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Power of an IAS Officer

Hey Aspirants,
Do you dream to be an IAS officer? If yes, you must have read our previous article on the perks and privileges of an IAS officer. In this article, we bring you a detailed analysis of the powers of being an IAS officer (that certainly you’ll enjoy in some time).
Responsibilities of an IAS officer
Being an IAS officer brings so much responsibility on your shoulders. These responsibilities vary from Department-to-Department and Division-to-Division.
Let’s discuss their responsibilities at such levels:

Sub-District Level

All the freshly selected candidates are posted to this level. Along with the general administration, these officers have a responsibility to look after the law and order that are in the domain of local jurisdiction.
Their posting at this level reaps many benefits for India because it gives the first-hand experience of the challenges that our young bureaucrats will have to face.

District Level

After the Sub-district level, they are promoted to the District level on various posts like District Magistrate or District Collector or as a Deputy Commissioner.
Their role and responsibilities are the same as their previous level but operate at the senior level.


Those officers who proved to be very efficient in a problem-solving approach have implemented innovative ideas or made the life of common masses easy are promoted to State-level administration.
At this level only, their usage of field experience for the policy formation and assist the State-executives in policy-related decisions will play the key role.

Public Sector Undertakings(PSUs)

At times, many bureaucrats are also posted in many government undertakings so that they can promote efficient working culture in those PSUs.

Central Level

The Career graph of a bureaucrat reaches its zenith when he/she gets posted in central administration.
At this level, they serve the nation as a Cabinet Secretary, Secretary, Additional Secretary, Joint Secretary, Director, Deputy Secretary, and Secretary under various ministry(s) and Ministerial-departments.
Power of an IAS Officer
Both the responsibilities and powers of an IAS officer are interrelated and complex at the same time. The various powers of an IAS officer are listed below:
To help implement the minister’s idea and supervise the process of government policies in making.
To manage government affairs in their day-to-day business.
To manage and prepare the disaster response team and relief funds.
To works as a Court (Magistrate) to fast dispose of cases.
To establish Tax courts for settling economic offences.
To check the irregularities of fundings.
Code of Criminal Procedure (1973) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), National Disaster Management Act, Arms Act, Drug License Act and Essential Commodities Act are some major acts that list out the powers of an IAS officer.
As we always said, “Their powers, perks and privileges are many, but their responsibilities outweighed them by much”.
We wish you all the exams for your preparation!!
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