A selected candidate is recruited into the Civil Services depending upon his rank in the overall merit list. The Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS) is the top ranking jobs. Other services, includes Finance, Post and Telegraph, Revenue, Secretariat etc.
The selected candidates are first put through a training session for a short period. They are usually sent to an academic staff college associated with the service that has been allocated.
The recruitment happens at the level of officers having executive powers. The promotions in the service are time bound and increase in the salary and privileges are automatic.
The greatest thing about Civil Service is the job security. Special facilities include subsidized accommodation, telephone and transport facilities, medical benefits, leave travel concession, etc. Post retirement, they get very good social welfare facilities.
Last but not the least; one derives a great deal of satisfaction being placed at such a privileged position in the job hierarchy. And also one feels privileged for being able to participate in the development process of the country.
The Government of India has fixed salary grades for Civil Servants. In addition to the salary; civil servants receive various allowances such as Dearness Allowance, City compensatory Allowance, Leave Travel Allowance, Medical and subsidized housing etc.
Approximately the range of salaries drawn at various levels is as follows:
Junior Officers: Rs. 8000-275-13500
Senior Officers: Rs. 10650-325-15200
Junior Administrative Grade: Rs. 12,750-375-16,500
Selection Grade: Rs. 15,100-400-18,300
Additional Secretary: Rs. 22400-525-24500
Secretary/Cabinet Secretary: Rs. 26,000/30,000
Note: The above scales only provide an idea of the pay scales. Different branches of the service have different pay scales.