Every year about 180 IAS officers are recruited into the civil service by the Government. Almost every aspirant professes a dream to serve the country and her people through the office of the Indian Administrative Service if selected. But only a few IAS Officers are able to produce a massive impact on the lives of people.
Top 10 IAS officer in India
1. D Subbarao
A 1972 IAS officer of the Andhra Pradesh cadre, Subbarao was the 22nd Governor of the RBI. As RBI Governor, he brought about reforms for financial inclusion, financial literacy, and organized village outreach programs. He even expounded a theory on the New Trilemma of Central Bankers, called the ‘Holy Trinity’ as against the ‘Impossible Trinity’ of Robert Mundell and Marcus Fleming. He was the first person to review Stephen Hawking’s celebrated book, ‘A Brief History of Time.’
2. Santha Sheela Nair
An IAS officer of the 1973 batch, Nair is known as an administrator par excellence. She was recently appointed (post-retirement) the Officer on Special Duty at the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s office before she quit. She had retired in July 2010. Nair is credited with saving Chennai city from a water crisis in the early 2000s when she made rainwater harvesting compulsory with special tanks and pipes for the same in each household. It is said that people in villages where she worked named their daughters Santha in her honor.
3. Ashok Khemka
Khemka is known for his role in exposing the land scam involving a relative of one of India’s powerful politicians. He always stood against corruption and exposed wrong-doings in the departments he has worked. He has therefore been transferred 45 times in 23 years. An IIT graduate, Khemka is a 1991 batch IAS officer. He has received death threats and also faced charge sheets against him for his unwavering stand against corruption in high places.
4. Armstrong Pame
In 2012, after becoming the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) of Tousen, which lies in his home district, Tamenglong, Manipur, Armstrong was moved by the plight of his people who had to walk for hours. Armstrong decided to build a 100-km road on his own that would link Manipur with Nagaland and Assam. Jeremiah then turned to Facebook to raise funds, which led to helping to pour in from across the world. The 100 km “People’s Road” was successfully built, with the villages working as laborers, by early 2013, earning Armstrong Pame the sobriquet, “Miracle Man.”
5. Smita Sabharwal
Smita Sabharwal is the first lady IAS to be appointed to the Chief Minister Office, which is indeed an inspiration to all. Smita Sabharwal strongly believes everyone should do something for society, especially today’s youngsters who should give civils a shot as they can do a lot through this service. She is best known for her “Fund Your City” project during her tenure as Municipal Commissioner, Warangal, where a large number of public utilities such as traffic junctions, foot-over bridges, bus stops, parks were created by the Public-Private Partnership (PPP).
6. Aruna Sundararajan
Aruna Sundararajan is the Kerala cadre IAS officer who played a significant role in the development of e-governance in Kerala. She is best was described by Forbes magazine as ‘an IAS officer who thinks like a businesswoman.’She is best known for her role during her tenure as IT secretary in the state of Kerala. She also headed the Kudumbashree Project, which is a female-oriented, community-based, poverty reduction project of the Government of Kerala, and now it is a shining example of women’s empowerment for working-class women.
7. S.R. Sankaran
Sankaran is known even today as ‘an ideal people’s IAS officer’ because of his efforts to do away with bonded labor. He is also remembered for protecting the interests of Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes, along with those of the poor in general. He is famous for his humble lifestyle and down-to-earth qualities. His impeccable work as an IAS officer earned him as many foes as friends, and he was one of those officials who were held by miscreants of the People’s War Group in the East Godavari district.
8. Durga Shakti Nagpal
IAS Durga Shakti Nagpal is widely known for her rampant decision-making and honesty. A 2010 batch IAS officer, even as a trainee IAS officer, exposed a land scam in Mohali. She moved to the UP cadre in 2011 as the SDM of Sadar, Noida. Here also, she took on the sand mafia involved in illegal sand mining of the Yamuna and Hindon river banks.
9. Vinod Rai
Vinod Rai is a 1972 Batch IAS officer from Kerala cadre, who started his career as the sub-collector of Thrissur District. He served the Thrissur District for 8 years and was given the nickname of second Sakthan Thampuran for his role in the development of the Thrissur City. Mr. Rai played a phenomenal role in exposing major corruption scandals and scams, including the Coal-Gate Scam, 2G Spectrum Allocation Scam, Delhi Commonwealth Games scam, and Padmanabhaswamy Temple Audit. Currently, he is appointed as the chairman of the United Nations Panel of External Auditors.
Triloki Nath Chaturvedi (18 January 1929 – 5 January 2020) was an officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and was the 14th Governor of Karnataka from 2002–2007. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 1991. He became Governor of Karnataka on 21 August 2002. Chaturvedi was best known for his stint as the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in the late 1980s. As CAG, he had prepared a report in 1989 that found irregularities in the purchase of howitzer guns by the then Congress government led by Rajiv Gandhi. The report, which was leaked to the media before it was tabled in the Parliament, created a furor, with the Congress alleging foul play. The Bofors scandal eventually brought down the Rajiv Gandhi government.