“This is a service, not a job.” – Shashank Jaiswal, IPS
Shashank Jaiswal cleared the 2013 UPSC civil services exam and got selected for the Indian Police Service. Previously, he had worked in the private sector for many years. An engineer from the Delhi College of Engineering, Jaiswal pursued his MBA in finance and marketing from IIM, Kozhikode. His private job gave him a good salary of about Rs.2 lac per month. It was a comfortable life. In spite of his pleasant life and excellent job, Jaiswal was drawn to the civil services. Currently, he is serving as the Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) of Seelumpur, Delhi. Read on to know why IPS officer Shashank Jaiswal quit his lucrative private sector job to pursue civil services.
As officers of the Indian civil services, you will feel empowered rather than just power. With this job, you are empowered (legally and with authority) to actually serve society. You can solve people’s problems as a matter of routine. With a private job, you serve yourself and your organisation and there are great limits on how much you can serve society.
It is true that a civil servant’s job especially that of an IPS officer’s doesn’t follow a fixed routine. It is not a regular 9 to 5 job. You can get a duty call in the middle of the night. You must be ever-alert and responsive to the responsibilities and work that comes with the power. In spite of all this, a career in the civil services can give you a satisfaction that no other job can give. For instance, Jaiswal talks of cases where he and his team have recovered missing children. For the officers who handle such cases, the greatest reward comes from seeing the tears of gratitude in the eyes of the parents. What is routine for you as an officer can be a matter of life and death for the people. You can directly touch lives here. You get to save lives which is rarely possible in a private sector job (unless you are in the medical profession). People do talk of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the private sector. But, according to Jaiswal, work in the civil services is itself CSR!
Service over job
According to Jaiswal, the civil services, as the name suggests is not just a job – it is a service. You are here to serve society, people and the country. People from all strata of society depend on you. As officers, you also get to take an active part in the progress of the country. By doing your job, you are serving your country.
Salary is not an issue
After the 7th pay commission, salary of IAS/IPS officers is reasonably good. Apart from the salary, there are other perks as well. Read more.
However, when you are in the services, salary is a non-issue since you are here to serve society and change lives.
No undue political pressure
According to Jaiswal, there is no undue political pressure in the Indian Police Service. He says that there is ample freedom to do your job to the best of your abilities and that you always get support for good work.
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