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The Union Public Service Commission conducts exams to recruit into various govt. jobs and there are multiple jobs where candidates can get a post in. Therefore, candidates need to decide which one to choose. However, IAS/IPS is everyone's top priority. We will present to you every detail about UPSC.

UPSC is the central recruiting agency for the prestigious civil services and various other top central government jobs in the country. It conducts the civil services exam for the recruitment of candidates into top services like the IAS/IPS/IFS. UPSC exam is considered as one of the toughest exams in the country as only 1% of the total applied candidates get selected every year out of lakhs of students. Every year, lakhs of students appear for this exam to be part of the prestigious civil services which gives them a chance to bring a change in this society.

Table of Contents:-

  1. What is UPSC?
  2. Important Dates
  3. Services Under UPSC
    • IAS (Indian Administrative Service)
    • IPS (Indian Police Service)
    • IFoS (Indian Forest Service)
  4. Group A civil Services
    • IFS (Indian Foreign Service)
    • ICAS (Indian Civil Accounts Service)
    • ICLS (Indian Corporate Law Service)
    • IDAS (Indian Defence Accounts Service)
    • IDES (Indian Defence Estate Service)
    • IIS (Indian Information Service)
    • IOFS (Indian Ordnance Factories Service)
  5. UPSC Eligibility
  6. UPSC Exam Highlights
  7. How to fill form of UPSC
  8. UPSC Report
  9. Editor's Note
  10. FAQ Regarding UPSC

What is UPSC?

UPSC is the central recruiting agency for the govt. of India. It conducts the examinations for appointments to the All India servies( IAS/IPS/IFS), Central Services and public services of the centrally administered territories. Also, you can check everything in detail on their official website. Here is the list of exams conducted by them:

  • Engineer Service Exam
  • Civil Services Exam
  • Indian Forestry Service Exam
  • Central Armed Police Force Exam
  • Indian Economic Service
  • Geo-scientist and Geologist Exam together
  • All Medical Services
  • Special Class railway apprentice exam
  • Departmental competetive exam for assistant commandant in CISF.

These are some of the famous and difficult exams conducted by UPSC. So, don't forget that it is not easy to crack it. Also, it takes years of hard work and focus to get through it. Further, the candidate should analyze his/her weakness. This will help to decide how to go about the study plan and put more hours into the subjects which they find a bit tough. Also, you can prepare thoroughly at home and trust yourself.

Important Dates

Name of Examination Date of Notification Last Date for receipt of Application Date of commencement of Exam
Combined Geo-Scientist (Preliminary) Examination, 2021 07.10.2020 27.10.2020 21.02.2021(SUNDAY)
C.D.S Examination (I), 2021 28.10.2020 17.11.2020 07.02.2021(SUNDAY)
Reserved for UPSC RT/Examination 07.03.2021(SUNDAY)
CISF AC(EXE) LDCE-2021 02.12.2020 22.12.2020 14.03.2021(SUNDAY)
N.D.A & N.A. Examination (I), 2021 30.12.2020 19.01.2021 18.04.2021(SUNDAY)
Reserved for UPSC RT for the posts of EO/AO in the EPFO 09.05.2021(SUNDAY)
Indian Forest Service (Preliminary) Examination, 2021 through CS(P) Examination 2021
Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination 04.07.2021(SUNDAY)
I.E.S/I.S.S Examination, 2021 07.04.2021 27.04.2021 16.07.2021(SUNDAY)
Combined Geo-Scientist (Main) Examination, 2021 16.07.2021(FRIDAY)
Engineering Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2021 07.04.2021 27.04.2021 18.07.2021(SATURDAY)
Central Armed Police Forces (ACs) Examination, 2021 15.04.2021 05.05.2021 08.08.2021(SUNDAY)
Combined Medical Services Examination, 2021 05.05.2021 25.05.2021 29.08.2021(SUNDAY)
Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination 29.08.2021(SUNDAY)
N.D.A & N.A. Examination (II), 2021 09.06.2021 29.06.2021 05.09.2021(SUNDAY)
Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination 12.09.2021(SUNDAY)
Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2021 17.09.2021(FRIDAY)
Engineering Services (Main) Examination, 2021 10.10.2021(SUNDAY)
Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination 12.09.2021(SUNDAY)
Civil Services (Main) Examination,2021 17.09.2021(FRIDAY)
Engineering Services (Main) Examination, 2021 10.10.2021(SUNDAY)
C.D.S. Examination (II), 2021 04.08.2021 24.08.2021 14.11.2021(SUNDAY)
Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination, 2021 21.11.2021(SUNDAY)
S.O./Steno (GD-B/GD-I) LDCE 15.09.2021 05.10.2021 11.12.2021(SATURDAY)

Services Under UPSC

USPC appoints for 24 different civil services including the All India services i.e., IAS/IPS/IFS. It conducts the civil services exam to recruit for these top services. Let’s take a look at some of these services.

