The Union Public Service Commission(UPSC) conducts Civil Service Examination to fill the posts for jobs as Civil servants. Civil servants are persons who significantly influence the decision making of the government. The power and status associated with this field are immense. This examination includes almost 24 services like IAS(Indian Administrative Service), IFS(Indian Foreign Service), IRS(Indian Revenue Service), IPS(Indian Police Service), IRPS(Indian Railway Personnel Service) an so on.
- For the IAS, IFS & IPS, a candidate must be a citizen of India.
- For the IRS and other services, a candidate must be one of the following:
- A citizen of India
- a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, 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 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
A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on August 1 of the year of examination. For OBC, the upper age limit is 35, and for SC and ST the limit is 37 years.
Numbers of attempts for UPSC Exam:
- General category candidates: 4
- OBC category candidates = 7
- SC/ST Candidates = unlimited
Stages of Examination:
UPSC Civil services exam is conducted in three phases namely Prelims, Mains and Interview. Notification for exam comes in April and Prelims is conducted in August. The prelims result is declared in September. The Mains exam is conducted in December and result is declared mostly in Feb/ March.
A preliminary examination consists of two objective-type papers: General Studies and Aptitude Test). A Mains examination is subjective section, consisting of nine papers of conventional (essay). After these two stages there is a Personality Test which is mostly conducted in months of March and April. Final result comes out in May/ June. One needs focused preparation for UPSC Interview in order to crack the UPSC interview or IAS interview.