Must-Know Facts to Become an IAS Officer

The Indian Administrative Service (IAS) is the most coveted of all the services that a person can aspire for after clearing the UPSC civil services exam. The IAS is also perhaps the most desired of all government jobs in the country. On getting the ‘IAS’ tag, a whole new world of possibilities and responsibilities open up. You get power and authority, but you also have to shoulder immense obligation to your country and the people you are in charge of. So, it is not a ‘job’ to be taken lightly.

Read on about 11 things to know about the IAS.

#1: How can you become an IAS officer?

Only if you clear the three-stage civil services exam conducted by the UPSC will you get the chance of becoming an IAS officer. Not only must you clear the exam, you must also get the desired rank in order to acquire the IAS post. If not the IAS, you can also get the IPS, IFS, IRS, IAAS, etc. depending on your rank in the UPSC CSE.


#2: After clearing the civil services exam, you didn’t get the desired IAS post. What next?

In case you don’t get the desired rank in the UPSC civil services exam, you can opt for a service like IPS, IRS, IDES, etc. and proceed to the recommended training. Meanwhile you can also pursue the UPSC CSE and try to increase your rank and secure the IAS in another attempt. But in case you opt for the IFS (foreign services) or the IAS and join the service, you will not be allowed to take the exam another time unless you resign from that service.


#3: Who can become an IAS officer?

You must be an Indian citizen to become an IAS officer. 


#4: Who allocates the cadre to IAS officers and how?

Your cadre as IAS officers depends on the rank obtained, preference mentioned while applying and the vacancies available in your category. The cadre allotted to you determine where you would be working. It is allocated by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Government of India.


#5: Where do the IAS officers undergo training?

The Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration at Mussoorie provides training to the IAS trainees. The whole training process lasts for about two years.


#6: What are the roles and responsibilities of an IAS officer?

As an IAS officer, you will have varied roles and responsibilities. Some of them are revenue collection, maintaining law and order, general administration, magisterial functions, implementing governmental policies, personal secretaries to ministers and work in PSUs.


#7: What are the skills and qualities required of an IAS officer?

An IAS officer should possess many character traits like good leadership qualities, decision making abilities, communication skills, etc. 


#8: What are the salary and perks of an IAS officer?

When you join the service, you can get close to 50,000 per month as salary. Apart from that you also have many perks like a large house with staff, vehicle with driver, etc.


#9: What is the highest post that an IAS officer can reach?

Typically at the start of the career, an IAS officer is a Sub-Divisional Magistrate or a Sub-Collector. There are many levels in the IAS hierarchy ensuring there is growth in the career. The highest position for an IAS officer is the Cabinet Secretary, who is directly under the country’s Prime Minister.


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