Bihar is home to every 12th IAS officer, making it the second most state to produce IAS

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Civil Services Examination(CSE) which is considered to be one of the most difficult examinations to crack.

Becoming an IAS is even more difficult than simply qualifying CSE, as one needs to be amongst the top rankers. Sardar Patel famously referred to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) as the “steel frame” of India’s government machinery.

Cracking UPSC CSE requires a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication.

Statistics show that Bihar and UPSC have a very strong connection; the highest numbers of IAS, IPS & IFS aspirants are from Bihar. Almost 25 percent of the 700 candidates, who qualified for IAS and IPS in the last ten years, belong to Bihar. That sure forms a commendable figure.

Bihar is home to every 12th IAS officer, making it the second state to produce the most number of IAS officers.

Out of 4694 IAS officer, 416 belong to Bihar. Bihar is second to Uttar Pradesh which is home to 788 officers.

Some of our officers are posted at top positions.

  • Rajiv Gauba, Cabinet Secretary, Government of India.
  • C K Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
  • Ravi Kant, Secretary, Food and Public Distribution, Government of India
  • Utpal Singh, Chief Secretary of Uttarakhand
  • Rajiv Sinha, Chief Secretary, West Bengal.
  • Sanjeev Kumar, Special Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Government of India
  • Pankaj Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary, Revenue Department, Gujarat.
  • Shrikant Singh, Additional Chief Secretary, Home Department, Maharashtra.

What tempts students from Bihar towards this field?  

When it comes to that IAS is the best option that offers both position and power.

The attraction of UPSC is the power associated with the job. 

The job offers security and a chance to serve the nation at the same time.

But what quality of Biharis makes it relatively easier for them to crack the Civil Services Exam?

Biharis have a great sense of keeping track of what’s happening around. We are better at general knowledge. We read a lot of newspapers and magazines. We are in front of debates at chai-dhabas. Any average Bihari can talk about any topic of national and international interest for at least one minute.

But in the last 20 years, there has been a decline in the numbers of IAS officers that were recruited from Bihar.

This is probably because Government jobs don’t attract the youth in a way that they used to do before. Youth nowadays are more experimental and risk-taking, entrepreneurship has been more attractive to the Youth.

According to the stats of the last 20 years, 3655 IAS Officers were appointed out of which 215 were from Bihar. That means keeping the last 20 years in mind; every 17th officers belong to the state of Bihar.

It is said that a Bihari is born for civil services.

Well, there is a visible inclination of student’s interest in this particular field and this is probably because people of one community get inspired by people around them. The earliest generation worked hard and has left us with inspiring anecdotes.

Since times immemorial Bihar has been home to organized education and world-famous universities like Nalanda and Vikramshila.

Students of Bihar are laborious and come from a land that has legacy enriched with knowledge. This land is home to people who believes in the proverb “hard work reaps reward”. And well they say it right, “Ek Bihari sab pe Bhari”.

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