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Glossary: U

A glossary of special terminology used in India during the British Administration.

Unattached List
Two distinct meanings, viz.:

1) Unattached List - NCOs - Indian Army Name given after 1859 to the special cadre of European NCOs who served extra-regimentally in the Indian Army - they were employed mainly in the Ordnance, Commissariat and Public Works Departments but also in a number of minor departments and in various miscellaneous posts. The Unattached List replaced the former EIC Town Major's List/Effective Supernumeraries. NCOs on the Unattached List were, after 1859, recruited solely from NCOs of British Army regiments stationed in India and could be remanded to their parent regiments in cases of incompetence and/or misconduct. A soldier on the Unattached List only became fully part of the Indian Army if and when subsequently promoted to the warrant officer rank of Sub-Conductor.

2) Unattached List - Officers - Indian Army List of graduates of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, granted commissions in the Indian Army but serving a probationary year with a British Army regiment in India before joining the Indian Army proper. During their probationary year they were required to obtain a basic qualification in a vernacular language failing which their probation was extended by a further year. Lists of officers on the Unattached List are recorded in the quarterly Indian Army Lists.

Uncovenanted Civil Service
Name given to the lower echelon of the general civil service in India under both the East India Company and the Crown, to be distinguished both from the upper echelon or Covenanted Civil Service and from the Special Civil Services. The Uncovenanted Civil Service was recruited almost entirely from persons born in India, whether European, Eurasian or Asian. In 1892 the Uncovenanted Civil Service was further subdivided into an upper branch or Provincial Civil Service and a lower branch or Subordinate Civil Service.

Under Age
Below the age of 21