What is Centre seeking to implement?

The Centre is considering a major change in the allocation of services to successful candidates of the civil services examination.

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has asked the department concerned to examine if the services can be allocated after the completion of the foundation course, according to an official communiqué.

The duration of the foundation course for officers of almost all the services is three months.

What is the present system?

At present, service allocation to the candidates selected on the basis of the civil services examination, conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), is made well before the commencement of the foundation course. The PMO has desired to examine if service allocation/cadre allocation to probationers selected can be made after the foundation course, as per the communication sent by the Personnel Ministry to different cadre-controlling authorities.

How the new system, if adopted will work?

The departments have been asked to examine the feasibility of giving due weightage to the performance in the foundation course, and making service allocation as well as cadre allocation to all-India services officers based on the combined score obtained in the exam and the foundation course, it said.

The Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) are all-India services.

The departments have been asked to give their feedback on the proposal to allocate other Central services such as the Indian Revenue Service and Indian Telecommunications Services, a Ministry official said.

(Adapted from the Hindu)