As regards one’s endeavor to play his part as a well-oiled cog in the country’s technocratic machinery in the most elite of the capabilities, Indian Engineering Services is simply the unambiguous answer. Through this channel alone, one may be bestowed with enough technical as well as managerial powers to do justice with one’s creative ambitions for his country. Herein, we will explore the career in the engineering services from a civil engineer’s point of view and will also see how their career proceeds.
Why Indian Engineering services and what is in it for Civil Engineers?
Quite like any other government machinery, the actual power, and authority of undertaking any project actually resides with only a hand full of elite officers who are responsible for the smooth functioning of the whole organization (railways, Public Works department, Military Engineering Services etc). Any talented and ambitious individual, for the reasons at hand, should definitely aim for these top brass positions otherwise his work will be confined only to either do or supervise the already chalked out project which may have some shortcomings of its own.
Civil engineering, to be not exaggerating, is literally the backbone of our country. Be it any ambitious technological instigation of the government, civil engineers always prove themselves handy. It is for the same reason that of all the engineering vacancies notified by both the state as well as the country’s public commissions, around 90% in case of state and 50 % in the case of the country are for Civil Engineers. It here becomes imperative to mention that such services are best joined at the youngest age possible so as to rise to the highest post possible in that arena.
What are the options available after clearing Indian Engineering Services in Civil Engineering?
All the major government organizations fill their top notch class I vacancy through IES itself. To be precise, following are the options available:
- Border Roads Engineering Service (Border Roads Organisation)
- Central Engineering Service (Central Public Works Department)
- Central Engineering Service (Ministry of Road Transport & Highways)
- Central Water Engineering Service (Central Water Commission)
- Indian Defence Service of Engineers (Military Engineer Services)
- Indian Ordinance Factory Services
- Indian Railways Services of Engineers
- Survey of India
- Indian Inspection Services
- P & T Building Works Service (DoT, Ministry of Communication & Information Technology)
- Military Engineering Services ( QS & C )
- Indian Railways Stores Services.
Perks and Lifestyle
As it is well known also, the Indian engineering services are famous for its perks bestowed onto its well deserving workforce. Unlike the IAS you certainly won’t be getting a blue beacon, but one can safely assume oneself at par with the IAS officials within his field of work and will command the same respect there. Houses and servants depend upon the parent organization. As the houses in railways are made in a lavish way right from the British rule, one gets that, but expecting the same scenario at Border Roads Organization will be wrong. As regards the career progression, following chronology is observed:
- At the time of selection – Assistant Executive Engineer / Assistant Works Manager / Assistant Director.
- After 3–4 years of service (including probation period) – Executive Engineer / Works Manager / Deputy Director (equivalent to Under Secretary to Government of India).
- After 8 years of service – Superintending Engineer / Deputy General Manager / Joint Director (equivalent to Deputy Secretary to Government of India).
- After 13 years of service – Chief Engineer level-2 / Joint General Manager (equivalent to Director to Government of India).
- After 20 years of service – Chief Engineer / Additional General Manager (equivalent to Joint Secretary to Government of India).
- After 30 years of service – Engineer-in-Chief / Senior General Manager (equivalent to Additional Secretary to Government of India)
- After 34 years of service – Chairman / Director General / Managing Director (equivalent to Secretary to Government of India).
Promotions are subjected to availability of vacancies and may take more time than mentioned above. The age of superannuation is 60 years for all civil servants in India.
IES promises with a satisfying career. If you too are a civil engineer and are of the firm belief that the joy of getting a village connected to the roadways is far superior to any hefty pay package then, it should definitely be your call.