Founded as the Imperial Civil Service (ICS) in 1858, the services became Indian Administrative Services (IAS) on January 26, 1950.
As already discussed about the exam (link) and pattern (link), we will here discuss the post of IAS which is the permanent bureaucracy of the nation and forms a part of the executive wing. It includes handling of affairs of the government which involves drafting, implementing and renewing policies.
Role of an IAS Officer
The assignments are of 3 types-
The major duties are namely, Collector, District Administrator, District Magistrate, District Development Officer, Responsibility of Disaster Management, Election related functions, Food & Civil Supplies and Residuary functions
The assignments include administrative work, maintaining law and order, management and documentation supervision and are thus difficult to handle.
Functions of an IAS Officer
Along with the basic pay at the entry-level, the additional allowances are-
Ranks, Posts, Basic Pay and Service Period of the IAS
|Grade||Posts||Service Period||Basic Pay|
|Junior Scale||SDM, SDO, ADM
(After 2 years of Probation Period)
|0-4 years||₹50,000 – ₹1,50,000|
|Senior Time Scale||DM, DC, Joint Secretary||5 years||₹50,000 – ₹1,50,001|
|Junior Administrative Grade||Special Secretary, State Government Department Heads||9 years||₹50,000 – ₹1,50,002|
|Selection Grade||Ministry Department Head||12-15 years||₹1,00,000 – ₹2,00,000|
|Super Time Scale||Director of any Ministry||17-20 years||₹1,00,000 – ₹2,00,000|
|Above Super Time Scale||Commissioner, Additional Secretary||Not Fixed||₹1,00,000 – ₹2,00,000|
|Apex Scale||Chief Secretary (in Ministries)||Not Fixed||₹2,40,000|
|Cabinet Secretary Grade||Cabinet Secretary||Not Fixed||₹2,70,000|
Career Path Progression of an IAS Officer
Trainee Officer at LBSNAA → Sub-District Magistrate → ADM/Deputy Secretary/Undersecretary → District Magistrate/Joint Secretary/Deputy Secretary → District Magistrate/Special Secretary cum Director/Director → Divisional Commissioner/Secretary cum Commissioner/Joint Secretary → Divisional Commissioner/Principal Secretary/Additional Secretary → Additional Chief Secretary → Chief Secretary → Cabinet Secretary of India