What is IAS Officer?
IAS is one of the three All-India Services (the other two being the IPS and IFS) constituted by an Act of Parliament.
Typical work schedule
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
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
What are the steps i should take?
How do I get there?
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
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.
Pros about this career
. 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
Cons about this career
. 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