4.2 Lakh Vacancies in Central Government Departments lying Vacant

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4.2 Lakh Vacancies in Central Government according to Unstarred Question 587 in Rajya Sabha.

4.2 Lakh Vacancies in Central Government lying Vacant

4.2 lakh vacancies in Central Government: According to a notification by the Rajya Sabha, asked in unstarred Question 587. There are close to 4.2 lakh vacancies in Central Government Departments according to Unstarred Question 587. This is not about the vacancies or job opportunities. The question regarding 4.2 lakh vacancies in central government implies the number of posts lying vacant in central government. They need not be vacancies to apply for jobs. There is no official notification for job opportunities in any of these 4.2 lakh vacancies in Central Government. These Vacancies are lying dormant with the no recruitment drives being conducted for these posts.


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Unstarred Question 587 was raised by SHRI NARAYAN LAL PANCHARIYA, Rajya Sabha MP from Rajasthan belonging to BJP.

The Unstarred questions include the following with their Answers:

Unstarred Question 587 :

Question 1: The number of Central Government employees who retired during the last three years, group-wise;

Answer: Centralized data regarding employees who retired during last three years is not maintained.

Unstarred Question 587 :

Question 2: the number of employees appointed during that period against the vacancies caused due to retirement, etc.

Answer: Vacancies caused due to retirement, death, promotion etc. are required to be filled following provisions of Recruitment Rules for the post. The number of direct recruitments made by Staff Selection Commission (SSC) and Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) during the last three years is as per table below:


Number of candidates recommended by UPSC

Number of candidates recommended by SSC

Recruitment Examination

by Direct Recruitment by Selection

All India Competitive Examination

Selection posts
















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Unstarred Question 587 :

Question 3: The number of employees who have been retired compulsorily during that period, groupwise;

Answer: Information on premature retirement in respect of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), which is not in the form of penalty, in terms of Rule 16(3) of All India Services (Death Cum Retirement Benefits) Rules, 1958 in the past three years are as follows:









Penalty of Compulsory Retirement upon completion of Departmental Proceeding in terms of the All India Services (Discipline & Appeal) Rules, 1969 has been imposed against one IAS officer in the year 2015.

In respect of Central Services, as per the information made available by various Ministries/Departments/Cadre Controlling Authorities, provisions under FR 56(j)/similar provisions have been invoked/recommended in case of 30 Group ‘A’ officers and 103 Group ‘B’ officers, till May, 2017.

Unstarred Question 587 : 4.2 lakh vacancies in Central Government

Questions 4: The present position regarding vacant posts in the Central Government?

Answer: As per the Annual Report on Pay and Allowances of Central Government Civilian Employees 2015-16 as on 1.3.2015, published by Pay Research Unit, Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, the number of vacant posts in position in various Ministries/Departments is 4,20,547 out of total sanctioned strength of 36,49,468.

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