The Civil Service Examinations conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is on of India‘s prestigious and not surprisingly one of the toughest examinations. Aspirants who clear all three stages of this exam (Prelims, Mains and Interview) can become Civil Servants by joining the IAS, IFS, IPS, IRS or 20 other services.

Indian Administrative Service :

The Indian Administrative service, constituted in 1946, is one of the three All Indian Services of the Government of India. It has developed from the earlier elite Indian Civil Service of British India. It was often referred to as the” the steel frame” of British rule in India. After Independence in 1947, it continued to be considered as a premier institution for maintaining national unity.
Officers of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) hold key and strategic positions in the Union Govt., in the State Governments and in the Public Sector Undertakings. Apart from this, IAS Officers also represents India at the international level in bilateral and multilateral negotiations.
The Department of Personnel and Training under the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension is the cadre controlling authority of IAS. The service is organized into 24 state cadres.
The table below represents the positions held by IAS Officers and the opportunities they can avail as part of the job.

State GovernmentCentral GovernmentGradeDuration
Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Section Officer Assistant DirectorJunior time scale4 years including 2 years of training
Additional DM/UndersecretaryDeputy DirectorSenior time scale1-2 years
District Collector / Additional SecretaryJoint Director/ Deputy secretaryJunior administrative grade4 years
District Collector / Special SecretaryDirectorSelection grade7 years
Divisional Commissioner / SecretaryJoint SecretarySenior administrative grade7 years
Principal SecretaryAdditional SecretaryHigher administrative grade (HAG)7 years
Chief SecretarySecretaryApex grade / HAG+4 years
Cabinet SecretaryCabinet Secretary grade