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Civil Service remain top career choice (Test)

The booming private sector with rising salaries of corporates is no match to the civil services when it comes to the first career choice for the youth, a survey has said.

About 80 per cent of 300 young executives, who opted for placements in the corporate sector and responded to the survey - Have Civil Services Lost their Charm with Advancement in Liberalisation - agreed that civil services continued to attract the best available talent despite complaints of low salary and falling standards

The findings are contrary to the popular belief that flight of talent has shifted more toward the private sector with fast advancing liberalisation, the Assocham study said.

The assertions that civil services are loosing their sheen and lustre are totally malicious and disparaging as every aspirant cannot withstand the rigours of civil service examinations, Assocham President Venugopal N Dhoot said.

"Sixty-five per cent of executives, however, felt that though other channels for employment have opened up, particularly in the ICT sector, it would be wrong to conclude that the first grade talent is getting attracted toward these sectors," Dhoot said.

Over 70 per cent of the respondents said that the private sector does not provide security though it may offer handsome package to young executives.

More than half of the respondents blamed the system for discouraging young candidates opting for civil services. The often reported interventions by politicians in civil servants' daily activities also work as a discouragement for the aspirants, the survey said.

A majority of executives who took part in the survey was unanimous in endorsing a suggestion that Directorate of Audio Visual Publicity, which normally comes out with government advertisement, should give publicity to the positive aspects of the job to attract a better talent pool.

A suggestion was also mooted during the survey that each state headquarters should have an academy to train young boys and girls for career making in the civil services.

These academic institutions should be entirely managed by the government with proper funding facilities and should provide financial facilities for the vulnerable sections of the society, the survey said.