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2017 BATCH: SIX OFFICERS GOT MARRIED TO A FELLOW OFFICER, ONE COUPLE FROM SAME BATCH

July 20, 2018 06:32 AM

COURSTEY ET JULY 20

2017 BATCH: SIX OFFICERS GOT MARRIED TO A FELLOW OFFICER, ONE COUPLE FROM SAME BATCH
Aman.Sharma@timesgroup.com

New Delhi:

The 2016 batch of 156 IAS officers, currently on their first assignment – three months of training with the Centre – has already set a record: there are six married couples among them. Apart from that, one officer has married a junior from the 2017 batch and another a senior.


The six couples got married after meeting while training at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie earlier this year. While there’s nothing new about IAS officers choosing a batchmate or an officer from another batch as a life partner, the number of civil servants getting hitched in the last three batches has surprised many.

Six officers of the 2017 batch, currently training in Mussoorie, have already married a fellow-IAS officer, while 14 officers of the 2015 batch married a batchmate, a junior or senior. The most well-known case is the marriage of the 2015 IAS toppers, Tina Dabi and Athar Aamir Khan. Records from the Department of Personnel and Training accessed by ET show that as many as 52 IAS officers from various batches got married to a fellow officer since 2017.

Perhaps there’s something in the air in Mussoorie that helps romance to blossom. The hill station is home to the officers of the country’s higher civil services, who spend about seven months together in training at the academy. “Mussoorie is a cold and romantic place with views of the mountains. After a hectic life to clear the UPSC exams, young officers land up for training at the academy and fall in love,” GK Pillai, former home secretary, told ET.

Pillai, from the Kerala cadre, should know. He married his 1972 batchmate Sudha, a Punjabi, almost 45 years ago after they fell in love at the academy.

“You go horse-riding together, on treks… there is a lot of interaction and you get to talk. It’s natural to fall in love. The thendirector of the academy gave us three days leave over the weekend to get married. We came back on a Monday from Chandigarh and took part in a cross-country race that day,” Pillai said.

For the government, such marital bliss is a bit of a headache, especially as it has to revise the elaborate exercise to allot cadres to IAS officers to allow a couple to work in the same state. Officers cannot seek a transfer to their home state, a rule that is relaxed only in rare cases. “One cannot discount a few cases where an officer seeks a partner in a state which he desired to get in the first place,” a senior official told ET. ET spoke to some newly married couples who said love and compatibility brought them together.

“Also, a fellow-IAS officer understands your life and job. With repeated transfers in a state to various districts, a partner not from the IAS would hardly be able to do a job,” an officer said.

One couple said many parents are usually not in favour of such unions because the officers could belong to different regions and castes. But love prevails, they said

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