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Career in Civil Services

Career in Civil Services
July 29
17:56 2019

Government servants, especially those involved with administrative tasks have enjoyed status, prestige and power.

The civil services examination is probably the oldest entrance examination in India, started by the British to inculcate an administrative class in the country. Even today it remains extremely prestigious. Over 5 lakh students applied for the civil service examination in 2015, In 2018 the number increased to over 10 lakh. This is proof of the massive upsurge in the popularity of this career and many have deemed it a “Dream” Career.

The 7th Pay Commission has made it financially lucrative as well, with high paying salaries from the start. Today a starting civil services officer gets about Rs. 80,000-85,000 gross per month.

Civil Servants are the people behind implementing government and developmental policies, keeping law and order, and act as a link between the masses and the government.

If you are planning to pursue the career in the government services, you definitely need to go through this article. Here’s all that you need to know about this exam and the life that follows.

Qualification Required :

To become the civil servent you should have a well-rounded personality and awareness about the world that we live in. If you are an aspiring civil servant, you can take this examination with any stream in class 12th and a graduate degree in any subject.

However, many aspirants like to take up Humanities in school as well as in college, since the pattern of the exam is based on subjects such as Indian Polity, Constitution, Geography, World News, History, etc. You can choose any degree and any subject of your choice, the only thing that matters is your interest in it, and alternate career options that you can build out of that subject and degree.

Eligibility for Examination :

  1. You Should have bachelor’s degree from any stream or should be appearing from Bachelor’s Degree from recognized institute
  2. Age limit for the exam is between 21 years to 32 years.
  3. Individuals from General Category are allowed 6 attempts at taking the examination, OBC candidates are allowed 9 attempts, and SC/ST candidates have an unlimited number of attempts at the examination.
  4. You should be a citizen of India to apply for the IAS and IPS.
    For other deemed posts, an individual should be a citizen of India/Nepal/Bhutan/a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962/a person of Indian Origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam.

Different Career Roles in Civil Services

  1. Indian Administrative Service (IAS)

This is the most popular and prestigious Post in Civil Services. The IAS Officers are highly paid with lucrative salaries and other facilities such as house, car, servant and their living expenses are also taken care by the government

IAS Officers are responsible for maintaining Law and order and implementing government policies and working to develop the nation. They have no fixed working hours. Their day can be filled with meetings with Ministers, paying visits to a local village or coming up with new strategies to solve any issue at hand such as, work related to elections, or building a big dam, road, etc.

2. Indian Foreign Services (IFS):

IFS officers are representatives of our country abroad, and are posted as Third Secretary, Second Secretary, First Secretary, Ambassador, High Commissioner, etc. in foreign embassies, and international organizations such as the UN.

3. Indian Police Service (IPS)

IPS officers are often posted as Assistant Superintendent of Police and then Assistant Commissioner of Police at the beginning of their career. They go on to hold positions such as Joint Commissioner and commissioner of Police. The Intelligence Bureau is always headed by an experienced IPS Officer.

4.Indian Revenue Service (IRS):

IRS officers are posted as Assistant Commissioner of Income Tax once they are recruited. After serving for a few years and getting promoted, they work as the Joint Commissioner and Additional Commissioner of Income Tax. IRS officers go on to serve as the head of Central Economic Intelligence Bureau, and is responsible for implementation of economic laws in the country.

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