IAS Officer



50 K - 1 L


7 - 8 L





IAS is one of the three All-India Services (the other two being the IPS and IFS) constituted by an Act of Parliament.

What do they do?

IAS involves delivering good governance to society, with the administrators co-ordinating departmental works to ensure holistic development of the state/region they are serving. Only the cream of Indian students usually enter the IAS, as the first 100 successful candidates from the Civil Services exams are chosen for this service.

Skills Needed

  • An inquisitive mind
  • Incisive analytical ability to quickly weigh the pros and cons of an issue
  • 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
  • Being a people’s person is an added advantage

How do I get there?

There are three stages in the competitive examination that one has to clear before becoming an IAS officer. The candidate needs to clear the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT),  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 bachelors degree in any subject. A masters degree does help, but is not necessary to ace the examination and interview. The recruitment process is extremely challenging, testing everything from a candidate’s ability to handle numbers to his/her knowledge and understanding of current affairs. Also, from this year onwards stress is being laid on gauging the aptitude of the candidate.

Typical day in the life of a IAS Officer

Sample an average working day of an IAS officer: 
9am: Check mail
10am: Reach office
11am: Meeting with minister on important issues
12pm: Chair another meeting
1.30pm: Lunch
2.30pm: Continue with the file work
3.30pm: Attend meeting chaired by senior officer
4.30pm: Answer mail/letters
5.30pm: File work continues
7pm: Call it a day, unless anything urgent comes up

Pros & Cons about this career

<p> . The variety of experience one gets as a member of the IAS is stimulating . Immense satisfaction derived from the fact that you work for the people . Prestige and considerable perquisites come with the job . A highly respected profession</p>
<p> . Frequent transfers and the remoteness of the places, one is transferred to, may prove to be disheartening . Political interference and even misdemeanour by netas can get very distressing at times . A very responsible job, one just can not afford to make goof ups</p>

Top 5 courses

Explore Colleges


7042 Colleges


6204 Colleges


752 Colleges

Banking & Finance

3606 Colleges

Computers & IT

5120 Colleges


6308 Colleges


1030 Colleges

Languages, Arts

6621 Colleges

Latest Article

Top 10 Private Colleges That Accept JEE Main Scores

Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) is the ticket to some of the best technical colleges and institu

Read More

CAT Important Dates 2017

IIM Lucknow extended last date to apply for CAT 2017 by 5 days. Candidates taking CAT this

Read More

Scholarship to Study at Oxford University

Those who are academically brilliant and have got first class degree in humanities, scienc

Read More

PDPU to Organise 6th Convocation Day on September 23, 2017

Watch the live telecast of PDPU 6th Convocation Day on September 23, 2017 at 5 PM onward h

Read More