District Management Group

District Management Group

District Management Group or DMG, is an elite cadre of the Civil Service of Pakistan.

Officers in this group are recruited through a competitive examination held once a year by the Federal Public Service Commission[1] of Pakistan. Those selected for this group have to undergo a two-year training programme at the Civil Services Academy (CSA) in Lahore, Pakistan.

The Indian Civil Service (ICS)—also known once as Imperial Civil Service, predecessor of the Civil Service of Pakistan and District Management Group—was established by the British to bolster the British Raj. After Indian independence, the ICS component ceded to Pakistan was renamed the Pakistan Administrative Service. Later it was named the Civil Service of Pakistan. In 1954, an agreement was reached between the Governor General of Pakistan and the governors of the provinces to constitute an All-Pakistan service. Under administrative reforms of 1973, the name of Civil Service of Pakistan was changed to All-Pakistan Unified Group (APUG) of which the DMG and Police Service of Pakistan are now major components.


Appointments of DMG Officers

After completing initial training and probation at the CSA, officers are posted in field offices throughout Pakistan on BPS 17 Grade appointments. Officers of the rank of Captains (within 3 to 6 years service) and equivalents from defense services are also inducted (in three fields DMG, Police and Foreign Services) on allocated quota after recommendations of Chairman FPSC. For this these officers accost loss of seniority in getting one step down, but not the previous service accountable for pay and pension. Officers of DMG are first appointmented typically as Assistant Commissioners of sub-divisions. They will simultaneously be charged with the responsibilities of Assistant Collector (Revenue) and Sub-Divisional Magistrate. Subsequently as they progress in their careers, DMG Officers are placed on a variety of field, staff, secretarial and instructional appointments. The BPS grades are enumerated (in order of increasing responsibility) as:

Grade Appointment Remarks
  • Assistant Commissioner (AC)
  • Assistant Political Agent (APA)
  • Assistant Coordination Officer (ACO)
  • Deputy District Officer (Revenue)
  • Under Secretary in Provincial Secretariat
  • Section Officer in Federal Secretariat
  • Assistant Director of Federal / Provincial Department
Field appointment of AC combines roles of Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) and Assistant Collector (Land Revenue)

In the post Devolution scenario, the AC post has been abolished and replaced with that of DDO(R) in Punjab and Sindh and by ACO in KPK, however, Punjab, KPK, Balochistan has restored the office of AC/SDM. In Many instances DMG officers are posted one step higher as Deputy Secretary and as DO(R) in their Own Pay and Scale.

  • Deputy Commissioner (DC) / District Magistrate (DM) & Collector (Revenue) for a smaller district
  • Political Agent for a smaller agency (PA)
  • District Coordination Officer (DCO) for a smaller district
  • Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) / Additional District Magistrate (DM) & Additional Collector (Revenue) for a larger district
  • Additional Political Agent for a larger agency
  • Section Officer in Federal Secretariat in higher grade
  • Deputy Secretary in provincial secretariat
  • District Officer (Revenue) or Executive District Officer (Revenue)
  • Deputy Director of a Federal / Provincial Department
Field appointment of DC combines roles of District Magistrate (DM) and Collector (Land Revenue)

In some departments, DMG officers are appointed on one step higher appointments like Additional Secretary.(in their own pay and scale).

  • Additional Commissioner of a Larger Administrative Division (Appointment created on required basis).
  • Deputy Commissioner (DC) / District Magistrate (DM) & Collector (Revenue) for a larger district
  • Political Agent (PA) for a larger agency
  • District Coordination Officer (DCO) for a larger district
  • Additional Secretary of a Provincial Department.
  • Deputy Secretary in Federal Secretariat
  • Project Manager for Federal Scheme
  • Director of a Federal / Provincial Department
Sometimes BS 19 officers are appointed as Provincial Secretary i.e. one step higher.
  • Commissioners of Smaller Administrative Divisions
  • Secretary of Provincial Department
  • Member Provincial Board of Revenue
  • Joint Secretary of Federal Ministry/Division
  • Project Director for Federal Scheme
  • Director General of Federal Department
Commissioners of Divisions were previously under Members of Board of Revenue but now they are directly responsible to the Chief Secretary of respective Province.
  • Additional Chief Secretary of Province (e.g. ACS Planning)
  • Commissioners of Larger Administrative Divisions (where local government does not exist)
  • Senior Member Provincial Board of Revenue
  • Senior Joint Secretary in Federal Ministry/Division
  • Additional Secretary in Federal Ministry/Division
  • Acting Secretary to the Government of Pakistan
  • Chairman of Federal Organisation.
  • Managing Director of Public Corporation
  • Chief Secretary of AJK / Gilgit-Baltistan.
  • Secretary of a Federal Division
  • Chief Secretary of a Province
  • Director General of Autonomous Federal Department/Agency
  • Chairman of Autonomous Federal Organisation
  • Managing Director of Autonomous Public Corporation
  • Secretary General to the Government of Pakistan in-charge of larger Federal Divisions, in special cases as in Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ministry of Finance.

