Civil Services as a career option

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Choosing the right career option at the right stage of life is one of the most important decision every one of us has to take. Correct decision making, a systematic plan for achieving the career goal and its proper implementation is the key for professional success. SWO T analysis of all the available career options guides you to choose the best career option for your better future. An aspiring Indian youth with practical thinking about professional life, desires for a job which will give him adequate salary, name, fame and job security over a period of time. Traditionally followed, prestigious job options like- becoming a doctor or an engineer or a chartered accountant or a management graduate might fulfill the above mentioned name, fame, money, job security expectations from a job, but civil services is an unique career option which not only fulfils these basic expectations from a job but also empowers you to `touch the million lives’ of the people through your job.

Civil services, as a career option has the unique distinction of providing a larger canvass to work in public life. It provides you an opportunity of contributing to the welfare of the society as well as gives you a respectable social identity. After being selected through most prestigious UPSC or MPSC examinations, you are posted as a District Collector or a Superintendent of Police or an Income Tax Commissioner and so many other Class I Gazetted officer appointments, where on day to day basis, you have the tremendous scope to work for the welfare of the society. It is the Indian constitution and governance system of our country that gives you an authority to perform your duties towards the most needy and down-trodden section of the society. Through your daily work, you not only ‘touch the lives’ of millions of the poor of the society but also make positive changes in their lives through your administrative actions. If Indian constitution has entrusted you with the authority then it is meant for acting as an agent of social change through proper implementation of various Government schemes as well as various acts and laws. Many a times, in your career as a civil servant, you may come across the situation where you are equated with God as you have brought those positive changes in the lives of the poorest section of the society, and additionally, you are also being handsomely paid by Government, the salary and other perks and privileges of a Class I Government gazette officer. Another important aspect of dedicating your full energies towards cracking the civil services examination is the nature and process of preparation of this exam itself. As a graduate or a post graduate of any stream, yo acquire the limited knowledge o a specific subject only. Considering the vast nature o civil services examination syllabus encompassing various subjects like history, geography, economics, polity, science & technology, international relations an mental aptitude-your mind develops in such a manner that you become jack of all trades.

Author: LT COL Dr. Satish Dhage