Domain Competency


in Building a World-Class Civil Service for Twenty-First Century India

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780198068662
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080465 | DOI:
Domain Competency

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Domain competency refers to a civil servant’s sufficient background in the particular area in which he/she works, such as knowledge of subject matter gained from university education, work experience, or training and research. In India, civil servants have very brief tenures so there is little opportunity to acquire domain competency. This chapter examines domain competency in Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Japan, and the United Kingdom. There is no concept of domain competency in India. The importance of domain competency in India was first recognized by the First Administrative Reforms Commission, which advocated its philosophy for the management and staffing of civil service positions. This chapter also looks at the Surinder Nath Committee and the Second Administrative Reforms Commission.

Keywords: India lacks domain competency; civil servants; brief tenures; First Administrative Reforms Commission; Surinder Nath Committee; Second Administrative Reforms Commission

Chapter.  3187 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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