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10 Advantages Of Government Jobs Over Private Sector Jobs

[Last Update – June 2014]

For most middle class Indians, there has been one perpetual dilemma – whether to go for a private sector job or the government sector job. In last couple of decades private sector jobs came in vogue, before which Government job was the ultimate prize for a job seeker.

Looks like we are back to the times where Government jobs are starting to get attractive again. This article here discusses the advantages of the government jobs over private sector jobs.

Although the government jobs have often been seen as the one with relatively lesser monetary benefits but with the advent of 6th pay commission, the scenario has changed for good.

Earlier, Indians were more inclined towards the private sector jobs, but now, the belief in public sector’s jobs even by the young generation is increasing.

Government jobs vs private sector jobs

Advantages of Government Sector Jobs over Private Sector

1.) Job Security

The biggest advantage of Government job is “Job Security”.

Private sectors are prone to layoffs and we have very well witnessed such layoffs in the past during the time of recession. Whereas, in government sectors the situation of the employees more or less remained same and the job positions remained intact.

2.) Pay Structure

Now the next significant factor would that be of the pay structure, as it is a very important factor for any job-searching individual. After the introduction of the 6th pay commission, the pay, which a government employee gets, is in par with the corporate sector and I don’t think that you would have anything to complain about here!!

3.) Working Hours

Personally I think the next factor an employee would scratch his head over is of the number of working hours he / she has to input and that is a big plus over private sector. In government sector jobs, there are standard working hours, unlike private sector ones, where an individual has to do overtime against ones wishes (many time without any benefits as well). And if at all situation demands a government employee to do overtime, then he / she is entitled to attractive overtime benefits.

4.) Promotions

An important factor, which any job seeker would take in account, is the promotional benefits. In government jobs, promotion is always based on the service period hence, the longer you work, and higher are the promotional opportunities. Obviously, this can be called as advantage as well as disadvantage because for someone who is above average may not be able to grow faster than his average counterparts

5.) Benefits & Perks

Next comes the benefit & perks a Government employee gets. For government jobs, many benefits such as retirement benefits, pension plans and funds exist moreover benefits such as medical, housing, loans, childcare etc. are also available. While some large private sector companies do offer such benefits, majority of them don’t offer except for mandatory ones.

Retirement becomes a factor and in the later part of our career and the retirement age of 60 years and in some cases of 58 years ensures longevity of an individual’s career.

6.) Work Stress

Government sector jobs are not at all stressful when compared to the jobs in private sector. The work load in governments jobs even if high would have more than enough time frame to complete it in the best manner possible unlike that of private sector jobs.

And here are some additional ones as well.

7.) More facilities – Government jobs provide more facilities like internet, telephone subscription, LTC. While the quality of the services is debateable, it is nonetheless and advanatge

8.) Inevitable salary increment – In government jobs your salary will increase which will have no correlation with your performance. While it is great if you are hard-working, increments happen whether are not you perform. So, for over-achievers, it may be actually a dis-advantage, but if you are an average performer, this is great.

9.) More holidays – There are more Government holidays in Government jobs compared to private sector. In addition you also have a 5 day work week. To add to all this, you also have certain amount of paid holidays in a year.

10.) Respect – If you are a government employee then you will get respect from a subset of government employees and people because of your position and power. 

To conclude, the main benefits of working with government organizations is the reputation associated with it on a whole as well as the numerous opportunities coming up in recent times due to stellar growth of Indian Economy.

Also, I would like to highlight that Private Sector jobs do have their own advantages as well, and in many cases a Government job may not be right for an individual.

Would love to hear your comments on this!

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  1. Simple answer: If your talent is your job just go for private.if you have talent in something else but are willing to serve people(at least) simultaenously fulfilling you dream, go for govt.

  2. Working for private company? .Who respects you , your juniors? May be. And what about you? What ever manager says in meeting we simply smile at him and laugh at all bullshi* jokes he plays(Not my condition tough).Once you leave the office who respects you solely depends on your personal life. But you will have a private life ,no one bugs you. While in government sector everyone calls you SIR , you will have large circle. Your neighborhood stare at you all the time.You get a beautiful wife.(typical Indian Mentality for govt jobs).But you wont be commended for any extraordinary things you do.As far as what i can say at the earlier stage of life Private should be preferred, but later on govt job is better for enjoying life.

