Parmanand Pandey (Author is renowned journalist and National General Secretary of IFWJ) lucknow: �All successful boys and girls for the Civil Services 2015 deserve to be heartily congratulated but it is also an occasion to reflect on the psyche of we Indians, who are still frozen in the time of the pre-independence era. Civil Services Examination is arguably the toughest examination to crack. Thousands of IITians, Medicos, Engineers of different streams, IIM educated boys and girls, besides graduates, post graduates, even PhDs in Science, Humanities, Commerce and Law appear in the Civil Services examination. Many university and college teachers also aspire to become civil servants. It has been reported in the newspapers that in 2015 examination of Civil Services, more than nine lakh candidates appeared, out of it approximately one thousand have been finally selected for various posts like; IAS, IPS, IRS, IRTS, IFS etc. It means only one person has got the final selection out of nearly 1000 who appeared in the examination. Earlier IFS was considered to be the most coveted service but now the selection in the IAS, IPS and IRS is preferred for obvious reasons. There is no doubt that brilliant persons are required to execute the policies and programmes as framed by the Executive, which consists of the Prime Minister and his/her Cabinet at the Centre and the Chief Ministers and their Ministers in the States. What really amazes is that all round euphoria and exultation is found, in the family, relatives and among the people of the area over the selection of the talented persons in the civil services, who ultimately turn out to be the cogs in the wheels and lose their innovative and entrepreneurial capacity. In fact, engineers, medicos and other professionals should be discouraged from appearing in the Civil Services Examination as they have to play only second fiddle to their political masters after selection. The best that they can do is to
Why such mad race for Civil Services?