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Why take up the Civil Services


By Abhijit Kande
From IIT Madras, Chennai
Posted Feb 4th 2013 9:00AM
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Civil Services is by far the toughest entrance examination to clear, not just in India but the whole
wide world. Candidates go through two grueling sets of papers and then a nerve wracking
interview to secure admission into one of the most prestigious services of the country.
Conducted by UPSC, the Union Public Services Commission, this daunting challenge sees
around 5-6 Lakh candidates attempt it. Yet after overcoming all these hurdles, only the top 100
achievers get into the most sought after of all, the Indian Administrative Services (IAS). With the
immense job security and the dizzying social status that the job offers, it is definitely worth all the
effort. But clearing such a daunting exam is not everyone's cup of tea. And to secure an A.I.R. of
11th in this exam, is no mean feat.

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Neeraj Singh has graduated from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences of IIT
Madras, with a B.A. and M.A. in Economics. An alumnus of 2010, Neeraj returned to the institute,
to share his motivation behind choosing the Civil Services as a career option.

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He could hardly be distinguished from the crowd, as he very much still looked as the proverbial
college student. When he took the podium, he let out a nervous gasp. He told us that it felt
overwhelming to be standing on the other side of the stage, after having heard so many
distinguished personalities speak during his college years. To begin the session, he introduced

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himself, and the civil services. He said "Civil Services provide you with the most direct
opportunity to serve the people and contribute to their development". He said that while people
working in other fields also contribute indirectly through taxes among other things, there is no
other career that can make an impact as strong as this on the people. Recounting his NSS days
at the campus, he spoke about the satisfaction that he used to experience when serving those in
need. It was one of the factors behind his motivation. Given the inefficiency of major parts of the
government, a diligent bureaucracy is what holds the nation together. And the bureaucracy
requires not people who just fulfill the tasks like mechanical robots, but smart thinkers who do it in
was most efficient and just not stop at that, but work incessantly to put a better and better system
into place. And that is precisely why he said people like all of those present there, need to join
this service.
Then followed the Q&A session, and Neeraj gave some brilliant answers to the questions thrown
at him. When asked about the independence of the IAS officer from politics, he told the audience
that an ideal system is only hypothetical. Politics is present in every work environment, and same
is the case with civil services. It all comes down to the officer's stand, and it is he who has to
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critical about some aspects of the system, like the government not assigning responsibilities

Administration, have been trying to work out, which aims at better networking among the IAS
officers which shall lead to better implementation of existing schemes, with also the possibilities
of many newer ideas.
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Before he left the dais, he told the audience, "Civil Services are not just a career, but a way of
life. If one wants to live with pride, and to do something for the people, Civil Services are the path
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