What are the careers of civil services?

Civil Service may be categorised into three-:
• All India Service (Group A)
• Central Service (Group A)
• Central Service (Group B)

All India Service (Group A)

  1. Indian Administrative Service (IAS)
  2. Indian Police Service (IPS)
  3. Indian Forest Service (IFS)

Central Services (Group A)

  • Border Roads Engineering Services (BRES)
  • Border Security Force (BSF)
  • Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)
  • Border Security Force Health Service (BSFHS)
  • Central Architects Service (CAS)
  • Central Engineering (Civil) Service (CES (Civil))
  • Central Engineering (Electrical and Mechanical) Service (CES (E&M))
  • Central Engineering Service (Roads) (CES (Roads))
  • Central Geological Service (CGS)
  • Central Health Service (CHS)
  • Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)
  • Central Labour Service (CLS)
  • Central Power Engineering Service (CPES)
  • Central Reserve Police Health Service (CRPHS)
  • Central Secretariat Service (CSS)
  • Central Water Engineering Service (CWES)
  • Defence Aeronautical Quality Assurance Service (DAQAS)
  • Defence Quality Assurance Service (DQAS)
  • Defence Research & Development Service (DRDS)
  • Geological Survey of India Chemical Service (GSICS)
  • Geological Survey of India Engineering Service (GSIES)
  • Geological Survey of India Geophysical Service (GSIGS)
  • Indian Audits and Accounts Service (IA&AS)
  • Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS)
  • Indian Corporate Law Service (ICLS)
  • Indian Cost Accounts Service (ICoAS)
  • Indian Defense Accounts Service (IDAS)
  • Indian Defence Estates Service (IDES)
  • Indian Defense Service of Engineers (IDSE)
  • Indian Economic Service (IES)
  • Indian Engineering Services (IES)
  • Indian Enterprise Development Service (IEDS)
  • Indian Foreign Service (IFS)
  • Indian Information Service (IIS)
  • Indian Inspection Service (IIS)
  • Indian Legal Service (ILS)- General Central Service (GCS)
  • Indian Meteorological Service (IMS)
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS)
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Health Service (IOFHS)
  • Indian Petroleum and Explosives Safety Service (IPESS)
  • Indian Postal Service (IPoS)
  • Indian Posts and Telegraphs Accounts and Finance Service (IP&TAFS)
  • Indian Naval Armament Service (INAS)
  • Indian Naval Material Management Service (INMMS)
  • Indian Radio Regulatory Service (IRRS)
  • Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS)
  • Indian Railway Medical Services (IRMS)
  • Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS)
  • Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE)
  • Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE)
  • Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME)
  • Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers (IRSSE)
  • Indian Railway Stores Service (IRSS)
  • Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS)
  • Indian Revenue Service (IRS-IT / C&CE)
  • Indian Skill Development Service (ISDS)
  • Indian Statistical Service (ISS)
  • Indian Supply Service (ISS)
  • Indian Telecommunication Service (ITS)
  • Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)
  • Indo-Tibetan Border Police Health Service (ITBPHS)
  • Indian Trade Service (ITrS)
  • Railway Protection Force (RPF)
  • Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB)
  • Survey of India Service (SIS)
  • Agricultural Research Service(ARS)
  • Indian Petroleum and Explosives Safety Service (IPESS)

Central Services (Group B)

  • Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Services
  • Botanical Survey of India, Group ‘B’
  • Central Electrical Engineering Service, Group ‘B’
  • Central Engineering Service, Group ‘B’
  • Central Excise Service, Group ‘B’
  • Central Health Service, Group ‘B’
  • Central Power Engineering Service, Group ‘B’
  • Central Secretariat Official Language Service, Group ‘B’
  • Central Secretariat Service, Group ‘B’ (Section and Assistant Section Officers Grade only)
  • Central Secretariat Stenographers Service, Group ‘B’ (Private Secretary and Personal Assistant Grade only)
  • Customs Appraisers Service, Group ‘B’- (Principal Appraisers and Head Appraisers)
  • Customs Preventive Service, Group ‘B’ – (Chief Inspectors)
  • Defence Secretariat Service
  • Geological Survey of India, Group ‘B’
  • Indian Foreign Service, Group ‘B’ – (General Cadre, Grade I and General Cadre, Grade II only)
  • Indian Posts and Telegraphs Accounts and Finance Service, Group ‘B’ Telecommunication Wing.
  • Indian Posts & Telegraphs Accounts & Finance Service, Postal Wing, Group ‘B’
  • Income Tax Service, Group ‘B’
  • Indian Salt Service, Group ‘B’
  • India Meteorological Service, Group ‘B’
  • Survey of India, Group ‘B’
  • Postal Superintendents’ Service, Group ‘B’
  • Postmasters’ Service, Group ‘B’
  • Railway Board Secretariat Service, Group ‘B’(SO and ASO only)
  • Telecommunication Engineering Service, Group ‘B’
  • Telegraphs Traffic Service, Group ‘B
  • Zoological Survey of India, Group ‘B’

