Indian Administrative Service (IAS)

The Indian Administration Service (IAS) is a branch of the Indian Civil Service. It is one of the chief services of the Government of India. The role of the IAS officer is to manage the various administrative affairs of the Government. Their job includes policy-making and advising ministers on various issues, maintaining law and order, overseeing the implementation of the policies of the State Government and the Central Government, collecting revenues and acting as courts in revenue matters, overseeing the expenditure of public funds by the norms of financial property and dealing with the day-to-day affairs of the Government.

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KEY SKILLS

  • Out of the Box Thinking for excellence in work 

  • Compassion

  • Decisive 

  • Resilient in approach 

  • Focus

  • Leadership

  • Perseverance 

  • Curiosity

  • Analytical Ability

PROS

  • An assured career with many perks and privileges 

  • By choosing this career, one can serve society 

  • Highly respectable profession

CONS

  • Work pressure 

  • Officers deal with Corruption

  • Political Interference

  • Frequent Transfers

OPPORTUNITY TYPES

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

  • Central Government 

  • Autonomous Organizations

  • Public sector undertaking (PSUs)

  • International and UN Organizations 

  • Internation Court of Justice 

  • South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC)

  • World Trade Organization (WTO)

  • World Bank

  • International Monetary Fund (IMF)

  • You want to work towards protecting your country's national interests actively

  • You are hard-working and committed to your work.

  • You believe honesty is the best policy. 

  • You like to think out of the box.

  • You have a strong desire to give back to society

KEY OPPORTUNITIES

  • World Bank 

  • Central Government 

  • Asian Development Bank 

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Interesting Facts about the career

Satyendranath Tagore was the first Indian to join the Indian Civil Services and Anna Rajam Malhotra was the first woman to hold an IAS officer's position in 1951.

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