  3. yeah i am very excited to get the job of government sector as far as i know and as far as i know that government has a lots of kind of facility and opportunity.

  4. If you 1. Are a quick learner and wants rapid growth, 2. inherit creative skills, 3. Are workaholic (who live for work), 4. Believe in “sky is the limit” or, 5. Have future plans for a business. Please, go for private sector. If you 1. Have hell lot of family responsibilities, 2. Have no earning member in family (medical facility for family is a big relief in itself), 3. Are average can’t struggle much with your brain, 4. Are physically Impaired (NO JOBS IN PRIVATE SECTOR) or 5. Have other interests to serve in life than your job. Simply go for goverment sector

  5. I m working in PSB from 2013 and I m very happy.I m working in agri loans and helping to farmers in many ways and gets satisfaction in my work.there is a lot of opportunity to learn a lot of things in psbs.previously I m worked in private sector for 2 years and it’s really hard to work more than 14 hours per day and transport 2 hours in Bangalore.its better to choose public sector than private sector even though my salary in less when compared to my previous job.

  6. First of all 90 percent of people working in govt sector join it for its perks and not for contributing anything to society, we people who r working in pvt sector contribute to society through taxes while a govt sector employee evades taxes and lives a luxurious life by splurging on money of common people. the only difference is it is tough to enter govt sector but easy to survive while it is easy to enter private sector but tough to survive and its survival that ultimately matters which proves your worth with respect to peers so spare me the bullshit that people cracking govt sector jobs are more talented than people working in pvt sector jobs. Tell me how many candidates crack UPSC or State Civil Services exams in a single attempt, most crack after 3-4 attempts so that only proves there is no talent , it is mostly hardwork and practice which helps you to crack govt sector entrance exams. Also what contribution r these govt sector employees esp in Civil Services or PSUs r making, most PSUs are running on loss like Air India, Railways and are dependent on Govt Subsidies so pause and think this is the reality of govt jobs and yeah who can forget the reservations , undeserving candidates get through by help of SC/ST and OBC quota which has completely plagued the system with inefficiencies. One day I was in SBI and to generate my ATM pin they took 1 hour!! this is the efficiency of govt sector organizations so to hell with your crap, yes pvt sector life is hard but it is meant for deserving people who are not corrupt and who live life on their own abilities

    • No govt employee can evade tax. And both sectors have talented people. The most talented brains of the country join IAS . take out ur frustration somewhere else.PSUs, railways etc are running on loss bcoz they are not profit minded like u. So cut the crap and go to hell

  7. everyone is trying to achieve his level of incompetency….. those who love to work day night screwing their mind ol night long must go with private sector but private sector employee must not think that govt employee are getting salary for free yes you can think of some people getting salary of free but other who love to work, have the decision making authority and have to take such decision which affect most of the people (including those working in private sector) of that place, community or society are doing more work that private sector employee because they are taking decision some of which are very crucial. and affect life of all members of socity e.g. student, employee etc those who work in private and are the expertise of their field they may get more respect in the society coz they have worked hard to get that respect and money so its not like that you wont get any respect in private if ur expertise of you field govt or any other institute or any corporation may call you to tackle the problems…. so its not about money or respect its ol about what you wish to do, what is ur intrest…. a iitian first rank holder Computer science branch student leaved iit coz he want to study physics and his professor know that he is an extraordinary student so they approach MIT to took him in 2 year directly.. and hi is doing very well now in cambridge university.. what you find here is 2 things his intrest and hardword so just show you hard work in the field of your interest you will surely get money, respect and value added to your profile….. i want to say one more thing that i have seen a lot of blog today such as ias vs mba, govt. vs private, and i am sure only those persons who are confused in thier mind about thier objective they only take part in such conversation….. and belive me it is a state of mined which cannot be washed though conversation or advice…. the more you involve yourself in conversation the more you get confused…. and dont think of the job security, job security is only for those who dont work they are just earning and eating….. those who really work for govt they are never secure

