If you dream of a career that brings lots of authority and power, respect and popularity, a career that makes one an icon, an idol, a career that enables you to contribute to society meaningfully, then Civil Services is indeed a very attractive opportunity for you. The Civil Services, comprising careers in the IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS etc. is the acme of many and most young Indians' ambitions. Many devote themselves to achieving this holy grail of careers; many others are intimidated by the very idea of competing with so many other aspirants and give up on their dreams of becoming an IAS officer because they are afraid that they will not be able to beat the competition. Certainly, Civil Services deserves the kind of reputation that it holds among students. Civil Services provides an unparalleled career opportunity - the amount of authority and the magnitude of responsibilities that even a freshly appointed civil servant enjoys are much higher than those held by people who are well-established in other fields. For this reason, today, Civil Services is the most coveted among career options in India. But, it also means that the competition for the limited number of Civil Services posts is sky high.
Civil Services include all state and central government offices and offer jobs not only in better known sectors like the IAS (Indian Administrative Service), IFS (Indian Foreign Service)and IPS (Indian Police Service) but also select departments of the Indian Railways, Revenue Service, Postal Service, Audits, Customs, etc.