Feb 22, 2019
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Roles and Responsibilities of an IAS Officer

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Hello Champions!!

With the UPSC exams not being so far, hope your preparation is going at the right level. I had been writing articles for so long about various topics related to the IAS examination. Today while I was thinking about what to write next, it just strikes my mind; why not let the aspirants know the roles and responsibilities of an IAS officer.

So, here in this article, I am going to walk you through the roles & responsibilities of an IAS officer. Who knows, maybe this what you are going to do in the next couple of years.

The points in this article are based on a conversation with a Civil servant interview at the IAS Academy in Anna Nagar.

The quote, “With great power comes great responsibility”, applies very well for an IAS officer. As a civil servant, one has to manage the administrative functions & execute developmental policies.

As a civil servant grows in their career, the duties and power needed to fulfill them also grow correspondingly.

Here are some duties & associated powers:

  • Implement government policies.
  • Supervise the implementation of government policies.
  • Look after the government affairs.
  • Manage the infrastructure.
  • The IAS officers are liable to the respective state legislature & Indian parliament for the accounting of funds allocated to them.
  • Spend resources for the execution of policies & maintenance of governmental infrastructure.

The duty of an IAS officer varies at different levels in their career.

Sub-divisional Level

During the initial stages of the career, an officer will be posted as a sub-divisional magistrate. In this phase, they must maintain the law and order, at the same time monitor the general administrative & developmental activities in the areas falling under their jurisdiction.


At this level, an IAS officer is deployed as District Magistrate or Deputy Commissioner or a district collector.

The responsibilities remain the same as that of the sub-divisional level.

State Level

After exhibiting the duties at the district level, an IAS officer is promoted to the next level to look after the state level administration.


There are many Indian administrative officers who are posted at high-level administrative positions in government undertaken PSUs.

Central Level

The posting in this level lies at the top of the hierarchy. In this phase, an IAS officer can serve as cabinet secretary, a cabinet secretary, Joint Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Director and Under-secretary in various ministries & departments of central government.

So, you can find here that the responsibilities of an IAS officer influence a very broad area.

Hope this article proved to be useful information to you.

For more such details, you may visit the best IAS Academy in Anna Nagar or Civil Service Coaching Centre in Chennai.

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