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Civil Service code“ICS is the steel frame on which the whole structure of our government and of our administration in India rests". - David Lloyd George (former British prime minister) in 1935

The civil service is considered as a hallmark of governance in India. The Constitution provides that there shall be an All India service recruited on an All- India basis with common qualifications, with the uniform scale of pay and the members of which alone could be appointed to these strategic posts throughout the Union. The civil services, therefore, represent the essential spirit of our nation - unity in diversity.

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Civil servants are the permanent bureaucracy in India forms an inseparable part of the executive branch of the Government of India, thus providing continuity to the administration. They hold key and strategic positions in the Union Government, States and public-sector undertakings.

At present, there are three modes of recruitment to IAS:

• Through the Civil Services Examination conducted by UPSC every year;
• Through promotion of State Civil Service officers to IAS; and
• Through the selection of non - State Civil Service officers.

Roughly 66 (1/3%) posts are meant for Direct Recruitment and 33 (1/3%) posts are meant for promotion quota.
Direct recruit IAS officers are allocated to State cadres/ Joint State Cadres on the basis of their rank, preference and availability of vacancy.

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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.

Designations held by IAS officers during field posting are as follows:

1)    SDO/SDM/Joint Collector/ Chief Development Officer (CDO)
2)    District Magistrate/District Collector/Deputy Commissioner
3)    Divisional Commissioner
4)    Member Board of Revenue
5)    Chairman of Revenue

Besides the above-mentioned posts, a lAS officer can be appointed in autonomous organisations/subordinate organisations/PSUs/UN Organizations/international organisations like the World Bank, Asian development banks in various capacities. They can also serve as Personal Secretaries to Ministers in Central Government. There is provision for deputation of lAS officers to private organisations also for a fixed tenure.

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The following table shows the Positions held by an IAA officer under the State Government and central Government with respect to the grade of service and years in service.

Grade

Position held under the State Government Or Central Government

 

Junior Time Scale

(Initial Year)

 

Sub-Divisional Magistrate in a sub-division of a district/Section Officer in state secretariat (Entry) /Assistant Director to Government of India.

Senior Time Scale

(4th year)

 

Additional District Magistrate/Additional Collector/Additional Deputy Commissioner of a District or Under Secretary in the State Government.

 

Junior Administrative Grade

(6th year)

 

District Magistrate/Collector/Deputy Commissioner of a District or Additional Secretary in the State government or Joint Director/Deputy Secretary to the Government of India.

 

Selection Grade

(10th year)

 

District Magistrate/Collector/Deputy Commissioner of a District or Special Secretary in the State government or Director in the Government of India.

 

Super Time Scale

(17th year)

 

Divisional Commissioner in a division or Secretary in the State government or Joint Secretary to Government of India.

 

Above Super Time Scale

(24th year)

 

Principal Secretary in the State Government or Additional Secretary to the Government of India.

 

Apex Scale

(31st year)

 

Chief Secretary of States or Secretary to Government of India.

 

Cabinet Secretary Grade

(35th year)

Cabinet Secretary of India (Only one post).

 

**The posts may differ from state to state due to local administrative reasons.

The highest ranking civil servant is the Cabinet Secretary. He is ex-officio Chairman of the Civil Services Board; the chief of the Indian Administrative Service and head of all civil services under the rules of business of the Government of India. He also holds the 11th position in the Order of Precedence of India which is a great honour in itself. The position holder is accountable for ensuring that the Civil Service is equipped with the skills and capability to meet the everyday challenges it faces and that civil servants work in a fair and decent environment.

Functions of an IASThe functions of an IAS Officer broadly include; Collection of revenue and function as Courts in revenue matters; Maintenance of law and order, function as Executive Magistrate, function as Chief Development Officer (CDO) /District Development Commissioner, supervision of implementation of policies of the State Government and Central Government, travel to places to oversee implementation of policies and supervision of expenditure of public funds as per norms of financial propriety.

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Moreover, an IAS officer has a crucial role to play in the process of policy formulation and decision making as at various levels like Joint Secretary, Deputy Secretary they give final shape to policies.

In any democracy, Ministers or the member of parliaments are responsible to the people through Parliament and the civil servants have to be accountable to the Minister. Hence, an unbiased civil service is responsible not only to the government of the day, but to the Constitution of the land to which they have taken an oath of devotion.

They also handle the daily affairs of the government, including framing and implementation of policy in consultation with the minister-in-charge of the concerned Ministry. Civil Servants have the constitutional mandate to advice the political executives.

Broadly speaking, an IAS officer is responsible for maintenance of law and order, revenue administration and general administration in the area under him. The major reason of having a permanent lobby of bureaucrats is that they act as an intermediate between public and government by good execution and deliverance skills.

