Getting into the IAS is difficult but once you are through, there is prestige .
WHAT YOU DO
IAS is one of three All-India Services ( the other two being the IPS AND IFS) constituted by an Act of Parliament. Although primarily allocated to a state cadre at the entry point, an IAS (as also the IPS & IFS ) officer can save the Central government for a stipulated period, after which s/he returns to the parent cadre. This two-way movement benefits the officers, as they gain experience for the varied exposure. It
S the premier service for delivering good governance to a society and country .
YOUR TIME TABLE
10 am: Reach office
11am: Meeting with minister
Noon: Chair meeting
1.30 pm: Lunch
2.30 pm: File work
3.30 pm: Attend meeting chaired by senior officer
4.30 pm: Answer mails/letters
5.30 pm: File work continues
7 pm: Call it a day
YOUR PAY CHEQUE
At entry level : Rs 21,000 a month, basic pay At middle level: Rs 35,000-Rs 45,000 a month, basic pay. At senior level : Rs 90,000 a month, basic pay officers also get allowance over and above the pay .
An inquisitive mind
Incisive analytical ability to quickly weigh the pros and cons
Ability to shift through data to focus on the essential
Clarity of approach, coupled with the talent of planning by balancing present and future needs
Dedication and ability to work hard
There are three stages in the competitive examination one has to clear- preliminaries (Prelims), Mains and interview. This three-stage annual competitive selection process, conducted by the Union Public Service commission, requires a candidate to have at least a Bachelor’s degree .
Abhimanu IAS Study group, SCO – 147, SECTOR 24 D, Chandigarh, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vajiram & ravi 79, old Rajinder Nagar Market, New Delhi e-mail: Vajiramanemail@example.com
Rau’s IAS, 309 kanchajhanga Building,18 Barakhamba Road, Connaught Place, Delhi www.rausias.com/Delhi
WHAT’S GOOD & BAD
Immense satisfaction derived from the fact that you work for the people
Prestige and considerable perquisites come with the job
Frequent transfers and the remoteness of the places may prove to be disheartening