I N D I A N A D M
I N I S T R A T I V E S E R V I C E S
In the Government of
India (i.e.. in the ministries) you will deal with the
formulation of policies and supervise their implementation.
In each Ministry you will supervise the allotment and
utilization of funds by the field officers in your Ministry.
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You will also be asked to furnish
information to the Parliament in response to queries
relating to your Ministry. You will have to work late
into the night and under much pressure when Parliament is in
session. Sometimes, your work will entail visits to the
States. Depending on your rank, you might even be the
government nominee on the Board of Directors of some Public
Sector Corporation. You will also at times be nominated
to independently represent India at International forums
or accompany the Minister for such meetings. From the
rank of Deputy Secretary to the Government of India, you can
sign international agreements on behalf of the Government
However, more than half your career
life will be spent in the State you are allocated, where you
will look after law and order, general administration,
revenue work and developmental functions. During the
course of your two year probation you will be attached to
various training schools, to the Secretariat and field
offices and to a district collector's office. Here you will
do the work of a sub magistrate. On completion of your
two year's probation you will be appointed as a Sub
Divisional Magistrate(SDM). As S.D.M. you will look
after law and order, general administration, revenue work
and such developmental work as may be assigned to you.
In the next three scales i.e.. Senior Scale, Junior
Administrative Grade and Selection Grade you will serve
as District Magistrate, Chief Development Officer, Director
of a department, Managing Director of a Public Sector
Unit or a Senior officer in the State Secretariat. In other
words, you could be a District Magistrate in your fifth
year of service and remain a D.M. till you are promoted
to the Super Time Scale in the 17th year of your service.
What your rank in the State
Secretariat will be varies widely from State to State,.
For example, in Jammu and Kashmir, young I.A.S. officers
in the Junior Administrative Grade become Secretaries. In
most States, however, I.A.S. Officers become Secretaries
to the State Government when they reach the Selection Grade.
In all States, supertime scale officers are Secretaries
or Divisional Commissioners. Following this there are
promotions in scale to the ranks of Principal Secretary and
additional Chief Secretary. The highest post in the State
is that of the Chief Secretary.
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E I G N S E R V I C E S
the training at Mussoorie, the I.F.S. probationers are
attached to the Ministry of External Affairs and have to
become conversant in a major foreign language. During the
second year they are appointed as Third Secretaries in and
Indian Embassy/High Commission where that language is
spoken. They spend another two years in the same Embassy as
Second Secretaries. After two postings abroad, the I.F.S.
Officers are posted in India in the Ministry of External
Affairs (MEA) (Eg. Passport office or Indian Council for
Cultural Relations or elsewhere in the Government of India).
In the MEA, you will look after India's political,
economic and commercial work. In the Senior Scale and the
Junior Administrative Grade the I.F.S. Officers are
appointed as First Secretaries. In the Selection Grade I.F.S.
Officers serve as Counsellors. In very small countries
the Indian Ambassador would be in that grade.
supertime scale, many I.F.S. Officers become Ambassadors of
medium sized countries while others are appointed as
Ministers in the large embassies like Washington and
Moscow. In the AdditionalSecretaries Grade, I.F.S. Officers
are made ambassadors in relatively big embassies of
Deputy High Commissioner in London. The biggest Indian
Embassies / High Commissions like Moscow, Washington and
London are headed by Ambassadors of the rank of Secretary.
At this level, some Ambassadors are non I.F.S. Officers
like politicians, retired or serving I.A.S. Officers or
retired Defence Chief. There are four to five Secretary
level officers in the MEA - the senior most being the
content of an I.F.S. Officer's work has improved immensely.
The is considerable economic work to be done to promote
trade and commerce. The career development in the service is
I N D I A N P O L
I C E S E R V I C E S
the probation period you will undergo a year's on the job
training in the office of a Superintendent of Police of a
district in the State you have been allocated .On
completing your two year probation, you will be confirmed as
a three star Assistant Superintendent of Police (A.S.P.).
