New Delhi: If you rank in the ‘first category’ in the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination, you are immediately allotted the service of your preference, this is what a viral clip from a 2018 Tamil film seems to suggest, drawing mockery from several officers and other users.
On Wednesday, Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer and Principal Secretary of Environment, Climate Change and Forests for Tamil Nadu government Supriya Sahu shared a 27-second clip from the film Saamy 2 on Twitter, feigning ignorance about the allotment process at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA).
“Direct service allotment at LBSNAA… never knew it happens like this,” Sahu tweeted, receiving hundreds of retweets and over 4,000 likes.
— Supriya Sahu IAS (@supriyasahuias) December 22, 2021
The clip shows the film’s protagonist Aarusaamy, played by Tamil superstar Vikram, at the LBSNAA, where he is told by the administrators that he has been “selected in the first category” and is free to choose the service of his choice.
Aarusaamy responds with his preference of the Indian Police Service (IPS) as the film’s loud dramatic score builds up the scene that quickly cuts to the character in police uniform.
In actuality, any prospective civil services officer needs to first clear the UPSC exam and the interview process. Candidates then express their preferred cadre as well location, or ‘zone’, in descending order. The allocations take into account these preferences as well as the available vacancies. Candidates undergo foundation courses and intensive training before being posted to their respective cadres.
Quips pour in
As such, several Twitter users concurred with Sahu, making humorous remarks at the film’s expense as well as references to other elements of popular culture.
“When they can decimate logic, gravity and science, this is nothing. I still remember iconic scene of Amar-Akbar-Anthony giving blood to their mother… Mother Nirupa survived,” user Anand Rai said.
When they can decimate logic, gravity and science, this is nothing. I still remember iconic scene of Amar-Akbar-Anthony giving blood to their mother… Mother Nirupa survived. pic.twitter.com/jZvZUfS81J
— Anand Rai (@RW_Anand) December 22, 2021
After choosing IPS pic.twitter.com/dKDt2v6Y4u
— Nitin Chavan (@a20nitin) December 22, 2021
“I opted for Indian Foreign Service(IFS) before this board but they have allotted me Indian Forest Service,” IFS officer Mohan Chandra Pargaein quipped.
I opted for Indian Foreign Service(IFS) before this board but they have allotted me Indian Forest Service. 😅😂
— Mohan Chandra Pargaien IFS (@pargaien) December 22, 2021
Several users also referenced the lateral recruitment process for the civil services, as previously tweeted by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
Lateral recruitment pic.twitter.com/9u0dbZxGSy
— Saurabh Nagariya (@jugaduuengineer) December 22, 2021
Lateral entry recruitment ma'am 😂
— Jitin Yadav, IAS (@Jitin_IAS) December 22, 2021