From the Directors….
In a democratic country like India the right to govern has been assigned to the politically elected body on behalf of the people of India. But governance is not merely a political exercise rather it is a technical exercise also and here comes the importance of Civil Services to provide administrative and technical inputs to the political system to govern in an efficient and effective manner. Civil Services has been broadly organised into All India Services i.e. Indian Administrative Service; Indian Police Service and Indian Forest Service, which are common to the Central and State Governments. In addition to this there are Central Civil Services and State Civil Services which are exclusive to the Central Government and the State Governments respectively.
Civil Services offers one of the best career option to the graduates of any discipline in the terms of the nature and content of the job. The growth prospects are very high and serving the society in the diverse ways further adds to the prestige and recognition of the Civil Services as compared with the other services.
To be a member of the Civil Services, one needs to qualify the Civil Services Examination conducted by the UPSC annually. The agency seeks to select the candidates who are eventually going to form the backbone of the National Executive. It is precisely for this reason, that perhaps the officers selected are also accosted as the steel pillars of the nation.
However, among the aspirants, the term UPSC has found a new connotation for itself, "The Unpredictable Service Commission." This is primarily because the examination is one of the toughest and the nature of the questions asked in the examination, most often appears a little complex. More so, the syllabus is not very well elaborated. In this context, the question that most naturally rakes any aspirant is" why is it so?"
The answer lies in the fact that the UPSC is actually looking for the cognitively intelligent, smart people rather than plain bookish intelligent ones, as they have to deal with the management of a highly unpredictable creature that is "human-being " and not with machines. We can understand it better with an example. What does UPSC look for?
To plan an Industrial corridor, a District Collector has to consider many factors, such as, source of raw material, transport connectivity, land ownership type and its land acquisition, effect of industries on agriculture, water table levels, effect on health of population and the benefits that would accrue with commissioning of the corridor.
But if a Collector is a Doctor by training, he will have very little knowledge of all these factors, but he is still responsible to deliver. Information and data pertaining to all the factors, including experts on each of the factors is available and the officer has to absorb the information quickly, analyse the data, seek expert's comments and correlate all of these and accordingly plan and execute the project. As you can see, the job of the Collector required quick absorption and analytical skills, ability to interlink factors and foresee the end results and lot of coordination and integration skills. Similarly, UPSC through its questions looks for the above skills. A typical question in the exam is like an Industrial Corridor project. The information and data are equivalent to Syllabus; topic experts are equal to the faculty at coaching institutes. A smart aspirant will exhibit the required skills by writing a consolidated answer which derives and interconnects information from more than one area of the syllabus. Here one has to see that knowledge plays an important role but more than the knowledge the aspirants should focus on its application.
Wishing you all, a bright future.
Thanks and warm regards.
Ms. Akhtar J.Khan
(CEO & Founder)