What is civil services?Jayanti Ghose88|0Last Updated:10:00 am, August 18, 2012
What is civil services?
Civil services is those branches of public service that are not legislative, judicial, or military and in which employment is usually based on competitive examination.
What is procedure to get into civil services?
Recruitment to the Civil Services is through a competitive selection procedure known as the Civil Services Examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission, covering twenty odd services which include the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS),Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group 'A', etc.
What are the qualities required to become a civil servant?
Aspirants should have balance of judgment; variety and depth of interest; ability for social cohesion; ability to hold and delegate authority; the art of inspiring loyalty and stimulating and channelizing enthusiasm; tact for dealing with a wide cross section of society, both bureaucratic and otherwise; intellectual and moral integrity and enjoyment of responsibility.
What is the exam pattern of civil services exam?
The competitive examination comprises two successive stages (i) Civil Services (Preliminary) Examinations (Objective Type) for the selection of candidates for Main Examination; and (ii) Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates for the various services and posts.
The Preliminary Examination will consist of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions) and carry a maximum of 400 marks. Both the question papers will be of the objective type (multiple choice questions).
This examination is meant to serve as a screening test only; the marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the Main Examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit.
The Main Examination will consist of a written examination and an Interview Test. The Main (written) exam consists of nine papers. Of these, there are two papers on General Studies, one Essay paper, one paper on English, one paper on any Indian language, two papers on the First Optional subject chosen, and two more on the Second Optional subject.
The Main written examination carries 2000 marks and it is of conventional/ essay (non-objective) type questions. All the papers are of three hours and carry 300 marks each, except the Essay paper which is of 200 marks.
The Interview is held in April-May of the next year. It carries a weightage of 300 marks and is conducted by boards comprising of retired and serving senior administrators and academicians. The number of candidates called for the interview is influenced by the total number of vacancies expected to be filled in each year.
The final result is announced in June, around a year after the Preliminary Exam was conducted. Thus, the entire examination process from the Preliminaries to the Main exam and the Interview takes a calendar year.
Where can I work as a civil servant?
Top rank holders prefer to join the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service and Indian Foreign Service, but others like Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group , Indian Revenue Service (IT) and so on.
The civil services attract candidates from all disciplines including medicine, engineering, management, law, accountancy, humanities, commerce, arts, etc. It offers a fair scope to climb to the highest post in every service, based on experience and performance.
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