If you have dreams for India and want to make it great, you should join an IAS Officer cadre, because this is where you can make things happen. You can directly contribute to the shaping the future of 130 core countrymen. Besides, it is also a superb career option.
However, the path to follow is the challenge of a lifetime. Out of some lakhs of candidates who attempt to succeed in civil services exam being conducted by UPSC, nearly less than thousand succeed in entering the IAS, IPS, IFS and other similar streams. These figures are quoted only to mentally prepare you to become the topper in the UPSC Civil services examination. In order to be successful, you must adopt the unique strategy followed by the toppers of the IAS civil- services examinations.
UPSC(Union Public Services Commission) conducts the selection process for choosing the best candidates for the Indian Civil Services the selection procedure comprises of three stages: preliminary exam, main exam as well as the interview stage.
Topping in civil services exam is not exactly a T 20 match; it is almost like winning a gold medal in the marathon in an international competition. You need world-class training and the dedicated medium term as well as long term strategy to ensure success. The IAS examinations test your analytical skills more critically. Verbal and presentation skills, as well as mathematics, are vital as well. Ability to reason logically is also an important factor all the time. You need to focus on the current syllabus of IAS Examination.
If you have a university degree in any subject, (or if you are studying in final year of the degree course) and within the age limit of 21 to 32 years (with relaxation for SC/ST / OBCs) you are eligible to appear for Civil services examination conducted by UPSC.
IAS Officer Duties and responsibilities
Duties of an IAS Officer vary according to the posting and progression of the career of the Officer.
Once an officer is selected he/she may be placed on probation to perform duties as a sub-divisional magistrate in any district. After completing the probation successfully he/she is placed as Asst commissioner and then promoted to rank of DeputyCommissioner (District collector). As a district administrator, she/he has judicial functions as well.
Next promotion can come as a divisional commissioner or equivalent rank, in charge of a number of districts.Later on, after several promotions, IAS officer may reach the rank of cabinet secretary or equivalent position in a Govt department or may be deputed abroad to serve international agencies such as IMF or World Bank.Evan after retirement many IAS officers have the opportunity to serve in eminent posts such as Election Commission, Union Public Service Commission and SEBI.
IAS officer is required to collect Govt revenue such as land revenue. She/he is in charge of maintaining rule of law (ensure that law and order are maintained), and execute policies of the Govt.
Following is the list of other duties:
- To monitor the implementation of policies adopted by the state as well as central govt at all levels, take appropriate remedial measures if required
- Prepare Answers to questions raised in parliament and the state legislature, about policy implementation, use of resources, the progress of funded schemes for peoples welfare and prevent irregularities and misuse of funds allotted for specified schemes.
- To ensure harmony and peace and deal with antisocial elements that cause communal disturbance and law and order problems within his territory.
IAS cadre is also generally in charge of the administration of activities of the Govt department, including developmental works, land acquisition and allotment of land for sanctioned schemes. The officer also deals with welfare schemes for the weaker sections of the society.
In case of natural disasters like draught famine, an outbreak of contagious diseases, floods, tsunami or earthquake the officer coordinates relief and rehabilitation along with the army, National disaster management agencies, Indian redcross and other public agencies.
The officer has to study problems and offer solutions and policy initiatives related to unemployment, migration, damage to environment, ecosystem preservation, wildlife preservation, enhancing forest cover, removal of illiteracy, energy conservation, ensuring sustainable development, monitoring of air and water quality.
IAS Officer Remuneration and entitlements
- An IAS Officer at entry level is presently eligible for 56100 Indian rupees of monthly entry-level basic remuneration on the basis of 7th Pay Commission Report. Prior to this, previous IAS in the entry-level scale was (15600 —39100) with minimum grade- pay 5400 Indian Rupees (entry level /for Asst commissioners for example)
- senior-scale pay-band fixed at 6600 ( Deputy Commissioners) in the scale 15600—39100, now the basic remuneration stands revised to 67700/-
- Admin (Jr. ) pay-band 7600 on the scale 15600 – 39100, ( for Jt Commissioners) now revised to 78800/- of basic remuneration
- Basic remuneration for selection grade was in the 37400 —67000 (grade-pay: 8700 Indian rupees)( for the rank of Commissioners) revised to 118500 of basic pay
- Grade-pay going up to 10000 for super-time scale i.e. 37400-67000 ( for the rank of Additional Secretary level) (revised to 1, 44,200 rupees)
- Gide- pay 12000 for next level in scale 37400-67000, (Addl Chief Secretary)(now revised to 182200)
- highest(apex) basic remuneration fixed at 80000 Indian Rupees (for the rank of Chief Secretary (now revised to 225000/- Indian rupees per month) and for Cabinet Secretary level basic remuneration of 90000 Indian Rupees ( now being revised to Highest basic remuneration is 250000 Indian Rupees,)
Read: IPS Officer Salary
Total remuneration of IAS Cadre comprises of Basic remuneration plus allowances such as
- dearness allowance,
- House rent allowance(applicable if a bungalow is not provided)
- Travel allowance
Dearness allowance would depend on the cost of living index applicable for Govt employees
IAS Cadre is also eligible for the following perquisites:
- Government vehicle with driver and fuel
- Free electricity
- Eligible for study leave to study anywhere
- Free telephone
- Lifetime pension on retirement( spouse pension on death of an IAS Officer and dependent pension for a minor child as applicable)
- Gratuity payable on retirement
- House security and domestic help( Servants) provided
- Luxurious bungalow to live with family and Govt bungalow to stop over during official travel
- Leave travel assistance concession hometown thrice in4 yrs., anywhere once in four years
- Can apply for study leave of up to four-year duration
- Medical treatment on priority and expense reimbursement in some cases
Eligibility for Paid leave
Govt Holidays (Central and State holiday) around 20 per anum
Casual leave at full pay eight per year (cannot accumulate)
Earned (can be accumulated)leave (Fullpay) 30 days per anum
Special Half-salary (leave for unforeseen events, sicknessetc.) twenty days, eligible to be converted to ten days of full salary.
Women IAS Officers are eligible for 180 days of leave for maternity in case of delivery (for two childbirths). Men can avail Paternity leave of 15 days to care for newborn baby.