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Shortage of Over 1400 IAS, 900 IPS Officers, Says Indian Government

India is facing a shortage of IAS and IPS officers. There is shortage of over 1,400 IAS and 900 IPS officers in the country. Interestingly, this year UPSC released civil services notification that government will hire only 980 officers, the lowest in the past five years. 

At present, the nation has 4,926 officers of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) while the total sanctioned strength of 6,396 as informed by the Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh in Lok Sabha.


In a written reply, the Minister informed that in terms of vacant posts, Bihar has the highest number with 128 vacancies followed by 117 in Uttar Pradesh and 101 in West Bengal.

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Similarly, as many as 3,894 IPS officers are working as against the total authorised strength of 4,802 thus a total of 908 posts of Indian Police Service (IPS) officers are also lying vacant.

The highest number of 114 IPS Officer Vacancies exist in Uttar Pradesh, followed by 88 in West Bengal, 79 in Odisha and 72 in Karnataka. In Bihar, 43 posts meant for IPS officers are lying vacant as against the sanctioned strength of 231.

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Indian Forest Service (IFS) also facing the shortage of officers. A total of 2,597 IFS officers is in the country as against their total authorised strength of 3,157, having the gap of 560.

The highest number of vacancies of IFS are in Maharashtra (46) followed by Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Odisha (45 each).

The government has increased annual intake of IAS officers to 180 during last four years. The annual intake of IFS officers has been increased to 110 and of IPS officers to 150 from 2015 and 2009 examination respectively.

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“The Committee expresses its serious concern over the persistent shortage of IAS officers and strongly recommends that all efforts be made to fill these vacancies,” the panel had said in its report submitted in Parliament. “Further, in promotion quota, prompt action has been taken for holding selection committee meeting for appointment by promotion/selection of state service officers in all-India services,” the Minister said.

The Committee notes that almost all the key and strategic positions under the Union as well as the states are being manned by the IAS and persistent shortage in the IAS officers ultimately affects governance in the country.

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