Indianmandarins has learnt that the 2014 batch IAS probationer officers will undergo a six-month orientation course at the central government, unlike the 2013 batch that is undergoing a three-month stint. Since the 2013 batch was the first-ever to be exposed to working experience at the centre before being sent to their state cadres, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) was not sure about the exact duration required to familiarize the new recruits to the working practices and traditions of the central government. Having evaluated the new policy on the basis of inputs received from 2013 batch probationer officers whose stint with the central government will end on November 30, the Department has concluded that an extension of the orientation period to six months from the current three months would be more pragmatic.
Further, for the 169 officers of the 2013 batch, there were no sanctioned posts; and so the experiment was executed through posts borrowed from the central secretariat service. Since the experiment is considered successful, the DoPT is said to have set off the process to create new posts of Assistant Secretary to accommodate 2014 batch officers.