  8. Sowmiya Kishore

    Am a b.tech final year student . I don’t know which sector is best …

  9. you are don’t know your future…..so how your job is secure when your life is not secure…plzzzz…..what you like…..rest or work…resr then do govt and work then do private….24 hours……these hours what you can do…..and one thing….8 hour sleep..give those job…..gud luck

  10. Goverment jobs are more secure

  11. I think both sector are good becz if u have good skill than u can choise any one but in private sector rate is very fast I think so

  12. I also like Government Job even though I feel that to live a better life one should do Private Job and then start a Small Business. If you are a typical India who loves to live a secure life then their no other option, just prepare hard and smart to get a good job in Indian Government.

  13. yes.all points are correct. specially government employees have special reputation in society.everyone is king in themselves

  14. Sir i have completed engg in electronics and communication on 2012.but after ,when I am searching job in Bangalore my father was died.my father was working in police dept as a head constable but now compensatory basis they r giving me a government job of class C clerical fda post.sir upto 2014 I didnt worked any where .Sir now what can I do?shall i go for government job or private job ? Help me….

  15. no doubt gov jobs are best, but it requires a lot of dedication and hardwork to get into it. if a private sector employee earns 5 crore p.a. and marries katrina kaif, still he can’t earn reputation and respect that an IAS, defence officers have

  16. Hi, nice topic, it not only gives awareness about the government job, but also it gives inspiration to get the governement job, but those people who think that they are genius and talented please dont try to get the governement job, your life will became screwed up.

    • Hi Harsha, People who are genius and talented only can get the government jobs. Not all can get those jobs. Because it is very difficult to get the government job, so everyone is getting into the private sector and it is easy to get into the private job for the people who are not talented and also who failed in b-tech also gets the private job. Please don’t underestimate about the government jobs..saying that we can’t learn anything..if we have interest we can learn anywhere it should be either private or government job…that doesn’t matter

      • Yes, You need good brain to spread corruption across the county.

      • It is right that govt job is good. But most of the talented person working at private sector . Hv u ever seen any talented person highlighted in any news who is a govt employee and did a miracle…… lots of person ( like railway, police, army, school teacher ) spend 4-10 Lacs to get the govt job. So where is the talent …..People who don’t believe his ability ( like in govt job) search the job security. because he knows “i might be fail to do my job , but my salary should not stop”. ………. private company does not throw money … they search the talent and hire them with appropriate salary ..

        • Hello, Please don’t talk about talent, I have seen talent for the last 25yrs, Satellites and rockets or missiles will not fly without talent, Nuclear facilities will not work without talent, IIT’s, NIT’s, and IISC will not product good hands without the talent of the professors there. I have seen talent in private also, We have give suggestion to them to rectify the problem in many cases.

    • privet sector job is also important fos us and also for our country

  17. rajasekhar reddy

    Hi Experts, Your suggestions are very ..good,,,i have one doubt … I am working in IBM.. i fed up with if filed..my age is 24 , now i have to move Government job. Please suggest me my suggestion is correct or not.

  18. Sir, very Intresting Topic…. I have worked in private sector for 9 years… I have much money, BUT no time for ME and my FAMILY.. Even for Leave, there is always tension, JOB RESPONSIBILITY in private sector changed day by day,,, Engineer student is responsible for cleaning the floor as such stupid job is given in private sector….24 Hrs job….phone calls continue in night also…you cant plan for Holiday due to uncertain work given by your boss…….in last i think opening shop is better than the private job due to no time table for personnal life…What means of MONEY if you have not time for family….?? there is no WORK and FAMILY LIFE balance.. Now I am in govt job I have sufficient time for my family and my friends…I can plan for Holiday in advance… so please try for Govt job first….

    • satyendra kumar sah

      thanku sir for your valuable advice .it is very intersting topic really.your experience is helpful for mee.presentiy i am doing b.tech. in mechanical engineering from mit muzaffarpur .i had planed for private job but after learning your article my plan has been going to change…………………thanku very much sir…

  19. Vikas Kumar Taank

    And there is a power in the government sector which you will not get in private sector like Income Tax Officer, District Magistrate (I.A.S), etc. You will not have facilities like Defence in private sector.