Post Devolution (2001) Scenario

Since 2001, after the passage of Local Governance Ordinance (LGO) 2001 [2], the nature of appointments taken by DMG officers has undertaken a shift. With the abolition of the institution of Executive Magistracy, the position of DM/SDM no longer exist. A DMG officer now makes a start as Deputy District Officer (Revenue), a new nomenclature for Deputy Collector (Land Revenue). Similarly, the erstwhile Deputy Commissioner has been replaced with a DO(R) under Land Revenue Act. AC has been replaced with DDOR, while the powers of Commissioners have been vested with EDOR. DCO the so-called head of district government is not even a revenue officer under Land Revenue Act. He cannot sit as a Revenue court and appeals against decisions of EDOR are heard in Board of revenue. In Punjab, the PML(N)Government has reinstated Commissioners, albeit without significant powers as the Land Revenue and other relevant Acts are amended. However, now DDOR has been abolished and replaced with Assistant Commissioner, but office of Deputy Commissioner hasn't been restored in Punjab. Balochistan government has reinstated the institutions of Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner. In KPK also the office of Commissioner stands restored. It seems that the governments have largely realized the mistake they committed by going for devolution without required preparation.


  1. ^ Federal Public Service Commission http://www.fpsc.gov.pk
  2. ^ National Reconstruction Bureau http://www.nrb.gov.pk

Prominent DMG Officers of Pakistan


DMG, over the last 63 years, has produced an array of competent officers who had notable careers. Some earned their fame for their role in the political setups, others for the professional calibre and delivery of public services. A few of the prominent personalities of DMG are named below:

