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Civil Ser’VICE’s

There was this friend of mine who used to aspire for civil services right from his school days and used to read magazines like CSR and Pratiyogita Darpan. He had actually started the preparation for the general studies paper from 9th standard itself. We used to look upto him in awe and respected his dedication towards his goal at a time when we did not even know which stream are we going to opt for after 10th boards.

For me, then, Civil Services had a special enigma that surrounded around it. Respect, Luxury and POWER.

From the times of the British Raj till today, much has changed in the way the Indian Civil Service has been organized and the way the exams have been conducted. Although with the advent of privatization and the service sector boom in the economy, ICS has not lost its following and many youngsters, mostly from Kerela, Bihar and U.P. spend years together to get through the grueling exam procedure.

But the inspiration or rather the lack of it that made me write this is day before yesterday’s news item in TOI where a survey ranks Indian civil servants at the bottom of the pile among their other Asian counterparts.

Dubbed as the most suffocating and painful bureaucratic system in Asia, Indian Civil servants are a power centre in their own right and have their influence in affecting major government decisions. Corruption is rampant and that too in the open! Babu does not show up in office because he is on a vacation with his family in the Alps, courtesy the tax payer’s money and the bribes of course…

The problem does not remain at the top, its a chain reaction that continues uptil the level of a chaprasi (peon). See aditi’s take on this…

By the way that friend of mine is still preparing to crack the IAS; after all who doesn’t want to reap in the benefits of one’s hard work, isn’t it?


12 responses to “Civil Ser’VICE’s

  1. Blog Gore June 5, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Our civil services, or for that matter, government agencies / bodies / functions are unfortunate realities.

    Lets hope that your friend makes a difference…

    • Rohan June 5, 2009 at 3:46 pm

      the last i heard from him, he was highly depressed with his repeated failures in the exams…lets see maybe this year he breaks the jinx…

  2. Barun Jha June 5, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Isn’t it surprising? we always type cast corruption, ill functioning with illiterates, and uneducated, but see wat has they made of us.

    It would be interesting to know that what moulds them, So we have this worst kind of bureaucracy in our country. Is it power that corrupts. Or do we need to revamp Selection which has decended down from the British?

    • Rohan June 5, 2009 at 6:06 pm

      Hi Barun,

      The selection procedure has underwent a sea change since the time we got independence.

      POWER corrupts. YES…

      Keep Visiting.


      • Barun Jha June 5, 2009 at 6:34 pm


        But I believe the gruesome selection process will fit best to pick a good acedamic rather than agood administrator.

        Well Keep it up.

  3. Cynthia June 8, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Well written Rohan.

    There was this friend of mine too who was trying out for the same exam, and a lot of people used to tease him saying ….. “Oh so u r gonna earn a lot of ‘under the table money’ eh?”

    I think the general outlook of people to Civil Services is only earning a lot of money very fast, and even though the selection procedure has changed, the end result is almost the same. 🙂

  4. adi June 9, 2009 at 8:35 pm


    No matter what I still do wish I had it in me to crack the serVICEs…hehehe.
    And I louved it that u mentioned ma post! that officially makes u ma Fave blog 😉

  5. Dhananjay June 19, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Civil services had always been a dream kinda for me…
    But it just that, I cant take some illiterate politician like Mayavati will throw me here and there at her will…..

    • Rohan June 20, 2009 at 3:13 pm

      good one DD…
      but as much as i am surprised and sademed to say this…Ms. Mayawati is a llb….who cares, all politicians are… !

  6. Dhananjay June 22, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    oops…i haven’t used the politically correct word here…
    I should have said socially and politically illiterate….
    and anyways does being LLB qualifies you to run the country?

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