All India Services

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The All India Services are the three all India Civil Services of India, namely the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the Indian Forest Service (IFS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS).[1] A common unique feature of the All India Services is that the members of these services are recruited by the Centre, but their services are placed under various State cadres, and they have the liability to serve both under the State and under the Centre. This aspect of the All India Services strengthens the unitary character of the Indian federation.[2] Officers of these three services comply the All India Services Rules relating to pay, conduct, leave, various allowances etc.[3]

Of the three All India Services, namely, the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the Indian Police Service (IPS), and the Indian Forest Service (IFS), the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions is the cadre controlling authority for the IAS for IPS is the Ministry Of Home Affairs while the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change is the cadre controlling authority for IFS. The recruitment to all the three services is made by the UPSC. These officers are recruited and trained by the Central Government, and then allotted to different State cadres.

Examination for recruitment of IAS and IPS is conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on the basis of the annual Civil Services Examination, a competitive civil service examination and IFS on the basis of IFS Examination. Since 2012 onwards, the preliminary (first tier) of the two examinations are combined.

Power, Purpose and Responsibilities[edit]

The All India Services Act, 1951 empowers the government of India to make, after consultation with state governments, rules for the regulation of recruitment and conditions of service of the persons appointed to an All India Service.

Nature of Work[edit]

Responsibilities vary with the seniority of the civil servant. Junior officers begin with probation and move up in the hierarchy. At the district level the responsibilities are concerned with district matters as well as all developmental affairs while at the divisional level the responsibilities focus on law and order also. Policy framing is carried on at the State and Central levels.

Allocation, division and cadres[edit]

The officers of All India Services are organized into cadres, derived from the states they are allotted to work in for as long as they continue to be a member of the respective Service. Twenty-four states have their own cadre, but there are also three joint cadres: Assam-Meghalaya, Manipur-Tripura, and Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram-Union Territories (AGMUT).

There are State Cadres and the Officers of All India Services (AIS) - Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Forest Service (IFS)- are divided into State cadres. When on probation the All India Service (AIS) Officers are allocated to their States. Officers of AIS working with the Union Government are posted on deputation for some years. The AIS officers in a State cadre may be original residents of that State but almost 2/3 of all officers are from outside the state. The AIS officer cannot demand his home State cadre but may put in request for being considered for the home cadre. Once allotted to a State cadre, an officer generally continues with that State cadre during his/her whole service . All India Services are controlled by the Union Government of India. Selected candidates are appointed to different state cadres and as and when required they also move to Union Government jobs on deputation.

Indian Administrative Service (IAS)[edit]

IAS Officers are trained to handle Government affairs. This being the main responsibility, every civil servant is assigned to a particular office which deals with policy matters pertaining to that area. The policy matters are framed, modified, interpreted in this office under the direct supervision of the Administrative Officer in consultation with the Minister. The implementation of policies is also done on the advice of the Officer. Cabinet Secretary stands at the top of the government machinery involved in Policy making followed by Secretary/Additional Secretary, Joint Secretary, Director, Under Secretary and Junior Scale Officers in that order. These appointments are filled by civil servants according to seniority in the Civil Services. In the process of decision making, a number of officers give their views to the Minister who weighs the matter and makes a decision considering the issue involved.

The implementation process involves supervision and touring. The allocation of enormous funds to and by the field officers calls for supervision and the officials concerned have to reply to queries made in the Parliament for which they must remain well informed.

The Civil servant has also to represent the Government in another country or in International forums. At the level of Deputy Secretary, he is even authorized to sign agreements on behalf of the Government.

