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Table 1 The central government employee numbers in India

From: Central civil servant pension payments in India: Issues and concerns

Year Civil departments Railways Grand total
1960–1961 927 214 1 162 786 2 090 000
1970–1971 1 392 452 1 378 848 2 771 300
1980–1981 1 620 729 1 574 371 3 195 100
1990–1991 1 754 815 1 654 985 3 409 800
2000–1901 1 711 415 1 549 385 3 260 800
2003–2004 1 581 572 1 445 428 3 027 000
  1. Source: Government of India, Economic Survey (various issues).