IAS Exam

Indian Administrative Service Exam

IAS Career Prospects

Allocation and Placement

The selected candidates have to undergo training at LBSNAA, Mussoorie for IAS. There is one cadre in each Indian state, except for three joint cadres: Assam–Meghalaya, Manipur–Tripura, and Arunachal Pradesh–Goa–Mizoram–Union Territories (AGMUT).

  • IAS officers can 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
  • An officer belonging to the Indian Administrative Service will be liable to serve anywhere in India or abroad either under the Central Government or under a State Government
  • An IAS officers handle affairs of the government at the State and Central level
  • IAS officers can also be appointed in autonomous organizations/subordinate 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

Position in the Central Government of India

  • Under Secretary
  • Deputy Secretary
  • Director
  • Joint Secretary
  • Additional Secretary
  • Secretary and
  • CABINET Secretary

Equivalent Position in the State Government

  • Deputy Secretary, Additional District Magistrate
  • Joint Secretary, District Magistrate,  Deputy Commissioner
  • Special Secretary, Head of Departments
    Secretary
  • Principal Secretary, Financial Commissioner
    Chief Secretary
  • Constitutional Authority – Ranked 11th In the table of precedence.

Main responsibilities of an IAS officer:

The typical functions performed by an IAS officer are:

  • To collect revenue and function as Courts in matters of revenue, to maintain law and order, to implement Union and State Government policies at the grass-root level when posted at field positions i.e. as Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Additional District Magistrate, District Magistrate and Divisional Commissioner. And to act as the agent of the government on the field, i.e. to act as the intermediate between public and the government
  • To handle the administration and daily proceedings of the government, including formulation and implementation of policy in consultation with the Minister-in-charge of the concerned Ministry or Department
  • To contribute to policy formulation, and to take a final decision in certain matters, with the agreement of the Minister concerned or the Council of Ministers (depending upon the weight of the matter), when posted at higher level in Union Government as Joint Secretary, Additional Secretary, Special Secretary/Secretary equivalent, Secretary and Cabinet Secretary, and in State Governments as Principal Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary/Special Chief Secretary and Chief Secretary

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