Satyendranath Tagore was the first Indian to join the Indian Civil Service. He was an author, song composer, linguist and made significant contribution towards the emancipation of women in Indian society during the colonial period.
Satyendranath took an active interest in the activities of the Brahmo samaj wherever he was posted, as for example at Ahmedabad and Hyderabad , Sindh.
While in the Maharashtra region he had close contacts with many of the leading reformers and Prarthana Samaj figures — M G Ranade, Kashinath Trimbak Telang, Ramakrishna Gopal Bhandarkar and Narayan Ganesh Chandavarkar.
Satyendranath Tagore, was a district judge in Karwar reggion, Karnataka in 1882. He served in the ICS for about thirty years and retired as Judge of Satara in Maharashtra in 1897.