What Does IAS Stand For? Everything You Need To Know About IAS Officers

The IAS Full form (Indian Administrative Services) is one of the 3 main arms of the All India services along with IPS and IFS. IAS officers have the power to formulate policies and implement them according to the finances. However, the decision to implement them can only be taken by the minister that the IAS is working under. Also, tax courts are under the authority of the IAS to maintain law and order of a specific area. 

What Is The Full Form Of IAS? 

The IAS officer’s full form is the Indian Administrative Service. It is one of the premier civil services bodies of India. 

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How Are IAS Officers Recruited? 

The officers are recruited through the civil services examination, which is considered as one of the toughest competitive exams in the world. The Union Public Service Commission is the agency that is responsible for conducting such exams. According to official data, around 1 million students apply for the IAS exam with hopes of becoming IAS officers, however, only 0.2 percent of the students manage to pass the exam. 

Salary Of IAS Officer

Pay Level Basic Pay Years required in service Post
District Administration State Secretariat Central Secretariat
10 56100 1-4 Sub-Divisional Magistrate Undersecretary Assistant Secretary
11 67,700 5-8 Additional District Magistrate Deputy Secretary Undersecretary
12 78,800 9-12 District Magistrate Joint Secretary Deputy Secretary
13 1,18,500 13-16 District Magistrate Special Secretary-cum-Director Director
14 1,44,200 16-24 Divisional Commissioner Secretary-cum-Commissioner Joint Secretary
15 1,82,200 25-30 Divisional Commissioner Principal Secretary Additional Secretary
16 2,05,400 30-33 No Equivalent Rank Additional Chief Secretary No Equivalent Rank
17 2,25,000 34-36 No Equivalent Rank Chief Secretary Secretary
18 2,50,000 37+ years No Equivalent Rank No Equivalent Rank Cabinet Secretary of India


The Responsibilities of an IAS officer

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Here are the three main responsibilities of an IAS officer:

  1. IAS officers are responsible for collecting revenue and function as court officials in matters of revenue and crime. They are also responsible for maintaining law and order in the area that they are assigned in, they are responsible for implementing union and state government policies, and they are the acting agent of the government in the field to act as an intermediary between the public and the government. 
  2. IAS officers are responsible to handle administration and daily proceedings of the government, which includes the formulation and implementation of policy in consultation with the minister-in-charge of a specific ministry or department.
  3. IAS officers are responsible to contribute to policy formulation and to make a final decision in certain matters with the agreement of the minister or the council ministers. 

Shortage of IAS Officers in India

In 2017, the government of India reported that there is a shortage of around 1,700 IAS officers in the country. However, despite the shortage, the Indian government made it clear that they are not going to increase the annual recruitment of IAS officers to avoid affecting the career progression of existing officers and the overall structure of the service.

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