UPSC Lateral Entry Recruitment: The Center had earlier proposed to induct three joint secretaries, 27 directors, and 13 deputy secretaries through lateral entry. Lateral entry refers to the induction of private-sector experts into government departments.
Lateral Entry Commerce and Industry; finance; law and justice; consumer affairs; food and public distribution; Education; water power; health and family welfare; road transport and highways; civil Aviation; skill development and entrepreneurship; Environment, Forest and Climate Change; statistics and program implementation; steel; corporate Affairs; mines, ports, shipping, and waterways; heavy industries and public enterprises; Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, etc.
What is Lateral Entry?
Lateral entry refers to the induction of private-sector experts into government departments. Selected candidates will be appointed on a contract basis for a period of 03 years. The validity of deputation may be extended up to 05 years depending upon the performance of the candidate.
The decision on lateral entry was taken in 2018-19,
Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said that first of all, during 2018-19, it was decided to do a lateral entry on 10 posts of Joint Secretaries. Eight joint secretaries were appointed and seven of them are present in the post. Accordingly, it is now proposed to fill up three posts at the Joint Secretary level, along with 27 posts at the Director level and 13 posts at the Deputy Secretary level were also recommended.
The process started in 2020
The Department of Personnel and Training had requested the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to select suitable candidates for senior posts on February 14, 2020, and February 12, 2021. UPSC had started online recruitment for the posts in February.
The Central Government received 295 applications for Joint Secretary, 1,247 for Director, and 489 for Deputy Secretary. Based on this UPSC shortlisted 231 candidates for the interviews, which were conducted from Friday ending September 27, after which the list of 31 recommended candidates was published.