In India everybody knows that you are not judged by what you have studied and what intellectual property you have earned, but the society is more concentrated on what you are doing after completing your studies and how much you earn. So, being in such a resolute society at some or other point of time in our life, we all are civils aspirants. We may have different reasons behind our aspiration but what that really attracts us in bureaucracy is their charm and authority. Every year, around six lakh candidates appear for civil services, but only fifteen thousand make it to the mains and again only three thousand make it to the interview and finally not more than a thousand manage to reach the other side. Just after listening to such a statement most of us feel high on it, and simultaneously think this is absolutely not for me; of course it is true to some extent, not because of our capabilities but for its difficulty.
So, what if you leave it behind, that’s it! Is there no way to reach what you are aspired for; well there is, actually there are; unlike all India services they are infamous but they surely bring you the same level and honor.
For Core Engineering:
Even though administration has no relevance with engineering, proper governance needs its integration. Historically civil, mechanical and electrical engineering played crucial role in human development; telecommunication is the recent entry to this list and is considered as modern engineering hotspot. From infrastructure to irrigation, these are the core domains that every govt. need to be well equipped with. Having such importance, it is so certain that government’s quest continue to search and recruit new talent in these fields. That is where exactly Indian Engineering Services (IES) came into picture.
All central recruitments are done by two agencies, i.e., UPSC and SSC, among which UPSC recruit for gezetted positions while SSC fill-up remaining non gezetted junior/assistant rank positions.
Engineering Services Examination remains the most sought after careers for the engineering graduates. Having the selection ratio at zero point third digits, and due to its highly technical in nature it is considered one of the toughest examination in India. In 2015, a total number of 434 candidates were selected from around three lakh applicants. Their functional area itself is fairly broad covering railways, roads, defense, manufacturing, inspection, supply, construction, public works, power, telecommunication etc.
UPSC conducts ESE (Engineering Services Examination) exam in four disciplines - Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics and Telecommunication engineering. Like civil services, Indian engineering services also follow three tier examinations pattern, with first being objective test followed by descriptive and interview being the final cookie. Recommended candidate shall be offered job in some prestigious services like Indian Railway Engineering Service, Indian Ordinance Factory Services, Indian Telecommunication service, Indian Radio Engineering Service, Military Engineering Service, and Indian Power Engineering Service etc. All IES jobs are middle level management positions, which in normal course can rise up AGM or Principle Chief Engineer whose cadre is equivalent to Additional Secretary to the Govt. of India.
Apart from IES, UPSC conducts Combines Geoscientist and Geologist Examination, especially for candidates with Geology/Geophysics, Earth sciences, Ocean Geology and other related qualifications. Usually Central water commission, Geological Survey of India, Central Ground Water Board etc shell be the recruiting agencies. All positions recruited under this examination are group-A central services, including both ministerial and non-ministerial. All group A service employees draw their initial pay as mentioned in Level 10 of 7 CPC pay matrix. Apart from IES, there are other group B central services offering a better and secured life. These recruitments are usually done by UPSC at the request of concerned agencies all around the year. Usually agencies that participate in these recruitments are defense Laboratories, National Testing House, National Textile Corporation and many more. Apart from the core disciplines Chemical engineering/Technology is the most trending one here. Almost all these jobs are gazetted ministerial services with remuneration sufficiently placed in PB 2 with GP Rs. 4, 600/Level 7 in 7th CPC with initial pay of around Rs. 44, 000.
Staff Selection Commission, SSC:
Apart from UPSC recruitment, Staff Selection Commission also recruits engineering/diploma graduates in Assistant/Junior Engineer cadre for various central government agencies. Usually, but not always all these cadres are non-gezetted. In a complete turnaround move SSC moved off from its typical examination pattern and are following UPSC engineering service pattern for this recruitment. Graduates having Mechanical, Civil, Electrical and numerous other engineering branches are eligible to appear for this exam. Entire recruitment procedure is divided in to three tiers; as always objective type 200 marks first test followed by descriptive second test for 300 marks on the same day. Successful candidates need to appear for an interview which could reward 100marks. Candidates who ever succeeded, shall be posted anywhere with their remuneration sufficiently placed in PB-2, with GP Rs. 4,200 or Rs. 4, 600/ Level 6th/7th in 7th CPC with initial pay anywhere around Rs. 36, 000- Rs. 44, 000 depending on place of posting.
Apart from central recruitment, states also have their own infrastructure departments, so, obviously there will be a need of skilled persons. Usually States recruit candidates with Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. There are numerous other areas like Geology, Hydrology, Textile, Environmental and Agricultural Engineering but their proportion in annual recruitment is marginal. Compared to centre, state recruitment procedures are more flexible and they are always targeted towards own talent. Similar to centre, States recruitment responsibilities are handed over to public service commission and they change their recruitment procedures from time to time. However, eligibility remains the same for all the states, and recruitment procedure includes a Screening test followed by subject test. Depending on the cadre, position and concerned state, interview will be conducted. Asst. engineers and executive engineers are the most commonly recruiting positions, and the agencies hire these candidates are usually infrastructure development departments like Electricity, Irrigation, and R&B etc.
Well, that is fairly enough for core engineering. But what if you are a guy with computer science or IT background? Well there are not so many openings as in the case of core engineering. CDAC, MHA-NATGRID (contract/temporary jobs) calls for IT professionals throughout the year and some sate services also have openings for them. Though they are not group-A services, they carry equal or some times better pay-offs. More recently, centre started recruiting IT professionals under ministerial services to keep in pace with modern digital world. UPSC used to conduct Deputy Central Intelligence Officer (DCIO) exam for computer science and electronics candidates, but it has been over four years since UPSC conducted this exam. Apart from that, banking industry is a bright spot for IT guys as their requirement for IT professionals is increasing exponentially. As the governments are moving towards digitalization and IoT is about to show its full strength, we can expect more openings from public sector.
But no worries, we have a sector that represents over fifty percent of countries GDP, and it is always in desperate need of your service; got it, what else if it is not IT services, here you get far better pay offs and fast career growth. Otherwise, you can float your own startup and be the king of your own realm. Finally, if you want honour to the end, then you should know what consequentialism said as “The end justifies the means”, which in one perspective can be translated as “where you end up is what that defines what you did”.