THE INDIAN CIVIL SERVICE A CAREER IN NATION BUILDING

IAS The elite service – from then to now

What is it that motivates young college graduates in selecting a particular career? Perhaps money would be first on the list. Till the early 90s, the Indian Civil Services, particularly the IAS and IPS, offered the best career prospects for the youth. These were careers that offered power, position and status and, therefore, attracted the cream of our young men and women who were eager to participate in the Nehruvian era of nation building. Their contribution was immense. The late 60s and early 70s, ushered in the virus of corruption; with the licence-inspection raj giving ample scope for corrupt practices. Government constituted a committee, sometime in the 80s to study the reasons for this phenomena. The Committee put the blame squarely on the unholy nexus between the underworld, politicians and beurocrats. The IAS was under a very dark cloud. The fallout of this state of affairs was that the best of our young graduates headed for pastures abroad. Money, an attractive work culture and merit that was recognized and rewarded were the motivating factors.

A new era for the IAS

When India’s economy opened up and industrial development took off at a canter during the 90’s and early 21st Century, The Corporate world became the centre of attraction for the best of our young graduates because they offered a much higher salary, a better work culture, more scope for creativity, and again merit was rewarded. The civil services, however, was and still is a much sought after career. Power, position, social status security  and the tremendous opportunity to make use of modern digital technology to introduce greater transparency in governance and a genuine urge to be of service to society, is motivating the Service to blow away the dark clouds of corruption that coloured the perception of the general public. Once again the IAS and other Class A Services have begun to attract the best talent among the youth.

Do you have it in you?

Our exam oriented education system is churning out young graduates who are all capable of passing any exam. So a determined young student who knows how to pass an exam, may find it easy to get into the service; but to produce the kind of work and demonstrate the proper attitude required to contribute as a Nation Builder requires a young Indian with the qualities of head and heart that can withstand all pressures that will try and divert him or her from the path of Dharma. India is looking out for such young men and women – do you have it in you?

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  • Jayashree Nair 25 / 06 / 2016 Reply

    Amrita is already a valid name in the field of education. Indeed very glad to hear that it enters the field of civil services too.
    Now the civil service aspirants require more of motivation. They see the plight of senior IAS officers in the hands of corrupt politicians. Hence they require more motivation for self assuring and self esteemed performance.

  • Deepti 13 / 02 / 2017 Reply

    Studying seems to be one of the toughest tasks for most students. Generally at the time of exams, it is not easy for students to concentrate for long hours but if you aspire to reach somewhere, putting in hard work is imperative.

  • Sandeep Satheesh 01 / 03 / 2017 Reply

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  • subh 01 / 03 / 2017 Reply

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  • jaswanth 01 / 03 / 2017 Reply

    very useful

  • jaswanth 01 / 03 / 2017 Reply

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  • sunny 01 / 03 / 2017 Reply

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  • JASU 08 / 03 / 2017 Reply

    They see the plight of senior IAS officers in the hands of corrupt politicians. Hence they require more motivation for self assuring and self esteemed performance

  • JANU 08 / 03 / 2017 Reply

    Amrita is already a valid name in the field of education. Indeed very glad to hear that it enters the field of civil services too

  • Deven Shahani 14 / 11 / 2017 Reply

    It is true that somewhere down the line, civil services had lost the old admiration that was associated with the exam. But it is heartening to find that now many students are opting for a career in civil services. The corporate sector pays more than the government services, but when it comes to power, position & social status there is no match for the civil service. A person with the desire to serve his country & the society will always go for the civil services no matter how much money the corporate sector offers him.

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