Forget UPSC! Private Sector Professionals Can also Become Bureaucrats

The Narendra Modi government has opened the doors of bureaucracy to skilled people from the private sector, inviting applications for 10 senior-level posts. The post of the joint secretary — crucial to policy making and implementation of government programmes — is filled by career bureaucrats, who usually join the service after passing exams conducted by the Union Public Service Commission.

The notification from the Department of Personnel Training says it is looking for 10 “outstanding individuals” who are willing to contribute towards nation building. Those eligible include “Individuals working at comparable levels in Private Sector Companies, Consultancy Organisations, International/Multinational Organisations” above the age of 40 years and with a minimum of 15 years’ experience.

The recruitment will be done on contract basis for three to five years. Recruitment will be made for 10 departments — including Revenue, Financial Services, Economic Affairs, Commerce and Civil Aviation.

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