Civil Services as a Career

What after graduation?

Are you going to graduate from college soon and wondering what’s next?

Are you caught up exploring various career options after graduation?

The good thing is that these days there are numerous career options available to pursue after any academic stream, but, the problem is that vast majority of students do not have an inclination towards a specific career or job.

Students are inclined towards the idea of starting their careers, becoming financially independent and exploring the world outside their classrooms; but it is difficult for them to narrow down on a career or find a job that aligns with their interests and skills.

At the same time, there are plenty of young professionals who picked up a job in one or the other business functions like business management, engineering, accounting, HRM, designing, IT, data analytics, etc., and after a few years of working are again exploring career options which provide job satisfaction and meaningful purpose in life!

The decision you make after graduating college is crucial for both your career and personal growth.

Do you know about Civil Services as a career option?

In the last few years, we have seen a large number of college graduates and young professionals after having experienced the lure of corporate jobs in MNCs, considering to join the Civil Services of India.

The number of applicants appearing in the Civil Services Exam (CSE) of India has more than doubled in the last few years.

When it comes to career choices, the Civil Services of India has always been considered the best career choice for Arts graduates! But, of late, graduates and young professionals from Science, Commerce, Business Management, etc., all have started appearing for UPSC Civil Services Exam (CSE) to get into the prestigious Civil Services of India.

This phenomenon has now been accelerated further by COVID Pandemic which has resulted in loss of jobs for millions of people who were employed in private sector.

Why is Civil Services of India considered as a dream career by so many?

UPSC Civil Services Exam paves the way for becoming an IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS (20+ jobs/services) officer. The wide variety of jobs within the ambit of the Civil Services offer greater sphere of authority and power than any other services in India. Civil services offer the rare opportunity to satisfy personal ambition as well as indulge in social welfare.

Civil Services encompass all that a person aspires for:

  • Job Satisfaction should be the most important terms of reference for anyone working in any sector. A famous quote should sum it up –  If I couldn’t see the upside, I couldn’t be bothered, and as soon as I couldn’t see the upside in that job I started looking elsewhere.”
  • Opportunity to participate in nation building and make a difference in the lives of people.
  • Diversity of work: Civil servants contribute in the decision making process of country, represent the nation at world forums, maintain the of law and order, participate in developmental work, travel the lengths and breadths of the country meeting different types of people, etc., etc.
  • Salary: Since the 7th pay commission, salaries of the Civil Servants have come at par with those in the corporate sector. Apart from the pay scale, the perks and subsidies provided to civil servants are excellent.
  • Civil Services are considered symbols of great power and prestige.
  • Job Security: Civil servants cannot be fired easily and that offers them a deep sense of job security. Once selected, civil servants work till the age of 60 and it is possible to get an extension.

A person who wants to participate closely in the process of building society and wants to bring about positive social change should certainly try for Indian Civil Services. There is nothing better than this!

How to get selected into the Civil Services of India?

The process to get selected into the Civil Services of India is rigorous. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Civil Services Exam (CSE) every year to select only a handful out of thousands of aspirants. CSE is also considered as the toughest examination of all.

But remember,

  • Success doesn’t come to you; you’ve got to go to it.
  • Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.
  • There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.


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