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IAS versus IFS

Posted by Irus on August 16, 2007

the mains form is here and i guess it will be with you all very soon if it isnt already there. i’m having some last minute jitters filling up the services could some of you kindly give your opinions on what i’ve written below…

ifs – because of navtej sarna, nirupama rao, arundhati ghose – I want to be
in their shoes someday!! early career is great you get to learn new
languages interact with new people visit distant capitals. there is greater
camaraderie amongst batch mates because of a small batch size. time for
intellectual blogging. good exposure and opportunity for personal growth.
usually the best working environment which govt can provide. organising
cultural programs. I enjoy going to the india habitat centre often and
organising the same abroad will be great e.g. dance music. you don’t get
thrown away to distant villages and states. your cadre doesn’t become a
reason for one to contemplate leaving the job.

later in career too one could possibly join rajya sabha or like our new VP
mr. ansari hope to reach a titular office of grandeur.!

ias – because the tag is easily recognised by one and all. it reverberates
through peoples head as someone not to be messed with. minor irritants in
life get sorted out easily. how far is it true for ifs? however early in
career to be thrown amongst the villagers in an office which is a leaky road
side shack wouldn’t be a great thing. ass licking your way up the postings
and promotions ladder for getting anything worthwhile. I believe right now
im comfortably placed in new delhi, with ias, delhi itself would become a
luxury destination. why demote myself in life? but then top 45 ranks without
an aberration have picked IAS in 2006! maybe I missed some point? or maybe
they are all way too inspired to help the down trodden.?

policy formulation quite interesting but implementation is only – alright.
preparing answers for parliament more clerical sort of work in my opinion.

messing around with goons of politicians when polling has gone wrong and
I’ve to order a repoll would be dangerous for the family. staying in states
I will get a meagre Rs. 15 per month for children education. it would be
much better putting them in british school or american school via ifs.

what use is the intelligence and energy which I will bring to the government
if integrity itself will be battered and will force me to kill my ideals or
get out to save my skin!

later in the career one could again join rajya sabha or join politics e.g.
yashwant sinha, jaswant singh, manmohan singh and so on..

I believe there is some restriction imposed by mea against interacting with
certain people when on a mission abroad. is that true?

eventually I reasoned it will be luck if I got in top 50! so why not put ias
on top, ifs has a greater chance to come anyway! and would I be leading a
frivolous/fake life in ifs for the work profile available?
e.g. in the nuke deal what couldn’t be sorted out by the diplomats was
eventually sorted out by ias and technocrats. so will I only be a curious
traveller and a drama organiser in ifs at the end of it?

how difficult is it for an ias officer to go abroad… my neighbours just
returned from a 3 year posting to washington, he is from the 1979 ias batch
but he seems to have some major links as he was in delhi 10 years prior to
that and has now shifted his madhya pradesh office to MP bhawan in new delhi
and will stay here till his retirement! this is just an exceptionally well
connected case. what is the usual life..

I hope I can get this sorted out and be sure about things help will be
appreciated 🙂


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Posted by Irus on August 2, 2007

The following letter was written by me in 10th grade as a school assignment. Just found it lying on an old computer. Posting for some reality humour – enjoy 🙂


14/9 Kadambari Enclave, G.K.-II,

New Delhi-110048


M.C.D New Delhi – 110032

1st August, 2000

Subject: Free but foul circus of stray dogs and cattle in the city.

Dear Sir,

Please allow me the luxury of bringing to your kind notice the miserable plight of the cursed citizens of the capital city. Every morning when I go for a jog in my neighbouring MCD Park I find stray dogs painting iridescent shades of the philtre on every pole in sight. After reaching the park it is only if I’m lucky that I miss the blocks of fresh brownies indifferently let out by the cows in the vicinity.

Driving to the office is another exercise, which I warily perform as I meander past howling stray dogs running frantically after me in the hope of hitching a ride. As I leave them behind and join the 9 O clock rush on ring road to my dismay I find the traffic halting. Possibly, caused by the corpse of a cow, which had the previous night tried to chew on the succulent but bland electric wire brought down by torrential rains.

The cattle and dog menace isn’t a joke anymore, it is shocking to hear about kids being bitten now and then by the strays on the prowl. Even adults are not spared. After a hard day’s work when I try to soothe my self by listening to music at night all I hear is the clamorous barking in chorus.

I have tried to complain to the local MCD branch several times but all in vain. I was at the MCD office yesterday but only to find the department’s glitterati procrastinating in an alcove sipping their hot cups of tea as the rain beat a muted tattoo on the asbestos roof. It was an amazing experience to come across such marvellous lotus-eaters.

I hope that some thing will be done against the myriad menaces mentioned above at a date not too far into the future.

Thanking you,

Yours sincerely,


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