You will then in all probability be posted as the Police
Officer of a sub-division (SDPO) for two years till you
are promoted to the Senior Scale.
SDPO, Superintendent of Police, Senior Superintendent of
Police of a District and as Deputy Inspector General of a
Range (group of districts), you will be exclusively
responsible for the prevention and detection of crime.
However, the law and order duties will be shared with
your I.A.S. counterpart.
cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, the law and order
duties are the exclusive responsibility of the police force.
In these cities the ASP, SP, and the DIG are called
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACPO), Deputy Commissioner
of Police (DCP) and Commissioner of Police (CP). On being
promoted to the Senior Scale you could serve as ASP of a
larger district for the first two years or SP of a small
district. You are likely to spend about thirteen years
covering the Senior Scale, Junior Administrative Grade
and Selection Grade as SP / SSP of a district, SP (Crime),
SP (CID), S.P. (Home Guards), the head of some police
battalion, S.P. (Traffic) and so on. Outside the districts,
the most satisfying jobs are in the intelligence agencies
of the Government of India specially in the Intelligence
Bureau (IB) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
There are many other Central agencies to which the IPS
Officers may be sent on deputation at every stage of their
career, except in the Junior Scale. Some of these are the
Cabinet Secretariat, the Border Security Force, the Central
Reserve Police Force and the Central Industrial Security
Force. Unlike I.A.S. Officers who cannot permanently serve
the central government, some IPS dominated central
agencies absorb the IPS Officers till they retire. The
senior posts in the IPS are those of the Deputy Inspector
General, Inspector General, Additional D.G. and Director
General. These days many states have more than one IG and
DG. However, there is only one Director General of Police
(DG), who heads the police force of the State.
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E N U E S E R V I C E S
Indian Revenue Service you earn money for the exchequer and
therefore, as Usha Gupta, Additional Commissioner Income
Tax points out you have to keep departmental expenses to the
minimum! The job according to her is “officer oriented”
as you are involved in all the processes from investigation
to decisions and policy planning. As you will deal with the
fiscal policy and budget, aptitude for accounts as well
as a legal aptitude is useful. She states that you “wield a
lot of power” and whereas the law abiding citizen “need
not fear us, the white collar criminal better watch out” !
professional training will be conducted in the National
Academy of Direct Taxes, Nagpur and you will also receive
on-the-job training at an Assistant Commissioner’s office
for sometime. Following this you will serve as an Assistant
Commissioner for about eight years. You will examine
cases in which the tax assessed is more than the prescribed
figure. Assistant Commissioners deal with income and
losses between Rs. 2 - 5 lakhs.
Junior Administrative Grade (JAG) and Selection Grade you
would be a Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax or Deputy
Director (Investigation). Deputy Commissioners (Assessment)
handle cases above Rs.5 lakhs. In the Senior Administrative
Grade you could be a Commissioner of Income Tax in a
metropolitan town or one of the state capitals or a Director
of Income Tax. Some of these Commissioners are
designated Chief - Commissioners of Income Tax and are in a
scale similar to that of Additional Secretaries.
Director General of Income Tax is also in this scale.
of the Income Tax hierarchy is the Chairman of the Central
Board of Direct Taxes and is assisted by six members.
I N D I A N R A I
L W A Y S E R V I C E S
The Indian Railways virtually form the life line of the
country catering to its need for large scale movement of
traffic both freight and passenger thereby contributing
to economic growth and also promoting national integration.
