Cadre in All India Services is decided depending on following factors:
- Your Rank
- Number of seats available in your category (Gen/Others)and in your preferred state.
- Your domicile. If you are a native of State X, you’re an insider else outsider. As is obvious, you can be an insider to only one state.
- A successful candidate gets the cadre based on what preference he stated for various cadres in his/her DAF provided there are availability.
- Furthermore, the domicile is an important factor. Outsider seats are always greater than insider seats for a state. This is primarily done to maintain the spirit of an All India Service.