Attempts being made to increase the annual intake
New Delhi, March 24 (Delhi Crown): There is an acute shortage of IAS officers in the country, if the latest data released by the Central Government is any indication.
According to it, there is an existing shortfall of over 22% in the number of IAS officers across the country. While there is a sanctioned strength of 6746 IAS officers for all states and cadres put together, only 5231 IAS officers are available presently, some of whom hold multiple assignments to fill the shortage.
The maximum shortage of 104 IAS officers is in Uttar Pradesh, followed by 94 in Bihar, followed by 87 in AGMUT cadre, and 80 in West Bengal.
To meet the shortage, the Central Government has increased the annual intake of IAS officers to 180 through Civil Services Examination (CSE) till CSE-2021.
The Government has also constituted a Committee for recommending the intake of Direct Recruit IAS officers every year through CSE from CSE-2022 to CSE-2030.
As far as IPS is concerned, intake of IPS through CSE (Civil Services Examination) has been increased from 150 to 200 with effect from CSE-2020.
Further, filling up of vacancies through induction from State Services is a continuous process and Selection Committee Meetings are held by over the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) with the State Governments, said Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel Jitendra Singh in a written reply in Lok Sabha on Wednesday (March 23).