Indian Railways are now Asia's largest and world's second
largest railway system under a single management. At the
top of the railway hierarchy is the Chairman of the Railway
Board. He gets a salary equal to that of the Cabinet
Secretary and for all purposes he is the Secretary of his
Department. The Railway Board has several members of
one member for each wing of the railways eg. Member
(Mechanical), Member (Engineering), Member (Traffic),
Member (Staff) etc.
each zone is a General Manager who is incharge of all the
railway operations in that zone. His rank is between that
of an Additional Secretary and Secretary to the Government
of India. He belongs to any one of the various railway
Division is headed by a Divisional Railway Manager (DRM),
who can be from any railway service. He is one of the senior
officers of the Senior Administrative Grade which
corresponds to the Super Time Scale of the IAS. The post of
the Additional Divisional Railway manager is now an
important one. He belongs to the Senior Administrative
Grade. He is responsible for all railway work in his
probationer of the railway services you will receive your
training at the Railway Staff College, Vadodara followed by
a year's on-the-job training at a division of the 'zone'
you have been allocated. There are nine zones- North, South,
East, North-East, West, South-East, South-East,
South-Central, Central and North Frontier. According to
Nitesh Srivastava (IRTS), "Railways belong to one of the
select few organizations where decision has to be taken on
the spot. This is precisely the challenge for a railway
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L W A Y T R A F F I C S E R V I C E S
service looks after commercial (goods and passengers) and
operational (movement of trains) functions with an emphasis
Junior Scale you will serve as either Assistant Commercial
Manager or Assistant Operating Manager and posted at the
Divisional Headquarters. If posted at a very big railway
station you may be designated as Assistant Transport
Manager. Within four years of service you are likely to
get the senior scale and posted at divisional headquarters
Commercial Manager or Divisional Operating Manager or
Divisional Safety Officer. Most of the branch officers like
the Senior Divisional Commercial Manager or Senior
Divisional Operating Manager are in the JAG.
the zonal level the hierarchy is as follows :
Commercial side the structure is headed by the Chief
Commercial Manager (who is in the pay scale of the
Additional Secretary to the Government of India) followed
by the Additional Chief Commercial Manager and the Deputy
Chief Commercial Manager.
operations side the Chief Operations Manager is at the head,
followed by the Additional Chief Operations Manager,
Chief Freight Traffic Manager, Chief Passenger Traffic
Manager and the Deputy Chief Operations Manager.
According to Saurabh Singh (IRTS), "Traditionally,
operations were given more importance in Railways than the
commercial aspect. However, today commercial activity is
gaining importance because of consumer awareness. Thus it is
imperative that IRTS officers hone up their managerial
I N D I A N R A I
L W A Y A C C O U N T S & P E R S O N N E L S E R V I C E S
RAILWAY ACCOUNTS SERVICE (IRAS)
service monitors all the income and expenditure of the vast
railway network. In the Junior Scale as an IRAS
officer you will be posted to divisional headquarters as
Assistant Accounts Officers. On being promoted to the
senior scale you will become a Divisional Accounts Officer
and in the JAG you will be designated as Senior
Divisional Accounts Officer. In the Senior Administrative
Grade you are promoted to the coveted position of Financial
Advisor-cum-Chief Accounts Officer of a zone. Dakshita
Dass, Senior Divisional Accounts Officer points out that
owing to the commercial nature of the organization, work
in the railways is "result oriented" and the environment is
conducive to quick decisions. You are constantly in a
"state of motion". "A career in the Indian Railway Accounts
Service has contributed to her personal growth and
enabled her to deal with tough and demanding situations".
RAILWAY PERSONNEL SERVICE (IRPS)
officer in this service you will deal with recruitment,
promotions, in service training and welfare of the
employees. You will be interested to know that IRPS
officers get the equivalent of the Supertime Scale before
any other service of the Government of India.
postings are as follows :
junior scale you will be designated Assistant Personnel
Officer and posted at Divisional Headquarters. Following
this you will become a Divisional Personnel Officer in
the Senior Scale and Senior Divisional Personnel Officer of
Deputy Chief Planning Officer in the JAG.
be made Additional Chief Planning Officer once you get the
selection grade. In the Senior Administrative Grade you
will be designated Chief Personnel Officer and serve at
At a non
divisional set-up there are commensurate posts for officers
belonging to all the railway services.