IAS (Indian Administrative Service)

  • IAS is one of the most prestigious and sought after jobs in India. IAS officers are responsible for maintenance of law and order and they have the power to impact the lives of millions of people in the society.
  • The training of the IAS officer starts at LBSSNA, Mussoorie which lasts for about 2 years. The entire process is a learning and fun experience which polishes and molds them for the future.
  • IAS officers will have to remain active in times of matters which call for their presence. This is why the job of an IAS officer is not easy. One has to be mentally and physically prepared to fulfill the duties with full zeal.

IPS (Indian Police Service)

  • It is the second most desirable position after IAS.
  • IPS officers are trained at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA).
  • IPS officers are also appointed at RAW, IB, CBI, etc.
  • IPS officers maintain law and order in society, pubic peace, and remain alert at all times. Crime doesn't happen at a specific time, so IPS officers can be called at any time of the day and night in case of emergencies!

IFoS (Indian Forest Service)

  • The highest post of IFoS for the central government is DG of the forest.
  • The DG is appointed directly by the President of India with the help of the advice of the cabinet.
  • The highest post of IFoS for the central government is DG of the forest. The DG is appointed directly by the President of India with the help of the advice of the cabinet. However, the highest post of IFoS for state government is the Principal Chief Conservator of the forest.
  • Also, Indian forest service officers come under the Ministry of Environment forest and climate change.
  • Further, an IFoS officer also gets the opportunity to work at an organization like food and agricultural organizations.

IFS (Indian Foreign Service)

  • IFS officers start their training at LBSSNA and move further to the foreign service institute of Delhi to continue with the training.
  • Moreover, it is one of the prestigious Group A services.
  • Knowledge of India's policy, economy and affairs
  • Also, IFS officers tackle India's foreign affairs. They have to represent India at the international level. IFS officers can be posted in any of the listed countries and often provided with heavy security in areas of high danger.


ICAS (Indian Civil Accounts Service)

  • ICAS works under the Ministry of Finance
  • Also, the head of it is the Controller General of Accounts.
  • Further, they are trained in the National Institute of financial management, Faridabad.


ICLS (Indian Civil Law Service)

  • ICAS works under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs
  • The main objective of ICLS is to govern the corporate sector of India.
  • Further, these officers get training on law, economics, finance and accounting.


IDAS (Indian Defence Accounts Service)

  • It comes under the Ministry of Defence.
  • These officers are trained at CENTRAD and then NIFM.
  • The main function of it is to audit Defence accounts.
  • It is headed by CGDA and acts as chief account officer to head of DRDO, BRO, and Ordnance factory.


IDES (Indian Defence Estate Service)

  • IDES officers get their training at the National Institute of Defence estate in New Delhi.
  • Also, the main objective of IDES is to manage the cantonment and lands of the defence establishment.


IIS (Indian Information Service)

  • IIS is responsible for the media wing of the govt. of India.
  • The main purpose of IIS is to bridge the gap between the govt. and the public.
  • IIS comes under the Ministry of Information and broadcasting.
  • Officers of IIS work at departments like DD, PIB, AIR, and many more.


IOFS (Indian Ordnance Factories Service)

  • IOFS manages Indian ordnance factories that produce defence equipments, arms, and ammunitions.
  • IOFS comes under the Ministry of Defence
  • Candidates of the IOFS train at the National Academy of Defence production for 1 year.

There are other Group A and Group B services also. If a candidate is ready for 100% dedication for even a year, it becomes easy to clear the UPSC exams because there are multiple services under it. You have to pick the right choice for yourself and start preparing without delay!

