There is no continuous entry of people from the industry in IAS positions like joint secretaries in various Govt departments but Govt can time to time notify for that and take the experienced and outstanding people from the industry. For example in 2018 Govt had notified for 10 posts of joint secretaries through this route. The idea was to basically take advantage of the experienced industry persons in the area of civil aviation, revenue, economic affairs, financial services, road, transport, highways, shipping, renewable energy, commerce etc. This scheme of induction of people in IAS positions is known as lateral entry scheme.
The eligibility criterion for applying against such lateral induction whenever the posts are notified is as under -
1. The person should have an experience of at least 15 years in the related field.
2. The age of the candidate should not be less than 40 years.
3. The person should be graduate.
Persons working in comparable levels to the Govt joint secretary post in private, PSUs, state Govt, autonomous bodies etc can apply for these positions and while the Govt employees would be posted on deputation basis, the private employees would be placed on contract basis for a period of 3 years extendable to 5 years based on the performance.
There is no entrance examination for these selections and are to be decided by a selection committee enacted by the Govt. The selection committee would take a personal interview of the candidates and then decide the result of the selection and put it to Govt for approval and issuing of appointment letters. So, what appears as the selection criterion is mainly the experience and background of the candidate and their performance in their core area so far.
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