Why Do You Want to be an IAS Officer?

or IPS, IFS, IRS officer. This post might seem off-topic to some but it’s not, believe me. We can always do something better if we know the reasons for doing it. For instance we can prepare for IAS exam much better if we know the reasons for preparing for it. In this case it seems pretty straightforward, to get in to the civil service of our choice. But let’s go beyond this.

Ask yourself the real reason for aiming for the service that you do. And I mean the “real reason” here. Don’t say to serve humanity if all you want is to serve yourself. And even if want the latter, there’s nothing “bad” or “wrong” about it. Without being judgmental, go forth and list the reason for wanting to be an IAS in the comments below.

I’ll go first. I wanted to be an IAS simply because of the wonderful opportunity it provides to do something about things I felt strongly about. To take just one example, I felt and still do that Indian roads are very dangerous to drive on and traffic mismanagement has resulted in many avoidable road accidents over the years. Pathways have been hijacked by hawkers and vehicle owners for parking their cars leaving the poor pedestrian no choice but to walk on roads with vehicles whizzing past them at jet speed. No wonder India ranks first in deaths due to road accidents.

As an IAS I wanted to change this and contribute positively to decision making relating to traffic management along with many other issues close to my heart. Of course I also wanted to be an IAS for personal reasons as well like getting into a good career with challenging job functions, perks of office and others. But this is not about me. It’s about you. Just to prompt some ideas, do you want to be an IAS (or IPS, IFS, IRS etc.):

  • For the sake of Authority as you’ve heard that “IAS rule the country”
  • For money as civil servants “make a lot of it”
  • For contributing positively to the society
  • For your near or dear ones as everyone needs someone “well connected”
  • Simply to uplift humanity
  • Because it’s a very good career choice as compared to other jobs/careers
  • As it’s the best combination of power and prestige
  • To be a role model to your peers, friends, siblings

These are just a few among many other possible reasons and motivations for you to aim for the IAS. Share yours with others. It could be “the one” reason or multiple. Once you do it it’s very likely that you will prepare for the IAS with renewed vigor. This is what goal-setting all about. Share it aloud so you feel more compelled to achieve it as compared to a privately held resolve. So just to restate, why do you want to be an IAS?

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  1. there is a saying in my locality – '' district ke ye log hero hai'' ( these are the heros of district). initially,i was much astonished on hearing this.but ,today ,on having myself be convinced regarding the idea of civil servents ,i am of the opinion ,surely ,that it used to give the opportunities to serve the people at large provided the POLITICAL cum LAW & ORDER situation allow you . moreover ,there's the growing tendencies of pressure of the so-called High Commands irrespective of legality.but in the short run one has to be job satisfied imperative of the person you are.i came to know the entanglement of officers in pitty politics of department or organisation or ministry.latest one is of Mr. sanjeev bhat,an senior IPS officer of Gujrat cadre charged with the allegation of being not suitable for this job profile.and this must a matter of surprise that the central goverment has suspended himself.One should recall the event that was published in THE HINDU few months back regarding himself that during Godhara carnage he was being transferred due to non-cooperation.there are many examples ,Mr. panda of Himachal Pradesh cadre commited suicide after shooting his family members at his native village of orrisa in dec. 2009.there was one more Secretary level IAS in UP cadre who commited suicide due allegation upon him regarding curruption.In my own locality Dr. Gautam Goswami ,to whom we used to call MAHEMAN at my native was charged with allegation of flood scam.Do you believe ,didi i.e. his wife didnot own a home till that date.till today they are the upper middle class family ,not the affluent one.and the main hero of that flood scam is visiting the sessions of '' Our parliament''.isn't it controversial?Our mighty system is maintained by the philosophy of JUGARH. the business & dealing of politicians is needed to be tackled by the civil society (of whom we are the blood relatives and affected by the same) ,urgently.

    this can not be cherished by having the dream of being an IAS officer, only.Because even if one becomes an IAS officer ,s/he is not sure of his/her modus-operandi to be implemented during the course of work execution.

    we do not need reform in the system of government,but at the grassroot level from where such cheap fellows are being nominated to be the political masters of the country.

    Being the IAS officer is no doubt a matter of prestige due to the vast preseverance that one does in his/her formative years and due to intelligentia.But is it worth to be the puppet in the hands such political masters who are inferior to their subordinates and employees in terms of I.Q. level.

    reading all the above mentioned facts may devise you an impression of my disbelief in civil services.no, certainly not,this is not the case.i dedicate to be an IPS officer.

    hope you all to draw rational conclusion to my words and characterise the theme – LET'S MAKE THE THING BETTER………………

    1. what fears me a lot is i don’t want to be a case like of Yashwant Sonawane,Additional District Collector of Malegaon.Most importantly i don’t want to be a part of venal legislature.Such things about it pulls me from not preparing for IAS exam.

