Listed Posts

Listed Posts The practice of 'Listed Posts' dates back to the late nineteenth century in British India. Following the recommendations of the Public Service Commission headed by chairman Charles U. Aitchison, reforms in civil service were effected. The covenanted civil services came to be known as the Indian Civil Service (ICS), whereas the uncovenanted civil services came to be known as Provincial Civil Services under names of the provinces to which they belonged. In the then Bengal, the Provincial Civil Service, a prototype of the ICS, came to be known as the Bengal Civil Service. In 1892, a resolution of the government introduced a set of reforms which tended to ensure for the Provincial Civil Services opportunities for promotion to the superior posts normally reserved for the ICS. One-third of the officers of the district and sessions judge and one-sixth of the officers of the district magistrate and collector and other higher and lower ranks were transferred to the Provincial Civil Services. It was however, made clear that such transfer of posts, specified in the schedule of the Civil Service Act of 1861, did not in any way confer on the members of the Provincial Civil Service any right to promotion. The posts attached to the schedule of the Act of 1861, which was earlier reserved for the members of the ICS, later in the official terminology came to be known as Listed Posts, i.e posts listed in schedule. [AMM Shawkat Ali]