Career Path of an IAS Officer

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05 Oct 2016

Career Path of an IAS Officer

The career path of an IAS officer can be very motivating. Serving in Indian Administrative Service is a job that offers superior positions of status and power. No job can be compared to it. Even people with both IIM and IIT degrees give a tough and hard fight to get selected for the merit list of the UPSC.

An IAS officer may get an opportunity to work for people of the country at the district and subdivision levels during the initial part of his career. Such an officer sees the implementation of the government policies at the grass-root level.

With seniority, however, the officer will become more and more involved in policy framing. He goes from the districts to the capitals. He may be deputed to the national capital or any rural region.

The first thing one may wonder is what the actual duty of an IAS officer is. There is no specific duty for the IAS but there are loads of responsibilities on his shoulder. It is a pure public service. The IAS aspirant should have multiple talents. He will have to do development jobs and administrative jobs during field postings. The IAS is also responsible for maintaining law and order as an SDO or DM.

The officer should learn how to be more diplomatic during secretarial postings. An Addl/Jt Secretary or Secretary has to oversee the functioning of a Central Government or department. These officers are experts in policy implementations and framing.

First Year: Training

The newly recruited IAS trainees are called to Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration which in short form is called as LBSNAA for training. This academy is situated at Mussoorie, Uttarakhand. During the Foundation Course, all the central group-A services officers who are selected through the Civil Services Examination are trained together rigorously for four months. After that, other trainees with different domains are shifted to their own respective training institutes, but IAS candidates continue to be trained in LBSNAA. The training is extremely tough. There are physical exercises too. Bharat darn ends training with a long, all-India educational tour called. During this tour, the officer trainees see different parts of the country and also how the navy, army, and air force work.

Second Year: Probation

Post-training, the IAS officers are sent to their particular cadre regions on probation for a couple of years. IAS cadres are basically the areas where an officer is allocated. We have a total of 24 cadres, like Rajasthan, AGMUT, UP, West Bengal, etc.

The officer will be a part of various government departments during the probation period to gain knowledge of how the government machinery actually works. The officer is required to keep a probationer’s diary to maintain record whatever he or she has learned till now. The probation period ends with an exam and they should clear it.

  • Junior Time Scale The newly recruited IAS officer posts their training starts their career at the Junior Time Scale salary. This is in the range of 15600 with Grade Pay 5400. The starting basic salary comes down to 21000. There is also Dearness Allowance above the Basic Pay which is now as per the latest trend is 107% of the basic. The officer stays on this scale for four years.
  • Senior Time Scale After 4 years of service, the IAS officer is usually promoted to the Senior Time Scale with Grade Pay of 6600. The officer as per the policy gets two extra increments during this scale up-gradation. He is offered different types of posts like Chief Development Officer, Additional District Magistrate (ADM), CEO, and Zilla Parishad at this stage.

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