Home States of IAS Officers in India

The UPSC Civil Services exam is conducted every year in India to recruit officers into the civil services. This is a rigorous exam in which there are three rounds each of which eliminates failed candidates. The three rounds are:

  1. UPSC Prelims Exam
  2. UPSC Mains Exam
  3. UPSC Personality Test/Board Interview

Every year lakhs of people across the country take the IAS prelims hoping to make it out as IAS/IPS/IFS officers serving the country in various capacities. Read about the various posts you can get into after clearing the UPSC Exams. This article gives you an idea about which state produces the most IAS officers in India.

Table showing the home states of IAS officers in the country (data as on 1st January, 2015):

Home State

No. of IAS Officers in service in India

Uttar Pradesh

717

Bihar

452

Rajasthan

322

Tamil Nadu

318

Andhra Pradesh

314

Maharashtra

253

Punjab

232

Delhi

211

Haryana

190

Madhya Pradesh

183

Karnataka

159

Kerala

157

West Bengal

134

Odisha

119

Jammu & Kashmir

67

Gujarat

65

Himachal Pradesh

64

Jharkhand

60

Chhattisgarh

44

Assam

43

Manipur

43

Uttarakhand

41

Chandigarh

35

Meghalaya

27

Arunachal Pradesh

26

Mizoram

26

Nagaland

23

Tripura

19

Sikkim

10

Pondicherry

5

Goa

2

Andaman & Nicobar

1

Telangana

1

As seen from the table, the maximum number of IAS officers in India is from the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. This is mainly because these two states (before Jharkhand was formed in 2000) are the most populous in India. But not only the population, socio-economic factors also play a part in giving the IAS tag an elevated stature. This explains why West Bengal has given the lesser number of IAS officers despite a high population.

Delhi also shows a disproportionately high number of IAS officers relative to its population. This is due to the fact that a huge number of aspirants come to Delhi for IAS coaching.

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