Civil Services: Most Lucrative Career Option in India!

The proverbial steel frame of India- the Indian bureaucracy, otherwise known as the Civil Services has for long been amongst the most distinguished professions that anyone could opt for. Largely due to the inherent nature of the service itself- one that places the needs of the public before self, civil servants have for generations been revered by society and have contributed significantly towards building the India we know today.    

Let’s take a look at what exactly makes this a lucrative career option:


  • There is a great sense of pride and prestige associated with the life of a civil servant.
    • You would have observed the kind of respect a police officer is accorded the moment he/she walks in public view. There is an aura and sense of authority which the uniform exudes, that is rarely, if ever, found in other professions.
    • Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers accompany politicians and are often seen travelling in a convoy of vehicles.
    • The image of a district collector for example, a post usually held by IAS officers, is one that has captivated the minds of many generations ever since the service was introduced by Warren Hastings in the year 1772.


  • A civil servant moves in social circles that most others only dream about. As a civil servant, one gets to brush shoulders with entrepreneurs, politicians, industry experts, academicians and exalted members from the civil society.
  • Diversified Responsibilities: Moving in circles of power and influence, civil servants often accompany elected leaders on various delegation-level visits abroad. Further, in their career of public service, they get an opportunity to serve different ministries of the Government of India, for example: The Ministry of Power, The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Defence, etc. to name a few. Career Diplomats get an opportunity to travel the world and get an opportunity to be appointed as Ambassadors and High Commissioners.
  • Civil servants assume the responsibility of shaping public policy. This has a wide scope- for example, civil servants make important decisions concerning the kind of educational system the country and her constituent states operate; the nature of industries that are set up across the country, which in turn impacts the nature of jobs available to the youth; civil servants even take a lead role in shaping foreign policy and India’s relationship with other countries. Thus, in essentially everything conceivable that can be linked with the life of every Indian, civil servants play an invisible hand.   
  • A Career in the civil services gives the opportunity to explore one’s full academic potential. Civil servants can apply for study leave in a reputed foreign university, the cost of which will be paid by the government. An example which can be cited here is that of Mr. Srivatsa Krishna (IAS 1994 Batch Topper), who played a lead role, along with a team of fellow bureaucrats under Chandrababu Naidu (the then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh), in helping make Hyderabad, an IT hub. Mr. Srivatsa Krishna took leave from his job and joined the MBA program at Harvard Business School (HBS).
  • Further, with the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission, a career in the civil services has been made financially lucrative as well. What is more is that the Civil Services promise high paying salaries from the start at about Rs. 80,000-85,000 gross per month. When we contrast this with the private sector, it is only at the level of a Senior Manager at most private sector firms that one can reach this level.  They also get life-time pension and other retirement benefits.
  • Besides the above, they are also given government cars and accommodation that is the source of envy to many. In addition, they are also provided excellent medical care. As a matter of fact, the Maharashtra State Government had cleared a policy allowing IAS officers to access hospitals outside the country- charges for which would be borne by the Government.
  • Another critical area to compare and contrast is that of job security. In the private sector, one’s job can be terminated, citing often ambiguous reasons such as ‘business exigencies’, often with no prior notice. In comparison, civil servants enjoy a greater sense of security when compared to the private sector. It is this ‘secure job’, coupled with the other perks that Civil Servants enjoy, and the aura, prestige and respect that is associated with Civil Services that makes Civil Services the ‘most lucrative career choice’ in the country.

To get into IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS and many other services a candidate shall have to clear Civil Services Examination (CSE) conducted by the UPSC. Want to know more about the exam? We’re just a call away! Call us at +91 9243500460.

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