Filling out the Detailed Application Form (DAF) has to be done with utmost care and diligence. Candidates must fill in their cadre and service preference list in the DAF. This must be a well-thought out exercise as once given, you cannot change it. In fact, this is so important that it can effectively decide what you do and where you are for the next few decades of your life! This article gives you a few pointers to remember while filling out the service preference list.
- First of all, go over each service and see what kind of work awaits you once you get into it. Study the job profiles.
- Ask yourself what kind of a work and life you wish for. For instance, if you don’t like to live abroad, the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) might not be your cup of tea.
- If you are unable to decide, write down your own strengths and weaknesses and compare them with each service on offer.
- Do consult your friends and family for their opinions.
- At the end of the day, the decision must be your own. Only you know yourself and your interests better than anybody else.
- You can read about the salary and perks of each service, but let that not be your sole criterion for deciding the preference list.
- For most of you the IAS would figure on top of the list. This is because of the respect and stature given to IAS officers. Easily, this is the most glamorous among all the services. Again, there have been some who have preferred the IPS or the IFS over the IAS.
- We will not be so preposterous as to give you a set preference list. You have the intelligence to figure out for yourself the preference of services you must indicate. But we will give you a set of rules to keep in mind while giving out your preference list for services.
Explore your own personality. Analyse your strengths and weaknesses.
Analyse the nature of each service.
Check where you can get posted for the services, i.e., whether in rural or urban areas, abroad, etc. Understand what you prefer.
Whether you wish certain sectors like accounting, railways, defense, communications, etc.
Do spend some time thinking about what you want since a wrong decision has the potential to make your life miserable. Collect all the necessary information, think, and then come to a decision.
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