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Lateral entry without UPSC

lateral entry in civil services
Written by Dr. SS

Nowadays, everyone is talking about the Lateral entry in civil services in India as announced by the Central Government.

In India, Joint secretaries’ works at a crucial level as a part of senior management in the government of India. They work as part of leading policy-makers as well as implementers of various programmes and schemes of national importance assigned to them.

Joint Secretary is a post and people who are appointed on these designations are mostly civil servants who are part of that IAS force which get selected through UPSC exam.

lateral entry in civil services


Lateral entry of Talented and Motivated candidates in  Civil Services without UPSC


Recently, Department Of Personnel and Training has invited applications for the Lateral Entry of ten talented and outstanding individuals for the post of Joint Secretary (JS) in ten different departments.

These departments are

  1. Revenue,
  2. Financial services,
  3. Economic affairs,
  4. Agriculture,
  5. Cooperation and farmers’ welfare,
  6. Road transport and highway,
  7. Shipping, environment,
  8. Forests and climate change,
  9. New and renewable energy,
  10. Civil aviation and commerce

(The Department of Personnel and Training comes under the Central Government and coordinates in personnel matters specially issues concerning recruitment regulations, promotion and transfers etc)


Who can apply for Lateral Entry in Civil Services?


For the post of Joint Secretary, Government is looking to hire senior people who have proved themselves on an equal and comparable level in any government or non-government sector. A candidate must have

  1. Minimum age- 40 years (as on July 1, 2018)
  2. Minimum qualification- Graduation from a recognised university or institute but higher qualifications would give an added advantage.
  3. Minimum 15 years of experience of working at comparable levels in public sector undertakings, statutory organisations, autonomous bodies, recognised research institutes, universities, private sector companies, consultancy organisations, international or MNCs etc.
Last Date to Apply against these lateral entry posts is July 30, 2018 

Click here to Apply


Nature of Vacancy :


  1. Job is contractual, not permanent.
  2. The period of contract will be for three years which can be extended upto (maximum) five years depending upon performance.
  3. Will be kept pay scale of Rs 1,44,200-Rs 2,18,200 per month (Level 14 of Pay Matrix).
  4. Selected candidates will be eligible for all allowances and facilities applicable to the level.
  5. Will be considered as deemed to be public servants and will be covered by CCS (Conduct) Rules.
  6. Minimum three months’ notice will be required to terminate the contract from the either side.

Selection Procedure Civil Servants by Lateral Entry


  1. All applications will be evaluated by the committee for the shortlisting of candidates.
  2. The shortlisted candidates will face a short of Interview called personal interaction with the selection committee

It’s not the first time that any outsider is being called in the government, names like Arvind Subramanium and Raghuram Rajan have worked on  key positions in the past but this is the first time being done in a systematic and transparent way.

Brighter Sides of Lateral Entry Sysytem.

Such decisions are necessary to infuse competitive environment in bureaucracy. Right now system guarantees promotions to IAS officers, mainly due to an exam they cleared years ago. They do get satisfied even with suboptimal performance in the absence of any completion. Few outside entries will force them to think about their own level of competency and performance.

In Indian Bureaucratic system, a specialisation based appointments are not possible due to two reasons. First, graduate with any subject can appear in UPSC exam, this leads to posting of civil servants without looking at their specialisation area. Secondly, experience based specialisation is also not possible as more that 50 % IAS officers get transferred very quickly.

The lateral entry system is a right decision to tap those talents which either did not appear in UPSC exam or could not qualify civil services exam because of one or other reason but have proved themselves in the similar type of job responsibilities. But, like all other things, it will also have pros and cons both and it could be successful only if will be kept transparent without politicising it.

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