A STATE civil services officer may soon have to take a compulsory written test to get elevated as an IAS or IPS, minister of state in the ministry of personnel, public grievances and pension V Narayanasamy informed Parliament in a written reply to a question on Thursday. The Centre has given an in-principle nod for a few changes including…
the need to qualify in a written examination for getting recruited under the promotion quota of various cadres of All India Services. According to the revised scheme, it is proposed to assess the candidate on the basis of four components – “Written Examination”, “Length of Service”, “Assessment of Performance Appraisal Reports” and “Interviews”.
The government will now have to amend the concerned rules and regulations to implement the new procedure. The minister further said that the government had consulted the state governments and the concerned cadre controlling authorities like the ministry of home affairs and the ministry of environment and forests before finalizing on the changes.
The minister, however, acknowledged that the government received a few objections as well. Those included queries on whether the new scheme would be detrimental to the interests of senior state services officers and the officers belonging to the categories of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. Some also raised a question whether the new rules would be against the larger public interest, as the officers might prefer studying rather than devoting in public service.