The Union government said on Wednesday that as many as 1,777 posts of Indian Administrative Service were lying vacant. These included 60 posts in Punjab and 46 in Jammu and Kashmir.
Of the total authorised strength of 6,154 IAS officers, 4,377 posts were filled, minister of state for personnel, public grievances and Pensions V Narayanasamy told the Lok Sabha in a written reply.
Of the total, maximum 216 vacancies are in Uttar Pradesh, followed by Madhya Pradesh at 118. The total authorized strength of IAS officers in UP and MP are 592 and 417, respectively, he said.
Besides, out of the total of 337 posts in Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram-UTs (AGMUT) cadre, 221 are filled.
Narayanasamy said 128 posts are lying vacant in Bihar, 112 in Rajasthan cadre, 100 in Jharkhand, 92 in Andhra Pradesh, 80 in Karnataka, 78 in Odisha, 70 in Manipur-Tripura, 69 in Tamil Nadu, 60 in Punjab, 56 in Kerala, 55 in Maharashtra, 54 in Chhattisgarh, 52 in Gujarat and 46 in Jammu and Kashmir among others.
He said the Centre has received requests from some state governments for increasing the quota for IAS officers in view of their increased administrative, social and other obligations towards the people.
The proposals of the state governments are under consideration as per the provisions of IAS (Cadre) Rules, which mandates the Union government to re-examine the strength and composition of IAS cadres in consultation with the state government after an interval of every five years.