Government Jobs have been traditionally considered as one of the most preferred career choice among the youth of India. Career Stability, job security, excellent pay, regular promotions and numerous perks along with the prestige and status that a government job offers, makes it one of most lucrative and rewarding job opportunities in India. To top these benefits, there is the feeling of serving your country by participating and contributing to the administrative infrastructure, which makes government jobs more appealing compared to those in private sectors. There are many different ways in which a person can get a government job, but the two most popular ways have been through IAS/Civil Services Exams or through SSC exams.
What is Civil Services Exam?
The Civil Services Exam is a national level test conducted by the UPSC for recruitment of candidates to public services offered by the government. Popularly known as the IAS exam; the civil services exam inducts candidates for top level positions in governmental machinery under different services like Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Services (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFS). UPSC inducts Class A Officers, Class B Officers through this exam at several positions in different ministries and departments of the government.
What is Staff Selection Commission Exam?
Staff Selection Commission is a government run agency in-charge of recruiting staff for different governmental departments. SSC conducts the exam based recruitment process for Group B posts and all non-technical Group C posts at various ministries/departments of the Government of India. The SSC exams are held across the year depending upon the vacancy or requirement in a particular department or the governmental agency. The two most important annual all India level SSC exams are
- SSC Combined Higher Secondary Level (10+2) Examination
- SSC Combined Graduate Level Examination
Can SSC compensate for IAS exam?
There is no clear answer to this question, as it depends on the perspective of the candidate and the vision they have for their career growth within the governmental machinery. Although, both these exams are meant to hire candidates for govt jobs; the roles, responsibilities and powers attached to them are completely different. Some of these differences are discussed below.
IAS or Civil services exams are aimed at finding the best of the best candidates for the highest positions in governmental bureaucracy. They are in-charge of framing and implementation of governmental policies for development of the nation.
SSC exams are aimed at hiring candidates to be part of the government machinery and help in the general administrative work and day to day operations of department or ministry.
The screening process for both the exams is also quite different with the IAS exams being a lot tougher and more extensive in terms of matter as well as competition, compared to SSC examinations.
Pay Scales and Positions
This is the most obvious different as far as both the exams and associated jobs are concerned. The Civil Services Exam is aimed at hiring candidates for Group A and Group B categories, which is higher and therefore attract higher pay scales and positions. Whereas SSC inducts candidates for Group B posts and all non-technical Group C, which is lower in comparison and therefore attract less pay and positions.
Despite these major differences, some IAS aspirants, who have exhausted their number of attempts or have failed to clear civil services exam several times, may opt for SSC exams as an alternative to become part of the government’s administrative infrastructure, but it still won’t place them at the same position which they can attain through Civil Services Exam.