Civil service, which was once considered as an elite service and the 'steel frame of India', no longer appeals to the youth as before says a senior IAS officer couple.
"A career in the administrative services was earlier a most admired and popular option. The change in perception that has come about now is not only because of government's role which is reducing in every sphere."
"In fact, renumeration, though never the most attractive aspect of the job, has turned out to the biggest reason for the change in perception. The salary structure, when compared to that of the private sector after liberalisation, is ludicrous. Cut out the frills and consider the essentials, and it will boil down to a choice between earning one's bread and illusory prestige," writes Leena Nandan, Director, Ministry of Tourism and Jiwesh Nandan, Director, Ministry of Power, Government of India in their book, How to placate an angry Naga.
They further point out that, "If the present stage of affairs continues then only those who can't make the best of competitive opportunities will opt for this career in the coming years." The 1987 batch couple stops short of showing the murky undercurrents of the Indian Administrative Service while frequently bordering on their reflective stories featuring whimsical bosses and autocratic politicians, overzealous juniors and suspicious spouses besides other aspects of the service.