In an article titled ‘Battling the Babu Raj’ the Economist had described the downright failure of the IAS to provide managerial efficiency to India. ‘The service,’ it said, ‘is perceived with reverence and contempt’. Refuting these perceptions is becoming increasingly difficult. The service has become famous for all the wrong reasons. Secretaries to the Government of India, Chief Secretaries and Principal Secretaries have ‘visited’ jail or are out on bail for corruption. Crores have been recovered from the homes of some IAS officers.