New Delhi: Against the authorized strength of 6,396 IAS officers on January 1, 2016, as many as 1,470 posts are lying vacant across the country.
At a broad level, the total sanctioned strength of Group ‘A’ officers on March 1, 2015 was 1,13,279 out of which 16,970 posts are vacant.
The posts sanctioned in the Government Ministries/ Departments are required to be filled as per the Recruitment Rules when vacancies arise. The filling up of posts is a continuous process depending on the vacancies arising across Ministries/Departments during the years and action calendars of the recruitment agencies.
All Ministries/Departments are supposed to take advance action for reporting vacancy position with respect to Direct Recruitment Posts to Union Public Service Commission. All Ministries/ Department have also been requested for timely convening of the Departmental Promotion Committee meeting for filling up of promotional posts.
The Government has increased annual intake of IAS officers to 180 during last four years. In promotion quota also action has been taken on priority for holding Selection Committee Meeting for appointment by promotion/selection of State Service officers in IAS.
This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Dr. T. Subbarami Reddy and Ambika Soni in the Rajya Sabha today.