A new policy for cadre allocation has been finalised by the Central government for IAS, IPS and other officers, aimed at ensuring “national integration” in the country top bureaucracy.
Officers of all-India services — the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFoS) — will have to choose cadres from a set of zones instead of states.
The existing 26 cadres have been divided into five zones in the new policy proposed by the personnel ministry.
Zone-I has seven cadres — AGMUT (also known as Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territories), Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Rajasthan and Haryana. Zone-II consists of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha, while Zone-III comprises Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam-Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura and Nagaland will constitute Zone-IV, while Zone-V will have Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
Under the new policy, candidates appearing for the civil services examination– conducted annually by the Union Public Service Commission — will have to first give their choices in a descending order of preference from among the various zones.
The preference for the zones will remain in the same order and no change will be permitted there.
If a candidate does not give any preference for any of the zones/cadres, it will be presumed that he has no specific preference for those zones/cadres.
If candidates are not allocated any one of the cadres for which they have indicated a preference, they shall be allotted along with other candidates any of the remaining cadres, arranged in an alphabetical order, where there are vacancies.
Candidates will be allotted their home cadre on the basis of merit, preference and vacancy in the category.