5 must things to know about Civil Services Examination

“Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.” -Warren Buffett

The purpose of education is to impart our insight to others. Sharing wrong information will mislead the coming generation also. There are lots of candidates appearing for Civil services examination. Out of the approximately, 10 lakh aspirants, just 50% of them take the Preliminary exam. From this cycle, 15,000-16,000 applicants will be chosen for Civil services Main examination. This implies just the 2-3 percent of applicants will traverse the Civil services Examination. It is considered as the most prestigious and the toughest examination in our country. But how many of them know the real terms of used in this journey? Very few of them knew the terminology used here. Even, the various sites, social media, are sometime gives misleading information and terms to the candidates.


Is it UPSC Examination or Civil Services Examination?

“Are you preparing for UPSC”?  -It is a general question that each and every candidate comes across in their preparation time. Really, are you preparing for UPSC or Civil services Examination?. Let’s see what is UPSC and what is Civil Services Examination.

UPSC refer to the Union Public Service Commission. It is not an examination.  It is the central agency authorized to conduct the examination like, Civil Services Examination, Indian Forest Service examination, Indian Economic Service or Indian Statistical Service Examination, Engineering Services Examination, Combined Medical Services Examination, Combined Defense Services Examination etc.


Is there any examination called “IAS Examination”?

Generally, some candidate refers to this term- IAS Examination- while they were preparing for the Civil Services Examination. There is no exam exists in the name of “IAS examination”.  It is Civil services examination, through which UPSC will recruit candidates to different civil services according to their rank.

The Civil Services Examination is a competitive examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment to various Civil Services like Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS), etc.


All India Services

The candidates are always confused about all India services. The services are divided into All India services and Central Civil services. The All India Services comprise of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the Indian Forest Service (IFS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS). The Central Civil services are further divided into Group ‘A’ services and Group ‘B’ services. Indian Foreign Service belongs to the Central Civil services.

A unique feature of the All India Services is that the members of these services are recruited by the Center. But, their services are placed under various State cadres, and they have the liability to serve both under the State and under the Centre. Candidates are recruited via an open competitive examination conducted by the UPSC. Indian Forest Service examination Preliminary is conducted along with the Civil Service Preliminary exam.


Is it Mains or Main?

The second stage of Civil Services Examination is the Civil Services Main (written) Examination. Generally, candidates used to say it as ‘Mains’ examination which is terribly wrong. When you are preparing for a prestigious examination in this country, you should know the exact terminology.


Is it an interview or personality test?

Once you crack the Civil Services Main (written) Examination, you will receive your call letter for Civil Services (Main) Examination- Personality Test. The UPSC who conducts the Civil Service Exam, in its notification mentioned that as “Interview/Personality Test”. So both interview and personality test can be used.

 “True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.”- Socrates

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