The Union government will hire 782 officers to fill up vacant positions in the prestigious IAS, IFS and IPS through civil services exam 2018. Last year, UPSC had released notification to recruit around 980 officers which were considered lowest in the past five years, this year it further goes down.
About 1,364 and 1,228 such vacancies were reported for the recruitments to be done through the 2014 and 2013 tests, respectively. A total of 1,091 posts in various central services were advertised for civil services exam, 2012, as per the notification by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), which conducts the examination annually. The government had sought to fill 880 posts in various services through civil services exam, 2011.
The number of vacancies to be filled on the result of civil services examination 2018 is expected to be approximately 782 which include 27 vacancies reserved for P.H category, that is, 07 vacancies for LDCP, 08 posts for B/LV and 12 vacancies for H.I., the notification said.
This notification comes at a time when recently Union Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha that there is a shortage of nearly 1,500 IAS officers in the country. The number of officers in position as on January 1, 2017, is 5,004 against the total authorised strength of 6,500 — a vacancy of 1,496.
Here are the state-wise details
Uttar Pradesh: 515 officers against the total authorised strength of 621.
Bihar: 243 IAS officers against the total authorised strength of 342
West Bengal: 277 as against 359 positions
Madhya Pradesh: 341 as against 439 required
Kerala: 150 against the total authorised strength of 231
Tamil Nadu: 289 officers as against 376
Rajasthan: 243 IAS officers as against 313
Jharkhand: 144 and the requirement is that of 215
Haryana: 155 against the strength of 205
Gujarat: 241 IAS officers against the strength of 297
Himachal Pradesh: The state has 115 bureaucrats against the strength of 147.
Similary, Jammu and Kashmir has 91 IAS officers against the strength of 137, Nagaland has 67 (authorised strength is 94) and Sikkim 37 officers against the strength of 48.
Telangana has 130 IAS officers against the strength of 208, Punjab has 182 officers (strength is 221) and Chhattisgarh has 154 bureaucrats against a strength of 193, he said.
Eligibility criteria: The candidate has to be an Indian national for IAS and IPS posts. For others, they can be a citizen of India, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibetan refugee. Check more for in the official notification.
Age limit: A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on August 1, 2018. This means they must not be born earlier than August 2, 1986 and not later than August 1, 1997. There is age relaxation for reserved category.
Educational qualification: The candidate must hold a degree of any of Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University Under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification.