Civil service examination or CSE as it is popularly known is one of the most prestigious exams conducted by the Union Public Service Commission, India. This exam is the stepping stone into the huge bureaucratic system of Indian democracy. By bureaucracy I mean the top notch positions of almost all the government offices and departments; be it running a district or maintaining the law and order or handling the revenue of the state or other likes.
It is these officials who survey and come up with the budgetary estimate for the department which in turn is sanctioned by the ministry at the centre. It is the bureaucracy that is behind the scene and is at the helm of all the important decision makings that ensures the smooth running of the state machinery. So if we keep aside the ministers elected from the political parties it is these bureaucrats who are key to the smooth functioning of the state.
The Civil services are one of the most glamorous services. It has the prestige, the power and above all the belief of the common man. During this political transition phase through which India is going through at present, where the ministries could topple at any time, the Civil Service officials hold the reigns. They keep the system moving. Joining the civil services gives one the chance of being a part of this prestigious office.
So the question to ask is not “why UPSC?” but “why NOT UPSC?”