Why You Want To Be A W.B.C.S. Or W.B.P.S Or W.B.R.S. Officer.
Why You Want To Be A W.B.C.S. Or W.B.P.S Or W.B.R.S. Officer. This post might seem off-topic to some but it’s not, believe me. We can always do something better if we know the reasons for doing it. For instance we can prepare for WBCS exam much better if we know the reasons for preparing for it. In this case it seems pretty straightforward, to get in to the civil service of our choice. But let’s go beyond this.
Ask yourself the real reason for aiming for the service that you do. And I mean the “real reason” here. Don’t say to serve humanity if all you want is to serve yourself. And even if want the latter, there’s nothing “bad” or “wrong” about it. Without being judgmental, go forth and list the reason for wanting to be an WBCS in the comments below.
I’ll go first. I wanted to be an WBCS simply because of the wonderful opportunity it provides to do something about things I felt strongly about. To take just one example, I felt and still do that Indian roads are very dangerous to drive on and traffic mismanagement has resulted in many avoidable road accidents over the years. Pathways have been hijacked by hawkers and vehicle owners for parking their cars leaving the poor pedestrian no choice but to walk on roads with vehicles whizzing past them at jet speed. No wonder India ranks first in deaths due to road accidents.
As an WBCS I wanted to change this and contribute positively to decision making in West Bengal relating to traffic management along with many other issues close to my heart. Of course I also wanted to be an WBCS for personal reasons as well like getting into a good career with challenging job functions, perks of office and others. But this is not about me. It’s about you. Just to prompt some ideas, do you want to be an WBCS (or WBPS,WBRS etc.):
- For the sake of Authority as you’ve heard that “WBCS rule the state”
- For money as civil servants “make a lot of it”
- For contributing positively to the society
- For your near or dear ones as everyone needs someone “well connected”
- Simply to uplift humanity
- Because it’s a very good career choice as compared to other jobs/careers
- As it’s the best combination of power and prestige
- To be a role model to your peers, friends, siblings
- Promotion to IAS/IPS.
These are just a few among many other possible reasons and motivations for you to aim for the WBCS. Share yours with others. It could be “the one” reason or multiple. Once you do it it’s very likely that you will prepare for the WBCS with renewed vigor. This is what goal-setting all about. Share it aloud so you feel more compelled to achieve it as compared to a privately held resolve. So just to restate, why do you want to be an WBCS?
WBCS, A Diverse Career.
Civil Services is also a very diverse career. One would begin at the grassroots level and then move up the career ladder donning different roles at different times. A count of various ministries and the departments in the Government, each headed / assisted by an IAS/ WBCS officer, serves as a measure of the diversity that this career offers. There is always a place in this career for candidates with various backgrounds. As an example, someone with a technology background can get to use her expertise on technology to improve the administration at various stages – improve transparency and accountability in decision making, better the delivery of public goods and services, minimise corruption and leakages, expand the targeting and reach of various public schemes, etc.
However, civil services has it’s own challenges. For example, several cynics believe that bureaucracy is plagued with several ills like corruption, political interference, unfair public expectations, predatory media scrutiny etc. The positive way of looking at it is that these are the constraints which make the bureaucracy a challenging career. Remember, it is that ability of the aspirants to deliver the best results even under severe constraints, which makes them respected and coveted throughout the world. The same holds true for bureaucracy – despite the myriad challenges, WBCS officers should be able to deliver some of the best results.
Yes, Civil Services may not be the most remunerative career that there ever is. One successful aspirant says “It is for this reason that I chose to take up the job as a Software Engineer at Amazon, an off-campus job, soon after my graduation in 2011, despite my inclination towards Civil Services. And then a year later, I went on to join Google. During this period, I realised that money doesn’t make much of a difference beyond a point and that certainly can not be the only reason that can take me to work everyday for the next 35-40 years of the career ahead. The fact that you’re graduating from one of the most prestigious colleges in the country ensures that you’ll earn enough to live a luxurious life ahead, irrespective of your CGPA/campus placement. It was after working for 2 years that I realised the importance of job satisfaction and chose that in lieu of the pay cut. However, if one takes into account all the benefits and perks like housing quarters, travelling allowance, domestic help, etc., which a civil servant gets, the pay cut isn’t huge. But if money is all that one cares about, Civil Services is certainly not a good career option. One must choose Civil Services for the right set of reasons, and mine are the ones that I mentioned above.”
“But deciding to get into Civil Services isn’t everything. There is still the humongous task of clearing the Civil Services Examination, which is touted as the “mother of all examinations”. As per the current exam pattern, there is one optional subject which an aspirant must choose from the given list of optional subjects. he chose Mathematics as my optional due to his personal interest in the subject and given the list of the optional subjects, it suited his background the most. One must choose an optional subject purely on one’s interest in the subject and not due to any misconceptions like less syllabus, more scoring etc. There is no such thing as a free lunch and Public Service Commission (PSC/UPSC), which conducts the Civil Services Examination, certainly doesn’t provide one.
So, best of luck guys.
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