  2. I will change this so called dirty situation …whether u believe it or not…it's doesn't make any sense to me….if you wanna be my partner in this nobal struggle. you are most welcome….because i have '''power''.

  3. Great blog!

    Well, Being a student of Economics, I could understand quite early in life, that fruits of success & achievements by individuals aren’t just due to “individual labour” but as much a product of “Societal resources”- Eg. Social Harmony, Socialization processes which we undertake daily, Natural Resources- which are owned by the entire Society(represented by our Government) & many more. This brings an important fact to our conscience that we as individuals need to reallocate the fruits to Society & Humanity at large, back to it & to those who need it.

    That’s precisely the reason IAS attracts me. Being a part of the National Development Process, Leadership Opportunities, Challenges & Magnanimity of the work to be done are the key attraction points for me. Money & Authority are the “means” to the above ends, nothing less, nothing more! Regards.

  4. Sir
    Thanks a lot for your valuable suggestions..
    I have one drawback: I cannot learn anything without writing it down and hence it takes a lot of time for me to prepare for any exam.I am just seeking your advice/opinion on how i can resolve this problem.
    Regards

    1. Actually your habit is good as you gain valuable writing practice! It could be that you know you will write down things so subconsciously you don’t focus that much when reading it.

  5. Sir
    Thanks a lot for your valuable suggestions..
    I have one drawback: I cannot learn anything without writing it down and hence it takes a lot of time for me to prepare for any exam.I am just seeking your advice/opinion on how i can resolve this problem.
    Regards

    1. Actually your habit is good as you gain valuable writing practice! It could be that you know you will write down things so subconsciously you don’t focus that much when reading it.

  6. thanks for suggestions.But i am a just 12th passed student so may i get a direct contact for clearing my doubts.Actually i live in outskirts area of my town and no one is there for me in my family as a moral and metal booster.plz help me.i am in great need.

    1. Kk…look there are neg aspects in all profession but will we stop going to work because of it? Similarly in ias too…yes we deal with some bad politicians …but cmonpeople will we stop fighting if its a family member is being hurt? Similarly with the country …just like something is better than nothing ..,if my honest service cn reduce even 1% of corruption is nt it great ?? Atleast its better than sitting n watching no?

    2. everyone have something to treasure in his/her own life and not everyone became successful or have the need of someone.it is our own matter to understand and self study so dont think about hep or need

  7. thanks for suggestions.But i am a just 12th passed student so may i get a direct contact for clearing my doubts.Actually i live in outskirts area of my town and no one is there for me in my family as a moral and metal booster.plz help me.i am in great need.

  8. After going through this piece of information, i feel the author has a very clear understanding of not just the books but the general attitudes of the fresh ones.
    its is a concise and well articulated information and one always needs just the right material to prepare.
    thanx

  9. After going through this piece of information, i feel the author has a very clear understanding of not just the books but the general attitudes of the fresh ones.
    its is a concise and well articulated information and one always needs just the right material to prepare.
    thanx

  10. I want to take Management as an optional subject..If you can suggest most relevant books for this it would be great….

  11. I want to take Management as an optional subject..If you can suggest most relevant books for this it would be great….

  12. thank u for the information sir….. recently there are quite a no. of questions in environment section…i have studied Erach Barucha…published by UGC commission for undergraduate students….but i like to go thru some more books….can u recommend some more books

  13. thank u for the information sir….. recently there are quite a no. of questions in environment section…i have studied Erach Barucha…published by UGC commission for undergraduate students….but i like to go thru some more books….can u recommend some more books

    1. hello sir
      Sir i want to crack ias examination with maths n geography as an option so u r requested to (plz plz ) tell me important books for maths.

  14. Hi, very useful article. Can you suggest some other book in place of Datt & Sundaram, with good content like it, but with a bigger font. I have serious problems reading small font, and Datt and Sundaram challenges me on that. I greatly appreciate its content though. I find Misra and Puri is not being so good as Datt in content.

  15. hello sir
    Sir i want to crack ias examination with maths n geography as an option so u r requested to (plz plz ) tell me important books for maths.

  16. sir i want to take chemistry in english language and history in hindi language in civil services exam, can i do that?
    please mail me on

  17. Kk…look there are neg aspects in all profession but will we stop going to work because of it? Similarly in ias too…yes we deal with some bad politicians …but cmonpeople will we stop fighting if its a family member is being hurt? Similarly with the country …just like something is better than nothing ..,if my honest service cn reduce even 1% of corruption is nt it great ?? Atleast its better than sitting n watching no?

  18. thank u for valuable information. I’m a pharmacy graduate-2011,Allahabad. I took IAS-2012 pre without coaching & serious prep & did well in CSAT but not in GS. Qualified SSC-CGL 2012, hence not prepared for GS. how should i prepare? should i join coaching,which? should i leave CSE 2013 & aim 2014?