Who appoints Group A officers and Group B officers of civil service?

Group A officer is appointed by the president of India and appointments to Group B officers are made by the authorities specified by a general or special order by the president of India

What are All India Services?

All India Services are those services which are common to union and state government. Presently there are three all India Services, IAS, IPS, IFS.

What is the constitutional provision of All India Service?

The central government may make a rule for regulation recruitment and condition of service of members of All India Service.
Under Article 312, if Rajya Sabha passes a resolution by 2/3 majority then union parliament can make law for the creation of new All India Services.

What is the difference between Gazetted and Non-Gazatted officer?

Gazette officers are those officers whose recruitment, emoluments, position, promotion are notified by the Gazette of India. Gazetted officers have personal authority to issue an official stamp on half of the government. Group A and Group B are categorised into Gazetted officers.
Non-Gazetted officers are those officers whose recruitments, appointments, position, promotion are not notified by the Gazette of India. They have not personal authority to issue an official stamp on behalf of the government. Their salary prestige is low rather than a Gazetted officer. Group C and Group D officials are categorised into Non-Gazetted officers.

What are the posts of IPS officer?

As an IPS officer, you may be allotted to a state police department or to the central police department.
At the state level, you move from being Assistant Commissioner to Deputy Commissioner to Additional Commissioner to Joint Commissioner to Special Commissioner.

At the centre, you will move from being Additional Superintendent to Superintendant, Senior Superintendant, Deputy Inspector General, Inspector General, Additional Director General to Director-General.

What is the post of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS)?

  • SDO/SDM/Joint Collector/ Chief Development Officer (CDO).
  • District Magistrate/District Collector/Deputy Commissioner.
  • Divisional Commissioner.
  • Member Board of Revenue.
  • Chairman Board of Revenue.
  • Under Secretary in Government of India.
  • Deputy Secretary in Government of India.
  • Director in Government of India.
  • Joint Secretary to Government of India
  • Secretary in State Government.
  • Additional Secretary to Government of India
  • Principal Secretary in State Government.
  • Secretary to Government of India
  • Chief Secretary.
  • Cabinet Secretary.

What are the posts of Indian Police Service (IPS)?

  • Assistant superintendent of police (ASP)
  • Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP)
  • Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Addl. DCP)
  • Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP)
  • Deputy Commissioner of Police (Selection Grade)
  • Joint Commissioner of Police (Jt. CP)
  • Additional Commissioner of Police (Addl. CP)
  • Special Commissioner of Police (SPL. CP)
  • Commissioner of Police (CP)
  • Director of CBI
  • Director of RAW
  • Director of Narcotics
  • Chief of Paramilitary Forces such as BSF, CISF, ITBP, etc.

What are the posts of Indian Foreign Service (IFS)?

At the Embassy

  • Third Secretary (entry-level)
  • Second Secretary (promotion upon being confirmed in service)
  • First Secretary
  • Counsellor
  • Minister
  • Deputy Chief of Mission/Deputy High Commissioner/Deputy Permanent Representative
  • Ambassador/ high commissioner/ deputy permanent representative

At the ministry of External affairs

  • Assistant Secretary/Under Secretary
  • Deputy Secretary
  • Director
  • Joint Secretary
  • Additional secretary
  • Secretary
  • Foreign secretary of India (India’s Top Diplomat, Administrative Head of the Indian Foreign Service & Foreign Service Board).