Sunday, September 22, 2013

State Service Officers to appear for written test and interview for promotion to IAS and IPS cadre

Promotion to IAS and IPS cadre is going to be more tough and competitive for state service officers as the central government is planning to introduce written test and interview for their promotion.
Under the new scheme proposed by government, state service officers may require to sit for written test and interview for promotion to IAS and IPS cadre.
In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, V Narayanasamy the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension said that few changes have been approved for consideration in the process of promotion quota recruitment in the All India Services.
According to the existing norms, assessment of candidates is mainly done on the basis of his/her service records. However, in the revised scheme, it is proposed to be based on four main components viz, written examination, consideration of performance appraisal reports, length of Service and interviews.
Under the new scheme, state service officers may have to sit for written test and interview for promotion to IAS and IPS cadre.
The All India Services cover the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFoS). This decision for change in the recruitment system was made after consultation with the state governments and the Cadre Controlling Authorities- Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Environment and Forest .
The minister also stated that for implementation of the proposed scheme amendments to the existing norms and regulations are also necessary.
However, there have been objections made to the central government that the new proposal will undermine experience and become detrimental towards the senior officers in the state services. Narayanasamy added that the inputs received in this regard will be notified while framing new regulations and bringing in amendments.
The move came on the recommendation from Administrative Reforms Commission and the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) which suggested changes in the existing system.
As per the proposed changes, the selection to IAS, IPS and IFoS from states' services shall be made through a 1000 marks four-stage process including a written exam and interview
The selection to these services, if Centre's proposal is accepted, will be through a common written examination having maximum 400 marks (with 40 per cent weightage) and consideration of additional length of service rendered by an officer in state police service having maximum 200 marks (20 per cent weightage.
Besides, assessment of service records will have maximum 250 marks (25 per cent weightage) and interview by a board will have a maximum of 150 marks and 15 per cent weightage for selection of an officer.
The two-paper exam will have tests on aptitude and on general studies. The second paper will have state specific and service specific questions respectively. "It is requested that the comments of the state government, if any, on the above regulations may be sent to this department urgently, on or before May 31, 2013 failing which, it will be presumed that the state government does not have any comments to offer in this regard and further necessary action will be taken accordingly," the DoPT said in its directive to state governments.
UPSC exam to induct State civil service officers into All India Services opposed
In a letter to the Prime Minister on Thursday, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa lambasted the Central government's "in-principle" acceptance of a proposal by Union Public Service Commission to induct State Civil Service officers to All India Services through a common written examination.

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