  19. I want to be a Civil Servant to make my parents feel proud of their worthless son and moreover to show my relatives and family friends that if you have money, I have POWER. I want people to salute me and shut everyone’s bloody mouth.

    1. Almost all it is the situation of all the graduation passout’s .But you should have a keen interest in the job only then you can become a successful administrator and by the way it is my situation even,but i am also in the firm determination for serving the people,eradicating poverty,illiteracy,crime and of course corruption.

  20. i am from a small village where education system is not so good. i am a girl so everyone feel i cant do anything so i want to prove my self i want to be an IAS. so that i can inspire others to think more deeply that girls are best. and i also want to change the rules in which girls are bounded. I want to provide better education system. I am in 10th standard but i am preparing for IAS as i read more and more books. can you suggest me some other material which can be helpful to me.

  21. this article is very useful i am in need of some help from you as i don’t know anything about ias i have just finished 12th i am going to pursue engineering further now i am in leave please tell me what i need to prepare in this 2 months leave please help me when i join engineering i will be joining ias training academy please suggest me some of the best academies as my parents are not educated i am helpless so please help me

    1. Ias exam can only be at tempted after graduation. Not before. So pls concentrate on first enrolling for a graduate course

  22. I want to be an IAS officer because it is a challenging role, and have all the characteristics of the position I’ve always dreamt of. I can contribute my services and help in abolishing the social injustice and also reduce the social gap between the rich and the poor. I believe there are many laws and many more schemes and projects undertaken by the Government of India to reduce the poverty in our country. But the main problem is that these schemes and rules are not implemented properly due to lack of discipline and irresponsibility and of course corruption which is prevailing in almost every field in the Government.
    I believe that the gender inequality, social injustice and corruption are the main factors affecting the economic and social development of the country. I want to make a change by implementing the laws strictly and make sure every scheme is properly implemented and every child is provided education which is an important factor for economic development of the individual and the country and for abolishing these social evils.

  23. iam a mbbs student i stopped my study of mbbs and stated preparing for ias…now iam doing graduation in chemistry so that i can get more time to prepare for civil service

  24. to be true ,i want to become an ias officer to fulfill my parents dream.yes ,i will get,immense power combined with responsibility,but i am not that selfish to enhance myself only ,rather i’d like to develop both myself as well as surrounding ,as it is rightly said that you should be clean and keep the surrounding clean to live a perfectly healhy life……….

      1. sir
        i have pass 12th hsc exam in commerce…now i am doing UPSC foundation from pune in unique academy….my background is English and my Hindi is very poor..in English my sapling mistak is vary mach..what to do than.

  25. Irrespective of the salary, facilities and other material entities one earns, the feeling of pride, acceptance and respect are the only elements that a man wants. Pride for his parents, acceptance by his society, respect from family and friends and act as a source of inspiration for others. IAS is a service that provides an effective combination of all the above.
    It provides us with a platform to serve people and a chance to become a hero in their minds without hurting oneself. These are the reasons for which I want to be a part of this service.

  26. Sir its very much useful to those who needs the infos about IAS and guidance . It will help us many means a lot so im very greatful to you people.

  27. Why do I want to be an IAS officer?

    The one and the only reason to see my country to be the best.

    There are many things against law are happening in our country, lashes of cases in the courtrooms being idle for years.

    AIM OF MINE IS TO STREAMLINE THE PROCESS IN EVERY ASPECT IN MICRO LEVEL.

    Ex: Getting a birth certificate, getting a passport, getting any work in municipal, revenue and in any other offices, we know how long does it take, we know that whether it happens without money or not?

    MY GOAL IS TO RESPECT MY COUNTRY BY EACH AND EVERY PERSON FROM EVERY COUNTRY

    We know that the opinion about our country by a foreigner, a well prestigious foreigner openly told I got Indian driving license without driving vehicle. He indirectly insulted our country by the processes we follow in many work areas.

    I WANT TO ELIMINATE THIS KIND OPINIONS FROM OTHER COUNTRY PEOPLE ON INDIA.

    Once upon a time, INDIA is the only country best of knowledge, prosperity, wealth, skillset, at everything. What about now? we all know about it.

    I WANT TO BE AN IAS officer to serve my country to see its best.

    1. I am also satisfied with your opinion and it’s also my opinion about to be an IAS officer we can together change our country’s position this is now and which was many years ago we can improve our country thank you

  28. I want to be an ias officer because this job would be a huge step up for me from what I am right now and from what other job could provide me and would be a springboard for me to leap higher by then going to Harvard and further going up in ranks and achieving what others could not dream of or would laugh at it.

  29. IAS coaching has become a necessity for most IAS aspirants as competition is very high. Quality of teaching and material is very important for any civil service examinations. You are providing good information for such students who preparing for the competitive exam. Thanks for sharing the valuable information.

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