Civil Servants are known as the backbone of any economy. Civil service is the premier job in the country; every 2nd student wants to become a civil servant. But as compared to the private sector this job offers less in some instances. Even though the private sector offers the best of salaries a majority of students, as well as parents, wants their children to be an IAS officer.
Here it is true that it doesn’t offer perks and benefits as other sectors but it offers an opportunity to lead and to work with the common man and at the grassroots level. It always gives you an opportunity and a chance to impact people’s lives across a variety of domains such as health, education, water, sanitation, roads, and electricity. In the private sector job, you won’t get such a privilege.
Indian Administrative Services (IAS) is the most popular post under civil services. It is also known as all India Service. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is India's central recruitment agency authorized to conduct Civil Services Examination through candidates for IAS post are selected.
The member of All India Service generally begins with the post of Deputy Secretary and can reach up to the level of Joint Secretary. Recently GOI has announced the plan for lateral entry in the All-India services. Only at the level of Secretary to the Government of India, specialists are taken as Secretaries. Only 5% of the members of the All-India services reach the top position of Secretary to Government. The post of Cabinet Secretary to the Government of India, the highest in the Indian civil service, has remained the privilege only of the officers of the IAS. Along with it the respect, power, authority, privileges, perks and perquisites an IAS officer obtains, makes their life decent and successful.
Any candidate of 21-30 years of age with graduate degree is eligible to apply for IAS exam.
Stages and Pattern of IAS Exam:
So start planning as early as possible with a concrete strategy, dedication and motivation.
|Stages||Type of Exam||Details||Total Marks|
|Preliminary||Objective Paper ( MCQ Based)||2 papers||400 Marks (-0.33 negative marking)|
|Mains||Conventional Papers (Essay writing based)||9 papers||1750 Marks|
|Interview||Personality Test||-||275 Marks|