Fill your cadre options wisely
P.S: This post is specifically directed to all those who are preparing for the civil services examination. And ALL the observations are PERSONAL.
Hope each of you is preparation well with full capacity. All the very best for the upcoming Prelims and Interview.
We are currently (the 2012 batch IAS) going through Bharat Darshan, the two month trip across various states of the country, as a part of our Phase-I IAS training. Since we are closely looking at the various district administration(s) and their setup, I was able to gather some perceptions about the type of bureaucracy that is in place in these states, from the point of view of choosing them for cadres.
It is sad that we have to fill our cadre choices well ahead during the submission of application when we don’t have any idea what they are all about, and when we (after being in training) start getting some idea about the cadres and how people ‘work’, its already late. Irony at its best.
But, what I realized and what’s important is that, we need to have as much information as possible about the working environment of the cadres before filling up our choices, as we have to work for the rest of the 30-40 years in that place. I had only considered the interview and how to support my choices of cadre , while I filled them up, how narrow my view was ! It must have been the same case with many of you reading this, and hence I would like to try and give little more information, only just a little about them, so that you can at least make an informed decision. I cannot comment on all the states either, as I have not seen them myself. This won’t be, at any level, sufficient, and one needs to really try and get more and more information before filling up the cadres. Please talk to your seniors , especially those on field, without any hesistation. My intention of writing this blog is to make you aware that there will be more things at work on the field and you have to consider all of these complex issues before choosing your optional.
If you want some action on the field, real good work to be done, I see Chattisgarh, Orissa, HP and Uttarakhand as very attractive. The political interference is comparatively less and all these states are very much dependent on administrative setup (with all their problems like insurgency etc). Don’t think they are not so good options to take, in fact, I am currently in Chattisgarh (Raipur) and am totally impressed with the system in place here. This state is one of those awesome places to work ! One another good point is that, one can become a DM within 3-5 years of your service, these states pull more people in the DM’ship faster.
UP is one state, many of you must have already known, where literally, the mai-baap stuff exists. So, those of you looking for some real power and prowess, this is the cadre. The DM is almost treated as King, even when we as Trainees came here, we were given more than just a royal treatment. But I hope such power mongerers are less, we need devoted people in this state, it needs huge amount of work to be done.
Andhra and Karnataka are talked about as the safe options, and very good to work. But it is a fact that it takes around 10 years (approximately) to become DM after joining the services! A long time indeed. So this needs to be considered.
The list goes on like this but I hope you go the point. Please do take care of getting the right kind of information, suiting your requirements.