How Many IAS Officers are Recruited Every Year?

How Many IAS Officers are Recruited Every Year?

It is a common belief that our country India is not run by ministers but by bureaucrats. These bureaucrats are senior IAS officers who promote themselves to later by becoming the Secretary of the Government of India. These officers are not specialized subject matter experts but are general administrative officers who take decisions keeping in mind the Pros and Cons of every issue. They occupy the helm of all ministries and contribute significantly to the formulation of all policies of the country.

The Union Public Service Commission is the only commission to act as a central recruitment body for the higher posts of government ministries. IAS and other central civil servants are recruited through India's most prestigious examination, popularly called the Civil Services Examination. In the last six or seven years, there have been about a thousand vacancies in the civil service advertisement, but the number of vacancies of an IAS officer is not written anywhere in the advertisement. The number of vacant posts in IAS is very few hence the competition is very high among the aspirants.

180 IAS Officers are Appointed Every Year

For IAS aspirants, curiosity about the number of vacancies of IAS officers is always there and every year there is a discussion about what will be the number of vacancies for the year. After analyzing the IAS results, it is clear that around 180 candidates are selected in the Indian Administrative Services every year. However, despite the increasing or decreasing number of vacancies of other services, only 180 IAS officers are recruited every year.

Formation of the Baswan Committee

We are discussing in detail here the facts related to the recruitment of IAS Officer. In the last decade, the government constituted the Baswan Committee. Shri BS Baswan, former Chairman of the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), was the Chairman of this committee. The recommendations of the Baswan Committee were sent to the Department of Personnel Public Grievances and Pensions.

Suggestions from the Baswan Committee

The Baswan Committee considered the number of retired IAS officers, cadre review policy and rules, cadre review officers and procedures of the states in the period 2010-2020. On the basis of these considerations, the committee suggested that -

  • In order to meet the requirement of IAS officers for the next 10 years, the number of IAS posts will have to be ensured at a certain level through the Civil Services Examination so that the quality of service and Cadre of all states remain balanced.
  • At present, there is a backlog of 569 officers and in the next 10 years 2300 officers will retire, keeping in mind all these facts, it is suggested that apparently 180 officers are should be selected every year.
  • With the recruitment of 180 IAS officers every year, the backlog of 569 vacancies can be reduced to 443 by the year 2020. The remaining backlog of 126 could also be eliminated over the next decade.
  • In addition, he suggested that the number of IAS vacancies should not exceed 180 as it may affect the quality of training at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) as well as impact the career pyramid of IAS officers.

This number should be based on ground facts and data. The process of settling all disputes related to promoted officers in all states should be easy and quick. States should start working on the number of vacancies for the coming years as soon as possible. So, the number of vacancies can be completed through a time-bound process.

Recommendations of the Baswan Committee Accepted!

The government accepted the recommendation of the Baswan Committee and hence, about 180 officers are recruited every year. This number will remain the same until the year 2020. Thereafter, candidates do not have to worry about the number of vacancies for the Indian Administrative Services.

Know, How Many IAS Officers are There in all States of India & How Many are More Required.

For letting our readers know, we have analyzed all the states of the country based on the data of the Department of Personnel and Training and find out which states are lacking in IAS officers or do not have as many IAS officers as they should be. Check out the table given below listing all the figures transparently.

Cadre

Authorised Strength

Total

Shortage

Uttar Pradesh

621

515

106

Madhya Pradesh

439

341

98

Maharashtra

361

313

48

Tamil Nadu

376

289

87

AGMUT

337

279

58

West Bengal

359

277

82

Bihar

342

243

99

Rajasthan

313

243

70

Gujarat

297

241

56

Assam-Meghalaya

263

221

42

Karnataka

314

215

99

Punjab

221

182

39

Odisha

237

178

59

Andhra Pradesh

211

170

41

Haryana

205

155

50

Chhattisgarh

193

154

39

Kerala

231

150

81

Jharkhand

215

144

71

Telangana

208

130

78

Himachal Pradesh

147

115

32

Jammu & Kashmir*

137

91

46

Manipur

115

91

24

Uttarakhand

120

87

33

Tripura

96

76

20

Nagaland

94

67

27

Sikkim

48

37

11

(All the figures are as available on the date 4th Sept 2018).

Due to this deficiency, not only the state government but also the central government is facing a shortage of officers. The number of unemployed students in the country is also increasing at an unusual rate every year. The government should formulate a policy that will prevent the delay caused by the shortage of officers in the work of the government and also curb the rising unemployment in the country.