R A I L W A Y P R
O T E C T I O N F O R C E
force protects one of the biggest railway networks in the
world. Your training will be at Vadodra and Lucknow. The
Junior and Senior scales are similar to the other railway
services. There is no equivalent of JAG or S.G. Instead, you
have the grades of Senior Commandant, Head Quarters and
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) respectively which is much
better than the corresponding grades for even the IAS and
Inspector General's grade is the same as the IAS supertime
scale or the IPS IGP's scale. The final promotion is as the
Director General of the Force. So far, the Director
General of the R.P.F. has been an I.P.S. officer. However,
it is expected that once the officers of the R.P.F.
attain the required seniority it will be headed by one of
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T O M S A N D C E N T R A L E X C I S E S E R V I C E S
Talha, Competent Authority and Administrator for Forfeiture
of Property points out there is "job variety" in this
service. You could be dealing with customs, excise or
narcotics related matters.
more "being a uniformed service there is glamour attached to
comments "the service has given me confidence and tremendous
opportunities for growth".
Officers are not only posted in important coastal and border
towns or in towns with international airports, they can be
probation will be either in Madras, Bombay, Calcutta or
Delhi and in the Junior and Senior scales you will be
designated Assistant Commissioner of Customs. As Deputy
Commissioner in the JAG you will move to much bigger towns.
In this grade of JAG you could later become Additional
Commissioner of Customs.
probation will be in Delhi, Calcutta, Bombay or Madras and
you will be posted in industrial townships to begin with and
then in big cities. In the Junior Scale you could serve
as Assistant Commissioner of Central Excise. You can hold
the latter rank in the Senior scale also. In the JAG you
could be a Deputy or Additional Commissioner of Central
Excise. Commissioners of Customs and Central Excise are
officers in the Senior Administrative Grade. They wield
enormous power and the jurisdiction of each normally
extends over several states.
Commissioners of Customs and Central Excise are placed in
the next higher grade which is similar to that of Additional
that you can aspire to become a member of the Central Board
of Excise and Customs and later even its Chairman. While
both IRS and IC and CES Officers upto the rank of Assistant
Commissioner are officially entitled to a substantial share
of all the concealed wealth they locate and seize during
their raids, the latter have traditionally received much
bigger awards of this kind from the government.
Central Bureau of Narcotics is located in Gwalior and headed
by a Commissioner. Senior positions in the narcotics
department are held by officers of the IC and CES.
I N D I A N A U D
I T A N D A C C O U N T S S E R V I C E S
service audits the accounts of all central and state
government departments, P & T departments, defence, public
sector organizations, railways, etc. It functions within
the federal structure and coordinates effectively between
the centre and the states. As the head of the
organization, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) is a
constitutional authority with a fixed tenure, "the
entire department functions free from interference", states
Rekha Gupta, Accountant General.
your career you can go on deputation's to various
ministries, state governments, autonomous bodies, public
sector organizations etc. You can also be posted at one
of the two audit offices abroad - Washington or London.
Presently India is one of the three countries auditing
the accounts of the United Nations and a Director General of
the service is based at New York for this purpose.
selected to this service undergo training in Shimla. They
serve either in accounts offices in Central or State
Governments or in Statutory Audit Offices under the
Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG). In the Junior Scale
you will be posted as an Assistant A.G. in the office of
an Accountant General (AG). (The offices of most AGs are in
State capitals).You will be posted in similar offices
throughout your career; only your designation and
responsibilities will keep changing. For example as
Assistant A.G. you will function as a "branch officer" but
as Deputy A.G. who will function as a "group officer" and
direct the work of thirty to forty persons. In the senior
scale you will be a Deputy AG, in the JAG and Selection
Grade a Senior DAG and in the Senior Administrative Grade
a full fledged AG.
next rung is the Additional Deputy Comptroller and Auditor
General. Above this is the Deputy Comptroller and Auditor
General of India, who gets a Secretary's salary. At the very
top of the accounts/audit hierarchy is a constitutional
authority, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.
