Indian Civil Services still attract as one of the best talents competing with each other every year that ranks high as a career option among young students in India. Civil Services constitute all non-military departments of the government machinery, which run State Administration. The Indian Civil Service serves as the backbone of India and carries great respect and responsibilities. India’s best brains vie for entry into the Indian Civil Services as officers.
These civil services provide bureaucrats for top posts. The candidate has to put in long hours preparing for the toughest examination of the country where lakhs of candidates appear but only a few hundred finally get through where a civil servant enjoys the power and social status along with job security that a is unimaginable anywhere else.
The career in civil services provides the scope for a dynamic person with zeal and desire to bring qualitative changes in the functioning of the government.
The Civil Services Examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) selects candidates for various central services, including for the most coveted cadres of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Foreign Service (IFS). Civil services are categorized in two Central Services, Group A, and Group B.
The Group ‘A’ services are:
Indian Railway Traffic Services (IRTS)
Indian Railway Accounts Services (IRAS)
Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS)
Indian Railway Protection Force (IRPF)
Indian Postal Service
Indian Audit & Accounts Service (IA &AS)
Indian Defense Accounts Service (IDAS)
Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS)
Indian Revenue Service (IRS)
The Indian Information Service (IIS)
Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS),
Indian Defense Estate Service (IDES),
The Indian P &T Accounts & Finance Service
Assistant Commandants in Central Industrial Security Force.
Entrance to civil services is through passing a three stage test conducted by UPSC that comprises of preliminary exam, mains and interview or the personality test. The test is objective and those who qualify have to appear in Mains examination, where you have to choose two optional subjects. Those who qualify in Mains have to appear in the personal interview. Thus your overall merit is determined based on your performance and determines which service you are entitled to join.
The candidate who wants to choose the career in India civil services must be between 21-28 years of age. The minimum educational qualification for taking the UPSC test is a bachelor degree. Engineering graduates and medical graduates are also eligible to take the test and constitute a good portion of candidates selected to these jobs.
The civil services gives a prestigious status, power and authority which attract the best talent to compete apart from the pay. The starting salary for a bureaucrat may be Rs. 20000/- per month. But the very sight of a lavish and magnificent DM bungalow or an SSP bungalow at a district head quarters in itself is a motivational factor for many.