  • Hafiz Abdul Majeed, ICS, The First Chief Secretary of Punjab 1947.
  • Sardar Farooq Ahmad Khan Laghari, 1964 Batch CSP (also former President of Pakistan).
  • Afzal Kahut, Former Secretary, Establishment. 1964 batch.
  • Shamsher Ali Khan, Former Federal Secretary, Secretary to President Leghari(his own former batchmate). 1964 Batch of CSP.(did Suicide)
  • Mian Tayab, 1964 batch and Former Federal Secretary P&D.Former Member FPSC.
  • Tariq Sultan, CSP Former Principal Staff College & Chairman PPSC.
  • Mehr Jewan Khan, CSP Former Principal Staff College & Secretary to the then Chief Minister, Mian Nawaz Sharif.
  • Anwar Zahid,CSP 1964, former Secretary to President.Former CS Punjab
  • Masood Khadarposh, ICS.
  • Mian Riazuddin, ICS. & husband of renowned Urdu writer begum akhtar riazzudin, & father of Ms Negar Ahmad, Chairman Aurat Foundation.
  • Rasheed Khan,CSP & former Mohtasib Punjab.
  • Imtiaz Masrur, CSP, Former Chief Secretary Punjab
  • Attar uz Zaman Khan(AZK) Sherdil, CSP, former Chief Secretary Punjab; died in 2011 as Chairman Bank of Punab(on contract) father of Khalid Sherdil DMG
  • Osama Maud (Shaheed), A road of Lahore on his name as he was murdered on way back home.2nd common batch.
  • Junaid Iqbal Chaudhary, currently federal secretary food and agriculture.
  • Kamran Rasul, CSP, former Chief Secretary Punjab.Former Defence Secretary in Musharraf Governemnt.
  • Shahid Rafi, Former Secretary Water & Power. 2nd common
  • Khushnood Akhtar Lashari, 3rd common, Currently Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister & Acting Secretary Establishment.
  • GM Sikandar, formerly Tribal Area Group & then DMG. Secretary to CM Pervaiz Elahi and retired as Federal Secretary. 2nd common. Currently, Member Service Tribunal
  • Kashif Murtaza, former Chief Secretary AJK, Former chairman Railway.Currently MEMBER FPSC
  • Mrs. Sarod Lashari,3rd common w/o Khushnood Lashari, 3rd common.
  • Abdul Rauf Ch, 2nd CTP, retired on 06-07-2011 as Secretary Establishment.
  • Pervaiz Masud, CSP, Former Chief Secretary, Punjab.
  • Hafiz Akhtar Randhawa, CSP, Former Chief Secretary, Punjab.
  • Sibtain Fazl-e-Halim, Retired Federal Secretary.2nd CTP
  • Toqeer Ahmad Faiq, Former, A.S.I(Wafaqi Mohtasib). 3rd CTP
  • MY Labib Ur Rehman, Former, A.S.I(Wafaqi Mohtasib).2nd CTP.
  • Sh Habib Ur Rehman, Former Secretary Punjab, 3rd CTP(brother of DMG officer MY Labib-ur-Rehman 2nd Common).
  • Syed Muhammad Hamid Shah, Former Secretary Pujab, 3rd CTP. Currently Member service tribunal Punjab
  • Salman Saddique, Currently, Chairman FBR & former Chief Secretary Punjab. 2nd common.
  • Mian Muhammad Jamil, Former Federal Secretary & ACS Punjab. 1st common.
  • Humaiyoun Farshori, 1st common former federal secretary.
  • Ismail Qureshi, 1st common, former federal secretary. 1st common.
  • Kamran Lashari, Former Chief secretary Sindh. currently Secretary Housing & Works.
  • Shafqat Mahmood, Ex-Senator and Federal Minister for Information.
  • Javed Mehmood, Former Chief Secretary Punjab, 7th common.Currently Federal Secretary P&D.
  • SI Haq, former Chief Secretary Punjab, and ICS officer. Father of Dr Nadeem Ul Haq, Chairman planning commission of pakistan.
  • Zafar Mahmood, currently Federal Secretary Commerce, third common batch DMG.
  • KB Rind, former Chief Secretary Baluchistan, Currently Federal Secretary, Second common.
  • Muhammad Sami Saeed, Former ACS, currently SMBR, 7th common.
  • Nasir Mahmood Khosa,6th CTP, CS Punjab, & former CS Baluchistan. (Brother of Tariq Khosa PSP 3rd common, and Justice Asif Saeed Khosa).
  • Nargis Sethi, 7th common. Secretary Cabinet Division, Islamabad. Wife of Salim Sethi, Audit and Accounts Group.
  • Sami Ul Haq Khilji, 3rd common, former Chairman Railway.
  • Muhammad Saleem Khan, Federal Secretary, Ports & Shippings, 3rd CTP.
  • I. A. Imtiazi 1949 batch. PAS, CSP. Former Federal Secretary & President, CSP Association.
  • Aftab Hussain, 1949 batch, PAS CSP, Former Chairman, Urdu Board.
  • Akhter Husain CSP (later Governor West Pakistan), 1949 batch
  • F.K Bandial, Former Additional Chief Secretary, West Pakistan, & Father of Justice Omer Atta Bandial.
  • AGN Kazi(yet alive), famous ICS officer, Federal Secretary Finance, & Former Governor SBP, and Dy Chairman Planning commission. Real Maternal Uncle of Mutwakil Kazi(late), Former Federal Secretary.
  • Dr.Ishrat Hussain, former Governor State Bank of Pakistan and renowned economist, CSP Batch 1964
  • Nageeb Ullah Malik, 4th CTP, Former CS Punjab. Currently Member FPSC
  • Naeem khan, DMG officer who served as Chief Secretary NWFP, Chief Secretary Baluchistan, Chief Secretary Azad Kashmir and retired as Federal Secretary Kashmir affairs and Northern Areas.
  • Rustam shah Mohmand,former Chief Secretary NWFP, Federal Secretary Interior, Pakistan Ambassador to Afghanistan.
  • Shakil Durrani, Ex CS NWFP, Sindh, AJK and presently posted as Chairman WAPDA.
  • Saeed ullah Jan, Ex CS KP, Secretary water and power.
  • Tasneem Noorani,(Punjab)served as Secretary commerce/trade and Secretary Interior.
  • Babar Yaqoob Fateh Muhammad,9th CTP, ex Chief Secretary Gilgit Baltistan. Now Federal Secretary Kashmir Affairs

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