(Other Constitutional authorities in India include the
Chairman of UPSC and the Chief Election Commissioner).
really enjoy being a part of this service" concludes Rekha
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T A L S E R V I C E S
According to V. S. Saxena, former Chief PMG, the Indian
Postal Service is unique as there is "maximum job
satisfaction". The first posting is as the head of a
division where you are in touch with the "cutting edge" the
people as well as staff and the results are "immediate".
Moreover, it is the only service from which you can go on a
deputation to the army and serve from Captain to Major
General. An attractive aspect of a career in the Indian
Postal Service is that there is job mobility as well as
serve in any ministry at an level depending on your
seniority and aptitude. Officers are also sent on deputation
to the Universal Postal Union at Berne, Switzerland or on
assignments to other countries.
professional course will be at the Postal Staff College,
Ghaziabad. During your probation you will be "attached" to
"field" offices of the department, where you will work in
various capacities (e.g. Inspector or Postmaster). You will
serve in divisional headquarters (e.g. Pune, Agra,
Chandigarh) as Senior Superintendent of Post Office (SSPO)
or Senior Superintendent Railway Mail (SSRM) in your
Junior scale as well as in the first 2-3 years of your
senior scale. Only personnel from the Indian Postal
Service go on deputation to the Army Postal Service.
the Senior Scale you will be promoted to the rank of
Assistant PMG (Post Master General) or Assistant Director
General at the Directorate. In the JAG you will be made a
Director. In the selection grade you will remain a Director.
You can be promoted to the Senior most level of PMG
of a "Circle" (or equivalent - e.g.. the post of Deputy
Director General). Postal Services is one of the most
challenging, satisfying and gratifying job for people who
have an interest in human relations. This service offers
an opportunity to serve the people from all walks of life
directly", says Mr. A.K.Gupta, Director, Postal Services,
Lucknow. According to him, in the Senior Administrative
Grade there are two scales namely Rs.18,400 - 22400 and
22,400 - 24,500.
Promotions after that are to the posts of : a)
Additional Secretary in a ministry b) One of the
members of the Postal Services Board c) Chief PMG or
rather HAG i.e. Higher Administrative Grade. At present
there are ten posts of Chief PMG out of which
seven are field posts . d) Secretary, Department of
Post who is also ex officio DG and Chairman of the Postal
P & T F I N A
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the case of the Indian Railways there is a separate P & T
Finance and Accounts Service. Here you work for the Postal
& Telecom departments.You are posted in major cities and
as this is a comparatively new service (established 1974)
the promotions are fast. Within 17 years you can be a
Joint Secretary (SAG) which corresponds with the Super Time
Scale of the I.A.S. According to Gita Rao, General
Manager, Finance "the work is satisfying and there is job
variety. Apart from dealing withaccounts -
debits and credits you are also involved with general
administration and public relations, etc." You start your
career as the Assistant Chief Accounts Officer. Within two
years you are the Chief Accounts Officer.
six years you become the Director Finance and Accounts in
the Junior Administrative Grade. In another eleven years
you enter the SAG as G.M.
which is a field posting or as Deputy Director General at
the Directorate. Following this promotions to the higher
posts are limited as there is just one member Finance and
one Senior DDG, Finance. However, you can go on deputation
to other ministries or to the Videsh Sanchar Nigam
Limited (VSNL) or Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL)
as Director Finance. With privatization of the telecom
sector each circle will have one private company working
alongside the government set-up. While this may limit the
number of posts in the service you may have attractive job
opportunities in the private sector owing to your wide
experience in the service.
