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IAS - Indian Administrative Service

What is meant by IAS? What is the full form of IAS?

IAS FULL FORM = Indian Administrative Service
IAS Full Form- Indian Administrative Service

The Indian Administrative Service is popularly referred to as the IAS and was formally constituted in 1947. It is the premier service in India and offers an attractive and challenging career. There is fame and glamour also associated with this service for those who have excell in their posts. Even though most people think being the District Magistrate or Collector is the most powerful and glamorous post, an IAS holds power at all levels of his/her job. IAS is the service that places the officer right at the top of any government organization. If you are a determined person you can change a lot of things as an IAS officer.

IAS Officer Career Profile

The IAS officers handle affairs of the government. At the state and central level, this involves the framing of the policies and its implementation. At the district level, IAS is concerned with district affairs, including developmental duties. At the divisional level, the IAS officers look after law and order, general administration and various developmental works. Becoming a collector is just one of the jobs an IAS officers takes up in his long career. As secretary of various departments an IAS officer heads the organisation and takes it ahead.

IAS Officer Salary

SI.NO Grade Pay Scale
1 Under Secretary in Government of India Gets Senior time Scale (PB-3 with Rs 6600 Grade Pay) after completion of four years of service.
2 Deputy Secretary in Government of India Gets Junior Administrative Grade (PB-3 with Rs 7600 Grade Pay) after completion of 9 years of service.
3 Director in Government of India Gets Selection Grade (PB-4 with Rs 8700 Grade Pay) after completion of 13 years of service
4 Join Secretary to Government of India / Secretary in State Government Gets Super time Scale (PB-4 with Rs 10000 Grade Pay) after completion of 16 years of service
5 Additional Secretary in Government of India / Principal Secretary in State Government Gets Higher Administrative after completion of 25 years of service.
6 Secretary ton Government of India / Chief Secretary Gets Apex Scale (Rs 80000 fixed) after completion of 30 years of service.
7 Cabinet Secretary

90000 fixed

IAS Career Options

Members of the Indian Administrative Service hold various administrative posts like District Collector, Heads of Departments, and Head of Public Enterprises at the state level. They can also be posted on deputation to the Central Government to various posts.

IAS Career Structure

  • Sub-Divisional Magistrate in a sub-division of a district (Entry)/Section Officer in Central Govt. District Magistrate (Collector) in a district or Joint Secretary in State Government or Undersecratary/Principal Private Secretary in Govt. of India
  • District Magistrate (Collector ) in a district or a Deputy Secretary/Senior Principal Private Secretary (Senior PPS) in the central government.
  • Divisional Comisioner/Special Secretary of state government or a Director/Principal Staff Officer(PSO) of Central Govt.
  • Divisional Commissioner in a division or Secretary in state government or position of Joint Secretary to Govt. of India.
  • Principal Secretaries/Financial Commissioners in states, Additional Secretaries to the Govt. of India
  • Chief Secretary of States, Union Secretaries in charge of various ministries of Govt. of India

IAS being an 'All India Service' follows the Cadre system. In this system officers are allotted to state cadres, not necessarily to your home state. So for all practical purposes you belong to that state service but may be deputed elsewhere in the country. However you'll always be recognized by your allotted state cadre. This system though very useful tends to positively and negatively affect the careers of an IAS officer. The cadre system is allotted on a basis of lottery and only the toppers of each state may get a chance to serve their home state if they have opted for such a preference.

IAS Officer Career Progression

Besides, IAS officers can be appointed in autonomous organizations/sub ordinate organizations/PSUs/UN Organizations/international organizations like World Bank, Asian Development Bank in Various capacities. They also serve as Personal Secretaries to Ministers in Central Government. There is provision for deputation of IAS officers to private organizations also for a fixed tenure. Some of the IAS officers even become governors of states.

IAS Recruitment and Training

Along with the selected Civil Service officers, the trainee IAS officers have to undergo 15 weeks training. Here after they are shifted to the two stages of training before serving the actual service.

In stage I of the training, the officers learn to expand the perfect proficient qualities in managing the huge arrays of tasks which has to be taken up for the first 10 years of service that is for 26 weeks. Then district training for several parts of administrative responsibilities of regional sorts, including location study of assignment for the academy. The duration is of 52 weeks where the officers experiences about the actual execution of the regional administration. The district training aims for the allotment of Cadres for the actual appointment.

In stage II of the training, the officers have to execute the district level tasks experiences acquired in a course of one year onsite training along with the skilled program learned in foundation training.

