- Margery Williams
So true for the Indian Administrative Services. Many talented students aspire to have a career as an IAS officers but only the finest and the most talented come out with flying colors in the IAS exams. After the tough selection process, young IAS officers learn through experience and "become".
Here's what we at mapmytalent know about IAS and Civil Services as a Career.
Ours is a vast country that needs to have distinct systems of management to ensure smooth functioning. The Indian Administrative Service is a branch of the Indian Civil Service. The role of an IAS officer is to see to the administrative matters of the government. Having cleared the mandatory exams and made it to the merit list (only the top 80 to 100 become IAS officers), an IAS officer is recruited in the government setup.
Those who have cleared the first frontier of exam and interview are sent for training. During this time they are on probation. After having completed the mandatory training, the officers are posted at the junior level in the administration. Most of them are posted in rural and semi urban areas so that they get a feel of the actual country that they are serving. The service is hierarchical. One has to rise through the ranks, but they have fixed promotion time. So, if someone has spent the necessary amount of time in a particular position, he is automatically promoted to the next level. The key here is experience.
During their tenure, at various ranks, the IAS officers are responsible for managing issues related to administrative functioning of the various departments where they are posted. They frame policies and also advise the ministers on various issues. They are also responsible for maintaining the law and order in their area, if they are posted in that rank. Take the case of the District Magistrate who takes care of overall development in his district as well as looks after the law and order situation.
The branches of the Indian Civil Service are:
- The Indian Forest Service
- The Indian Administrative Service
- The Indian Police Service
- The Indian Foreign Service
- The Indian Revenue Service
- The Indian Post & Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service
- The Indian Railway Traffic Service
- The Railways Protection Force
- The Indian Defence Estate Service
- The Defence Secretariat Service
- The Indian Information Service
- The Central Industrial Security Force
- The Indian Railway Personnel Service
- The Indian Audits & Accounts Service
- The Indian Railway Accounts Service
- The Indian Defence Accounts Service
- The Central Secretariat Service
- The Union Territories Police Service
- The Union Territories Administrative Service
State Public Services:
IAS is all India service, other than this, one can also opt for state administrative services, though the cadre recruited in the state administrative service remain junior to those recruited through Indian Civil Services. The SPSC Examinations are conducted by State public service commissions. There are approximately 28 SPSC’s in India. Candidates in the age bracket of 21-28 years are eligible for the exams. The exam pattern is similar to the UPSC exam but with more details on the specific state.