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O R M T I O N S E R V I C E S A N D I N D I A N D E F E N C E
A C C O U N T S S E R V I C E S
initially called the Central Information Service (CIS) which
was constituted as late as 1960. As it is a comparatively
new and expanding service there is scope for quicker
promotions. The information and media convergence has not
only made the job a challenging one but it has opened
vast opportunities for you to branch out into the private
sector if you so desire.
join the Junior Grade of the IIS through Civil Services
Examination, even though 50 percent of officers in this
grade are directly recruited.
scales in this service are exactly the same as in the other
services, till the Senior Administrative Grade (SAG). At the
top is a grade which is called Selection Grade (not to be
confused with the Selection Grade which most services give
their officers in their 14th year) and has a fixed
salary, equal to what the senior most Additional Secretary
during probation is at the Indian Institute of Mass
Communication (IIMC), New Delhi. An IIS Officer can be
posted in organizations dealing with print media (e.g.
Employment News) in the electronic media (e.g. AIR,
Doordarshan, Films Division) or in an advertising agency
(the Directorate of Audio Visual Publicity is the Country's
biggest advertisement agency).
short, IIS Officers can be posted to any of the several
organizations that are controlled by the Ministry of
Information and Broadcasting or the Ministry of Defence
(Directorate of Public Relations).
start off, after your probation, as an Assistant CDA
(Controller of Defence Accounts) in the Junior Scale, and
will work in cantonment towns. In the next three scales
you will be a Deputy CDA, posted at State capitals (or
Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) you will become a
full-fledged CDA and will be posted at places where
headquarters of defence 'commands' are located.
Additional Secretaries' Scale IDAS Officer's are made
Additional CGDAs (Controller General of Defence Accounts)
incharge of Audit or Inspection. They could also be posted
as Controller of Accounts (Factories), Calcutta. There are
also some equipment posts in this scale.
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N C I V I L A C C O U N T S S E R V I C E S
be required to serve mostly where ordinance factories (i.e.
factories that make equipment including sleeping bags and
tents, for the defence services) are located e.g. Jabalpur.
During the first 10 years in the Service, you could even be
asked to serve for upto 4 years, as a Commissioned
Officer in the Armed Forces.
promotions upto the Senior Administrative Grade are standard
Central Service Promotions. In the Additional Secretaries'
Grade you would most probably be made a General Manager.
After that there is a scale which begins at the AS level. In
this scale are the Members of the OFS (ordinance
Factories Board) / the Additional DGOF (Director General
of the service is the chairman of the OFB / DGOF, who has
the same fixed salary as the Secretaries.
Junior Scale : Your training will be in the office of the
CGA (Controller General of Accounts), Department of
Expenditure (Ministry of Finance) Delhi and in the
offices of the Chief Controller of Accounts in the various
ministries of Govt.of India.
first posting will be as Assistant Controller of Accounts in
some ministry of the Govt.of India. In the Senior Scale you
will become the Deputy Controller of Accounts. In the
Senior Administrative Grade you will be made Chief
Controller of Accounts. You can also hope to become
Additional Controller General of Accounts in the Additional
Secretaries Grade. The highest career post for an ICAS
officer is Controller General of Accounts and has a salary
fixed higher than that of the Additional Secretaries'
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S T R I A L S E C U R I T Y F O R C E
service deals entirely with spacious, well planned, green,
landscaped cantonments. In this service you will begin your
career in the junior scale, as an Executive Officer in a
Class I or a Class II Cantonment. In the Senior Scale you
would normally be sent to a Class I Cantonment as an
Executive Officer of Asstt. Director or Deputy Asstt.
Director General or Defence Estate Officer.
next promotion in the "Ordinary Grade" (similar to the JAG)
will be as Joint Director which designation you will retain
in the Selection Grade as well.
the Selection Grade the IDES Officers are first promoted as
Directors (Level I) before they are made Directors (Level
III). The latter post is in the Senior Administrative
Grade. The top officer is the Director General Defence
force has been created for the protection of India's very
extensive industrial infrastructure, especially the Public
Sector Units. The training is conducted in Hyderabad.
