Both youngsters and adults, wish to get into civil services to earn respect, responsibilities, future security, development of nation, career stability and because of many other factors. Civil Services, in a way, are the pillars of country’s Legal System as civil service officers take career in particular departments of the Civil Framework of the country. As you must be knowing that there are two All India Civil Services named – Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Foreign Service (IFS). They hold an inexplicable charm as a career.
An IAS officer handle all important affairs of the government. The work of an IAS affect all aspects of modern life Including environment, education, health, agriculture, law and order, defense, foreign affairs, social welfare and taxation. In short, it is the job of an IAS officer to look after civil administration and be involved with policy-making at all levels.
How can you tackle IAS Exam?
IAS Exam is although not the mother of exams but yes the questions asked in it are of difficult level and a bit tricky also. Don’t believe whoever tells you that it is impossible to clear IAS exam, earlier toppers are also students like you. The only difference is the way people prepare for the exam. Just keep in mind a few thigs while making your preparation strategy like getting your basics perfect, time management, giving mock test papers, focusing on weaker sections and solving last year’s question papers.
To win over the selection process, all you need to do is to clear the three stages. First being UPSC Prelims exam, second is the Mains exam and last stage is of personality test or personal interview. To give you an idea about the competition of this exam, in 2015, over 1,000,000 candidates applied for IAS exam from which only 180 were recruited into the Indian Administrative Service, indicating the extreme competition. However, the number of vacancies vary from year to year. Every year Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India, elucidates the number of vacancies after encompassing the vacancies from each state.
Career chart of an IAS?
- Training period
The newly recruited IAS trainees are called at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) for training after having successfully negotiated the grueling Union Public Service Commission recruitment process. Here the career path of IAS starts. The Mussoorie training starts with a foundation course in common with other Central Services. This training period is concluded with a long all-India educational tour which is popularly known as “Bharat darshan”. During this tour the officer trainees travel around various parts of the country and also learn how the Army, Navy and Air force of the country work.
- Probation Period for 2 Years
After training period of 1 year, selected IAS officers are sent to their cadre regions on probation for a duration of about 2 years. When an IAS officer joins the State, he/she is placed as a Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM). The SDM is the administrative head of a sub-division blocks.
- Junior Time Scale
A newly recruited IAS officer gets promoted for the first time, after serving the probation period. And with this promotion, the officer gets a Junior Time Scale salary i.e. in the scale of 15600 with Grade Pay 5400. So, the starting basic is 21000. There is also some DA above the Basic Pay which is now 107% of the basic salary. One stays in the Junior Time Scale for a period of 4 years.
- Senior Time Scale
After 4 years of service life, the IAS officer is promoted to Senior Time Scale with Grade Pay 6600. The officer gets two extra increments during this scale up gradation. He/she is given various types of posts like that of the Additional District Magistrate (ADM), CEO, Zilla Parishad or Chief Development Officer at this stage.
- Junior Administrative Grade
JAG officers get Rs 7600 as grade pay on the scale of INR 15,600 to INR 39,100. An IAS is promoted to this scale after 9 years of service. Here, he/she also gets two additional increments. After serving 2 to 3 years as the ADM, the officer is selected as the District Magistrate or Collector of a district. Also some of the officers are also appointed as a Joint Secretary of a ministry of the state.
- Selection Grade
Here the officer again gets two extra increments, before being promoted to the next higher scale of pay, Selection Grade (Rs. 37,400-67,000 with GP 8700) after 12 years of service.
- Higher Administrative Grade
When one is selected in HAG, he/she becomes entitled to draw a basic salary on the scale of INR 67000 to 79000. But one must have an experience of 25 years to get this position.
- Apex Scale
An officer with a minimum experience of 30 years can get the Apex scale. Here the fixed basic salary is of INR 80,000. You should know that the Secretaries of various departments of the Central Government gets this scale.
- Cabinet Secretary Scale
The Cabinet Secretary is the highest position of a government employee in India. There is always only one Cabinet Secretary in the Central Government. The person holding this position draws a fixed basic pay of INR 90,000.
So, this is the career cycle of an IAS. If you are also ready to serve your nation well by working on these positions then start preparing for IAS Exam and win over it. May the best man win the race and do good to the nation.