Central Vigilance Commission (CVC)


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: CVC

Mains level: Not Much

The CVC has modified the guidelines pertaining to the transfer and posting of officials in the vigilance units of government organisations, restricting their tenure to three years at one place.

Revise all statutory and constitutional bodies from your Polity Book at least 2-3 times before the prelims.

Central Vigilance Commission (CVC)

  • CVC is an apex governmental body created in 1964 to address governmental corruption.
  • In 2003, the Parliament enacted a law conferring statutory status on the CVC.
  • It has the status of an autonomous body, free of control from any executive authority, charged with monitoring all vigilance activity under the Central Government of India.
  • It advises various authorities in central Government organizations in planning, executing, reviewing and reforming their vigilance work.

Its establishment

  • It was set up by the Government Resolution on 11 February 1964, on the recommendations of the Committee on Prevention of Corruption, headed by Shri K. Santhanam.
  • N Srinivasa Rau was selected as the first Chief Vigilance Commissioner of India.


  • The Commission shall consist of:
  1. A Central Vigilance Commissioner – Chairperson;
  2. Not more than two Vigilance Commissioners – Members.
  • The CVC and other VCs shall be appointed by the President on the recommendation of a Committee consisting of the PM (Chairperson), the Minister of Home Affairs (Member) and the Leader of the Opposition in the House of the People (Lok Sabha).

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