The fate of seven Punjab Civil Service (PCS) officers of the 1992 batch, who are being considered for induction into the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), will be decided on June 7 during a crucial meeting between a panel led by Punjab chief secretary Rakesh Singh and the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) in New Delhi.
The PCS officers in the reckoning for elevation have to be below 54 years with an excellent service record. Seniority as well as merit, including past five years' annual confidential reports (ACRs), play a pivotal role in elevating a PCS officer as an IAS officer.
Government sources say that a panel of 21 PCS officers has been prepared, from which seven candidates would be selected during the meeting with the UPSC. There are seven IAS vacancies of 2011 and five of 2012. But at the June 7 meeting, the state government will take up the cases of officers selected to fill seven seats.
The 1992 batch of the PCS has 26 officers. Nine were elevated as IAS officers last year from this batch, while 15 are in the race to get the IAS tag.
It was after a long span that the UPSC had last year elevated 18 PCS officers as IAS against the vacant posts. Chief secretary Rakesh Singh, known for his deep roots in the union government, had played a crucial role behind the speed with which the tedious process of selection was completed after overcoming many administrative hurdles at the state and union government levels.
After selecting the seven officers at next month's meeting, the UPSC will send the list to the Punjab government to formally again clear it and send it back to the UPSC. The UPSC will then forward the names of the elevated officers to the union government's department of personnel and training for notification.
15 PPS officers in fray
This year, at least 15 Punjab Police Service (PPS) officers are likely to become Indian Police Service (IPS) officers. But the state government is yet to fix a meeting with the UPSC to elevate seniormost PPS officers.