Officers join as Assistant Commandants in the Junior Scale.
Thereafter, a few years later they are eligible for
promotion to the rank of Deputy Commandant, which is in the
Senior Scale. After that CISF officers can hope to become
Commandants or Additional Inspector General.
Much of the work is
administrative in nature and involves planning, resource management, policy
formulation, implementation of policies and programmes, supervision and
monitoring. There is considerable interaction with people at all levels.
Responsible decision making is a vital aspect of the job as your action impacts
the lives of lakhs of people. Perhaps the most appealing factor is that at a
young age you are given tremendous responsibility. What is more you are exposed
to a wide spectrum of issues from law and order to poverty alleviation. The desirable characteristics of the candidates include :#
Ability to organize time and resources effectively # Ability to communicate
and interact with all kinds of people # Communicate clearly, orally and in
writing # Empathize with the under privileged # Hold and delegate
authority # Enjoy responsibility # Great personal integrity
The atmosphere in the
individual offices differs and depends on the person incharge as it does in any
department in any corporate orgnisation. The civil servants do work under
pressure but not the kind as many people in the corporate sector do. The
work, however, is equally difficult and challenging.
The civil servants gain
time-scale promotions with proportionate increase in priveleges. The service
facilities are excellent and there are very good social welfare facilities
extended post retirement. Civil Servants are entitled to subsidised
accommodation, telephone and transport facilities. They receive unparalled
The Junior Scale is
Rs.8000-275-13500 for almost all Group A services. After completing four years
of service you are promoted to the Senior Scale of your service. At this
stage, the I.A.S. / I.F.S.officers have an edge of about over the central
service officers. The senior scale is 10650-325-15850 for the I.A.S. / I.F.S and
10000-325-15200 for the central services. After completing nine years of
service you will be promoted to the Junior Administrative Grade which is
12750-375-16500 for the I.A.S / I.F.S and Rs.12000-375-16500 for the other
services. You will be considered for the coveted Selection grade in the
fourteenth year of your service. The selection grade is Rs. 15100-400-18300 for
the I.A.S / I.F.S and Rs. 14300-400-18300 for the others. The best
officers are eligible for the next promotion i.e.. the Senior Administrative
Grade. This is Rs. 18400-500-22400 for almost all the services. Following
this your promotion to the Higher Administrative grade will depend on your
performance which is reflected in the Annual Confidential Report (ARC).
However, the mandatory eligibility is a minimum of 25 years of service. About
two out of ten IAS officers became Additional Secretaries with a basic scale
of RS. 22400-525-24500. The next promotion is Secretary to Government of
India who having put in about 30 years of service has a basic salary of Rs.
26,000 (fixed). A large number of Secretaries from the other services has
risen considerably in recent years. There are alternative avenues of
promotion as well. In the State cadres and in the Central Services there are
several officers who draw the salary of Secretary to the Government of India,
for example the Chief Secretaries to state governments, the Members of the
Railway Board, the Chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes, the Chairman
of Central Board of Excise and Customs, the Chief Economic Advisor, the
Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force, the Financial Advisor in
Ministry of Defence and the Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General. The
Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister and the Chairman of the Railway
Board have higher salaries. The highest rank is that of the Union Cabinet
Secretary and he is the head of all the Civil Services. He is India’s senior
most government servant and so far only ICS / IAS officers have held this
post. The Cabinet Secretary has a basic salary of Rs. 30,000/-(fixed). It
is essential to make a realistic assessment of your potential otherwise the
optimal years of your life are lost in chasing an elusive target. If you have
had a consistently good academic record and desire to appear you must start
preparing during your graduation years by identifying the optional subjects
you feel most comfortable with and familiarizing yourself with the syllabus
and pattern of examination. It is best to take these examinations as soon as you
are eligible. Once you decide to opt for this career it is essential to
consider alternative careers as a safety net and avoid the dilemma of being 30
years old and taking your fourth attempt without any other job in hand.
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