Indian Administrative Service (IAS) is the topmost services in All India Services. IAS officer play a major role in the execution of various tasks for the Government of India. IAS officers are the most important pillar of government machinery in India.
IAS Officers are selected through UPSC Civil Services Exam. This is a competitive exam which requires a lot of hard work to pass. IAS came into existence in the year 1946. Before IAS, Indian Imperial Service was in force. Given below are some of the designations and responsibilities of an IAS Officer. The Cabinet Secretary of India is the highest level of designation offered and is considered to be one of the most esteemed posts.
Designations of an IAS Officer:
The Indian Administrative Service candidates need to pass the UPSC examination in order to get selected for this post. Passing the examination is very difficult as it is competitive in nature and requires a lot of hard work.
The candidate should have completed graduation from a government recognized institution in order to apply for this examination. The toughness of the examination cannot be explained. In the year 2018, around five lakh candidates appeared for this examination. Out of five lakh, only 170 candidates were selected for the post of IAS officer. The person should work hard and have the zeal to pass this examination.
There are several designations offered to an IAS officer in different phases of their career. When a person is recruited for IAS officer post, the person serves as a Sub Divisional Magistrate. This period is considered as a trial period for the person. After completing the trial period, the person serves as a District Magistrate and Collector in a district for a long period of time. After this, the person serves as a Divisional Commissioner.
The following posts are offered to an IAS Officer during field postings:
- Sub Divisional Magistrate, Joint Collector, Chief Development Officer.
- District Magistrate, District Collector
- Divisional Commissioner
- Member Board Of Revenue
- Chairman of Revenue
Different states may have different kinds of posts to offer. In addition to the above posts, the IAS Officers can also be appointed in various other national and international organization, banks, as a personal secretary for ministers in the central government, etc.
The other high-level posts offered are as follows:
- Principal Secretary In the State Government
- Chief Secretary of States
- Cabinet Secretary of India.
The highest ranking post is the Cabinet Secretary Of India. There is only one post available for Cabinet Secretary Of India, and this is given to the most deserving candidate. The person stands at the eleventh position in the Order of Precedence in India.
The Cabinet Secretary is responsible for the smooth functioning of all the Civil Services. The person should have the relevant skills and capabilities to face all the day to day challenges and tackle all the problems by finding the best possible solutions.
Responsibilities of an IAS officer:
The Indian Administrative Service (IAS) is considered to be the highest administrative authority of India. The role of an IAS officer is not easy, as the person has a lot of responsibilities. The person should possess all the skills and should be capable of undertaking all challenges and tasks assigned. The responsibilities and functions of an IAS officer keep changing with the change in different posts during their career.
Given below are some of the responsibilities of IAS officers according to their post.
- At the initial level, when they serve as the Subject Divisional Magistrate, the IAS officers are responsible for supervising the laws and orders and looking after the administrative work of a particular region or area.
- When they serve as District Magistrate or Collector, the IAS officers are responsible for developing new schemes or plans and implementing them for the district assigned.
- The IAS officers also have many responsibilities in the public sector undertakings and are assigned to lead various departments of the public sector.
- The IAS officers are responsible for monitoring all the affairs of a particular district or
- The IAS officers also have the responsibility to formulate new policies and implement them.
- The policies developed by the IAS officers should be discussed with the ministers. If the ministers agree with the terms and conditions, then it is the duty of the IAS officers to implement the policies.
- The IAS officers should supervise the right implementation of the policies
- IAS officers should also travel to various places in order to implement the policies.
- The IAS officers are responsible for supervising all kinds of expenses or funds required in order to implement the policies.
- The IAS officers are responsible for submitting the record of all the funds used to the Parliament and the State Legislature.
The above-mentioned functions are the major responsibilities of an IAS Officer. He or she must complete all the duties and tasks on time, serve the government in the right way, should be capable of supervising all the tasks, maintain law and order, handle all the daily affairs and assist ministers to form policies for the betterment of the public.