The book for the first time offers a comprehensive and contemporary account of the state of civil services in South Asia countries. It brings together experiences of former senior bureaucrats and critics from India and other SAARC nations to affirm the state of civil service and the need for reforms.

While there have been studies describing the character, structure and the progress of the administrative systems in South Asia, there is no comprehensive account on the region's present bureaucracy. This book attempts to bridge that gap through 15 insightful chapters by experts and experienced bureaucrats. There is a general introduction too by the editor. The chapters have been divided thematically into four parts. The first two parts discuss the present state of civil service in India and possible reforms. The third part offers a comparative account of the functioning of civil service commissions in the SAARC nations. The fourth part has case studies based on on-the-job experience of bureaucrats from SAARC countries that describes how the system functions within the parameters of good governance.

Functioning of Union Public Service Commission of India

Functioning of Union Public Service Commission of India

Functioning of Union Public Service Commission of India

The creation of UPSC after Independence was one of the first moves by the government to create a culture of autonomy for the executive. Though some of the structures created by the British India government were retained, it was largely through the efforts of the chairmen, who were meticulously chosen both by Jawahar Lal Nehru and Sardar Patel, that the stature and prestige of the institution is maintained that stands intact till this day. Though India could boast of the civil service system prevailing during the time of Kautilya in the 4th century BC, the present system has, however, evolved over a period of time during the modern period. The ...

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