Appointments Committee of the Cabinet

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The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) decides appointments to several top posts under the Government of India.[1]

The committee is composed of the Prime Minister of India (ex-officio Chairman) and the Minister of Home Affairs.[2] Originally the Minister-in-charge of the concerned Ministry was also part of the committee but since July 2016, those ministers are excluded from this committee.[3]


Appointments decided[edit]

The Establishment Officer’s Division (EO Division) processes all proposals for senior appointments in the Government of India that require the approval of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet under the Government of India Transactions of Business Rules, 1961. The committee makes appointments to posts of:

This Committee decides on all important empanelments and shift of officers serving on Central deputation. In addition, all appointments by promotion that require ACC approval are processed through the E.O. Division. For this purpose, the Establishment Officer functions as the Secretary to the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.

The Additional Secretary and Establishment Officer in the Department of Personnel and Training is the ex-officio Member Secretary of the Civil Services Board that is chaired by the Cabinet Secretary. This Board makes recommendations for appointments in respect of the posts of Deputy Secretary, Director and Joint Secretary under the Central Staffing Scheme. In addition, the Board makes recommendations to the ACC for the inclusion of officers in the Joint Secretaries suitability list.

Furthermore, the Establishment Officer is Member Secretary of the Screening Committee, chaired by the Cabinet Secretary and including Secretary (P) and Finance Secretary, that has been constituted for the screening of cases of assignments under Rule 6(2)(ii) of the AIS (Cadre) Rules 1954 and assignments in international organizations in respect of JS level and above officers of organized Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ services. The EO is also Member Secretary of the Central Establishment Board (CEB), which is chaired by Secretary (Personnel). This Board makes recommendations for deputing officers on foreign training, assessment of Central Secretariat Service officers for appointments to the posts of Deputy Secretary and Director in the Ministries/Departments as well as premature retirement under the relevant rules in respect of officers below the rank of Joint Secretary.

Cabinet Committees of India[edit]

The eight Committees of the Cabinet are:

  1. Appointments Committee of the Cabinet
  2. Cabinet Committee on Accommodation
  3. Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs
  4. Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs
  5. Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs
  6. Cabinet Committee on Security
  7. Cabinet Committee on Investment and growth
  8. Cabinet Committee on Employment & Skill Development

All committees of the cabinet except that of Parliamentary Affairs and Accommodation are chaired by the Prime Minister. Cabinet Committee on Accommodation is headed by Home Minister Amit Shah. Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary affairs is headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

In the Second Modi ministry, Prime Minister Narendra Modi formed two new committees under his chairmanship to focus on two key concerns: Employment & skill development and Investment.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Reconstitution of Cabinet Committees- 2019-revised". Retrieved 10 January 2022.
  2. ^ "Composition of the Cabinet Committees (as on 12.07.2021)" (PDF). Cabinet Secretariat. Retrieved 10 January 2022.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-02-17. Retrieved 2017-02-17.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  5. ^ "Why Cabinet Committees are formed, what are the functions of each". 7 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Madhabi Puri Buch appointed as SEBI chairperson". Moneycontrol. Retrieved 2022-03-02.
  7. ^ "Prime Minister forms two Cabinet panels to spur investment and employment". The Economic Times. Retrieved 6 June 2019.