One of your primary responsibilities will be to handle daily administrative affairs. For example, as a district magistrate(IAS) in a small town, your decisions will include everything from issuing licences to industries to promoting government policies like “Beti Padhao” to even helping conduct elections. To carry out these tasks efficiently, you will need to display excellent administration skills.
You are sure to come across plenty of tricky situations in this career. This is mostly because Civil Service Officers need to keep the issues of the people in mind. At the same time you will manage the limited budget assigned by the government. You will also need to deal with politicians from time to time as you will be directly reporting to them. To resolve problems quickly, you will need to think on your feet. You will need to evaluate all possible solutions before taking a decision.
Given how diverse our country is, you will have to do some serious out-of-the-box thinking! You will also face the challenge of having very limited funds to exercise your solutions.
For example, the Kozhikode Collector N. Prashant organised the clean up of a 14-acre lake in exchange for a plate of Biryani! He also used Facebook to mobilise the masses. He has created unique solutions like Compassionate Kozhikode, a platform to get people to feed the poor. This last one won him global acclaim.