A Civil Servant begins his career in the state with 2 years in probation. This period is spent at training schools, Secretariat, field offices or in a District Magistrate’s office. He is given the position of Sub-Magistrate and has to look after the law and order and general administration including developmental work in the area under his charge. After the probation and 2 years of services as a junior scale officer, the officer is put in the senior scale. Then he may function as District Magistrate, Managing Director of a Public Enterprise or Director of a Department. Senior Scale comprises the Senior Time Scale (Joint Secretary), Junior Administrative Grade (Additional Secretary) and the Selection Grade (Special Secretary). Selection Grade is given on promotion after 13 years of regular service. The next promotion within the State is that of a Commissioner-cum-Secretary after 16 years. This promotion also entitles them to the Super Time Scale. Then after 25 years of regular service an IAS officer may be promoted to Above super time scale who is designated as Principal Secretaries/Financial Commissioners in some states

Each State has many Secretaries/Principal Secretaries and only one Chief Secretary. Some appointments of Secretaries are considered more prestigious than others, e.g., the Finance Secretary, Development Commissioners, Home Secretary and hence they enjoy the salary of a Principal Secretary. Chief Secretary in the State is the top ranking civil servant and may be assisted by Additional Chief Secretaries. In some cadres/States e.g. New Delhi, Financial Commissioner and other high ranking secretaries enjoy the pay of the Chief Secretary .

In the District, the Senior most person is the Collector or Deputy Commissioner or District Magistrate. The DM/Collector/DC handle the affairs of the District including development functions. He necessarily tours all rural sectors inspecting specific projects, disputed sites and looks into the problems of people on the spot also.

At the divisional level, the Divisional Commissioner is in charge of his division. His role is to oversee law and order and general administration and developmental work. Appeals against the Divisional Commissioner are heard by the Chairman of the Board of Revenue.

Indian Forest Service (IFS)[edit]

Main article: Indian Forest Service

India was one of the first countries in the world to introduce scientific forest management. In 1864, the British Raj established the Imperial Forest Department. In 1866 Dr. Dietrich Brandis, a German forest officer, was appointed Inspector General of Forests. The Imperial Forestry Service was organized in 1867.

Officers appointed from 1867 to 1885 were trained in Germany and France, and from 1885 to 1905 at Cooper's Hill, London, which was a noted professional college of forestry. From 1905 to 1926, the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, and University of Edinburgh undertook the task of training Imperial Forestry Service officers.

From 1927 to 1932, forest officers were trained at the Imperial Forest Research Institute (FRI) at Dehradun, which had been established in 1906. The Indian Forest College (IFC) was established in the 1938 at Dehradun, and officers recruited to the Superior Forest Service by the states and provinces were trained there. Forestry, which was managed by the federal government until then, was transferred to the "provincial list" by the Government of India Act 1935, and recruitment to the Imperial Forestry Service was subsequently discontinued.

The modern Indian Forest Service was established in 1966, after independence, under the All India Services Act 1951, for protection, conservation, and regeneration of forest resources.

India has an area of 635,400 km designated as forests, about 19.32 percent of the country. Forest is included in the Concurrent List. India's forest policy was created in 1894 and revised in 1952 and again in 1988.

Ranks of the Indian Forest Service are as follows: Assistant Conservator of Forests - Probationary Officer, Divisional Forest Officer (DFOs), Deputy Conservator of Forests, Conservator of Forests (CFs), Chief Conservator of Forests (CCFs) Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Addl.PCCFs), Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) & Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (HoFF) - highest post in a State, Director General of Forests (India) - highest post at Centre, selected from amongst the senior-most PCCFs of states.

The IFS officers also work in various national organizations related to management of forests, wildlife and environment such as Forest Survey of India, Wildlife Institute of India, Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy (IGNFA), Directorate of Forest Eeducation, Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), etc. besides getting entrusted with senior positions in the Central Secretariat, State Secretariats and various assignments under Central Staffing Scheme.

Indian Police Service (IPS)[edit]

Main article: Indian Police Service

The Indian Police Service

The Indian Police Service more popularly known as the IPS, is responsible for internal security, public safety and law and order. In 1948, a year after India gained independence from Britain, the Imperial Police (IP) was replaced by the Indian Police Service. The IPS is not a law enforcement agency in its own right; rather it is the body to which all senior police officers belong regardless of the agency for whom they work.

