Thiruvananthapuram: The state government has initiated efforts to recruit the next batch of candidates for the Kerala Administrative Service (KAS), the state’s own version of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). A committee led by the chief secretary has been directed to report on the vacancies. A decision in this regard was taken in a meeting chaired by the chief minister.
As per reports, the meeting has also decided to extend the KAS cadre by including deputation vacancies in the secretariat and selected second gazetted posts from certain other departments. At present, there are 105 posts in the KAS which were reported to the Public Service Commission (PSC) for the first batch.
Although 104 candidates were recruited to these posts from the PSC rank list, one person did not accept the offer. The others have completed training for 1.5 years and will join the services this month.
Meanwhile, the government has not yet reported to the PSC about the number of vacancies. It is learnt that certain existing posts have to be transferred to the KAS for reporting the vacancies.
Otherwise, candidates will have to wait until those who joined the KAS in the first batch receive promotion or retire from the services. However, it will take at least eight years.
Furthermore, the meeting also decided to reserve 30 per cent of the total posts (35 out of 105), in a move similar to the union civil services. Those candidates can be appointed outside the administrative service on deputation as well. Thereby, more notifications can be issued for recruitments into their vacancies.
With the implementation of the state reserve, the system of deputation in the Secretariat, from the administrative officers to higher posts, will be abolished. If around 30 posts are found from other departments in addition to the existing 29 departments in the KAS, then the PSC can begin efforts for the recruitment of the next batch.