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Life of an IAS


IAS Officer

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In this blog I an going to tell you about IAS Officer’s journey. Read full blog and tell me your view about IAS officer.

IAS officerIAS is an administrative arm of Indian government. This is most prestigious job India. Indian Civil service has 3 wing.

  1. IAS (Indian Administrative Service )
  2. IPS (Indian Police Service )
  3. IFS ( Indian Forest Service )

Member of these 3 wings serve Government of India, state govt. & various Public Sector Undertakings. The job of an IAS officer includes framing policies and advising the ministers on various issues, maintaining of law and order, supervising the implementation of policies of State Government and Central Government, collecting revenues and function as courts in revenue matters, supervising expenditure of public funds as per norms of financial propriety and handling the daily affairs of the government, including framing and implementation of policy in consultation with the minister responsible for the department concerned.


Eligibility to become IAS Officer

Lakhs of candidates take the UPSC exam every year in the hope of becoming IAS, but not everybody success. The IAS eligibility criteria are explained under four headings.

  1. Nationality :-

Candidate must be a citizen of India.

  1. Age Limit :-

The minimum age required to appear for the IAS exam is 21 years.

Upper Age Limit
General No relaxation 32
Other Backward Class (OBC) Up to 3 years 35
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) Up to 5 years 37
Defence Service Personnel disabled during service Up to 3 years 35
Ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least 5 years military service as on 1st August 2020 and have been released * Up to 5 years 37
Visually challenged/hearing impaired/physically challenged candidates Up to 10 years 42


  1. Number of Attempts :-

The number of times candidates are permitted to take the IAS exam is given in the below table:

Category Number of Attempts
General 6
SC/ST No restriction
Physically Handicapped (General) 9
Physically Handicapped (OBC) 9
Physically Handicapped (SC/ST) No restriction
  1. Educational Qualification :-

  • The candidate must have at least a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university to take the UPSC exam.
  • Even those candidates who have written the final year exams of the qualifying exam (bachelor’s degree) and are awaiting results can apply. The degree has to be attached with the application for the Main exam.
  • Those candidates with professional/technical qualifications which are recognized by the Government as equivalent to professional/technical degrees are also eligible.

After completing above criteria there should be clear three stages for becoming an IAS officer.

  1. Prelims
  2. Mains
  3. Interview

This exam conducts by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).Candidates who successfully clear the UPSC Civil Services Exam get the first taste of life as an IAS officer as soon as they join the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA). The day to day life of an IAS officer during training is very disciplined and starts at 6 am sharp. The following is the schedule usually followed at LBSNAA:

  • 6 am: Morning exercise/horse riding training for 60 minutes
  • 7 am to 9 am: Free time for morning activities
  • 9:30 am on wards: 8-10 hours of academic activity including lectures, sports and extracurricular activities.


Role of an IAS Officer

After complete their training they deployed in various sectors. They work in under Government of India. Here we describe some area of work .

Sub Divisional Officer:  As a Sub Divisional Magistrate, maintenance of law and order, overseeing developmental and administrative activities within the Sub –Division.

District Magistrate/District Collector: As a District Magistrate, Collector or Deputy Commissioner, perform the same functions as an SDM at the district level and also supervise SDMs in their role.

Chief Secretary :-  The Chief Secretary ensures inter-departmental co-ordination. He/she is the chairman of coordination committees which are set up for resolving inter-departmental disputes and also advises the secretaries on inter-departmental difficulties.

Cabinet Secretary: Secretarial level postings at the level of the Central government deal with policy review, formulation and implementation for different ministries.

Public Sector Undertakings: Many officers get posted to PSU cadres on deputation and become part of the higher management of various Public Sector Undertakings such as power stations, industrial units etc.

Many IAS officers are also deputed to international bodies such as the United Nations, World Bank, Asian Bank,IMF, and other International agencies.For know about IAS officer responsibilities go to meet an officer.  There are provisions to depute IAS officers to private organizations for short tenures as well.  IAS officers are also involved in the conduct of elections in India as mandated by the Election Commission of India.

Salary of an IAS Officer

IAS officers are one of the most well-paid government servants. The salary of an IAS officer is as per his/her post and the associated pay scale.

Given below is UPSC IAS salary after 7th pay commission:

Pay Scale
Grade Pay

Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), SDO, or Sub-Collector (after 2 years of probation)

Junior or Lower Time Scale 15600 – 39100 5400
District Magistrate (DM) or Collector or a Joint Secretary of a Government Ministry Senior Time Scale 15600 – 39100


Special Secretary or the Head of Various Government Departments Junior Administrative 15600 – 39100


Secretary to a Ministry

Selection Grade

37400 – 67000


Principal Secretary of a Very Important Department of the Government

Super Time Scale 37400 – 67000 8700
Varies Above Super Time Scale 37400 – 67000


Chief Secretary of States, Union Secretaries in charge of various ministries of Government of India

Apex Scale 80000 (Fixed) NA

Cabinet Secretary of India

Cabinet Secretary Grade 90000 (Fixed)


Books & Study Material to Become IAS Officer

Students spend enormous time preparing for the UPSE CSE with an ultimate aim to become an IAS officer. To get started with IAS preparation, there are some of the best books and study material that one can opt to qualify the entrance exam:

  • Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations by M. Laxmikanth (Polity)
  • Oxford School Atlas by Oxford Publishers (Geography)
  • Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh (Economy)
  • India Year Book (Current Affairs)
  • A Brief History of Modern India by Rajiv Ahir (Modern India)
  • General Studies Paper 2 Manual by MHE (CSAT)
  • NCERT Books
  • Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania (Culture)

Advantage of becoming a IAS Officer

  • IAS is all India service. By choosing a career as an IAS officer, one can serve the society.
  • It is an assured career with many perks and privileges.
  • The job of an IAS officer is highly respectable and there is a great sense of satisfaction as you will be contributing to the society to the highest level.
  • The role of an IAS officer closely involves the political leadership in India.

Disadvantage of becoming a IAS Officer

  • The job involves work pressure. There is a lot of responsibility on IAS officer. One is answerable to everything that is going on in his/her department which can be stressful.
  • IAS officers face political pressures in many scenarios from politicians and people with vested interests.
  • IAS officers have to deal with a lot of corruption in their works even if they are honest.


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