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-