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What is Indian Corporate Law Services (ICLS) ? How to apply ?

Answer :

The government of India has introduced a new central civil services cadre called the Indian Corporate Law Services (ICLS) to create an army of experts who would be involved in corporate law making and its enforcement in the country and to meet the challenges of the growing Indian Industry. The ICLS officers are recruited through the Common Civil Services Examination conducted by Union Public Service Commission UPSC.

The ICLS Academy, located at Manesar Campus of the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA), has the responsibility for conducting the induction training for the Probationary Officers (POs) belonging to the Indian Corporate Law Service (ICLS).

The recruits will be trained in subjects like management, law, accounting, business finance and economics before being deputed in various agencies under the ministry. Now the ministry gets officers through Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examinations. UPSC recruits people from the field of law, chartered accounting and cost auditing.

Even though senior positions in the ministry are held by officers of the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) cadre, junior or mid-level officers involved in ground-level enforcement, investigation and compliance are often short of sharp understanding and training. With the introduction of ICLS All lateral entry to the ICLS has been stopped. The Accounts and Legal Branches of ICLS merged.

Those who wish to join ICLS must appear for the Civil Service Examination. The Civil Services Examination (CSE) is conducted every year by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) as a common examination for recruitment to various services like the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service and Indian Police Service, as well as Group A and Group B Central Services which includes Indian Corporate Law Services (ICLS). The notification for the examination will be is published in the month of January/February every year in the UPSC Website/Employment News/Rozgar Samachar and Gazette of India as well as in leading Newspapers.

The Civil Services Examination consist of

a. The Civil Services Preliminary Examination (Objective Type) for the selection of candidates for the Main Examination

b. Civil Services Main Examination (Written) and

c. A Final Interview for those who pass the Main Exam