Indian Political Service

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The Indian Political Service was a department during the British Raj.

The political officers assigned to the service – many of whom were British Army and British Indian Army officers on secondment – were responsible for the civil administration of frontier districts,[1] and also served as British agents to rulers of Princely states.

Employees of the political service were predominantly racially European, although small numbers of Indians were employed.[2] Following Indian independence in 1947 a small number of British officers continued to serve as employees of the Union of India.[3]

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