How to become an IAS officer?

All India Services are mentioned in the Constitution in Part 14. But the Constitution does not define any of those services. The Indian Administrative Service is popularly referred to as the IAS and was formally constituted in 1947. It is the premier service in India and offers an attractive and challenging career. There are fame and glamour also associated with this service for those who have excelled in their posts. IAS is the job from where you can reach the top of any government organization. If I ask you what you need to change the things that are going the wrong way. I mean poverty, corruption, the System we often refer. What you need money or authority to make changes. The answer is the Authority. You may give funds, help poor but change things from its core you need authority.

Job profile

The IAS officers handle the affairs of the government. At the state and central level, this involves the framing of the policies and its implementation. At the district level, IAS is concerned with district affairs, including developmental duties. At the divisional level, the IAS officers look after law and order, general administration and various developmental works. Becoming a collector is just one of the jobs an IAS officers takes up in his long career. As secretary of various departments, an IAS officer heads the organization and takes it ahead.


If you are Indian and 21 years old, you are eligible to become a civil servant. You only need to qualify UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) exam. What myths say – Exam is very hard and only hardcore aspirants can only crack it. This is not true though honestly, it’s not that easy too. If you are Indian and 21 years old, you are eligible to become a civil servant. You only need to qualify UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) exam. What myths say – Exam is very hard and only hardcore aspirants can only crack it.This is not true though honestly, it’s not that easy too. There are approximately 90-100 vacancies for IAS every year and total 1000+ vacancies in all 24 posts( like Indian Police Service, Indian Forest Survey, Indian Foreign Service).  Check books here if you want.

When Exam happens?

UPSC exam happens on every 2 June. UPSC exam 2020 is on 29 May this year. One thing you should consider in this exam. UPSC is a constitutional body so every exam paper and result happens on time. Not like any other government exams that never happens on time.

UPSC exam syllabus

Though you can find the syllabus of UPSC on many websites. But one should always see things from the official website first. UPSC will release a notification for CSE(Civil Services Examination) in march month. The notification contains all things related to exam including syllabus. For a comprehensive guide to the syllabus. Rau’s IAS(Coaching institute) is providing comprehensive guide to understand syllabus(Note-:We have no affiliation with Rau’s IAS). Click here to download comprehensive guide of Rau’s IAS.

UPSC CSE exam result

The  Preliminary examination happens in the first week of June. Which is an MCQ based exam while the mains exam is a written exam(you actually have to write answers on the answer sheet). Qualified candidates will appear in mains examination if qualified in mains then interview. A total of mains marks and interview marks will decide your rank. Rank will decide your post(IAS, IPS, IFS, etc according to your preferences).

Note-: Preliminary exam is only qualifying in nature.


June- Preliminary Examination

September- Mains Examination

Interview- March-April

You can see that it’s a big process to follow. But with a unique mindset with patience, it is achievable.


About training who can better tell than IAS officers himself. Visit this link to see people’s feedback on quora.

Pay Scale

You can expect it more than Rs. 60,000 and Rs. 80,000 fixed on apex level. IAS officer salary is not really fixed but you can guess from the above figures. So check UPSC syllabus right now.

What after retirement

The pension facility for all govt employees (except armed forces) has been revamped from 1 Jan 2004. … So, all in all, govt employees (even IAS officer) will still get a pension, the only difference is the ones joining after 1 Jan 2004 have to contribute 10% of their salary for it. 

Other perks of being Bureaucrat

Needless to say, the path to becoming an IAS officer requires dedication and hard work. The Civil Services exam for IAS isn’t an easy nut to crack, to say the least.

But once you make it, there are plenty of perks available like power, respect, numerous allowances, facilities, and decent salary cheques.

Apart from the salary, IAS officers are provided bungalows at minimal rents, along with other facilities like cooks, gardeners, security guards, and other household-helps.

These officers also get government transportation, in addition to free-of-cost electricity and telephonic services.

When on duty, officers get free accommodation in government bungalows and rest houses.

After retirement, IAS officers get lifetime monthly pension, among other benefits and facilities.

Limitation of an IAS officer

Limitations? This is a bit complex question for the one who has to answer it, and easy to ask. A person wrote this on Brainly website, I found this nice:

“Now if a Guy is Honest, he is honest towards the oath he took while joining the service, he is honest towards his principles. If the Guy quits he is Nothing but a Loser, had anyone be honest, he wouldn’t quit. He would continue his service even if it means death to him. Honesty cannot be adjusted as per the pressure the person faces, An honest IAS officer may be suspended/ridiculed/framed but the day he will die, he’ll still be honest and he’ll have a sense of accomplishment when he dies, HONESTY is Always the BEST Policy.”  

IAS officer retirement age

The officers of IAS, IPS, IRS or other services spend almost 35-38 years in Government. They retire at the age of 60 years

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