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The full form of IAS is Indian Administrative Service.
IAS: Indian Administrative Service is one of the three arms of All India Services, which is the administrative arm, the Indian Administrative Service in short IAS. They serve the Government of India and the individual states as well.
Graduation degree in any discipline, from a Government, recognized University is the only essential condition. Only civil service exam marks are important. There's no condition in having very good marks in the degree course.
In general category and EWS, the minimum age is 21 years and the maximum is 32 years. For OBC, there's a 3-year relaxation and for SC/ST it is 5 years.
Most of the candidates choose IAS over IFS, even though both are of equal prestige and also the fact that the limited number of vacancies in the IFS. People who prefer to work from home country choose IAS and diplomats who want to project/protect Indian interest abroad choose IFS.
Subash Chandra Bose was one of the youngest IAS officers at the age of 23. And the youngest officer is Ansar Ahmad Shaikh of age 21.
Before Indian independence IAS was ICS, Indian Civil Service and the elder brother of Rabindranath Tagore, Satyendranath Tagore, was the first Indian ICS Officer.
According to the 7th Pay Commission, the basic pay for an entry-level officer is Rs. 56,100 without other allowances including Dearness Allowance(DA), House Rent Allowance(HRA), and Travel Allowance(TA).
For IAS, ranks should be between 100 and 150 but for IPS it's between 250 and 300. Highest cadre in IAS is the Chief Secretary of India and in IPS is the state's Director General of Police. A district administration is under an IAS officer and a given area's police force is under an IPS officer.
Since 2012, from 1000 to 1500 number of candidates, 180 officers are selected, among which 90 seats are reserved for different categories and the rest 90 are unreserved.
There are three stages in an IAS exam.
The prelims contain two compulsory MCQ papers. In the Main exam, there are 9 papers and the last step is the interview on matters of general interest.