The civil services is one of the most coveted professions in India. There are a lot of benefits and perks available to an individual who enters the civil services. Apart from these, he/she enjoys considerable power and authority. But perhaps the best and the most underrated perk is that a civil servant gets an opportunity to pursue higher education in top universities in India and abroad. This article discusses the avenues to study that a person gets after entering the civil services.
An officer can take up to two years’ paid leave to pursue higher education, but he/she has to sign an undertaking stating that he/she will not resign from service for three years upon rejoining work. Sometimes the government itself will send officers outside the country to study job-relevant courses.
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Things to remember for sabbatical leave for IAS for studies:
- You will get two years’ paid leave to continue your education.
- You will not be allowed to resign from service for three years after resuming work.
- You should have completed at least nine years in service (six years for officers of the North-East cadre).
- Your educational break from service cannot last for more than two years.
- Some universities offer courses especially for IAS like Harvard, Princeton, etc.
- You will of course, have to apply to the government to pursue your education taking a service break. The courses which you apply for will have to be approved by the Central Establishment Board (CEB). It will make the decision on a case-by-case basis and the recommendations of the concerned cadre-controlling authorities. The courses will be approved only if they are in the public interest and of relevance to the government.
- You can receive $35000 and $45000 for the first and second years of study respectively for top 30 universities under the Times Higher Education World University ranking.
- For the top 31-100 ranked universities, you can receive $25000 and $35000 for the first and second years respectively.
- Funding is given for Post-Graduation, PhD and all regular MBA courses being undertaken by the officers of Group ‘A’ Services.
- The foreign universities include British, American, European, Asian, Middle-Eastern, Australian, New Zealand and Canadian Universities.
- If you have gone abroad on ‘foreign training’ earlier can become eligible again after a cooling-off period of five years.
- As an officer, you should have a clean record in service to be eligible for this study leave. It would help if you did not have any pending departmental procedures against your name.
- Sometimes, the government funds your entire higher education. Sometimes it is only partial funding.
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