Indian Administrative Service (IAS) is one of the 32 main civil services. It is an important career choice and offers attractive positions, career growth and remuneration.


Indian Administrative Service plays an important role in day to day functioning of the Government. The task of an IAS officer involves following:-

  • Handle Affairs of the Government
  • Management and functioning of various administrative departments of the Government
  • Framing of policies
  • Advisors to ministers
  • Executive roles such as District Magistrates (DM)
  • Represent Government at international level
  • Look after law and order, general administration and development work

Procedure to Join Indian Administrative Service

Aspirants can join for the Indian Administrative Service mentioned above by applying for the Civil Services Examination on the UPSC website on advertisement of vacancies. To check the eligibility conditions, syllabus and pattern of the Civil Services Examination please click here.

There are three stages of the examination:-

  • Preliminary Examination
  • Main Examination
  • Interview

You need to clear each stage to be eligible for next stage.

You have to be in merit to be allotted IAS. After selection the candidates are allotted to state cadres. Each state has an IAS cadre except three joint cadres as under:-

  • Assam-Meghalaya
  • Manipur-Tripura
  • Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram-Union Territories

Recruitment to the IAS is also done by appointment by selection through the powers conferred by Section 3 of the All India Services Act of 1951 (61 of 1951) and in pursuance of sub-rule (20 of rule 8 of the IAS recruitment Rules of 1954 and in supersession of the IAS (Appointment by Selection) Regulations of 1956.


On selection the candidates are sent for foundation training to Lal Bahadur Shastri Academy of Administration followed by orientation.

Career Prospects

The IAS officers start their career as Assistant District Magistrate equivalent to Under Secretary to Government of India. The career graph includes posts such as District Magistrate/Collectors, Special Secretaries, Heads of various Government Departments/ Directors, Principal Secretaries/ Financial Commissioners, State Chief Secretary/Secretary (GOI) and Cabinet Secretary to GOI.

For more information about Indian Administrative Service please visit Union Public Service Commission website

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