The Civil Service System of Bangladesh

  • Sk. Tawfique M. HaqueEmail author
  • M. Mahfuzul Haque


Bangladesh Civil Service has, over the years, undergone substantial structural and functional changes. One change has been to minimize cadre differences and elitism—a characteristic introduced during the British colonial period and later during the Pakistani rule. With the abolition of elitism from the civil service, it has turned the civil service into mediocrity marred by rigidity, inefficiency and being slow. The norms and standards of the civil service have greatly been eroded over the years due to factionalism and politicization of the civil service. It led to the negative consequences on their professional neutrality and competence with a gradual decline in citizens’ trust. This chapter highlights composition, recruitment, career development, compensation and retirement benefits, ethics, and code of conduct of the civil service. With the imperative for pursuing modernization of the civil service and rationalization for further efficiency and merit, this chapter examines the challenges and to what extent modernization of the civil service has taken place in Bangladesh.


Bangladesh civil service Professionalism Colonial Governance Bangladesh 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Public Policy and Governance (PPG) ProgramNorth South UniversityDhakaBangladesh

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