Centre has compulsorily retired 15 officers to send out a strong message to the bureaucracy, report in NDTV has said.
They were removed under a 60-year-old rule used for against those in government with "suspect integrity".
More officers are under scrutiny and may face removal, the report said, quoting government sources.
Law provides for the review of officers who are either over 50 or have been in the government for 30 years.
"We have taken this very seriously and that is why you see from a zero, the number of removals has gone to double digits and we are constantly monitoring," Jitendra Singh, minister for personnel, was quoted as saying in the report.
He said cabinet secretariat and the PMO have been assessing performance of officers and seeking updates how to weed out officers who have suspicious integrity.
Singh, also clarified that officers must not be victimised for taking decisions.
"We want to protect them and ensure that there is no needless harassment of officers," Singh told the news channel.