Administration is the performance of the executive functions of the state and it differs from legislature and judiciary. In the present research study, administration refers to Managerial view of administration and here the study is on women administrators of All India Services - Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFS). Though the services were in existence from the Britishers Period, the entry of women into these services was very late and in two of these services, women got in only after few decades of independence. This article is written based on the primary data collected through a questionnaire and interviews conducted, case studies done, meeting women IAS, IPS and IFS officers, analysing the Civil lists, Police lists and Forest lists of Government of India. It focuses on the position of women in All India Services, the experiences of women officers, their opinion on other women in the services, existing discriminatory factors in the services, the attitude of their male counter parts in services and at home and their satisfaction and happiness with their family life.

Author Biography

Jayasheela George has done M.A. Sociology, M.A Public Management and M.A Political Science. She has obtained M.Phil from Annamalai University and PhD from University of Madras, India. She is the first research scholar to do a study in the national level on Women in Administration with special reference to women in All India Services in India. She has the credit of presenting papers in the national conferences and published articles in reputed journals. She has got the Best Outgoing Student award from Stella Maris College, Chennai. She has also qualified University Grant Commission’s National Eligibility Test for Lectureship for Public Administration and Sociology. She is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the department of Sociology, Stella Maris College Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.