Sarkari jobs or government jobs in India have never gone out of style. And the recent Cabinet approval of the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations has made government jobs in India even more appealing!
However, despite the large demand for government jobs, few know how to go about applying for a public sector job. Here’s a ready primer:
1. Choose your field
There’s a place for everyone in the government services from generalists to business executives, and from archaeologists to scientists. The first step, therefore, is to choose the sector that suits you best.
This choice must be based on your interests and qualifications. Most government jobs need a minimum education qualification so ensure you apply to jobs for which you are properly qualified.
2. Keep a lookout for notifications
Government recruitments are usually announced publicly through websites and magazines like Employment News, so keep an eye on them. You could also find a list of government jobs in this section of our portal. Keep checking these sources for frequent updates. Missing an application deadline usually means a year’s delay or more until fresh applications are invited.
3. Fill the application carefully
Applications for government jobs usually require candidates to fill a detailed application form. Fill out your form carefully since a minor mistake could result in your application being rejected. Seek the help of someone who has had prior experience filling the form. Applications to government jobs may also require the candidate to attach attested copies of documents like education and caste certificates, so don’t forget to enclose them.
Almost all government jobs require candidates to give qualifying examinations followed by an interview, although the latter has been scrapped by the Union government for junior level jobs starting January 2016. While the nature of examinations differs according to the job, almost all exams have a section on general knowledge and current affairs. An increasing number of exams also lay an emphasis on numerical ability so brush up on your mathematical skills as well. Previous years’ examination papers are readily available and you must go through them. Joining an institute or a coaching centre could be an advantage.
5. Clear the exam and interview!
There’s no reason not to do well in the exams if you’ve prepared thoroughly. Keep the time factor in mind, though, since many applicants complain that they were unable to complete the paper. The interview process may differ according to the job but the panel is generally warm and cordial.
Government jobs offer a steady livelihood and carry a certain amount of prestige. But the perception that working in the government sector is less stressful than the private sector isn’t necessarily true. A number of top government officers are known to work weekends, stay in office late into the night, and adhere to stringent deadlines. So if you intend joining the government sector, do so for the right reasons. It can prove to be a rewarding career if you are equipped with the right attitude.
Here is the list of top government jobs in India that you can prepare for:
- Indian Administrative Services or IAS
- Indian Foreign Services or IFS
- Indian Police Services or IPS
- Indian Revenue Service or IRS
- Indian Army
- Indian Airforce
- Indian Navy
- Bank Probationary Officers
Find Government Jobs here.