service officers into the three All India Services of IAS, IPS and IFoS was being done on the basis of a review of their seniority and Annual Confidential Reports (ACRs).

But the Ministry of Personnel recently decided to change the rules for promotion from the state services – a move which is being opposed by a total of 18 state civil service bodies.

Comments on the matter may be communicated to the Department of Personnel & Training latest by 23 January, 2014, says an official order.

As per the new norms, the selection to IAS, IPS and IFoS from the state services will be made through a 1,000-mark four -stage process, including a written exam and interview.

State civil service officers will have to face the written test comprising two papers – Paper I on aptitude, and Paper II on General Studies and state specific questions.
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