IAS OFFICER

IAS OFFICER

A BRIEF INTRO

IAS is one of three All-India Services (the other two being the IPS and IFS) constituted by an Act of Parliament. Although primarily allocated to a state cadre at the entry point, an IAS (as also to IPS & IFS) officer can serve the Centre government for a stipulated period. After which s/he returns to the parent cadre. This two-way movement benefits the officers, as they gain experience from the varied exposure. It’s the premier service for delivering good governance to a society and country

TYPICAL WORK SCHEDULE

10 am: Reach office

11 am: Meeting with minister

Noon: Chair meeting

1:30 pm: Lunch

2:30 pm: Fire work

3:30 pm: Attend meeting chaired by senior officer

4:30 pm:  Answer mail/letters

5:30 pm: Fire work continues

7 pm: Call it a day

SALARY STRUCTURE

At New Entrant: Rs. 21,000 a month  basic pay At Managerial Level: Rs. 35,000-Rs. 45,000 a month basic pay. At Senior Managerial Level: Rs. 50,000-Rs. 90,000 a month basic pay Officers also get allowances over and above the pay

DESIRED QUALITIES

  • An inquisitive mind
  • Incisive analytical ability to quickly weigh the pros and cons
  • Ability to sift through data to focus on the essential
  • Clarity of approach, coupled with the talent of planning by balancing present and future needs
  • Dedication and ability to work hard

HOW DO I GET THERE ?

There are three stages in the competitive examinationination one has to clear – Preliminaries (Prelims), Mains and Interview. This three-stage annual competitive selection process, conducted by the Union Public Service Commission, requires a candidate to have at least a Bachelor’s degree

RELATED WEBSITES

  • Abhimanu IAS Study Group, SCO-147, Sector 24 D, Chandigarh, e-mail: iasstudygroup@yahoo.com
  • Vajiram & Ravi 79, Old Rajinder Nagar Market, New Delhi e-mail: vajiramandra79@gmail.com
  • Rau’s IAS, 309 Kanchanjhanga Building, 18 Barakhamba Road, Cannaught Place, Delhi www.rausias.com/Delhi

PROS AND CONS

  • Immense satisfaction derived from the fact that you work for the people
  • Prestige and considerable perquisites come with the job
  • Frequent transfer and the remoteness of the places may prove to be disheartening
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