Your point was they coach you in certain way in order to qualify so they kind of sucks. You see in SSB you will find same if not worst, even questions get repeated and you can cram them beforehand, the activities too are rehearsed before SSB. So if that exam pattern sucks then so does every other exam in India.I didn't buy degree. I just didn't attend classes which for most of parts never actually happened. I still sat in exams by university fair and square.
Only Mech/Civil/Electrical. Plus government goes out of the way to make it harder for engineers. I don't complain about sociology. After all it allowed me to get till Interview with relative ease. Why will I speak low of it?
If IAS selects and promotes those who gel with easily so does every other service, regularly. Mavericks don't survive in any service, they are shunted into a corner. A lot of politics goes on even in Army, if people start airing that dirty laundry here your assumption that someone is dabba wala and other is warrior will vanish. Deep down everything is same.
And yeah I agree they make things hard for engineers because they still get thru in large numbers and put other streams at disadvantage, which leads to protests and votes and politics and change in exam.