Services Preference in Detailed Application Form.
- The Order of preference of services for Civil Service is asked when you have qualified for the mains. This list of services includes the All India Services, Group 'A', and Group 'B' services. Candidates should opt for the UPSC service preferences in order of their interest and popularity. This order of preferences is very important when the candidate gets qualified for the services. The candidate will be offered services according to the order of preferences mentioned. Though the order of preferences can be changed by selecting any lower option from the preference list but will not be allowed to select any higher option.
- Some people underestimate themselves and list their preference first for lower or less
desirable services so that they get it for sure. Why underestimate yourself when
you have qualified for the mains? Start with the very first service that is All India
Service then Group A and Group B Services. Make sure you do not leave out any service due to overconfidence.
List all of them in descending order so that in case you do not get the service you think
you will surely get, you still have some options left. The civil services results can be
very unpredictable and even if you are a topper in your school and college, you may not get
the best services on the list.
- Get to know about the responsibilities and posting of all the services and their standing in society vis-a-vis other jobs you may take up. You may look down upon some services, to begin with, but most times these are better options than taking up private jobs or other technical jobs. Make sure you do your research and not regret it later as many do every year. You can see some basic information on the links above or also take some advice from the Civil Service Exam coaching experts too. You will then be aware of the best of the services which you can pursue and choose while applying for the mains.
- Cadre and service allocation depends upon a candidate’s rank, preference, vacancies, and even category. Hence, one must be very careful with the choice of cadre and services they intend to join as it also plays a role in the allocation of services. So, it becomes one of the important factors in deciding the career of UPSC candidates. However, one should be aware that as per Supreme Court's judgment in the A. Shainamol case, posting to a chosen cadre is not a right of a civil servant Let us understand how to go about choosing the cadre as well as the service preferences.
What exactly is the cadre allocation system?
A cadre is a state or group of states/Union Territories from where officers of the All-India Services, like the IAS and IPS, IFoS, start their service.
What are the available cadres?
The joint cadres or states are divided into the following five zones:
- Zone-1 (AGMUT, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Haryana, Himachal
Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Punjab)
Zone-2 (Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, and Odisha)
Zone-3 (Gujarat, Maharashtra, Chattisgarh, and Madhya Pradesh)
Zone-4 (Manipur, Nagaland, West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam-Meghalaya, and
- Zone-5 (Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Kerala)
Through the revised policy the government aims to ensure equal participation of officers from different categories: general, SC, ST, OBC in every cadre, and maintenance of national integration thus follows norms to allot two outside officers (whose home cadre is different from the assigned cadre) for every one officer who is assigned a home cadre.
What is the system of allocating cadre to the candidates?
- The power of cadre allocation is devised to Union Government in consultation with state governments under the All India Services Act- 1951. Under the act, the government revised cadre allocation norms in 2017 for all-India Services — Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), and Indian Forest Service (IFS). Through this revised policy the states were categorized into 5 zones and 10% weightage is assigned to candidates' performance in the foundational course at LBSNAA.
- As per OFFICE MEMORANDUM of DoPT, the cadre controlling authorities, namely, The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT),/ Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA),/ Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) will determine the vacancies including the break-ups into Unreserved (UR)/SC/ST/OBC/PWD/Insider/Outsider vacancies for each of the cadres as per established procedures.