  20. very interesting topic, you choose security,because of your socialconditioning from your parents and sociaty. Happines comes in life from jobsatisfication .govt job kills you slowly make you slow deppresed, govt job sucks you slowly security is an illusin and life only brave people live you enjoy life when you learn newthings travel more and only private jobs this all are easily ,

  21. govt jobs are more secure

    • yes real govt jobs more secure but if not intrested in our work and don’t fallow rulls& reguletions thats way to no improved our knowledge and skills and we r not get in good positions.

  22. In pvt sector there is lot of harassment & exploitation of Employees. Govt job is govt job

  23. I Have a govt job , i was a teacher in private sector, believe me govt job offers more security in future, but i lost my peace of mind. Happiness is important. If you love what you do then it doesnt matter weather its a Govt or private job.

  24. being a doctor i am in government service for past three years and enjoyed a good salary but i lost my dreams and my targets in these three years and now i am out of it and feel sure i wil make my dreams come true .

    • Hi Priya You took the right decision, We should live life and dreams don’t give a damn to what people say. though i have a lot of people from my family telling me that i should not quit a govt job.

      • Dear Syed, I am too a govt employee in CAG. Earlier I was in private company (IT sector). Believe me you should compare your life and career otherwise( in private sector) before you take a decision. I am really very very happy in govt service. You shouldn’ compare yourself with a doctor directly. I was in IT sector for six long years. It SUCKS!!

        • Arun Prabhudesai

          @Pawan – That is very interesting answer… But I tend to agree…earlier, Govt. jobs did not pay too well… but the situation is different now…after fifth pay commission, Government jobs have been paying quite well…and the benefits you get after retirement are far more valuable…in comparison to private jobs..that do not offer anything..

        • Hi, I have 3 years of It experience and i want to go for central govt job, please suggest me how i can achieve it. Thanks Mahesh

  25. I thing both jobs are better bcz if u r intelijent then u can enjoy in both job.

    • hi midhat, I think, you didn’t do private job yet especially IT job it sucks If you think private job is same or better than govt., then first you really need to go in one of the IT cmnpy. There intelligence doesn’t matter, there is only one thing matter, how much we can polish our boss or TL(team leader).

  26. govt. sector is best b'coj this job is stable…….

  27. I would like to proposed to the government sectors only

  28. whatever job you do whether it is a govt or private nothing is higher than your happiness and the peace of mind…

  29. If we live life in better way then private job is far better in spite of govt.job.

  30. Sanath B Gowda

    Always The Power / Reputation are the Greartest things… which is there in Govt jobs,,,

  31. Sudhanshu Kumar

    public sector job is best due to job security….

  32. Anupama Verma

    private job is good…

  33. Best article vaibhav… I like it. Government jobs help their servant in recession also. There is no guarantee in private sector for the same.

  34. i’think its depends on the person to person if a person have a talent than he go for private sectore and he’s also satisfie of the salary package and no need to grow he should apply for the govement job. if goverment job has a banefit so private job also a benefit to improving ur self.

    • manish kumar vishwakarma

      Bt mam wht abt them who are working under the officers or the boss They are not capable to get good job they dont have salary package as you told who will provide these type of packages to a irrlitele person. Can you tell me this please :P

  35. Sebastian Islary

    Doing jobs depends on person to person. However, being a private job holder I wl prefer Private one just for some reason..if u hav demag… (2 show his or her talent and get promoted & highly paid),,, agree with me. 4 dis, Our good doctors, engineers, scientists etc..desires to go, settle & work in Capitalist countries.

  36. I believe no matter how high is the salary in private sector is government jobs are far better than private sector jobs just because of the job security you have……..

  37. Government job doesn’t even deserve to compare with corporate jobs

  38. Private jobs have various benefits but lack job security. Same is the reason of more inclination of candidates towards Govt. sector. After the recession it has increased a lot.

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