One of the young officers writes: “Despite getting in to IRS-IT, I never was inclined to join that as my sight was only set on IAS, which is without an iota of doubt the most premier service in the country. Of late, it has been observed that there is a concerted effort by members of certain central services to malign the IAS by launching a vicious campaign in social media and other public platforms. It is clear that the main purpose of the malicious campaign is to gain the mileage before the 7th pay commission and bring in the so-called "parity in services".
The officer then explains the reason why an IAS officer should have an edge. “Every officer gains enough domain knowledge while working in a department...the very nature of our job makes us a specialist in not one but in many areas. It is a unique combination of field experience coupled with functional knowledge in various subjects that give the edge to an IAS officer.” The officer then goes on to say: "It is this very edge over other services that has made me opt for IAS and keeps motivating me to give my very best for this society.”
This and a few other blog posts of IAS officers are getting circulated among the officers in various social media platforms. A number of IAS officers have recently opened accounts in Twitter.
Here is the current system. All officers – the IAS and the rest – get the same salary when they join their service and move up simultaneously till the rank of a GoI director. The IAS and IFS officers race ahead of the rest only from the level of joint secretary onward. According to existing rules, IAS is given a two-year edge as they get empanelled as joint secretary two years earlier than others. But the reality is, the empanelment of most other services get delayed because of various reasons resulting into the rise of seniority gap between the IAS and the rest by five to 10 years.
If the 7th Pay Commission rumours are to be believed, there could be a recommendation of end of that edge for IAS. In that case, a large number of officers from other services will be eligible to be the contenders of additional secretary and secretary, the posts which are largely filled up by the IAS now.
The IAS officers however want that edge to continue. “The 2 years edge in seniority is not given due to the higher rank in the UPSC exam but due to superior work experience an IAS officer has…A person coming into agriculture policy making after spending two decades in taxation or police department, with no knowledge of working with farmers or agriculture department -- what right does anyone have to put poor people of this country through this great experiment?” asks another IAS officer whose letter is being circulated in Twitter.
BoI here avoids going into the details of the existing system of “IAS as the big brother”, as the topic was analyzed in earlier articles in this site. If anyone wants to comment on the issue, we request everyone should use decent language and not to get personal with anyone.