IAS Full Form

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What is the Full Form of IAS?

IAS also stands for Indian Administrative Services. It is one of the most esteemed services which is owned by the Central Government of India. The Union Public Service Commission is responsible for appointing personnel in IAS Services. Considering the competitiveness and the difficulty of the examination it is a huge centre of attraction for graduates as clearing the examination gives various perks and is considered one of the reputed jobs under the Central Government of India. IAS Services offers various responsibilities and safe-guarding laws and is also appointed to manage the public sector’s undertakings.


IAS was founded in the year 1858 and back then it was known as ICS (Imperial Civil Services). On January 26th, 1950 it was renamed as IAS ( Indian Administrative Service).
The examinations begin to held from 1922 onwards and the first Examination was held in Prayagraj and after setting up of Federal Public Services Commission

Duties of IAS Officer 

The IAS holds the key responsibilities of the Indian Parliament System accounting for various administrative and bureaucratic governance.

The key roles of an IAS Officer Includes

• Management of disbursal of funds which are allocated by the central government under various schemes.
• Maintaining Peace and Harmony amongst various division and castes of people in their allotted area
• Responding to Emergencies like Natural Calamities, Major mishappening or riots, and instructing and coordinating relief activities.
• Reviewing policing and implementing them which are allotted by the government for a specific area
• Consulting with all the administrative departments or their respective area and making sure that all the plans or the regulations implied by the government are running smoothly.
• Collector, District Magistrate, Chief Development Officer, Executive Magistrate, District Development Commissioner are the posts that are allotted to an IAS officer.

How to Become an IAS Officer?

The minimum educational qualification to become an IAS officer is holding a graduate degree from a reputed university.
The Exams of IAS are conducted by Union Public Service Commission which is a 14 to 15 months selection process. The examination is divided into 3 parts which are as follows
Stage 1 – The first stage is a preliminary examination which is an objective type paper. The exams are held in June and those who qualify for the preliminary can appear for the mains.
Stage 2 – UPSC CSE Mains or Civil Services main examination are held in the month of September. The examination is subjective and students have the option to choose two subjects. There is a wide range of choices that goes from mathematics to political science.
Stage 3 – Those who clear the mains of the UPSC Mains are invited for the interview which is considered to be one of the toughest interview process held in India. While the first two rounds are written the interviews judge the overall personality of a being and judges decide whether the person is capable to take such a huge responsibility.

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Eligibility Criteria 

Depending upon the criteria you are applying under the maximum number of attempts a candidate is allowed are

Category No. of Attempts Allowed
General/ Unreserved Category  6 (till the age of 32 years)
OBC/NCL & OBC NCL PwD  9 (till the age of 35 years)
General PwD  9 (till the age of 32 years)
SC/ST  No limit/ unlimited attempts (till the age of 37 years)

IAS Salary as Per 7th Pay Commission

Under the 7th pay commission which was applicable from 1st Jan 2016 the salary of an IAS officer ranges from 56,100 – 2,50,00. Initially, all candidates who qualify for IAS begin from Sub-Divisional Magistrate/ Under Secretary who get a salary of 56,100. Candidates have to serve this post from 1 to 4 years.
Gradually with the performance and tenure in the services, the salary increases and the highest post of an IAS officer is Cabinet Secretary of India who gets a salary of 2,50,000.
Too many salaries may look relatively low however the perks that an IAS officer gets are un-parallel and the reputation of being an IAS officer is something anyone would wish for.
If an IAS has an extraordinary career or they have spent a good tenure in the services they also get the opportunity to represent our Country over-seas in various seminars and meetings.