New Delhi: Despite complaints of falling standards and relatively lower salary structures, the Indian Administrative Services continues to be the preferred option for a majority of young career aspirants.
According to a survey carried out by industry chamber, Assocham the reasons are that the IAS provides visible and invisible perks, social status and benefits with 100% job security, which remain totally incompatible with private sector counterparts.
The broad scope of the survey was to make an assessment if the civil services had lost their charm, in the wake of liberalization, higher salaries, faster growth, incentives and perks that come with a high performance job in the private sector.
80% of the 300 respondents confirmed that IAS, IFS and IPS continue to draw the best available talent, contrary to the perception that flight of talent has shifted towards private sector.
The assertions that civil services are losing their sheen and lustre are not entirely correct for most aspirants cannot withstand the rigours of layers of civil service examinations, said the chamber’s president, Mr Venugopal N Dhoot.
* 65% working executives felt that inspite of other channels for employment having opened up, particularly in information, communication and technology, civil services was still the first career choice of many.
* Over 70% said that private sector does offer handsome package to young and bright executives but sustenance was always missing and this usually had a negative impact on the individual’s personality make up.
* As compared to the private sector, confidence building in the civil services was much more as there were lesser chances of uncertainty befalling any civil servant.
* Impressions of mediocrity hitting the civil services was strongly refuted as was the fact taht the IAS was losing ground to the more lucrative options that had opened up in the private job arena.
* 55% respondents blamed the system for discouraging brighter and brilliant young men and women for opting for civil services due to often reported interventions of politicians in civil servants’ day-to-day routine life as this could be one reason which amounted to demotivation.
* 75% executives argued that private sector does pay them higher salaries with lot of perks but the sword is always hanging over their heads in case their non-performance.
* An image overhaul was found to be necesseary to revamp the IAS’s position in the career market.
* Directorate of Audio Visual Publicity which normally releases government advertisement should occasionally print what the civil services are all about to attract talent.
* A special drive is called for to fuel and ignite youngsters’ interest in the civil services for reasons that they carry high growth prospects, good working conditions and a culture that promotes integrity and self development.
* Each state academy to have a state headquarter taht can train young boys and girls as they prepare for a for career in civil services. These academic institutions should be entirely be managed by state governments with proper funding facilities and also facilities for giving stipend to those that belong to vulnerable section of society and cannot afford literature that goes into preparation of civil service examinations.
* Each state can promote its updated list of successful candidates which can motivate other aspirants.
* A smarter advertising campaign can be mounted, the way the IAF and Indian Army have done to get the cream back into the prestigious IAS.