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Civil Service

Volume 309: debated on Monday 24 February 1936

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether, in view of the unsatisfactory state of recruitment of British candidates for the Indian Civil Service in 1935, as reported by the Civil Service Commission, he proposes to take any action to restore the proportion of British to Indian recruits to the 50–50 ratio fixed in 1924?

Yes, Sir. My Noble Friend hopes to be in a position very shortly to make an announcement of the measures to be taken to restore the 50–50 ratio as soon as Part III of the Government of India Act, 1935, comes into force. If present expectations are fulfilled, it should be possible to make a beginning in 1937.


asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he will bring up to date the numbers of British and Indian members, respectively, in the All-India Services, as compared with the last published Return which showed the composition of those services on 1st January, 1933?

I am circulating a statement showing the composition of the All-India Services on 1st January, 1935. Figures for 1st January, 1936, are not yet available.

Following is the statement:

Statement showing the composition of the All-India Services on 1st. January, 1935.
Indian Civil Service (including incumbents of listed posts).756544
Indian Police495170
Indian Agricultural Service.3928
Indian Educational Service (Men's Branch)7564
Indian Educational Service(Women's Branch).113
Indian Forest Service18889
Indian Medical Service (Civil).205100
Indian Service of Engineers.268273
Indian Veterinary Service161