Successful candidates of the civil services examination were felicitated at the Abhimanu IAS Study Group,Sector 36,on Monday. K K Dhawan,a senior Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer,was the chief guest. He is also the father of Prince Dhawan who secured the 3rd rank in the civil services examination.
Dhawan congratulated all the successful candidates and said they deserved all the praise for being determined,dedicated and devoted.
The Indian Administrative Service was clearly the most preferred service amongst the toppers this year,followed by the Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Foreign Service (IFS). Jashandeep Randhawa,who got the 104th rank,said while all the services were highly coveted and offered opportunities to work for the development of the country,the IAS was viewed to be more comfortable than the IPS or the IFS.
It is believed by most people that an IAS officer sits in an AC room while the IPS officer sweats it out in the sun dealing with criminals,which is too simplistic to be accurate. Both the services are equally tough but this misconception definitely plays on ones mind sub-consciously while choosing preferences, he said.
Asked if the IPS is less popular among candidates because it is seen to be a tougher life compared to the IAS,Navjot Khosa,who secured the 95th rank,said that none of the services promised a comfortable life and all services demanded long working hours,odd timings,excessive travelling and sacrifices. It is wrong to say that only the IPS officers have dangerous working conditions. Only recently a Deputy Commissioner was abducted by the Naxals and he was an IAS officer. It can happen to anyone,and all services require selfless sacrifice, Khosa said.