But the Obvious!

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 🙂


22 Responses to “IAS versus IFS”

  1. hari said

    Hi Irus,
    I think it boils down to ur value system and what drives ur conscience innately. Yes i agree that ias is not that powerful or glorious these days. But if u believe in giving back to the society and think that u can be happy by whatever little difference u can make to the downtrodden then go for ias . But if u think that what u need is a comfortable and glamorous life then go for ifs. Anyway all the best for u r mains.

  2. Irus said

    hi hari
    my value system is simple! where can i have more FUN while doing a MEANINGFUL job! IFS is a game where ill have players who come in all hues and shades (whites blacks hispanics chinese). IAS will be a game where i will have all brown players (indians). The rules are DIFFERENT but the OBJECTIVE is the same. WINNING~!

    glamour or no glamour WHERE THE ACTION IS, THE FUN is there! i think IAS is the game which will be really CHALLENGING! :o)

    thanks for your good wishes 🙂

  3. hari said

    But Irus I think IAS is more responsible job where u r thrust into leadership positions at quite an young age. Imagine working with politicians with years of experience and with subordinates with double ur age. The position comes with lot of power and responsibilities. Certainly there would be lot of action and if u think u could have fun in it then go ahead.

    Also Upamanu chaterjee, an IAS officer himself, has written a book on urban youth joining IAS. U R hectic schedule for mains may not allow u to go through it but in case if u need to take small breaks from u studies go through it u may find more insights.

  4. Irus said

    i respect both age an experience. even in private sector one will find double aged subordinates. that’s just life. working with politicians is a big opportunity in my opinion.

    aura of power is practically 0 nowadays in IAS except some southern states where civil services is still viewed with awe. in north india people look down upon civil servants openly.

  5. prabha matta said

    What did you choose as first preference in your form?

  6. Irus said


  7. prabha matta said

    Btw, how is ur preparation going on? Are you giving mains now?

  8. Irus said

    yes i am giving the mains. last paper on 23d. 🙂

  9. Irus said

    GS paper 2 was lengthy. i met a lot of people who could not finish it.

  10. another aspirant said

    how did you find the GS paper…the general opinion was that it was very easy

  11. Irus said

    Surprisingly PA paper 1 and 2 had similar questions. It felt like writing the same paper twice (to some extent). Most of it was non-bookish.

    ya they are starting from 3rd.

  12. how did ur PA paper go? I think even law exams are coming up now?

  13. prabha said

    When I saw the papers, I felt, sort of, everybody writing at the same level…since the ques are of middle level esp conventional ones. In such circumstances, very difficult to score above others.

    All the best for ur law exams.

  14. Irus said

    yes it will be very difficult. thanks.

  15. AMIT TYAGI said

    sir i want to prepere for ias from whwre it will be best.

  16. shiyas said

    sir,may i know the age at which u really started wishing to become a civil service officers??if it was at the time of ur degrees then please tell us about ur initial preparation during your degree studies????

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  19. scorpio said

    truly speaking i want a very very glamorous job…..i think IAS officers are paid more….so y nt IAS be a glamorous job.?

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