The IPS officer takes charge as an Assistant Superintendent of Police of a Sub-division after probation of 2 years. The tenure of this post is normally 2 years. The next appointment is as Additional Superintendent of Police and then as Superintendent of Police or Deputy Commissioner of Police and then as Deputy Inspector General of Police or Additional Commissioner of Police, Inspector General of Police and finally, Director General of Police.

IPS officers also work in the national government agencies such as Intelligence Bureau, Research and Analysis Wing, Central Bureau of Investigation, etc. IPS officers also get highly placed in the Central Secretariat or the other protective forces such as Director General of Border Security Force, the Central Reserve Police Force and the Central Industrial Security Force, etc.

The Director General of Police and Commissioner of Police is the head of the entire police force of the State or Metropolitan City (e.g. Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai etc.) and below him is the Additional DGP/Special Police Commissioner. The Inspector General or Joint Commissioner of Police is at the head of certain specialised police force like Criminal Investigation Department, Special Branch, etc.

Reforms and Changes[edit]

In January 2012, the Government amended AIS Rule 16 (3) which permits the Central Government in consultation with the State Government to retire in Public Interest, incompetent and non-performing Officers after a review on their completion of 15 years or 25 years of qualifying service or attaining the age of 50.[4][5][6][7]

On recommendation by Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, from year 2014 state civil servants are required to clear 1000 marks four-stage process including a written exam and interview conducted by Union Public Service Commission to get promoted to the three all India services which was previously based solely on basis of seniority and annual confidential reports.[8][9]

Equivalent Ranks[edit]

S No Indian Police Service Indian Forest Service Indian Administrative Service Pay scale
1 Assistant Superintendent of Police Assistant Conservator of Forests Section Officer to Government of India/SDM (States) 15,600-39,100 plus grade pay of 5400
2 Deputy Superintendent of Police Divisional Forest Officer/ Deputy Conservator of Forests Under Secretary to Government of India/Deputy Commissioner/Collector/District Magistrate(states) 15,600-39,100 plus grade pay of 6600
3 Superintendent of Police Deputy Conservator of Forests (India) Deputy Secretary to Government of India /Deputy Commissioner/Collector/District Magistrate(states) 15,600-39,100 plus grade pay of 7600
4 Senior Superintendent of Police(Selection Grade) Deputy Conservator of Forests (India)/Director of Forestry(Selection Grade) Director to Government of India/Deputy Commissioner/Collector/District Magistrate(states)(Selection Grade) 37,400-67,000 plus grade pay of 8700
5 Deputy Inspector General of Police Conservator of Forests Non-existent for IAS 37,400-67,000 plus grade pay of 8900
6 Inspector General of Police Chief Conservator of Forests Joint Secretary to Government of India/Secretary to State Govt 37,400-67,000 plus grade pay of 10,000
7 Additional Director General of Police Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Additional Secretary to Government of India/Principal Secretary to State Govt. HAG scale of 67,000-79,000
8 Director General of Police Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Non-existent for IAS (Rank Equivalent to Additional Secretary to Government of India) HAG + scale of 75,500–80,000
9 Director General of Police (Head of Dept.) Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, HoFF in States & Director General of Forests (India) Secretary to Government of India/Chief Secretary of State 80,000 (fixed) plus grade pay-Nil
10 Director of Intelligence Bureau (India) Cabinet Secretary (India)|Cabinet Secretary of India (One post) 90,000 (fixed) plus grade pay-Nil

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "All India Services". Know India Official website of Government. 
  2. ^ "All India Services". Know India Official website of Government. 
  3. ^ "AlS rules". 
  4. ^ "Retire non-performing bureaucrats: Centre to states". 1 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Lazy and incompetent babus to retire early". New Delhi: India Today. 30 November 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Corruption taint may lead to compulsory retirement for babus". New Delhi: India Today. 21 April 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "Proposal to retire incompetent officers after 15-year service". New Delhi: Rediff News. 30 November 2011. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "Exams for state civil services officers for promotion to IAS". 4 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "State civil services officers for promotion to IAS". 4 April 2014. 

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