#31 What is the Role and Responsibilities of an IAS officer?

The role of IAS officer is very dynamic. It demands a lot of responsibility and reverence. It is also crucial for  an officer to be  physically and mentally fit  to handle the work pressure without giving in. The following are the roles and responsibilities that you will be assigned after becoming an IAS officer:

  •  You will be Handling the affairs of government that involve framing and implementation of policy in consultation with the concerned Minister.
  • You will be required to Implement policies through supervision and also travel to the places where the approved policies will be implemented.
  • Personal supervision of funds allotted for implementing the policy.
  • You will be Answerable to the Parliament and State Legislatures for any violation of rules while on duty.
  • Initially,as an  IAS officer you will  join the state administration at the sub-divisional level, resuming your  services as sub-divisional magistrates, and look after law and order, general administration and development work in your area.
  • The post of the District Officer also known as District Magistrate, District Collector or Deputy Commissioner is the highly respected and responsible post the IAS officers enjoy.
  • At the district level, as an IAS officer you will  deal with district affairs, including implementation of developmental programs.
  • As an officer you might  be appointed in the State Secretariat or  may serve as Heads of Departments or in Public Sector Undertakings.
  • At the Centre, IAS officers serve at the highest position as the Cabinet Secretaries, Secretaries/Additional Secretaries, Joint Secretaries, Directors, Deputy Secretaries and Under Secretaries. You will be appointed to these posts based on seniority.
  • At the Centre, the IAS officers play a key role in formulation and implementation of policies related to a particular area; for instance, finance, commerce, etc.
  • During formulation of a policy and decision making, IAS officers serving at different levels i.e. joint secretary, deputy secretary give their valuable inputs
  • The policy takes its final shape through a final decision of the minister concerned or the cabinet, depending on the seriousness of the situation.

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