New Cadre Policy and Service Preference for UPSC CSE

UPSC has recently come up with new cadre policy for allocation of All India services post CSE examination. Under this policy, inconsistency in allocation is probably going to end now.

Earlier In the 90s until 2008, the cadre allotment for the UPSC CSE Exam was done through Roster System. Under this policy the following 2 things used to occur.

A competitor will be given his/her home state or would have been allotted a cadre based on alphabetical grouping of states. Under this framework if a candidate achieving Rank 1 does not get her home state (because of absence of insider opening) at that point she could be arbitrarily alloted any state.

This strategy was stopped in CSE 2008 following which brought Choice Based framework which was followed until recently. Under this an applicant needed to give inclination for the states (1, 2, 3, .. 15, 16, … ) Presently on the off chance that a hopeful secures Rank 1, he/she is certain to get a cadre which is among her best 3 decisions.

This framework brought about a circumstance where the understudies from North India for the most part stayed in North Indian states and the other way around. The Government felt that some place the feeling of being in All India Service was getting lost.

To strike a harmony among decision and keeping up the soul of IAS exam, the Government concocted this new arrangement.

In this system the states have been grouped into 5 zones.

Zone I

  1. AGMUT
  2. Jammu & Kashmir
  3. Himachal Pradesh
  4. Uttarakhand
  5. Punjab
  6. Rajasthan
  7. Haryana

Zone II

  1. Uttar Pradesh
  2. Bihar
  3. Jharkhand
  4. Odisha

Zone III

  1. Gujarat
  2. Maharashtra
  3. Madhya Pradesh
  4. Chhattisgarh

Zone IV

  1. West Bengal
  2. Sikkim
  3. Assam Meghalaya
  4. Manipur
  5. Tripura
  6. Nagaland

Zone V

  1. Telangana
  2. Andhra Pradesh
  3. Karnataka
  4. Tamil Nadu
  5. Kerala

For instance let’s consider a imaginary scenario where a candidate has given preferences as follows:

  1. Zone 3 : 5, 2, 4, 1,
  2. Zone 5 : 3, 1, 4, 2
  3. Zone 2 : 1, 5, 3, 2,
  4. Zone 1 : 2, 1, 5, 6,
  5. Zone 4 : 2, 4, 3, 1

Now when it comes to allocating cadre, the cycle would be as follows:

  • 1st preference in Zone 3
  • 1st preference in Zone 5
  • 1st preference in Zone 2
  • 1st preference in Zone 1
  • 1st preference in Zone 4
  • 2nd preference in Zone 3
  • 2nd preference in Zone 5
  • ……
  • ……
  • 3rd preference in Zone 3
  • 3rd preference in Zone 5
  • ….
  • …. and so on…

Accordingly, in the event that one doesn’t get first preference of a specific zone, one would be considered for first preference of next favored zone as opposed to second inclination inside same zone.

Since zones are assembled region wise rather than one after another in order consequently the odds of getting a unit inside same zone lessens altogether since 4 different states from different zones isolates first and second inclinations inside same zone.

With this new framework, the administration plans to address the provincial unevenness in unit distribution.

The various other aspects like insider-outcast proportion, reservation would stay unaltered. Throughout the previous process there was a sure inconsistency in allocation, which is probably going to end now with the new framework set up.

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