Civil service, the backbone of the Indian government machinery constitutes all the departments which runs the Central and State administration.
The most prestigious exam in India is conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The prestige and power that comes along with these top-notch jobs like IAS, IPS, IFS, is a definite reason for anybody to join this profession.
Running the administration of a vast and diverse country like India requires efficient management of its natural, economic and human resources.
That, precisely, is the responsibility of the civil services.
The country is managed through a number of Central Government agencies in accordance with the policy directions given by the Ministries.