I will be honest regarding your present educational qualification i.e., BDS. Present days dentistry in India is quite saturated and for graduate is quite difficult to have a job with good salary. But if you can set up your own clinic, you will be in good financial position in future. But since MDS is not an appealing thing to you and you are not interested to move forward in dentistry, let me summarize your both options (MBA and UPSC) which can have great job opportunities.
1. Master of Business Administration (MBA)
MBA is one of the most popular courses happening in these days. Having a management degree from reputed institutions will garner you wide range of opportunities. But you should do thorough research before getting admission in to a good university. Some universities have their own entrance exams for admission and they maintain international standards. They also have the placement options which will guarantee you a high paid job (lakhs per month), if you perform well academically. Some colleges give admissions through competitive exams such as GMAT.
Shortlist some of the best business schools in India
and outline the admission process. Also do a research about the college fees and placement system. If you get admission in well reputed institution, your future is secured.
2. United Public Service Commission (UPSC)
UPSC is one of the toughest exams to crack in India. But nothing is impossible if you have the zeal. There are lakhs of students that apply to this exam and only a few get selected. Before knowing the procedure of test and selection criteria, I will let you know the various posts/jobs that are allocated under this commission
Group A Posts:
Indian Police Service (IPS)
Indian Administrative Service (IAS)
Indian Foreign Service (IFS)
Indian Revenue Service (CBEC) (IRS-Customs)
Indian Revenue Service (IT) (IRS-IT)
Indian Audit and Account Service (IAAS)
Indian Trade Service (ITS)
Indian Information Service (IIS)
Indian Civil Account Services (ICAS)
Indian Corporate Law Service (ICLS)
Indian Defense Estate Service (IDES)
Indian Defense Account Service (IDAS)
Indian Ordinance Factories Service (IOFS)
Indian Postal and Telecommunication Accounts And Finance Service
Indian Postal Service
Indian Railway Account Service (IRAS)
Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS)
Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS)
Railway Protection Force (RPF)
Group B Posts
Pondicherry Civil Service
Pondicherry Police Service
Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service (AFHQ)
Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Island Civil Service (DANICS)
Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Island Police Service (DANIPS)
There are other services which are accredited through UPSC but these are the major postings which you can apply for through UPSC.
The UPSC exam is very challenging and requires lot of dedication and hardwork. The exam pattern includes three stages:
3. Personal interview or evaluation.
Each stage has different pattern and subjects:
Prelims or preliminary exam has two papers
Paper I - General studies. You need to be updated thoroughly and every day with current affairs, politics, science, technology, history of India, geography, economics, political development and general science.
Paper II - Aptitude. This includes your communication skills, comprehension, general mental ability, decision making, english language skills, etc.
These are the brief topics covered in each paper and each paper is of 200 marks. Once you qualify the prelims, you are eligible for main exam.
The main exam has various papers and parts:
Paper – A
Language - You can take any modern Indian language.
Paper – B
This paper is of qualifying nature
Paper – I
Can be written in the desired medium or language of the candidate's choice
General Studies - Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society.
General Studies II - Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations.
General Studies III - Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.
General Studies IV - Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude.
Optional Subject – Paper 1
Optional Subject – Paper 2
This is brief outline of exam pattern of UPSC prelims and mains. After you have cleared the mains you will be eligible for personal interview/evaluation.
Note that you have to be very strong to and determined to prepare for UPSC examination. It is one of the most prestigious organizing bodies of Indian Government and do expect a heavy competition from the likes of you. Proper plan, regular revisions, hard work and zeal will definitely help you in succeeding this exam.
The deciding factor for selection of your future course is purely a personal choice. I would suggest you to select the one which interests you more.
Dr. V. Shashikanth