Civil Service Management


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:
Civil Service Management

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Civil service can be managed based on one of the two types of administrative systems. The centralized system is built around central control over personnel matters such as recruitment, promotion, transfers, training, salary, grading, productivity, and performance evaluation. The decentralized system holds civil servants accountable for the outputs they produce as well as the outcomes they deliver. India uses the centralized system, which it inherited from the British. Focus on controlling the personnel usage is the key feature of such a system. This chapter proposes a system that combines the best of both the centralized and decentralized administrative systems but in which substantial management powers are vested in the line departments and executive agencies. It also discusses disciplinary proceedings for civil servants, personnel management in executive agencies and ministries/departments, and the Draft Civil Services Bill 2009 that calls for the creation of a Central Civil Services Authority.

Keywords: centralized system; decentralized system; recruitment; promotion; disciplinary proceedings; personnel management; Draft Civil Services Bill 2009; Central Civil Services Authority

Chapter.  4563 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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