Indian Administrative Service
|Formerly known as||ICS|
(As Imperial Civil Service)
|Staff College||Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, (Uttarakhand)|
|Cadre Controlling Authority||Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension, Department of Personnel and Training|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government service|
|Duties||Law & Order Management
Advisors to Ministers
Managing bureaucracy (Center and State)
|Preceding service||Imperial Civil Service (1893–1946)|
|Cadre Strength||4926 members (3511 officers directly recruited by UPSC and 1415 officers promoted from state civil services) |
|Selection||Civil Services Examination|
|Association||IAS Officers (Central) Association|
|Head of the Civil Services|
|Current Cabinet Secretary||Pradeep Kumar Sinha, IAS|
The Indian Administrative Service (IAS) (Hindi: भारतीय प्रशासनिक सेवा) is the All India administrative civil service. IAS officers hold key and strategic positions in the Union Government, States governments and public-sector undertakings. Like in various countries (for example UK) following a Parliamentary system, IAS as the permanent bureaucracy in India forms an inseparable part of the executive branch of the Government of India, thus providing continuity and neutrality to the administration.
Upon confirming to service after probation as Sub-Divisional Magistrate, an IAS officer is given administrative command of entire district administration in the district as District collector after four years of service. On attaining the upper levels of Super Time Scale to Apex Scale, they can go on to head whole departments and subsequently entire Ministries of Governments of India and its states. IAS officers represent Government of India at the international level in bilateral and multilateral negotiations. On deputations they work at Intergovernmental organisations like World Bank and United Nations or its Agencies. IAS officers at various levels of administration play vital roles in conducting free, fair and smooth elections in India under the direction of Election Commission of India and states.
The erstwhile Imperial Civil Service was the highest civil service of the British Empire in British India during British rule in the period between 1858 and 1947. Civil servants were divided into two categories - covenanted and uncovenanted. The covenanted civil service consisted of only white British civil servants occupying the higher posts in the government. The uncovenanted civil service was solely introduced to facilitate the entry of Indians at the lower rung of the administration.
At the time of the partition of India and the departure of the British in 1947, the Imperial Civil Service was divided between the new Dominions of India and Pakistan. The part which went to India was named the Indian Administrative Service, while the part that went to Pakistan was named the "Civil Service of Pakistan".
IAS officers are recruited from Civil Services Examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission. They are also promoted from State Civil Services and selected from non-state civil service. Unlike candidates selected for other civil services, a person once appointed to the Indian Administrative Service or Indian Foreign Service (IFS) becomes ineligible to reappear in Civil Services Examination, because, prior to 1979 a person to be eligible for IAS/IFS had to appear for additional papers but even after the UPSC civil services exam was made common, the status quo was maintained.[need quotation to verify]
Being an All India Service, officers of the IAS are allotted to State cadres at the beginning of their service. They continue to work in that cadre or are deputed to Government of India. There is one cadre for each Indian state, except for three joint cadres: Assam–Meghalaya, Manipur–Tripura, and Arunachal Pradesh–Goa–Mizoram–Union Territories (AGMUT). The "insider-outsider ratio" (ratio of officers who are posted in their home states) is maintained as 1:2, with one-third of the direct recruits as 'insiders' from the same state. The rest are posted as outsiders according to the 'roster' in states other than their home states, as per their preference.
Till 2008 there was no system of preference of state cadre by the candidates; the candidates, if not placed in the insider vacancy of their home states, were allotted to different states in alphabetic order of the roster, beginning with the letters A,H,M,T for that particular year. For example, if in a particular year the roster begins from 'A', which means the first candidate in the roster will go to the Andhra Pradesh state cadre of IAS, the next one to Bihar, and subsequently to Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and so on in alphabetical order. The next year the roster starts from 'H', for either Haryana or Himachal Pradesh (if it has started from Haryana in the previous occasion when it all started from 'H', then this time it would start from Himachal Pradesh). This highly intricate system, in vogue since the mid-1980's, had ensured that officers from different states are placed all over India.
