Civil Service Commission founded (95 words)

Historical Context Note

  • Editors


Sir Charles Trevelyan’s report on the British Civil Service (1854) proposed (1) the establishment of a Civil Service Commission to ensure impartial recruitment to official posts, (2) the division of the civil service into intellectual and routine work, and (3) the selection of higher civil servants on the basis of general intellectual attainment rather than specialized knowledge. Trevelyan had gained his own experience in removing corruption from the Indian Civil Service, which thus became the model for the British service. These proposals led to the foundation of the Civil Service Commission which progressively eliminated patronage, inefficiency and corruption.

Editors. "Civil Service Commission founded". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 February 2010
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