Civil Services offer an attractive and challenging career to the ambitious, the aspiring and the talented. Indian civil services paves the way for becoming an IAS, IPS or IFS officer
The Indian civil services is considered as one of the premier services which paves the way for becoming an IAS, IPS or IFS officer. Civil Services offer an attractive and challenging career to the ambitious, the aspiring and the talented. The wide variety of jobs within the fold of the Civil Services have relatively greater sphere of authority and power than any other services in India.
The services encompass all one can aspire for: prestige, job security, salary package, opportunity of foreign tour, job satisfaction, etc. Civil servants in one way decide the fate of the nation as the implementation of all developmental and other government policy rest with them. If we talk of prestige and respect this is the most prestigious and respectful job of India as it is a job which provides an opportunity to satisfy personal ambition as well as indulge in social welfare. The selection as civil servants is rigorous and only a handful is selected out of hundreds and thousands of aspirants every year. There is diversity of work- a wide variety of work is associated with civil services, like maintenance of law and order, developmental work, disaster management, representing India on international forum, administration, upliftment and empowerment of marginalised sections of society etc.
There is a deep sense of job security as a civil servant cannot be fired easily. Once selected, a civil servant works till the age of 60 and is possible for him to get an extension. As far as salary package is concerned, the 6th pay commission has brought the salaries of the Civil Servants at par with those in the corporate sector. The facilities and amenities provided to an officer are excellent. A remarkable thing about civil services is that it provides opportunity to contribute effectively in the decision making process of country. The talented ones also get to represent the nation at world forums. A person who wants to participate closely in the process of building society and wants to bring about positive social change should definitely try to crack the IAS examination.
The aspirants of Civil Services favour the top three services namely- IAS, IPS and IFS as these services hold within their fold the vast scope to use bestowed power to bring about socialtal development. Also, these services are much sought after as they are symbols of great power, social recognition and affluence.
IAS (Indian Administrative Services)
IAS officers are more popularly known as the policy makers & executors. Also, they are authorized to sign agreements on behalf of government., When they act at district level, they are known as district magistrates/collectors and are responsible for each and every affair of the district be it development, law and order, disaster management or anything else. At the secretariat level they perform as deputy secretary, joint secretary, secretary, principal secretary, cabinet secretary etc. IAS officers consider it to be a privilege to work as a district magistrate & principle secretaries to the Prime Minister or Chief Ministers of different states.
IPS (Indian Police Service)
A position which all IPS officer crave for is that of a superintendent of police, who are responsible for public safety and security, law and order, crime prevention & detention, traffic control etc. The IPS officers also offer their services to central police organizations like- CBI, CRPF, BSF etc.
IFS (Indian Foreign Service)
IFS deal with the external affairs that include diplomacy, trade and cultural relations. They are involved in the framing and implementation of foreign policy. The top most post given to an IFS officer is that of Ambassadors.
The analysis of the three top Civil Services show why a career in the Indian Civil Services is a rage among those who aspire to make their voices heard.
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An icon for millions today, Kiran Bedi is one person we all truly admire. May it be her strong decisions for fighting injustice, standing strong for the poor or joining the BJP after starting her political career as an activist for AAP, she has always made her presence felt with her firm decisions. Today, as she stands with BJP campaigning for the Delhi elections and is constantly being judged by other politicians about her character, her work and choices, it gets important that we know more about her life and how she became an inspiration to millions. Here is her story, her journey of life and how she became India’s First ever Female IPS officer.
Birth and Education
Born in Punjab on the 9th of June 1949, Bedi was the second of the four daughters of Prakash Lal Peshawaria (father) and Prem lata Peshawaria (mother). She did her schooling from Sacred Heart Convent School in Amritsar and joined the National Cadet Corps there. She took up tennis as her favorite sport which she inherited from her father, a talented tennis player himself. After her schooling, she completed her graduation in B.A English honors and also earned her Master’s degree in Political Science from the Punjab University, Chandigarh.
She continued her education, even after joining the Police force and gained her Law Degree, LLB from the reputed Delhi University. With all these degrees to her name, she went on to complete her Ph.D. from the Department of Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi with her thesis topic – Drug abuse and Domestic Violence.
Kiran Bedi started her career as a lecturer at the Khalsa College for women, Amritsar, in the year 1970. In 1972, she then joined the prestigious Indian Police Service, simply for her urge to become outstanding than the rest.
She served as:
– The Traffic Commissioner of New Delhi,
– Deputy Inspector General of Police in Mizoram (insurgency prone area),
– Advisor to Liutenant Governor, Chandigarh,
– Director General of Narcotics Control bureau
– Inspector General in Tihar Jail
She once dragged the car of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for violating car parking rules. After this incident, she was nicknamed as Crane Bedi.
As the Inspector General of Tihar Jail, she brought in various reforms for the prisoners including yoga, redressal and meditation. She also initiated the establishment of 2 organizations, Navajyoti (1988) and the India Vision Foundation (1994) for improving the lives of drug addicts and the various underprivileged people.
Kiran Bedi has received a number of awards for the work she has performed for the society. Some of these famous awards include:
– President’s Gallantry award – 1979
– Women of the Year – 1980
– Asia Region Award For Drug Prevention and control – 1991
– Magsaysay Award for Government Service – 1994
– Mahila Shiromani Award – 1995
– Father Machismo Humanitarian Award – 1995
– Lion of the Year – 1995
– Joseph Beuys Award – 1997
– Pride of India – 1999
– Mother Teresa Memorial National Award for Social Justice – 2005
Acts of Courage
– In the 90’s she was transferred to the Tihar Jail, known as the most Notorious jail in India. She alone transferred the jail into a peace-loving ashram by introducing literacy and meditation programs. This act of courage fetched her, The Magsaysay Award and a memorable place in the history of Indian Police.
– Kiran Bedi single handedly managed the Punjab separatist movement and fought against the sword carrying Sikh militants.
Her courage and achievements have a great influence on the women and younger generation of India. Her speeches have and continue to inspire women to raise their voice against injustice and work hard for a good life. It is due to her inspirational story that we see women in the police forces today. But now a part of BJP, will she soon be Delhi’s new Chief Minister?