With almost 900,000 to 1,000,000 candidate application, UPSC Exam is one of the most difficult and competitive examinations of India. The root of UPSC Exam can be found in Imperial Services Examination of British rule-era. And the selection process can be further traced back to thousand of years to the time of Mauryan and Mughal empires as part of their employee selection process for different administrative purposes. So no wonder UPSC Exam is one of the most sought after competitive exams of India. And if you are planning to conduct UPSC exam mock tests then you should know the details about the examination first.
List of Administrative Posts UPSC Exam Covers
Following are the services which one gets on qualifying the UPSC Exam,
All India Services (Group A)
- Indian Administrative Service (IAS)
- Indian Police Service (IPS)
- Indian Forest Service (IFoS)
Central Services (Group A)
- Indian Foreign Service (IFS)
- Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IA&AS)
- Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS)
- Indian Corporate Law Service (ICLS)
- Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS)
- Indian Defence Estates Service (IDES)
- Indian Information Service (IIS)
- Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS)
- Indian Post & Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service (IP&TAFS)
- Indian Postal Service (IPoS)
- Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS)
- Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS)
- Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS)
- Indian Revenue Service (IRS-IT)
- Indian Revenue Service (IRS-C&CE)
- Indian Trade Service (ITrS)
- Railway Protection Force (RPF)
Group B Services
- Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service (AFHCS)
- Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service (DANICS)
- Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Police Service (DANIPS)
- Pondicherry Civil Service
- Pondicherry Police Service
Like all other competitive exams UPSC Exam has its own eligibility for the examination. And it is as follows:
For the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service, the candidate must be a citizen of India.
For other services, the candidate must be one of the following:
- A citizen of India
- A citizen of Nepal or a subject of Bhutan
- A person of Indian origin who has migrated from –
- Sri Lanka,
- Ethiopia, or
- Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India
All candidates must have as a minimum one of the following educational qualifications:
- A degree from a Central, State or a Deemed University
- A degree received through correspondence or distance education
- A degree from an open university
- A qualification recognized by the Government of India as being equivalent to one of the above
- The following candidates are also eligible but must submit proof of their eligibility from a competent authority at their institute/university at the time of the main examination, failing which they will not be allowed to attend the exam.
- Candidates who have appeared in an examination, the passing of which would render them educationally qualified enough to satisfy one of the above points
- Candidates who have passed the final exam of the MBBS degree but have not yet completed an internship.
- Candidates who have passed the final exam of ICAI, ICSI, and ICWAI.
- A degree from a private university.
- A degree from any foreign university recognized by the Association of Indian Universities.
The candidate must be between the age of 21-32 years (for the General category candidate) on August 1 of the year of examination. Prescribed age limits vary with respect to caste reservations.
- For Other Backward Castes (OBC) the upper age limit is 35
- For Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST), the limit is 37 years.
- The upper age limit is relaxed for certain candidates who are backward with respect to other factors and physically handicapped (PH) people.
Numbers of attempts
The number of times a candidate may attempt the exam is limited as follows:
- General category candidates = 6
- OBC category candidates = 9
- SC/ST candidates = unlimited attempts till 37 years of age.
Appearing to attempt one of the papers in the preliminary examination is counted as an attempt, including disqualification/ cancellation of candidature. However, applying to sit the exam but failing to attend is not counted as an attempt
UPSC Exam Format
|Paper A||(One of the Indian languages listed below, to be selected by the candidate (from the languages listed in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India) (Qualifying)||300|
|Paper B||English (Qualifying)||300|
|Paper II||General Studies I (Indian heritage and culture, history and geography of the world and society)||250|
|Paper III||General Studies II (Governance, Constitution, polity, social justice and international relations)||250|
|Paper IV||General Studies III (Technology, economic development, biodiversity, environment, security, and disaster management)||250|
|Paper V||General Studies IV(ethics, integrity, and aptitude)||250|
|Optional Paper I||One paper on subject to be selected by the candidate from the list of optional subjects below (250 marks)|
|Optional Paper II||One paper on subject to be selected by the candidate from the list of optional subjects below (250 marks)|
|Sub Total (Written Test)||1750|
|Personality Test (Interview)||275|
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