How to decide between ias, ips and ifs

How to decide what’s best for you? IAS,IPS or IFS?

What’s best for you? IAS,IPS or IFS?

UPSC Civil Services Exam is generally known as a way to become an IAS officer. Most students don’t realize that UPSC CSE is not all about IAS. Apart from this highest bureaucratic post, it is a platform for the selection of various other Class-A and Class-B posts too. You are allotted the rank according to your position in the Civil Services exam. Among those, most sought after jobs after IAS are, IPS and IFS. But how to decide what is best for you? If you have the opportunity, how to choose between IAS, IPS, and IFS? We try to give you an overview in this post.

How to decide between ias, ips and ifs

Indian Administrative Service (IAS)

Clearly, as the name specifies, Indian Administrative Services or IAS, as it is popularly known as, is the most premier post in India. As an IAS officer, you have the responsibility to handle all the affairs of the area you are posted in. It includes implementing policies crafted by the government, collecting revenue, maintaining law and order, and even participating in creating new policies with the minister of the concerned department.

As an IAS officer, you are first appointed as a Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM). After serving a probation period, you are eligible for senior posts like the Deputy Commissioner/Collector (DC). After a certain seniority period, you may reach the position of Under Secretary or Chief Secretary in the Government of India.

Travel is a crucial aspect of an IAS officer’s life. They have to travel a lot to supervise and formulate the policies and development plans proposed by the government. So, if you dream of a life full of travels and new responsibilities day in and day out, IAS is the perfect job to make your dreams come true.

It is important to remember though, that you’ll need to be among the top 80 rank candidates in the UPSC Civil Services Exam to get a chance to become an IAS officer.

Indian Police Service (IPS)

You may have heard the famous saying, “Prevention is better than cure”. IAS officers take care of the prevention part of this proverb, making sure there are no anomalies in law and order of their area. An IPS officer acts to cure the problem when the prevention doesn’t work. IPS officers have the responsibility to implement the law efficiently. Apart from public security, they have a broader canvas to work on. From organising traffic flow to regulating the civic and commercial life, everything is under the direct control of an IPS officer.

An IPS is first designated to the post of Deputy Superintendent of Police, they eventually rise through the ranks to become Police Commissioner for the State. The most reputed institutions like Intelligence Bureau (IB), CID(Criminal Investigation Department), CBI(Central Bureau of Investigation), and RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) also recruit the top IPS officers. They can also hold prominent positions in other forces like BSF (Border Security Force), CISF(Central Industrial Security Force), and CRPF(Central Reserve Police Force).

IPS officer’s life is full of adventure. You meet new people every day, criminals or civilians. IPS officers have a lot of power over the area they are designated to, and they must use their power in the best possible way.

After the cut off for IAS, candidates who secure rank under 150 are usually eligible for the post of an IPS officer.

Indian Foreign Service (IFS)

Indian Foreign Service is one of the most underrated posts in our country. As an IFS officer, you man the Embassy and the High Commissions of the Government of India in various countries. Your main task is to maintain the image of India as a brand in foreign countries. Also, to make sure our relations stay friendly with other countries. It is a highly diplomatic job. Maintaining the trade deals, military cooperation, academic and cultural relations etc. are all a part of an IFS officer’s career.

Apart from foreign embassies, IFS officers are also an integral part of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. They participate in making important decisions about our International policies. IFS officers also handle the issues faced by Indian citizens living abroad. Becoming a part of the permanent missions organised by the United Nations is also in the scope of an IFS officer.

For those who are looking for a job which requires out-of-the-box thinking, and those having a travel and diplomacy buff, Indian Foreign Service is the most coveted post. You get to work in different locations and represent India on various International platforms. Also, to coordinate relations with other nations, they come in direct contact with the who’s who of every country.





Scope of Work Implementing government policies on ground level. Maintaining law and order. Maintaining International relations.
Highest Post Chief Secretory of the Government of India IG or similar senior post of the Specialized forces like BSF, CBI, RAW etc. Ambassador/High Commissioner, or in the PMO

Rs.56,000 -Rs.2,50,000



Allotment of Seats The top 100 ranking candidates in the UPSC Candidates securing a rank under 200. Candidates securing a rank under 150.
Cadre Authority Department of Personnel and Training, Ministry of Personnel Ministry of Home Affairs Ministry of External Affairs
Department of Work Various Government departments and ministries. Police Department Indian Embassies/High Commissions and the Ministry of External Affairs.
Rank in Hierarchy Top Most Under IAS Under IAS

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