Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service
|Training||Directorate of Training (UTCS)|
|Controlling authority||Ministry of Home Affairs|
|Legal personality||Government service|
|General nature||Federal Civil Service|
|Preceding service||Union Territories Civil Service|
|Website||Union Territories Division, MHA, India|
|Head of the Civil Services|
The acronym DANICS refers to the "Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu Civil Service". Officers of the service are recruited directly through the Civil Services Examination and are responsible for the diverse administrative functions of the National Capital Territory of Delhi and the Union territories.
General status and selection
For selection into DANICS, one has to qualify the Civil Services Exam, which is held annually. The Civil Services Examination has a three-stage competitive selection process. At stage one, there is an objective type examination called the preliminary exam. This is a qualifying examination. It consists of a General Studies paper and an aptitude test. Only the candidates who pass this can appear for the "Main Examination" which consists of nine papers. Each candidate has to select an optional subject (two papers in the form of Paper A and Paper B as per the prescribed syllabus) and to take four General Studies papers, an Essay, an English language paper and a regional language paper. This is followed by an interview. The cadre is further augmented by promotion of non-gazetted civil service officers. Two thirds of the strength is filled by direct recruitment and the remaining by promotion.
Postings of DANICS Officers
Mainly after the training period of two years, DANICS officers are initially posted as Assistant Collector (District Administration, Delhi) or Sub.Divisional Magistrates. On deputation in the Autonomous Bodies of Delhi like MCD, NDMC, DDA etc. or as Deputy Secretary in different Ministries of Delhi Government. After attaining seniority, they get promotion into Senior Grades (JAG-I and JAG-II/SAG) and get inducted into the AGMUT cadre of the Indian Administrative Service.