The general administration department (GAD)’s decision to call for names from state government departments after a lag of a year for selection to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) has stirred aspirants into action.
The GAD has called for names by July 22 for four posts.
A section of officers, however, is not very optimistic that the selection will take place as there is little time left for the completion of the process. Nonetheless, those keen are working overtime to ensure that their names make it to the list.
Madhya Pradesh is one of the few states that have not been making appointments to the IAS through this route regularly. The last entry through this route was in 2006 and while the GAD calls for names almost every year, the process gets stalled after that, owing to pressures from various quarters, suggest sources.
The IAS (Appointment by Selection) Regulation 1997 provides for selection of meritorious state government personnel from non-state administrative service (SAS) background to the IAS.
Out of the 33% of the IAS cadre strength of the state to be filled up by promotion, 15% of the promoted officers can come from the ranks of the non-SAS personnel.
There are about 30,000 nonSAS personnel in the state who are eligible for selection to the IAS.
However, the effective strength of the IAS officers from the non-SAS cadre cannot exceed 4.5% of the total cadre strength.
Secretary, GAD, Ashwani Rai, confirmed that departments have been asked to forward names by July 22.
As per procedure, the names would be scrutinised and a final list would be sent to the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for interviews preceding selection. The process has to be completed within the calendar year.
Sources said while the GAD has calling for names since 2007, they are not forwarded to the UPSC and the reason cited is complaints against those whose names have been forwarded.
The year 2008 was an exception when the names were forwarded to the UPSC and the candidates even went to Delhi for interviews but for some reason the interviews were cancelled. In 2012, the GAD did not even call for names.
Officers who are keen to make it to the IAS through this route are working overtime to ensure their names in the list.
The departments from where names are expected are industries, works departments, treasury and accounts, cooperatives.
The present year is crucial for those seeking entry because the Union government plans to introduce examinations for promotion to the IAS from next year.