The Civil Services Examination (CSE), commonly referred to as the IAS exam, is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) each year. One has to clear three stages Preliminary, Mains and Interview. However, if you’re thinking about what happens after you clear the personal interview stage, we’ll explain this to you.
Here is the complete UPSC recruitment process.


How Are Their Cadre Is Allotted?

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The Government of India, in consultation with state governments, has entailed a brand new cadre allocation policy and began enforcing it from UPSC 2017 examination. The new UPSC Cadre Allocation Policy has differences from the earlier cadre allocation policy within the classification of UPSC cadres, the way IAS candidates indicate their preferred cadre for the IAS exam also because the way insider and outsider vacancies are filled. The same policy will be in force for UPSC 2020.

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The Procedure of Cadre Allocation by UPSC

Here is a brief overview of the New UPSC Cadre Allocation Policy. The UPSC allots IAS cadres based on the following procedure:

  1. The cadre controlling authorities for IAS (Department of Personnel and Training, IPS(Ministry of Home Affairs) and IFoS(Ministry of Environment, Forests Climate Change) should determine their respective vacancies, including unreserved and reserved categories based on procedures established by them.

2. The IAS Cadres are now grouped into five zones which are:
a. Zone-I (AGMUT, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Rajasthan, and Haryana)
b. Zone-II (Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, and Odisha)
c. Zone-III (Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh)
d. Zone-IV (West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam-Meghalaya. . Manipur, Tripura and Nagaland)
e. Zone-V (Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala)

The candidates should indicate their UPSC Cadre preference within the following order:Preference for ZonePreference for cadre. The process should be repeated for each Zone and Cadre in the order of preference.If the UPSC Candidate fails to indicate their preference for one or more cadre of UPSC, it is presumed that they have no particular preference for that specific Zone or UPSC Cadre and the following may happen:
i. The candidate may be allotted a zone and cadre which has been indicated by them based on their merit rank if enough vacancies are available.
ii. If the candidates have not been allotted any cadre for which they have indicated their preference, they will be allotted cadres with other such candidates in the following way:
a) The cadre are going to be allotted based on merit ranking of the remaining candidates on vacancies remaining after cadres are allocated to other candidates who have indicated their preference.
b) The cadres will be arranged in alphabetical order for the purposes of allotment.
For example, if candidate X and candidate Y haven’t indicated their preference, cadre A and cadre B have vacancies remaining and their order of merit is:
Rank 1: Y
Rank 2: X
The candidate Y will be allotted cadre A and candidate X will be allotted cadre B.Physically disabled candidates have an additional option of indicating their UPSC Cadre preference from any one state/cadre (apart from home cadre) from his first preferred zone. Home Cadre in UPSC will be allotted on merit, preference, and availability of vacancies.

These candidates should indicate their home zone and home cadre for IAS Cadre Allocation or they would not be considered for home cadre at all. Cadre allocation has three steps:
i. Insider vacancies are filled first based on category.
ii. Candidates eligible for home cadre are allotted UPSC cadre after insider vacancies are filled.
iii. Outsider vacancies will be filled next.A reserved category candidate who gets selected on general merit is eligible to be allocated an unreserved vacancy based on his merit and preference. If an unreserved vacancy isn’t available for his or her first preference, they will be allotted a UPSC Cadre from reserved vacancies based on availability, merit and preference.UPSC Cadre Allocation is done before the commencement of training for IAS officers proceeding for the Foundation Course at LBSNAA and for IPS and IFoS as soon as the appointments have been made.

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Training of Officers

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Stage 1: The Foundation Training

The results for UPSC Civil Services Examination are declared within a week after the interviews, i.e. between April-June. After the candidates receive the allocation letter, they are given the elemental training in Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie for 15 weeks. The selected candidates are trained on the political, legal, constitutional and socio-economic framework of India.

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Stage 2: The Professional Training (Phase-1)

What is also called as the “sneak peek at the real task” by the candidates, the professional training teaches the important job skills to the probationers. This training continues for another 26 weeks.
It aims to develop the professional skills of the probationers in handling a large range of responsibilities of an officer and is also more application-oriented in nature.

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Stage 3: Key aspects And Duration of the Training

District Training is the most important part of the process. Here, the trainee officers are taught the administrative skills. They get first-hand knowledge of the functioning of various features of the administration at the district level. The probationers are required to complete all the assignments, which are based on field studies in the district. This part of the training lasts for around a year.

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Stage 4: The Professional Training (Phase-2)

Professional Training (Phase-2) is more like a summarization of the whole training process. In this, probationers integrate the understanding and learning of their District Training experiences gained for over one year in the field along with the technical part they learned in the Foundational and Professional Training. Its duration is 6 weeks. After this, their training period ends and probationers are allocated to “cadres”.


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