Attractions and challenges of a civil service job

Have you decided to appear for the Indian civil service examinations? You need to know many points before doing so. As civil service is a dream job and the value is very high in front of the society, the challenges also very high. Please read the below article to prepare for this prestigious exam with confidence.

Civil service is an attraction to many aspiring students in India now. We can see the increasing enthusiasm to join IAS/IPS jobs among youth. But one should know and assess the difficulties and risk factors before preparing to appear this prestigious exam. If you do so, the success rate can be more or else you may not victorious as the percentage of success rate is very less. The difficulties are both before and after writing the examination or appearing in front of the interview board. You have many stiff challenges awaiting once you get the job as well.

Attractions of civil service jobs

Civil service is an ideal job for those who dream to serve the nation and its people. The best attraction of this job profile is that you will get a leadership place from day one onward. Also, you can grow and help more people step by step if you perform well in the post assigned to you. Your job profile includes the interaction between high profile politicians and social and religious leaders along with ordinary people who seek mercy from authorities. The coordination between these people and taking a correct decision is a challenging job. You cannot make a mistake and take delayed decisions here because it will adversely affect many lives. The aim of civil service portfolio is to make everyone happy by standing up to the above mentioned challenging circumstances. If you join IAS service, you can work in different departments and take policy-making decisions which affecst hundreds and thousands of people and subsequently helps socio-economical improvement. The attraction of IFS is that you can work in another country as a representative of India and help the NRI Indian community for related issues. Many of us aspire to work in IPS service where one can take primary decisions about law and order of the country. This is a dream job for many youth as they are seeing brave IPS officers in the movies. Apart from these, one can join the Indian Revenue Service, Customs and central excise and Audit and account service once you pass the Indian civil service exam. All these fields will help you to shine by performing an excellent job and get fame. The respect one receives from society for these jobs is also commendable.

Most of the candidates for IAS and IPS cannot serve in their home state. Very few can serve in their state and most people must move another state cadre or to the central government posts. So, if you want to serve in your home place, it may not possible for most of the people, which you have to consider while applying for civil service. Of course for IFS you have to go abroad and serve there for a long time.

The Challenges

As per the data from the central government, only about one thousand out of five lakh who appear every year get the opportunity to enter the civil service job. In the general category, one can apply four times and in the reservation category, they can apply more than four times. So, even if you failed in the first appearance, you could get through, if you are firm enough in your mind and ready to do arduous work. But please take in your mind that 99 per cent failed in their attempts in this tough examination. One should keep this in mind that you may fail with the difference of an exceedingly small margin even if you perform brilliantly in the exams and interview. Most of the candidates are starting the preparations in the early years itself. All of them dedicate most of their time to appear for civil service. As everyone knows, the syllabus is also vast. You can expect any question under the sun.

If someone failed after four or five attempts, they do not have much time to go and try some other good jobs. This is a critical point to keep in mind for all who decided to take part in Indian civil service.


Do not be disturbed by reading the above precautions and do not leave the dream of writing a civil service exam. The point I wanted to convey is those who want to appear and get a civil service job should understand the pros and cons without leaving any loopholes in preparations for it. After understanding all obstacles coming in the way, one can have the confidence and only those can get into civil service. If one has that much confidence, surely they will shine in the path of Indian civil service.


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