The system of permanent State cadres has also resulted in wide disparities in the kind of professional exposure for officers, when we compare officers in small and big and also developed and backward states. Changes of state cadre is permitted on grounds of marriage to an All India Service officer of another state cadre or under other exceptional circumstances. The officer may go to their home state cadre on deputation for a limited period, after which one has to invariably return to the cadre allotted to him or her.
Functions of the civil servant/officerEdit
Typically the functions of an IAS officer are as follows:
- To implement government policies at grass-root level when posted at field work i.e. as SDM, ADM, DM and Divisional Commissioner and act as intermediate between public and government by good execution and delivery skills.[need quotation to verify]
- Maintenance of law and order; functioning as Executive Magistrate.
- To handle the daily affairs of the government, including framing and implementation of policy in consultation with the minister-in-charge of the concerned ministry which requires supervision and proper enforcement at ground realities.
- In the process of policy formulation and decision making, when posted at central or state secretariat as Joint Secretary,Principal Secretary,Additional Secretary,Chief Secretary,Secretary and Cabinet Secretary at higher level contribute to the final shape of the policy and/or take a final decision with the concurrence of the minister concerned or the cabinet (depending on the gravity of the issue).
Most IAS officers start their careers in the state administration at the sub-divisional level as a sub divisional magistrate. They are entrusted with the law and order situation of the city along with general administration and development work of the areas under their charge.[need quotation to verify] They proceed to various posts in the State and Central Governments, and also local-self Governments (Municpal Corporations / Zilla Parishads), and Public Sector Undertakings. They also occupy posts in regulatory organizations such as SEBI (on deputation), RBI (deemed to be resigned from IAS). If appointed to Constitutional positions such as Election Commission of India or UPSC or statutory authorities such as Central or State Information Commissions, they are deemed to be retired from service. Some IAS officers are also deputed to private sector organizations under Rule 6(2)(ii) of the All India Service (Cadre) Rules.
|Grade||Field Posting(s)||Position in the State Government(s)||Position in the Central Government||Salary (per month)|
|Cabinet Secretary Grade||
|Above Super Time Scale||
|Super Time Scale||
|Junior Administrative Grade||
|Senior Time Scale||
Additional District Magistrate
|Junior Time Scale||
Major concerns and reformsEdit
|“||The IAS is hamstrung by political interference, outdated personnel procedures, and a mixed record on policy implementation, and it is in need of urgent reform. The Indian government should reshape recruitment and promotion processes, improve performance-based assessment of individual officers, and adopt safeguards that promote accountability while protecting bureaucrats from political meddling.||”|
|— The Indian Administrative Service Meets Big Data, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace|
In 2015, it was reported that as many as 100 IAS officers have been in the list of corrupt bureaucrats and have come under the CBI scanner for alleged involvement in corruption cases. Recently, several Chief Secretaries and Principal Secretaries were arrested in graft cases and laundering.
In recent years, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has dismissed few IAS officers for non performance. In 2016, it was reported that Government of India has decided to empower common man to seek prosecution of corrupt IAS officers. Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (DOPT) has accepted to receive requests from private persons seeking sanction for prosecution in respect of IAS officers without any proper proposal and supporting documents.
In popular cultureEdit
English, August, a novel by Upamanyu Chatterjee later made into a film of the same name, portrays the life of an IAS Probationer Agastya Sen in his District training.In the sequel the Sahitya-Akademi Award-winner The Mammaries of the Welfare State, the protagonist works in Delhi.
In Thalapathi (1991), a Tamil movie directed by Mani Ratnam, Arvind Swamy plays the role of a District Collector who attempts to contain the violence of the protagonist. In Tamizh Selvan (1996), a Tamil movie directed by Bharathiraja, Vijayakanth plays the eponymous protagonist who is an IAS officer. Vaanavil, a 2000-Tamil movie directed by Manoj Kumar portrays a romance between an IAS officer and an IPS officer. The 2003-Malayalam movie Kasthooriman remade in Tamil in 2005 with the same name narrates the story of a young man joining the IAS. In the movie Sooryavansham (Hindi, 1999), also Suryavamsam (Tamil, 1997), Surya Vamsha (Kannada, 2000) the lady lead joins the IAS and becomes District Collector. In Pallikoodam (Tamil, 2007) one of the protagonists is a District Collector who tries with his friends to revive their school.
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