Civil Services As a Career in India


Introduction

The Indian Administrative service (IAS) is the administrative unit of the Executive branch of the Government of India. The IAS officers handle all the important affairs of the Government. At the Central level, this involves the framing as well as the implementation of the Government policies. Every Indian eligible candidate shall be permitted 6 attempts at the examination.

INDIAN ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE – IAS

The IAS officers look at the management of various administrative departments and their respective functions. This includes framing of policies & acting as advisors to the ministers as well as executing officers in charge of the administration of other smaller Indian administrative units. For Example, the District Magistrate is in charge of a district taking care of the law and order situation as well as the administration and the overall development of the district.

INDIAN POLICE SERVICE – IPS

The Indian Police Service has major responsibility of a law and order in the state of India, constantly looking after the safety of the citizens of India. The Indian Police Service has various branches and associated departments like the Border Security Force – BSF, the Department of Home Guards, the Central Bureau of Investigation – CBI, the Department of Traffic Control, the Criminal Investigation Department, the Central Reserve Police force, the Crime Branch, etc. An IPS officer often shares his duty with the IAS officer within the same district.

INDIAN FOREIGN SERVICE – IFS

Indian Foreign Service is concerned with India’s External Affairs Ministry. The officers are responsible for framing the foreign policies plus maintaining and regulating the Indian embassies in other countries of the world. The third most important of Civil Services, the Indian Foreign Service (IFS), is the body of diplomats of India.

INDIAN RAILWAY SERVICE

The Indian Railway Service is in charge of the huge network of Indian railways which is further divided into the Indian Railway Traffic Services, the Indian Railway Personnel Services, the Indian Railway Accounts Services & the Railway Police Service. The Railway Police Service looks after the security of the whole system, especially the passengers. The Indian Railway Traffic Service takes care of the scheduling of trains. The Indian Railway Personnel Service deals with recruitments of the officers.


INDIAN POSTAL SERVICE

The Indian Postal Service looks after the workings of the country’s postal network which covers the telegraph service. Officers start out as Senior Superintendent of Post Offices in India. Postings can be anywhere in the country, also in the Central Ministry.

INDIAN CUSTOMS AND CENTRAL EXCISE SERVICE (IC&CES)

ICCES deals with the Indian customs and excise departments, while customs deals with the levying of taxes on things brought into the country and the later Excise Duties deals with the taxation on goods which are produced in India.

INDIAN AUDIT & ACCOUNTS SERVICE

It maintains the accounts of all the States of India. It has various branches such as the Indian Defence Accounts Service which deals with the expense of the Indian Defence. There is also an Indian Civil Accounts Service which falls under the direct administration of the Secretary of the Indian Ministry of Finance.

INDIAN REVENUE SERVICE – IRS

The officers of the IRS aid in the assessment and fixing of the rates of income tax and also look into its collection. There are branches which deal with tax crimes such as evasion of income tax and also those which build up statistics.

Coaching for Civil Services Examination

There are various coaching centres in India which help in preparing the candidate with adequate knowledge to crack the written examination which is then followed by Personal Interview round. To get into civil services the Indian students must have determination and dedication as it may take years to achieve the same.

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