UPSC Eligibility

Sr. No. UPSC Exam Eligibilty
1 Civil Service Exam (IAS) Bachelor's Degree in any discipline
2 CAPF Exam Bachelor's Degree in any discipline
3 Engineering Services Exam (IES) Bachelor's Degree in any discipline
4 Combined Medical Services Exam (CMS) MBBS degree
5 Indian Economic Services/Indian Statistical Services Exam (IES/ISS)) Post-graduate Degree in Economics or Applied Economics or Econometrics or Business Economics from a recognized University.
6 Combined Defence Services Exam (CDS) 1. IMA - Graduation from a recognized university
2. INA - Engineering degree from a recognized university/institute
3. AFA - Graduation (with Physics and Mathematics at Class 12) or Bachelor of Engineering
7 National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Exam (NDA & NA) 1. Army wing - Passed class 12 or equivalent examination from a recognized board
2. Air Force and Naval wings - Passed Class 12 or equivalent examination with Physics and Mathematics
8 Combined Geo-Scientist Exam Master's degree in Geological Science or Geology or Applied Geology or Geo-Exploration or Mineral Exploration or Engineering Geology or Marine Geology or Earth Science and Resources Management or Oceanography and Coastal Areas Studies or Petroleum Geosciences or Petroleum

UPSC Exam Highlights

Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Exam Level National
Exam Purpose Recruitment of candidates for Civil Services and Civil Posts
Exam Frequency Once a year(except NDA/NA and CDA)
Exam Language English and Hindi
Official Website www.upsc.gov.in

How to fill form of UPSC

1. Registration
Firstly, go to the official website and click on the link to apply for civil services. Secondly, Enter the details like Name, Gender, Category, Nationality, etc. After that submit it and you will be on the payment page. This is the first step to register for the exam form.

2. Payment Step
You can choose to pay online and offline. However, to pay online it includes payment through debit/credit card or net banking. Firstly, for Debit Card enter the card number, validity, and CVV number. Secondly, If you choose Credit Card enter the card number, validity, and 6 digit special PIN number. Further, for net banking enter the account details and click on pay. Now, you will be redirected to Part II of the UPSC Form.

3. Registration
After the receipt of the fee payment, fill the details of the application form, and enter the choice of Exam Centre. Further, enter the qualification and other details. After verification, click on submit.

4. Upload Image
Firstly, click on the link provided to upload the photo. Secondly, find and select the image. However, the image size should be JPG, Size 20KB – 300KB. Further, check if the image is correct and clear. Now, repeat the same steps to upload the picture of the signature. Also, the format and size are the same as the photograph. At last click on “I Agree” to approve and submit the complete IAS Form.

Interesting Facts about UPSC

  1. The commission has 11 members which include the chairman.
  2. UPSC was established under article 315 of the constitution of India.
  3. UPSC conducts exams for both Civil and Defence Services.

Number of Attempts

  • General Candidates has 6 Attempts.
  • SC/ST candidates have no limit on the number of attempts. The limit is on their age only.
  • On the other hand, OBC and other backward classes get 9 attempts.

UPSC Report

UPSC submits an annual report of its work to the president. Further, the president places the report before parliament with a memorandum. Also, it gives details about acceptance and non-acceptance. All the results of these exams are published on the official page of UPSC. The report is also made available to the public if they want to know more about the cut-off, the percentage of students who appeared in which medium, etc. This report also helps the candidates to make future plans.

Editor's Note

UPSC Exam is very tough to crack however with right guidance and proper strategy you can clear this exam in the very attempt itself. You need to be fully dedicated towards your preparation and put in the required hard work along with smart work Study the syllabus thoroughly and prioritise it according to your strengths and weaknesses. Carefully go through the previous year question papers to get an idea of the basic demands of the exam. Regularly attend mock test series to get enough practice before the final exam. To sum up, we have covered everything from UPSC eligibility to interesting facts. Also, we have included how to fill the form so you do not get confused about whether you are doing it the right way or not. Check out all services offered by UPSC and prepare accordingly.


FAQ Regarding UPSC

1. What are the services under UPSC?
UPSC offers many prestigious positions like IAS, IPS, IFS, and many more. There are 24 services (All India Services, Group A, and Group B) under UPSC that candidates can choose from. However, you have to plan the right strategy based on your needs and devote 100% of your attention to your studies.

2. What is the eligibility criteria for UPSC?
The basic eligibility for UPSC is graduation. The candidate should be a graduate from a government-affiliated university.

3. What is the age limit to apply for UPSC?
A general candidate more than the age of 32 cannot apply for the UPSC Exam. However, the attempts of a candidate depend on the category. Also, OBC, SC, and ST categories have age relaxations.

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