Govt Rules out Lateral Entry into IAS


New Delhi: The government has ruled out lateral entry of professionals into the Indian Administrative Service to make up for the existing shortfall of IAS officers in the country.

“No proposal to permit lateral entry into IAS is currently under consideration of the government,” minister of state for personnel Jitendra Singh said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha on Thursday. He said the shortage of IAS officers was being addressed by increasing their annual intake from 55 in Civil Services Examination 1998 to 180 in the 2014. Singh said the government had sensitised the state governments to send complete and updated proposals to UPSC for selection of suitable officers for promotion quota of IAS.

During the present calendar year, 28 selection committee meetings for promotion of state or non-state civil services officers to the IAS have been held and 175 officers have been appointed by promotion or selection to IAS, Singh said.

The government also organised training programmes for seven extra batches at four administrative training institutes to remove the backlog of induction training for promoted IAS officers, the minster told the Elders.

As per figures cited in reply to a Rajya Sabha question in March this year, there was a shortage of 1,573 IAS officers as on January 1, 2015, with just 4,802 officers in position as compared to their total authorized strength of 6,375.