Which State Produces Maximum Number of IAS Officers and Why?


IAS (Indian Administrative Service) is considered as the most prestigious service in India. This examination is conducted by UPSC annually. Through this examination UPSC pools the few best brains to serve in the All India Services.

Civil Service Examination is the gateway to joining various All India Services, such as IAS, IPS, IFS, IRTS, IRS(IT), IRS(Excise) etc., but the most sought service among all is Indian Administrative Service.

There are around 5000 IAS Officers serving the country among which, the most are from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Delhi.

If you go for the statistics since 2011 you can observe that Uttar Pradesh which has produced the maximum no. of IAS followed by Bihar, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Delhi.

IAS Officers state wise break down till 2010

IAS Officers state wise break down till 2010
IAS Officers state wise break down till 2010

Why these states have maximum IAS Officers? 

If you search for the reason why these states have a bigger chunk of cake, then one thing will be prominently visible ie high population. Bihar has the highest population in the country while other mentioned states are also not less behind.

Have you ever heard of the term “BIMARU”? This term coined in the mid-80s, which implies Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh. Bimaru means sick in Hindi. These states are considered poor economic condition, dreaded health, and education facilities etc.

Simply, in other words, it’s a no-no condition for the basic amenities.

These states have faced administrative delays in almost every cases. This made them to consider Government jobs can only provide the ultimate solution for these problems.

It’s not always the poor and the sufferer only applying for this prestigious examination but also the kids of rich bureaucratic parents apply. In the second case pupil mostly belong to the urban areas of these states or from Delhi. Delhi is considered as the Mecca of IAS preparation. So it becomes quite obvious that students from Delhi to qualify this Elite class job.

Number of IAS Selected from different states (2011 to 2015)If you observe closely, you can find these states are political as well as economically more volatile. Babugiri is also very prominent. So these play a key factor for the students to aspire, to become a Government Babu.

Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh are the southern hub IAS toppers.

This trend came into the picture when the gradual increment of technical students (Engineering grads, management students, and doctors) observed. Now you can find many of the aspirants from these states are from the technical background.

After the implication of OBC quota, the no. of entrant from states like Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Bihar has increased. Students from North-East states, Rajasthan and Odisha those who belong to the Scheduled tribe are got benefited well.

Many apprehend the lack of availability of career option for the craze of IAS exam. But the charm of the job, ever faded since its origin. It is still considered as the most sought-after job in India.

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Anish Passi
Director at Neostencil, an Ed-Tech startup funded by the Times Group. Previously Founded TestCafe, Extensive Experience in Education Industry.