The Indian Civil Service serves as the backbone of India and carries great respect and responsibilities. India's best brains vie for entry into the Indian Civil Services as officers. Even though corporate jobs may offer the best of salaries and perks, a majority of youngsters and their parents still crave entry to the prestigious Indian Civil Services held by the UPSC. The very fact that a big share of every year's top posts in the civil services exams are bagged by professionals from various streams, shows that the IAS is still the dream job for many. 

In my effort to be of use to the various civil services aspirants here is a list of tools and resources to give an edge to your prepration for the Civil Service exams conducted by the UPSC India. The competition being very very tough for the IAS examination, one has to be prepared to put in hours (10 to 12 hours) of work and take repeated attempts at the UPSC civil services exam.

Job Prospects :
Depending upon his rank, a candidate is recruited to services such as the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and other departments including Railway, Finance, Post and Telegraph, Revenue, Secretariat and there are some newly added services like Indian Trade service and Indian Corporate Law Service. The appointment offers executive power. Promotions are time bound and increase in privileges are automatic. Selected candidates are first put through a training session for a short period. He is usually sent to an academic staff college associated with the service to which he is allocated. The greatest thing about civil service is the job security. Special facilities include subsidised accommodation, telephone and transport facilities, medical benefits, leave travel concession, etc. After retirement, there are very good social welfare facilities. Last but not the least is the immense satisfaction one derives at being able to participate in the development process of the country.

List of posts for which Civil Service Examination conducted by UPSC
1    Indian Administrative Service                                                                                
2    Indian Foreign Service                                                                                          
3    Indian Police Service                                                                                            
4    Indian P&T Accounts & Finance Service, Group 'A'                                                
5    Indian Audit & Accounts Service, Group 'A'                                                           
6    Indian Customs & Central Excise Service, Group 'A'                                               
7    Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group 'A'                                                          
8    Indian Revenue Service, Group 'A'                                                                         
9    Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group 'A'                                                        
10  Indian Postal Service, Group 'A'                                                                            
11  Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group 'A'                                                                
12  Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group 'A'                                                                
13  Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group 'A'                                                           
14  Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group 'A'                                                          
15  Posts of Assistant Security Officer in Railway Protection Force, Group 'A'              
16  Indian Defence Estates Service, Group 'A'                                                             
17  Indian Information Service, (Junior Grade), Group 'A'                                              
18  Indian Trade Service, Group 'A'                                                                             
19  Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group 'B'                                              
20  Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, D D & NH Civil Service, Group 'B'    
21  Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, D D & NH Police Service, Group 'B' 
22  Pondicherry Civil Service, Group 'B'                                                                      
23  Pondicherry Police Service, Group 'B'                                                                   
24  Indian Corporate Law Service, Group 'A'   
Remuneration :
The Government of India has fixed salary grades for Civil Servants. Approximately the range of salaries drawn at various levels is as follows after sixth pay commission hike:
Junior Scale (Pay band 3)        :  Rs. 15600-39100 plus Grade Pay Rs. 5400 
Senior Scale (Pay band 3)       : Rs. 15600-39100 plus Grade Pay Rs.6600
Junior Administrative Grade     : Rs.Rs. 15600-39100 plus Grade Pay Rs.7600
Selection Grade (Pay band 4)  : Rs. 37400-67000 plus Grade Pay Rs.8700
Super time Scale (Pay band 4) : Rs. 37400-67000 plus Grade Pay Rs.10000  
Above Super time Scale: 
(i). HAG Scale: Rs.67000(increment @3%)- 79000, Grade Pay: nil 
(ii). Apex Scale: Rs.80000(fixed) Grade Pay: nil
In addition to the salary civil servants receive various allowances such as Dearness Allowance, City compensatory Allowance, Leave Travel Allowance, Medical and subsidised housing.