How did Civil Service Originate?

How did Civil Service Originate? - When you think about the Government, you usually have in mind the politicians, who sit in the House of Commons and some of whom are heads of Departments of State.

But behind these prominent statesmen is an army of men and women without whose support the whole administrative structure of the country would grind to a halt!

In Whitehall, and offices all over the country, Civil Servants of many grades act their part in the machinery of government. In ancient times, soldiers were almost the only people who served the state or government.


Often the “government” was merely the monarch, who delegated certain powers to a privileged few. But as the number of people in government employees not military service came to be called “civil servants employees.”

Entry into the Civil Service is almost entirely by competitive examination, and vacancies range from high executive posts to ordinary clerical jobs.

It may surprise you know that the postman, the attendants at the National Gallery, Officers in Excise, prison warders, Receivers in Bankruptcy, Keepers of the Records, Examiners of Patents, the Inspectors of Factories and Mines and the Prime Minister’s secretary are all servants of the vast body called Civil Service! And it is obvious that the Civil Service grows, so does its power.

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