Interesting Facts about Indian Civil Services

The Union Public Service Commission conducts various exams to recruit the candidates for government posts. The civil service examination conducted by UPSC recruits the candidate to different posts like IAS, IPS etc.  The examination is conducted in three entirely different phases-Preliminary examination (objective), Civil Service Mains (Written) and personality test (face to face interview).

Recently, on 21st April we observed Civil Service Day all over India. Civil servants, who track the administrative mechanisms of the central as well as state governments, are reminisced for their works on this day.

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Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel on 21st April 1947 addressed the first batch of civil servants of Independent India at the Metcalf House. He denoted the civil servants as the ‘steel frame of India’ in his stirring speech. It was Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel’s vision that the civil service would unify the entire country after independence.  To take the civil services exam aspirant needs to be older than 21. The statistics show that over 9 lakhs candidates apply for the UPSC IAS exam that holds approximately 900-1200 vacancies. According to statistics of 2010, the number of bureaucrats in India is even less than 50,000.

The first ever function celebrating the Civil Services in 2006. The fineness shown by civil servants is rewarded by the Prime Minister of India.

Here we are giving some interesting facts about IAS/IPS officer

  1. The existing model of Indian Civil service was formed after 1947.
  2. Satyendranath Tagore was the first Indian to join the Indian Civil Service in 1864.
  3. Cabinet Secretary is the highest position for an IAS officer
  4. R Pillai was the first to serve the post of Cabinet Secretary from 1950-1953.
  5. It was Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s vision that the civil services would unify the entire country after independence
  6. The first woman IAS officer was Anna George Malhotra.
  7. P. Sivasankara Menon was the First Foreign Secretary of India
  8. Vijay Lakshmi Pandit, though not an IFS, was India’s first woman Ambassador
  9. Beno Zephine N L is the fully blind IFS officer
  10. Kiran Bedi is the first women IPS officer

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