Ladies and gentlemen, brace yourself for the bitter truth!
Let’s start with a few examples-
Mr. A ran a 500 m race and won. What will he do next? He will not stop there. He will go for a longer and tougher race.
Mr B won a Tennis match at state level. Will he stop? No, he will go for the national level.
You may say that IES is not a game – its a job. Yes its not a game, but students take it as a game and not only IES, but IAS or any other professional examination.
If someone wants to become an IES/IAS officer, then the motivating factors for him/her are usually respect in society, power, facilities and many other half-truths that float around in society (specially middle class).
He takes IES/IAS exam as a race, in which all of his friends are participating and he has to excel anyhow.
Almost none of the aspirant is aware of the work an IES officer has to do. I mean, its like applying for a job just after knowing its salary. How many of you know-
Will you be doing technical job or managerial job?
What will be the name of your starting post?
What are the departments in which an IES officer is posted?
What he is supposed to do in his official capacity?
What changes can he bring to the organization? (Eg- Railways, CPWD etc)
Will it be 5 days work or 6 days work?
What are the important skills that will help you in doing your job in a much better way?
What are the working conditions? How is the work culture?
(Want to know about the job an IES officer? Read here.)
I know this because many aspirants have asked me how to prepare, how much to study but noone has ever asked me these questions!
So, when he/she clears ESE and joins the IES, he gets to know the reality. And then he gets to know about the Job and what he has to do! Every job has its own set of pros and cons. For some people, pros matter more than cons while for some its otherwise. Now in a job, I can tell you one thing for sure-
What really matters is the job content and working conditions. Everything else comes thereafter.
Initially, you may go after the money, but very soon you will realize the mistake you have done.
So, when someone has won the race named ESE, he feels that he should go for a tougher race with even better returns (facilities, powers etc – again the same mistake). Its not only with IES/IAS but almost any career in India.
So, the typical recipe to be an incredibly average herd sheep is –
- Choose Engineering branches in college according to the popular opinion of maximum placements or its being-an-evergreen-branch.
- Get placed in a job remotely related to what you have learnt in those 4 years of your life. Eg- Mech guy working in a software company.
- Then you see everyone is preparing for IES/IAS/CAT/GMAT/GRE/GATE and according to your personal preference- money vs power vs foreign trip, you choose an exam and start preparing for it.
And that, kids, is How you meet your Job.
My advice- Don’t do something because everyone is doing that. Do it because you really want to do it. Do research about whatever you are planning to do and give it your best.
A job is good not because of power or position or money. A job is good only when you enjoy doing it. You should not feel like I am being paid for bearing all that torture, rather you should feel like I am being paid for doing what I love.
PS- 1. Exceptions are everywhere. You may be an exception, but here I am talking in general.
2. There may be people who have their own reasons, but this is what I have observed in general.