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UPSC Civil Services IAS, IPS & IFoS Cadre Policy Changes!!

By: Shreyansh Shrivastava on August 24, 2017

Cadre based Civil services like IAS (Indian Administrative Service), IPS (Indian Police Service) and IFoS (Indian Forest Services) are among the most prestigious civil services among all the services. The Government of India has made some changes in the cadre policy for these cadre based services. The selection of the candidates to the prestigious services like IAS, IPS and IFoS is made through one of the toughest competitive exams in India, i.e. UPSC Civil Services. UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2017 exam was conducted on 18th June 2017, and the UPSC result was declared on 27th July 2017 by the Union Public Service Commission at its official site The successful candidates will be appearing for the UPSC Civil Services Mains 2017 Exam in the month of October which is starting from 28th October. After the final selection in UPSC, the service rules of the candidate are defined by the Department of Personnel and Training.


New Cadre Policy for IAS-IPS-IFoS-


  • Earlier, the selected candidates of UPSC Civil Services have given the option to list three cadre choices, and on the basis of merit and performance in LBSNAA (Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration), the state cadre has been allotted to the candidate. But from now, instead of state cadre selection, the candidate has to choose Zone for the services.
  • The new policy has divided 26 cadres into five zones thereby firming up the cadre policy and aiming for better 'National Integration' and exposure.


The five zone include the following cadres-


  • Zone I- AGMUT, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Harayana, Rajasthan and Punjab.
  • Zone II- Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar and Orrisa.
  • Zone III- Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Chattisgarh.
  • Zone IV- West Bengal, Assam-Megahalaya, Tripura, Sikkim, Manipur and Nagaland.
  • Zone V- Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.


The candidates have to mention the cadre preference choice in the DAF form while appearing for the UPSC Civil Services Exam. The service allocation for the home cadre will be done on the basis of merit, vacancy and preference.  

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