Civil Service \SIV-uhl-SUR-vis\ , noun;
1. Those branches of public service concerned with all governmental administrative functions outside the armed services
2. The body of persons employed in these branches
3. A system or method of appointing government employees on the basis of competitive examinations, rather than by political patronage
This word is first attested in 1765, and was originally reserved for the branch of the East India Company that was run by non-military staff.