Sources in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, which acts as the nodal department, have said the government has started reviewing the vacancies in consultations with the cadre controlling authorities at both the states and the Centre.
They said a meeting is likely to be held this month to find ways to fill up a total of 3,408 posts in Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFoS).
Of the total, the highest number of 1,777 vacancies are in IAS followed by 1,255 in IPS and 376 in IFoS, including posts filled through promotions.
"There are large number of vacancies in the various cadres of the all-India services which, in the long run, may hamper the efficient functioning of the administration. The Ministry is considering alternatives to fill such vacancies in a time-bound manner," an official said.
He said the government may consider increasing number of officers selected through the Civil Services Examinations (CSE).
"We will be soon holding a meeting with the Union Public Service Commission and the Finance Ministry in this regard. The state governments and Union Territory administrations will also be asked to give their views on the matter," the official said.
The cadre strength of IAS is 6,154 followed by 4,730 in IPS and 3,078 in IFoS. (More)