“Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion.” – Simon Sinek.
In any job, stress occurs when the output doesn’t match the expectations of the job.
Society at large expects IAS Officers to better their lives. Elected executives i.e. Ministers, expect civil servants to execute the promises they’ve made to the general public during their election campaigns. Outperforming civil servants expect their fellow peers to catch up to them. Hence the pressure to perform is ingrained in the work of a civil servant.
Successful IAS Officers handle work pressure with ease because being an IAS Officer and serving our nation is their passion.
Another important aspect to lower stress levels is to have a good work-life balance. Outdoor activities, daily exercise, sports, arts, and healthy family life helps create a sustainable and harmonious personal life. Civil servants are after all human beings like all of us.
Hence to answer the question, being an IAS Officer shouldn’t be seen as something stressful, rather it should be seen as a passionate calling.