It could get hard, it could mean spending one’s days of youth in the four walls of a library, it could mean failure or it could even mean nothing at all. Still, millions of students prepare for the Indian Civil Services every year and do not give up even after multiple failures and other hardships in life. Some of them give up on lucrative job offers from the biggest corporates of the world, some of them return from foreign countries and happily land up into a world surrounded by books and newspapers to prepare for the Indian Civil Services.
What is it that attracts them? What is it that keeps them going? What is so special about the Civil Services that the aspirants keep working without being affected by the negative aspects of it?
The reasons could be professional, personal or even emotional reasons associated with a desire of contributing to society. Let’s analyse!
The power to create change: Mahatma Gandhi once said: “Be the change you want to see in the world”. As civil servants, you get a lot of power to create better things and make changes to the already existing ones in your cadre. It’s a kind of satisfactory social service act for which you get paid. You learn as you work and your views get more and more respect due to the projects you have already taken in the past. There are many officers who are known for the extraordinary ideas of change they brought to society. Serving in tribal areas, rural areas, working for the deprived sections of society, you get the problem itself demanding the solution from you. You could go on to rise as the topmost bureaucrat of the country and wear the badge of your nation and create the changes you always wanted to. Can there be anyone more important than you?
PS: No matter what you do in life, which career you opt for, it must always involve a sense of duty towards you yourself as an individual, towards your family, towards your society, towards your nation and towards humanity and the planet. The Indian Civil Services is a job that brings with it everything you dreamt of, it creates a path to do all of the above and it requires a great level of dedication, hard work, sacrifice and most importantly, the will to take new challenges every day. You’ll be a very learned and changed person altogether.
Choose wisely! All the best!