What does the abbreviation IAS stand for? Indian Administrative Service, one would answer. But this is the formal and official interpretation and is just too simplistic an answer. In fact, it has several meanings – ‘I Am Safe’ for one. It is a common belief that an IAS officer is beyond any harm. The perception is that nothing can be done against him (or her) and he (or she) can get away with anything. At least that is what it looks like in Madhya Pradesh.