Indian civil servant

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Indian civil servants includes five principal sub-categories of officials:

For lists of civil servants of respective cadres see:

In popular culture[edit]

Since early 20th-century, Indian civil servants are colloquially called "babus",[1] while Indian bureaucracy is called "babudom", as in the "rule of babus", especially in Indian media.[2][3][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Yet to start work, Natgrid CEO highest paid babu". The Times of India. Aug 23, 2012. Retrieved 2014-09-17.
  2. ^ Anand Parthasarathy (Sep 1–14, 2001). "A barbed look at babudom: Will the typically British humour of Yes Minister work if transplanted to an Indian setting? Viewers of a Hindi satellite channel have a chance to find out". Frontline, India's National Magazine from the publishers of The Hindu. Bureaucracy knows no bounds...
  3. ^ "PM Modi tightens screws, gives babudom a new rush hour". The Times of India. Sep 2, 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-17.
  4. ^ "Babu". Collins English Dictionary. Retrieved 2014-09-17.