Indian Administrative Service
The Indian Administrative Service (IAS) is the administrative arm of the All India Services of Government of India. Considered the premier civil service of India, The IAS is a part of the union civil services and is one of the three arms of the All India Services along with the Indian Police Service being a part of union civil services Indian Forest Service being a part of the union natural resources services. Members of these three services serve the Government of India as well as the individual states. IAS officers are also deployed to various government establishments such as constitutional bodies, staff & line agencies, auxiliary bodies, public sector undertakings, regulatory bodies, statutory bodies and autonomous bodies.
26 January 1950
|Staff college||Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand|
|Cadre controlling authority||Department of Personnel and Training, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions|
|Minister responsible||Prime Minister of India and Minister of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions|
|Legal personality||Governmental; Civil Service|
|Cadre strength||4,926 members (3,511 officers directly recruited by the Union Public Service Commission and 1,415 officers promoted from state civil services)|
|Selection||Civil Services Examination|
|Association||IAS (Central) Association|
|Head of the Civil services|
|Cabinet Secretary of India||Rajiv Gauba, IAS|
As with other countries following the parliamentary system of government, the IAS is a part of the permanent bureaucracy of the nation; and is an inseparable part of the executive of the Government of India. As such, the bureaucracy remains politically neutral and guarantees administrative continuity to the ruling party or coalition.
Upon confirmation of service, an IAS officer serves a probationary period as a sub-divisional magistrate. Completion of this probation is followed by an executive administrative role in a district as a district magistrate and collector which lasts several years. After this tenure, an officer may be promoted to head a whole state administrative division as a divisional commissioner.
On attaining the higher scales of the pay matrix, IAS officers may lead government departments or ministries. In these roles, IAS officers represent the country at international level in bilateral and multilateral negotiations. If serving on a deputation, they may be employed in intergovernmental organisations such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Asian Development Bank, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, or the United Nations, or its agencies. IAS officers are also involved in conducting elections in India as mandated by the Election Commission of India.