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  Civil-Services-Examination.jpg “ICS is the steel frame on which the whole structure of our government and of our administration in India rests". - David Lloyd George (former British prime minister) in 1935

The civil service is considered as a hallmark of governance in India. The Constitution provides that there shall be an All India service recruited on an All- India basis with common qualifications, with the uniform scale of pay and the members of which alone could be appointed to these strategic posts throughout the Union. The civil services, therefore, represent the essential spirit of our nation - unity in diversity.

Civil servants are the permanent bureaucracy in India forms an inseparable part of the executive branch of the Government of India, thus providing continuity to the administration. They hold key and strategic positions in the Union Government, States and public-sector undertakings.

At present, there are three modes of recruitment to IAS:

    Through the Civil Services Examination conducted by UPSC every year;

    Through promotion of State Civil Service officers to IAS; and

    Through the selection of non - State Civil Service officers.

Roughly 66 (1/3%) posts are meant for Direct Recruitment and 33 (1/3%) posts are meant for promotion quota.

Direct recruit IAS officers are allocated to State cadres/ Joint State Cadres on the basis of their rank, preference and availability of vacancy. 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.

Designations held by IAS officers during field posting are as follows:

1)    SDO/SDM/Joint Collector/ Chief Development Officer (CDO)

2)    District Magistrate/District Collector/Deputy Commissioner

3)    Divisional Commissioner

4)    Member Board of Revenue

5)    Chairman 130ard of Revenue

Besides the above-mentioned posts, a lAS officer can be appointed in autonomous organisations/subordinate organisations/PSUs/UN Organizations/international organisations like the World Bank, Asian development banks in various capacities. They can also serve as Personal Secretaries to Ministers in Central Government. There is provision for deputation of lAS officers to private organisations also for a fixed tenure.

The following table shows the Positions held by an IAA officer under the State Government and central Government with respect to the grade of service and years in service.

Grade

Position held under the State Government(s) Or Central Government

 

Junior Time Scale

(Initial Year)

 

Sub-Divisional Magistrate in a sub-division of a district/Section Officer in state secretariat (Entry)/Assistant Director to Government of India

Senior Time Scale

(4th year)

 

Additional District Magistrate/Additional Collector/Additional Deputy Commissioner of a District or Under Secretary in the State Government

 

Junior Administrative Grade

(6th year)

 

District Magistrate/Collector/Deputy Commissioner of a District or Additional Secretary in the State government or Joint Director/Deputy Secretary to the Government of India

 

Selection Grade

(10th year)

 

District Magistrate/Collector/Deputy Commissioner of a District or Special Secretary in the State government or Director in the Government of India

 

Super Time Scale

(17th year)

 

Divisional Commissioner in a division or Secretary in the State government or Joint Secretary to Government of India

 

Above Super Time Scale

(24th year)

 

Principal Secretary in the State Government or Additional Secretary to the Government of India

 

Apex Scale

(31st year)

 

Chief Secretary of States or Secretary to Government of India

 

Cabinet Secretary Grade

(35th year)

Cabinet Secretary of India (Only one post)   

 

**The posts may differ from state to state due to local administrative reasons.

The highest ranking civil servant is the Cabinet Secretary. He is ex-officio Chairman of the Civil Services Board; the chief of the Indian Administrative Service and head of all civil services under the rules of business of the Government of India. He also holds the 11th position in the Order of Precedence of India which is a great honour in itself.

The position holder is accountable for ensuring that the Civil Service is equipped with the skills and capability to meet the everyday challenges it faces and that civil servants work in a fair and decent environment.

functions of civil servant.jpgThe functions of an IAS Officer broadly include; Collection of revenue and function as Courts in revenue matters; Maintenance of law and order, function as Executive Magistrate, function as Chief Development Officer (CDO) /District Development Commissioner, supervision of implementation of policies of the State Government and Central Government, travel to places to oversee implementation of policies and supervision of expenditure of public funds as per norms of financial propriety.

Moreover, an IAS officer has a crucial role to play in the process of policy formulation and decision making as at various levels like Joint Secretary, Deputy Secretary they give final shape to policies.

In any democracy, Ministers or the member of parliaments are responsible to the people through Parliament and the civil servants have to be accountable to the Minister. Hence, an unbiased civil service is responsible not only to the government of the day, but to the Constitution of the land to which they have taken an oath of devotion.

They also handle the daily affairs of the government, including framing and implementation of policy in consultation with the minister-in-charge of the concerned Ministry. Civil Servants have the constitutional mandate to advice the political executives.

Broadly speaking, an IAS officer is responsible for maintenance of law and order, revenue administration and general administration in the area under him. The major reason of having a permanent lobby of bureaucrats is that they act as an intermediate between public and government by good execution and deliverance skills.

 

 

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