Indicative academic backgrounds and areas of training, research and study relevant for the identified domains

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Domain Indicative Academic Backgrounds
(at Bachelor’s or higher levels)
Indicative Themes of training/study/research
Agriculture and Rural Development All Agril. Economics; Development Studies
Social Development All Education, Public Health, Development Studies
Culture and Information Liberal Arts, Social Sciences Media, Arts & Culture Administration
Natural Resources Management Natural Sciences, Physical Sciences, Economics Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Forestry, Ecology
Energy and Environment (brown side) Physical Sciences, Economics Energy and Environmental Economics, Regulatory Studies
Communication systems and Connectivity Infrastructure Physical Sciences, Economics Economics of Infrastructure and Public Systems, Information Science, Regulatory Studies
Public finance and Financial Management Economics, Physical Sciences Public Financial Management, Public Finance, Public Choice, Macroeconomics
Industry and trade Economics, Physical Sciences Management, International Trade, Industrial Organization
Domestic Affairs and Defence All Security and Defence Studies
Housing, and Urban Affairs Economics, Social Sciences Urban and Regional Planning
Personnel & General Administration, Governance Reform, Regulatory Systems All Personnel Administration, Management, Public Choice, Regulatory Studies, O&M


  • The proposed themes of study/training, etc. would be in addition to any requirements of establishing general skills of policy formulation.
  • Natural Sciences would include Life Sciences, as well as applied areas such as agriculture, forestry, medicine, veterinary science, etc.
  • Physical Sciences would include Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, as well as applied areas such as engineering (all branches), geology, etc. (In general, officers with Physical Sciences backgrounds also would have strong quantitative skills).
  • Social Sciences would include Social Sciences other than Economics and Political Science, besides applied areas such as gender studies, social work, education, public health, architecture.
  • Economics would also include applied areas such as Management Studies and Operations Research (with significant formal economics content).
  • Liberal Arts would include: History, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Law, etc., besides applied areas such as media.
  • Research accomplished should be reflected in publications in refereed journals/books.]