Friday, July 25, 2014

10 things about the revised guideline of joint secretary empanelment

Seizing Leadership Qualities
IT'S official. For empanelment as joint secretaries qualities such as general reputation, merit, competence, leadership and a flair of participating in the policy making process are taken into account. Here are 10 things about the revised guideline of joint secretary empanelment from a pool of officers belonging to All India Services and Group “A” Central services.
 1. Officers who have rendered 17 years of service in Group “A” service are eligible.
2. For evaluation, the ACRs of 10 years are taken into account.
3. In case 10 ACRs are not available for the period due to the officer being in study leave or any reason beyond the officer’s control, at least 8 full years ACRs would be taken into account by considering the ACRs for a maximum of 3 years immediately preceding the period.
4. If the ACRs of an officer are missing for 3 or more years during the 10 year period due to his being on leave other than study leave, his empanelment would be deferred until the officer earns one more ACR for a gap of less than 4 years and two more ACRs for a gap of 4 years or more.
5. According to the guidelines, “empanelment should be considered not as a reflection of the intrinsic merit or otherwise of an officer but the suitability of an officer to occupy senior levels in the Central Government.”
6. Given the background and experience of an officer, she or he may be highly suited to occupy senior positions in state government. Likewise, another officer, in view of the background and experience, may be considered more suitable for Central government posts.
7. There are separate expert panels for empanelment of joint secretaries. The expert panel will give their own assessment of the grading of officers for each year, which will then be taken into account by the Civil Services Board for making recommendations.
8. The Civil Services Board takes into account such qualities like general reputation, merit, competence, leadership, and a flair of participating in the policy making process.
9. Of the batch strength, about 60% of the officers are normally considered for empanelment for joint secretary or equivalent level. For the batches to be considered till December 31, 2014, their ceiling has been raised to 75% of the batch strength.
10. “Vigilance denied” officer shall not be empanelled, which means that they exhaust their first chance of empanelment. The cases of officers who have defaulted in filing property returns shall also be treated as "vigilance denied", for a period of one year for every default.


  1. The catch here is the Expert Panel and Civil Services Board. Both these consist only of IAS officers. So its a IAS raj. Change that first.

    1. IAS should understand the fact that India is a poor third world socialist country. Indians are malnourished, smelly and dirty. IAS should be abolished for their arrogance.

  2. Why there is so much of animosity . The system doesn't work on someone's whims and fancies . There is an accepted norm of policy making services and support services so where is the debate . People have been quite generous enough to provide enough space for all . After all we all work in national interest To cast a particular service as

  3. Guys we all shd accept the facts as they are govt policy to tap the best talent through civil services . All services are important in their own way and to assert for say secretary level post now will defeat the whole idea of attracting best talent . Where will we stop then our civil services is professional enough and in such challenging environment in which civil servants function is itself commendable .

  4. It would be best if they had allowed this committee of experts to first take an interview of officers desirous of empanalment. An online written test on abilities would be added advantage. The Health column in APARs are not correctly reflected. There are so many officers with severe health ailments that they hardly work and are making rounds of hospitals instead. Such officers should also be weeded out.

  5. JS empanelment in GoI is the quintessential example of"Show me the face and I will show you the rule". Apart from being dominated by the IAS (after all the CSB is guided completely by DoPT- the cadre controlling authority for IAS), only those with contacts in the particular Ministries find their way in. Qualities like merit and competence are sacrificed at the altar of nepotism and favoritism. Can one hope that the new Govt will do something to make a break with the status quo and induct merit without discrimination? Or is that too tall an ask?

  6. DOPT acts as department by the IAS and for the IAS. Empanelment of IAS happens in time where as step motherly treatment is meted out to Central services officers even though they have technical expertise required at higher echelon of the central government. unless and until the Expert Panel and Civil services Board are made representative of all the services, this injustice will continue and nation will lose the benefit of expertise of many a Central services officers...

  7. As long as our politicians are self serving, IAS will continue to exploit and collaborate with them and remain the self appointed guardian of all civil, military and judicial services. In no other country, the merit of officers is dependent upon the merit achieved in one written exam. It should be based on the quality of work done after appointment.
    But we are working exactly like a colonial administration and there will be no change unless people start demanding perform or perish. Slowly there will be some emphasis on performance and politicians will start looking for people beyond IAS to deliver. But that day is far away. There was some hope from the NDA Government but it seems that there is hardly any change.