Challenge of service

Print edition : August 26, 2011

T.N. Seshan, chairman, advisory board, IAS Academy. - BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

THE civil services offer a person the biggest opportunity to do national service, said T.N. Seshan, former Chief Election Commissioner and chairman of the advisory board, Sri Chaitanya IAS Academy.

During a recent interaction with students, he expressed his delight at being associated with the academy and told them that the variety of services that one could get in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and other civil services was unbelievable. He said the salaries in the IAS today were among the best in the world and felt that working in such services was a challenge that had no parallel anywhere else.

For an honest civil servant, this country is one of the best places to serve, he said. If your heart and mind are clear, you have nothing to be afraid of, he told aspiring civil servants.

Seshan, who served the country in various capacities for 36 years after joining the IAS, advised students to work hard and put in eight to 10 hours of preparation each day for the examinations. If you want to write the Civil Services exam and join the IAS, it is my belief that you need 90 per cent perspiration, 8 per cent inspiration and 2 per cent luck. He stressed that a person with an analytical mind would make a good IAS officer.

He said that the Sri Chaitanya IAS Academy was trying to give students the advantage of being prepared to work in the IAS. They have asked me to head the IAS Academy advisory board, and I thought I would do my little bit to enable them to run the courses.

Y. Mallikarjun
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