The Centre has sought suggestions from departments concerned regarding rules to allocate the service and cadre to those qualifying the All India Civil Services Examination, PTI reported.

The Department of Personnel and Training has asked cadre-controlling ministries if services and states can be allocated after the completion of the foundation course, and if their performance in the course can be made a parameter. If the Centre’s proposal is accepted, civil servants will have to wait for three months before they are allotted the state and the service from options such as the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service and Indian Foreign Service.

At present, probationers are informed of the service designation and the state posting much before the foundation course in Mussourie starts. The service as well as the cadre is decided on the ranks they secure in the examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for 24 all-India services. Although the foundation course carries 400 marks, it is only considered to decide seniority within the batch, The Indian Express reported.

“Examine the feasibility of giving due weightage to the performance in the foundation course and making service allocation as well as cadre allocation to All India Service Officers based on the combined score obtained in the Civil Services Examination as well as in the Foundation Course,” reads the letter from Vijoy Kumar Singh, Joint Secretary, DoPT, issued on the May 17, according the English daily.

A government spokesperson, however, said no final decision has been made, and it is one of the suggestions under consideration.