Alternative to IAS? Govt Opens Lateral Entry for Professionals as Joint Secretaries [10 posts]
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June 10, 2018

Alternative to IAS? Govt Opens Lateral Entry for Professionals as Joint Secretaries [10 posts]

Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India.
Last Date: 30/07/2018.

In a bid to rope in the expertise of private sector professions, Union government has notified 10 positions of joint secretaries through ‘lateral scheme.’ Generally, senior bureaucrats are appointed as joint secretaries in several government departments. Any private sector professional with 15 years of work experience in any of the 10 fields like civil aviation, commerce, economic affairs can apply for the posts.

Joint Secretaries are at a crucial level of senior management in the Government of India. They lead policy making as well as implementation of various programmes and schemes of the Department assigned to them. Joint Secretaries report to the Secretary/Additional Secretary in the Ministry/ Department.

Name of post: Joint Secretary
No of posts:
(i) Revenue 
(ii) Financial Services 
(iii) Economic Affairs 
(iv) Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers’ Welfare 
(v) Road Transport & Highways 
(vi) Shipping 
(vii) Environment, Forests and Climate Change 
(viii) New & Renewable Energy 
(ix) Civil Aviation and 
(x) Commerce

Age: Minimum of 40 years as on July 1, 2018.
Educational Qualification: Graduate from a recognized University/Institute. Higher qualifications would be an added advantage.

Eligibility: The following are eligible to apply:
a. Officers of any State/UT Government who are already working at equivalent level or are eligible for appointment to equivalent level in their cadre, with relevant experience.
b. Individuals working at comparable levels in Public, Sector Undertakings (PSUs), Autonomous Bodies, Statutory Organisations, Universities, Recognized Research Institutes with a minimum of 15 years experience.
c. Individuals working at comparable levels in Private Sector Companies, Consultancy Organisations, International/Multinational Organisations with a minimum of 15 years experience.

Pay: Selected applicants shall be placed at the beginning of the pay scale as applicable to Joint Secretary i.e. Rs.144200-218200 per month (Level 14 of Pay Matrix). In addition, they shall be eligible for all allowances and facilities etc as applicable to the equivalent level in the Government of India.

Selection Process: The shortlisted candidates will be called for a personal interaction with the Selection Committee.

How to apply: All applications may be submitted online at from 15th June, 2018 to 30th July, 2018 till 05:00 PM IST.

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