If you thought the civil services (UPSC) had lost its charm in the age of hefty paycheques and global jobs, think again.
The stream of engineers and doctors from some of the country’s premier institutes making a beeline for the civil services continues unabated. Some of them are even chucking promising MNC jobs to apply for the administrative cadres.
Consider the numbers: there are seven engineers and three doctors in the final UPSC list for 2007 published on Friday. The year before, 30 per cent of the finalists were engineers, while 8.5 per cent were medical graduates. This year’s lot is unlikely to be any different.
Srirangam Sriram, director of Delhi's Sriram’s IAS Coaching Centre, says, “The popularity dipped a bit during the early years of India’s cyber revolution. But the number of aspirants coming from IITs and other engineering colleges for the last 15 years has seen no erosion.”
Arun Kumar from IIT Kanpur will be among the 2 lakh aspirants who are expected to write this year’s preliminary round on Sunday. Says the 28-year-old, “The disparity between a corporate job and India’s reality is too acute. I can’t wear blinkers and go to the US to make my career.”
Some join after having tried out the corporate rat race. Supreet Gulati, an IIT Chennai graduate who ranked second on the 2007 list, says: “Two years with a Noida-based company gave me no job satisfaction. My association with voluntary organisations helped me make the decision to go for the IAS.” Indeed, he’s not regretting his decision today.