India Faces 30 percent shortage of IAS Officer

There is a shortage of nearly 30 percent officers in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), parliament was told Thursday.

Minister of State for Personal V. Narayanasamy informed the Rajya Sabha that against a total authorised strength of 6,154 IAS officers in the country, there were only 4,377.

“1,777 posts are lying vacant,” he said, adding that out of 4,377 officers in position, 3,392 are direct recruits and the rest are promotees from state civil services.

Uttar Pradesh has the highest number of vacant positions at 216, followed by Bihar which has 128 vacant positions, Madhya Pradesh (118), Rajasthan (112), and Jharkhand (100), he said.

The minister, however, said that the government was not rushing to fill the posts as it cannot compromise on quality, and training facilities were limited.