Indian Administrative Services is one of the most prestigious jobs in the nation. The perks, benefits, recognition, status, etc that comes with civil services are always the limelight in society. But with great power comes great responsibility. In the IAS case, the greater is the ordeal. The IAS officers have to look after the matters of one particular district allocated to them. It becomes very clear how hard and dicey the task is. Like any other government department, the IAS officers also have various transfer rules and posting policies. 

The Central government designs the transfer policy so that power is not in a few hands. It serves as a verifying tool for all the IAS officers of the country. 

The article is for our fellow readers to give them knowledge about IAS transfer and posting policies. Moreover, it will help them to understand the deep functioning of the civil services departments.

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Cadre Postings

Every IAS officer can choose a cadre unit for their posting. The system requires the officers to join one cadre and facilitate their duties and powers in the specified district. 

The regulations specify that the Central Government, after consulting the State government, select and confirm the cadre of the IAS officer.

However, to prevent the monopoly of power in a few hands. The Central government can call for the transfer of the IAS officer. A proper discussion with the State government takes place about transferring. Humanitarian and disciplinary are two grounds on which transfer order of the IAS officer can be issued on.

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Rules and regulations of transfer policies in certain cases:-

1) In the case of marriage

In recent times, the Central government has invoked the transfer policies in the cases of the marriage of IAS officers. One IAS officer can be transferred to another cadre where his/her spouse is posted. However, a proper request needs to be formulated. 

In certain cases, the IAS officers who are married to each other can be transferred to the third cadre. However, this is done at the discretion of the States in question. This will be a completely new posting for both individuals. 

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2) In the cases of threat and health issues

The inter-cadre transfers are not allowed in cases where the All India Services officer agrees to marry a Central/State officer. This also applies to the ones in the public sector undertakings. 

However, in cases of threats or health-related issues, the Central government will set up a different Independent central agency to evaluate the order. The group of two representatives selected by the Central government can also do this.

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Rules related to posting and minimum tenure of IAS officer

The State governments select the state cadres. The state government prescribe a minimum tenure during which the IAS officers have to hold their positions. However, there are promotion, transfer, retirement, or deputation of the officers.

Apart from the above grounds, if the Committee suggest transferring the officer before his/her minimum tenure, the transfer takes place. 

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Rules regarding deputation of IAS officer

The Central/State governments, or any official body chosen by them can depute the IAS officers. However, these bodies are wholly or partially owned by the Central/State governments.

There can be disagreement between the parties (Cadre and the Official) involved. In such a case, the Central/State government will rule out the final outcome. 

The aspirants should understand that the Central/State governments facilitate the working of the civil services departments. Therefore, the officers are directly answerable to them. 

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These above-mentioned transfer rules and posting policies are to ensure the smooth functioning of civil service departments. At the same time, to keep a check on the corrupt practices of officers and certain individuals.


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