On successful completion of probation for almost two years, the IAS officers are placed as SDM (Sub Divisional Magistrate also known as District Magistrate or Sub-Collector). On this position the IAS officers lead the department with key responsibilities of Revenue, General Administration, Developmental Work, Law and Order as per their work assignment.

How to become an IAS officer?

IAS Exam Eligibility

The eligibility criteria for the IAS exam is the same as for other civil services services under the combined exam by UPSC. One of the primary criteria is that candidates must have Bachelors degree in any discipline from a recognized university. Candidates are advised to check the eligibility criteria before applying. Candidates appearing in the final year exams can also apply. Once the candidate clears the civil services and gets allotment to the IAS as per his rank, he has to go through specified training. Usually the toppers get the IAS.

IAS eligibility for persons with disability

People with the following disabilities & Physical conditions can be selected into the IAS.

Category(ies) for which Identified Functional Classification Physical Requirements
(i) Locomotor disability including Cerabral Palsy, Leprosy Cured, Dwarfism, Acid Attack Victims One Arm, One Leg, Both Arms, Both Hands, Muscular Weakness, One Arm One Leg, Cerebral Palsy, Leprosy Cured,Dwarfism, Acid Attack Victims Sitting, Standing, Walking, Seeing, Hearing/Speaking, Reading and Writing, Communication
Both Legs and Arms, Both Legs One Arm, Both Legs Sitting, Seeing, Hearing/Speaking, Reading and Writing, Communication
(ii) Blindness and Low Vision Low Vision Manipulation by Finger, Pushing & Pulling, Sitting, Standing, Walking, Lifting, Communication, Reading and Writing, Hearing/Speaking, Kneeling and Crouching, Bending
Blind Manipulation by Finger, Pushing & Pulling, Sitting, Standing, Walking, Lifting, Communication, Reading and Writing (in braille/ software), Kneeling and Crouching, Bending
(iii) Deaf and Hard of Hearing Fully Deaf, Hard of Hearing Pushing & Pulling, Sitting, Standing, Walking, Lifting, Communication, Reading and Writing, Kneeling and Crouching, Bending
(iv) Multiple disability including only above three sub-categories 1.Low vision + Hard of Hearing Manipulation by Finger, Pushing & Pulling, Sitting, Standing, Walking, Lifting, Communication, Reading and Writing, Hearing/Speaking, Kneeling and Crouching, Bending, Seeing
2.(i) One Arm + Low vision Manipulation by Finger, Pushing & Pulling, Sitting, Standing, Walking, Lifting, Communication, Reading and Writing, Hearing/Speaking, Kneeling and Crouching, Bending, Seeing
2.(ii) One Leg + Low vision
2.(iii) Leprosy cured + Low vision
2.(iv) Acid attack victims + Low vision
2.(v) Dwarfism + Low vision
3.(i) One Leg + Blindness Manipulation by Finger, Pushing & Pulling, Sitting, Standing, Walking, Lifting, Communication, Reading and Writing (in braille/software), Hearing/Speaking, Kneeling and Crouching, Bending
3.(ii) Dwarfism + Blindness
4.(i) One Arm + Hard of Hearing Manipulation by Finger, Pushing & Pulling, Sitting, Standing, Walking, Lifting, Communication, Reading and Writing (in braille/software), Hearing/Speaking, Kneeling and Crouching, Bending
4.(ii) One Leg + Hard of Hearing
4.(iii) One Arm + Deaf
4.(iv) Leprosy cured + Hard of Hearing
4.(v) Acid attack victims+ Hard of Hearing
4.(vi) Dwarfism + Deaf
4.(vii) Dwarfism + Hard of Hearing
5.(i) One Arm + Low vision + Hard of Hearing Manipulation by Finger, Pushing & Pulling, Sitting, Standing, Walking, Lifting, Communication, Reading and Writing,Hearing/Speaking, Kneeling and Crouching, Bending, Seeing
5.(ii) One Leg + Low vision + Hard of Hearing
5.(iii) Leprosy cured + Low vision + Hard of Hearing
5.(iv) Acid attack victims + Low vision + Hard of Hearing
5.(v) Dwarfism + Low vision + Hard of Hearing

IAS Exam Schedule 2022

Civil Services Preliminary Exam 2021 (objective) will be conducted on 10 October 2021. The notification was issued on 4th March. The last date for receipt of applications is 24th March 2021. The Main Exam (written) 2022 will start from January 07, 2022. UPSC exam time table 2022

IAS syllabus 2022

The syllabus for the civil services exam in 2022 and every other year is the same for the IAS as well as other services. There is generally no difference from year to year. Once in a few years they may tweak or overhaul the syllabus or pattern of the exam.

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