• 20 Rules of #CivilService

After 15 years in civil service — following are the lessons I refused to learn

1. Do not apply your mind
2. Do as your told
3. Do not argue with your reporting officer — they will always be right
4. Honesty is relative
5. Don’t be emotional
6. The best will be leaders
7. Service delivery is an art
8. Never express what you actually feel
9. There is some merit
10. Everyone needs confidants & protection
11. Find your Qibla & find it quickly
12. Service is a roller coaster & an equaliser
13. Respect your own cadre
14. Everyone is jealous of you
15. World can’t function without us
16. Civil servants are magicians
17. Look for an excuse — not to function. It will save you from future troubles.
18. Only with the right connections will survive
19. Seniors are infallible
20. Advertise more
Disclaimer : “ The Babu with these 20 Rules wishes to remain anonymous”.

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