The majority of biographies of government officials on the Treasury of Lives were connected to the Tibetan government, the Ganden Podrang, in Lhasa, called zhungzhab. These were divided into an ecclesiastical branch whose members were called tsedrung and a lay branch, whose members were called drungkhor. The tsedrung were monks officials recruited from all levels of society, whereas the drungkhor were recruited almost exclusively from the aristocracy. Altogether there were around 175 tsedrung and 175 drungkhor. There were seven ranks of officials within the Ganden Podrang government with the Dalai Lama holding the first rank. The ministers held the third rank, most of the higher officials belonged to the fourth rank, and new entrants into the bureaucracy worked their way up to the seventh rank.