State civil services officers to face UPSC test for promotion to AIS

State civil services officers will have to face a Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) test and interview for their promotion to the three All India Services (AIS). The Ministry of Personnel recently changed the rules for promotion from state services. The move was opposed by some states including Tamil Nadu.
The selection to IAS, IPS and IFoS from states’ services will be made through a 1000 marks four-stage process including a written exam and interview.
The new norms are

  • A state civil services officer will have to face the written examination comprising two papers – on aptitude test; and general studies in addition to state-specific questions.
  • There will be a third written paper on essay, comprehension and precis type only for non-state civil services officers in addition to two papers.
  • Successful candidates will face an interview and their Annual Confidential Report (ACR) will be assessed by a board.
  • The final merit list will be based on the marks obtained in four components – written exam, length of service, assessment of ACR and interview.
  • No cap on the number of attempts.
  • The scheme might be reviewed after its implementation for 3 years. 

Note: So far, the selection of state services officers into the three All-India Services – Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFoS) – was done on the basis of review of their seniority and ACRs.



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