What Are You Looking For In A Career?
An average educated person
aspires for three things Position, Respect and Security. If
you re looking for the same, then the civil Services is the
right choice as it assures all these in a relatively short
span of time.
Civil Services As A Career:
The Civil Services of
India have always conjured up visions of fantasy and glory f
or many a youth and numerous parents who keeping
entertaining ambitions and dreams of their children
blossoming into I.A.S and I.P.S. officers. The Civil
Services considered as one of the premier services, offer
an attractive and challenging career to the ambitious, the
aspiring and the talented, with a wide variety of jobs
having relatively greater sphere of authority and power than
any other services in India.
What Are the Civil services?
Higher Civil Services
under the Central Government are classified into All India
services and Central Services. The All India Services
comprise the Indian Administrative Service, the Indian
Police service and the Indian Forest service. These
Services are named so because they are common to both
central as well as the state Governments. The Central
Services constitute those services which work for the
Central Government and comprise services like the Indian
foreign Service, Indian Revenue Service, Indian Customs &
central Excise Service, Indian Railway services, Indian
postal Service, Indian Information Service etc.
Indian Administrative Service (I.A.S):
The Indian Administrative
Service is considered to be the premier service in India
and offers an attractive, challenging career. The members
of the I.A.S. serve the state Governments or the Central
Government and assist them in the administration of the
country. Members of this service hold various administrative
posts like District Collector, Heads of Departments, Heads
of Public Enterprises at the state level etc. They can also
be posted on deputation to the Central Government to the
Indian Police Service (I.P.S):
The Indian Police Service
is primarily concerned with maintenance of Law and Order in
the country. This is the premier uniformed civil service in
the country. An I.P.S officer works for both the Central
and State Governments. He serves the State Government in
various capacities ranging from Assistant Superintendent of
Police at the beginning of his career to the Director
General of Police (who is the head of the police force in
his state) at the stage of retirement. He can also serve
the Central Government in various organizations like the
Central Reserve Police Force, Border Security Force,
Central Bureau of Investigation, Intelligence Bureau,
Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) etc.
Indian Foreign Service:
The Indian Foreign Service
is a Central Service and the premier diplomatic service of
our country. Members of this service, primarily represent
the country in the international arena. The service offers
immense exposure to different political, social, ethnic and
cultural milieu. An I.F.S officer can be posted in 160 odd
Indian Embassies and Missions abroad. They can also be
deputed to institutions like United Nations, UNESCO, World
Bank, SAARC, etc. Back home, they can be posted in various
parts of the country as Passport Officers.
Indian Revenue Service (I.R.S):
This service deals with
the matters concerning Income Tax. The members of this
service, begin their career as Assistant Commissioners of
Income Tax and may rise to the level of Chief Commissioners
of Income Tax.
Indian Custom and Central Excise Service:
The members of this
service man the Customs and the Central Excise Departments.
They begin their Career as Assistant Collectors of
Customs/Central Excise and may rise up in the hierarchy to
the level of Chief Collector of Customs.
There are various other
services like the Indian Railway Services, the Indian
Postal Service, the Indian Information Service etc., which
deal with various functional areas.
How To Achieve These Coveted Positions?
Entry into these services
is through a combined, competitive examination held on an
All India basis. The allocation of services depends upon the
rank achieved by the aspirant and his / her preference. To
appear at the Civil Service Examination one has to be a
Citizen of India, between the age group of 21-30 years and
must hold a degree from any recognized university.