The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is India’s premier central recruiting agency which is responsible for appointments and examinations for All India Services and part of central services. A nationwide competitive examination in India is the civil service examination which is conducted by UPSC for recruitment to various Civil Services of the government of India, including Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), and Indian Police Service (IPS).
Apart from these three services the UPSC civil service exams are also for the Central Services group A and Group B Services. Central government employees are entitled to a lot of benefits as it is considered the respectable jobs for the service to the country.
The list of Group A and Group B Services are as follows: –
|Central Services Group A||Central Services Group B|
|Railway Protection Force||Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service|
|Indian Trade Service||Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service|
|Indian Revenue Service||Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Police Service|
|Indian Railway Traffic Service||Pondicherry Civil Service|
|Indian Railway Personnel Service||Pondicherry Police Service|
|Indian Railway Accounts Service|
|Indian Postal Service|
|Indian Post & Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service|
|Indian Ordnance Factories Service|
|Indian Information Service|
|Indian Defence Estates Service|
|Indian Defence Accounts Service|
|Indian Corporate Law Service|
|Indian Civil Accounts Service|
|Indian Audit and Accounts Service|
- Important Dates
|Exam Notification Date||19th February 2019|
|Application form available||19th February 2019|
|Last date for submitting form||18th March 2019|
|Admit card for prelims||2nd week of May 2019|
|Date of Exam for Prelims||2nd June 2019 (1 day)|
|Result for Prelims exam announce||August 2019|
- Application fees
The application fee is INR 100 but there is no application fee for SC/ST candidates. The application fee can be deposited online or cash through SBI bank.
- Eligibility Criteria
The candidates should check the following eligibility criteria before they apply for the examination: –
- Candidate should have the bachelor’s degree from a recognized University in any discipline. Those appearing in the final examination can also apply.
- The upper age limit for general candidates 32 years and for OBC candidates 35 years, for SC/ST candidates 37 years. The candidate should be of 21 years of age.
- Candidates should be Indian citizen only for IAS and IPS.
- Vacancy/Exam Details
The mode of Civil service exam is objective type based where the candidate needs to answer on the OMR sheets. The examination provides both the medium that is English and Hindi as the language to answer the questions. However, the main UPSC civil service exam is subjective type and can be answered in any of 23 languages specified in the constitution of India. There are two parts of the prelim’s examination.
The part 1 paper is conducted to check whether the candidate qualifies to write the civil service main examination or not. The part II of prelims examination is conducted for the qualifying nature of the candidate for the job. The details for the Prelims examination which is the total of 400 marks examination are as follows: –
|General Studies Paper -I||200||2 hours|
|CSAT General Studies Paper – II||200||2 hours|
Candidate should score minimum of 33% marks in both the sections to qualify for the Civil Service main examination. Candidates are advised not to do the guess work as there is negative marking in the exams – 1/3rd marks assigned to the particular question will be deducted for every wrong answer.
The syllabus for both the parts is as follows: –
Part 1 – General Studies – Candidate should prepare themselves with knowledge of current events, Indian history, Indian national movements, Indian geography, Politics, economy, social development and environmental ecology. Basically, the syllabus includes History of India and Indian National Movement Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc. Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic geography of India and the World.
Part II – CSAT General Studies – Candidate should prepare themselves for knowledge on comprehension, interpersonal skills, communication, logical reasoning, analytical ability, decision making, problem-solving, data interpretation, and English language. This part of exam is only to test the general mental ability of the candidate.
The vacancies for the civil services exam have been decreasing from the last five years. Though the exact number of vacancies for year 2019 has been announced yet but the assumptions are it might increase or may remain same as compared to the last year.
- Pay Scale (For Jobs)
The pay scale for the various jobs are as follows: –
|Indian Administrative Service||INR 56,100 to 2,50,000 per month depending on the rank|
|Indian Foreign Service||INR 12,750 to INR 90,000 per month depending on the rank|
|Indian Forest Service||INR 15,600 to INR 67,000 per month depending on the rank|
|Indian Police Service||INR 39,000 to INR 2,12,650 per month depending on the rank|
- Selection Criteria
There are three phases of examination – Civil Service Preliminary examination, Main Examination and the personality test. General candidates are provided with 06 number of attempts for the exams, OBC candidates are provided with 09 number of attempts and there is no maximum limit of number of attempts for the SC/ST candidates. If a candidate has applied for the exam but is not able to appear in the exam, then his attempt will not be counted but if the candidate has appeared on any one exam of UPSC then his attempt will be counted.
How to Apply
Candidates should follow the following steps to fill the application form: –
- Visit the official website for the application form
- Click on the online application form submission for the exam and fill the required details.
- Upload the required documents and photograph for the final submission of the application form
- Pay the application fees online or select the payment mode on the form.
- Candidate should download the admit card from the website three weeks before the examination. Admit card will not sent to the postal address and the candidate should download from the website. It is necessary to carry the admit card to the exam centre.