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What to do When You are Confused Between MBA & Civil Services?

What to do When You are Confused Between MBA & Civil Services?


  6386      19/08/2014

Question - 

Hello, I'm in final year of my engineering. I am confused between MBA amd UPSC. How to choose Career?

– Rohit


Expert Advice

The options that you have mentioned are both from different fields and selecting any one or the other depends primarily on your capabilities, career goals and interests. No doubt, that both are good fields and both has their own importance, one is on the management side and the other will secure you government jobs.

If you want a managerial position and want to understand management strategy and needs, apart from the technical skills, then you can definitely opt for MBA.  It is a practitioner’s degree and it is always an advantage to have technical as well as management skills as today there is no business run without technology. BE enhances ones analytical and logical skills and MBA teaches you the basic principles of management that are practical and scientific for building an effective organizational structure and  helps you get an whole picture of how an organization works. Technical and management skills hand in hand will definitely make your profile look better as Management and technology are the two parts of a coin.  However, the biggest challenge you face is choosing the right and a premier B-School.  Thousands of students pass out with an MBA every year and are short of a good job. Refer this site to get an idea regarding the cutoff, location, and entrance exam and fee structure of top Indian colleges offering an MBA full time course: Also, choose the right stream and prepare sincerely for any of the required entrance tests such as, GMAT, CAT, MAT, XAT, etc. as getting admissions in any of the best Bschool is not easy.

UPSC (UNION PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION) is also a good option where there is comparatively less competition than MBA and more job security. It is a central government job oriented organization, which conducts different examinations for engineering services, civil services, defense services, combined medical services, central armed force services,, Indian Economic/Indian statistical services and Naval and many more throughout the year across the country for the selection of candidates in to the various public sectors. If power fascinates you and if money is not your major citeria, are hard working and determined, then you can opt for this field. You can decide on the Engineering Services Examination, which is a nationwide competitive examination in India conducted by the UPSC for the civil services that meet technical and managerial functions of the Government of India. This is a four stage competitive examination for recruitment to the different Indian Engineering Services.

The eligibility criteria for this examination are:

  • A minimum age of 21 years to maximum of 30years as on 1st august of every year
  • You need to be a B.E./B.Tech from a recognized university or equivalent or an M Sc degree or its equivalent.

The postings would be in the various government sectors based on your engineering subject.  There are four categories in this exam:

i) Civil Engineering

ii) Electrical Engineering

iii) Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering

iv) Mechanical Engineering

After the exams:

  • You first join as an Assistant Executive Engineer
  • Later on you would be promoted to an Executive Engineer level
  • Then Executive Engineer (junior administrative grade)
  • After that Chief Engineer level-2 (equivalent to Director to Government of India)
  • Then Chief Engineer level-1 (equivalent to Joint Secretary to Government of India)
  • And finally Engineer-in-Chief (equivalent to Additional Secretary to Government of India)

Cracking the UPSC IES exams unquestionably leads to a bright future with an attractive salary and good chances of promotions.  Website :

Finally, what counts is your passion, your introspection and right decision and your interest level. If you have, the managerial and communication skills ingrained in you and are passionate for a fast moving life then MBA could be a tailor made course for you and on the other hand if your interest is service oriented and lies in working for the people and society then go for UPSC.

All the best!

- Shehre Banu



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