Government of India

Ministry of Personnel, P.G. and Pensions

( Department of Personnel & Training )


3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,

Khan Market, New Delhi – 110003.

Dated :      28th October, 2003.




Sub :  Change in mode of recruitment in the Section Officer’s (SO) Grade of Central Secretariat Service (CSS).


 The Government had set up a Committee on Cadre Restructuring of Central Secretariat Service (CSS) in February, 2001.  The Committee submitted its report in February, 2002.  The Report of the Committee has been considered by the Government and inter alia following decisions, have been taken :


(i)                 To discontinue direct recruitment to the grade of Section Officer through Civil Services Examination of UPSC.


(ii)        To change the mode of recruitment to the grade of Section Officer by way of 50% through Limited Departmental Competitive Examination (LDCE) and 50% by seniority.


2.         The above decisions will be effective from 03.10.2003. 


3.         The Select List of S.O. grade for the years 2001 and 2002 against 40% quota of vacancies each for LDCE and seniority is under finalization by this Department.  The vacancies against 20% quota, earmarked for Direct Recruitment for the years 2001 and 2002 could not be filled up through Civil Services Examination because the process of their certification through the screening committee could not be completed by the respective cadres.  Even for the examination 2003, no vacancies have been intimated to UPSC because several cadre authorities have not yet furnished the information on this count.  In view of this, it has been decided that the Select List for the year 2003 onwards shall be prepared in accordance with the revised mode of recruitment by way of 50% through LDCE and 50% by seniority.


4.         Necessary notification relating to amendments to the CSS Rules will be issued separately.



( Devki Nandan Gupta )

Deputy Secretary to the Government of India



All Cadre Authorities of CSS