The UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) conducts the Civil Services Exam as a single window entry for All India and Central Services. The allotment process of UPSC posts starts right after the results of the prelims exam is declared.
Once a candidate is allotted a service, they will be appointed to various posts under a particular service except in some cases one may go on deputation to another department or service. There are many other exams conducted by the UPSC to recruit people into various government services.
The UPSC allots services and departments based on a few criteria which are:
- Merit Ranking based on Accumulated Scores over Mains and interview
- Preference of the candidates mentioned in the DAF (Detailed Application Form) after prelims exam
- Quota under which the candidate has applied for the exam
The UPSC recruits for a total of 24 departments and services, out of which 2 are Group ‘A’ All India Services, 16 Group ‘A’ Central Services and 6 Group ‘B’ Central Services.
The following is the complete list of the civil services posts/jobs that a candidate may get into after clearing all the stages of the UPSC Civil Services Exam.
UPSC Posts List
GROUP ‘A’ ALL-INDIA SERVICES
- The Indian Administrative Service (IAS)
The Indian Administrative Service (IAS) is an All India Administrative civil Service of India. IAS officers hold key and strategic positions in the Union Government, States and public-sector undertakings.
IAS is the permanent bureaucracy of India. It forms a part of the executive branch of the Government of India providing stability and neutrality to the administration. Unlike other civil services post, once a candidate is appointed for Indian Administrative Services or Indian Foreign Services, a candidate becomes ineligible to take again the civil services examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission.
The number of vacancies differs every year. Every year the Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India, expounds the number of vacancies after including the vacancies from each state.
After being selected in the UPSC Exam, candidates undergo training at LBSNAA (Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration), Mussoorie for IAS. There is one cadre for each Indian state, except for three joint cadres and they are Assam–Meghalaya; Manipur–Tripura; and Arunachal Pradesh–Goa–Mizoram–Union Territories (AGMUT) making it a total of 24 Cadres.
- The Indian Police Service (IPS)
The Indian Police Service or IPS is one of the three All India Services of the Government of India. The Indian Police Service is not a force itself but is responsible for providing leaders and commanders to staff the state police and all-India Central Armed Police Forces. Its members are the senior officers of the police. IPS officers are recruited through promotion from state police cadres and through the Civil Services Examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission every year.
The training of the candidates appointed as IPS officers is conducted at SVPNPA (Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy) in Hyderabad.
GROUP ‘A’ CENTRAL CIVIL SERVICES
All appointments to the Group ‘A’ Central Civil Services are made by the President of India.
- The Indian Foreign Service (IFS)
The Indian Foreign Service or IFS is the administrative diplomatic civil service under Group A and Group B of the Central Civil Services of the executive branch of the Government of India. It is one of the two premier Civil Services (other being IAS), as appointment to IFS renders a person ineligible to reappear in Civil Services Examination. The IFS is a Central Civil service as Foreign policy is the subject matter and prerogative of Union Government. Some of the offices held by the members under this service are The Ambassador, Consul General, High Commissioner, Foreign Secretary and Permanent Representative of India to the UN.
A candidate appointed as an IFS officer undergo significant training as a probationer at LBSNAA (Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration) in Mussoorie. After the completion of 15-week training at the LBSNAA, the probationers join the FSI (Foreign Service Institute) in New Delhi for a more detailed training in various subjects related to diplomacy, including International Relations theory, Foreign Policy of India, Trade, Diplomatic Practice, History, Administration, International Law, Hospitality and Protocol. They engage with several government bodies and defence set-ups and go on tours within and outside the country. The whole training programme continues for a period of 36 months.
After completing the training program at the institute, the officer is allocated a Compulsory Foreign Language (CFL) and later a brief period of desk attachment in the Ministry of External Affairs, at the rank of Assistant Secretary, the officer is posted to an Indian diplomatic mission abroad where his/her CFL would be the native language.
- The Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IAAS)
The Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IAAS) is an Indian Central Government service under the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and free of control from any executive authority. The IAAS Officers serve in an audit managerial capability and are accountable for auditing the accounts of the Union and State Governments as well as Public Sector Organizations and to maintain the accounts of State Governments.
The recruitment to the IAAS is through the civil services examination and promotion from the subordinate cadre.
After the recruitment, the officers are trained majorly at the National Academy of Audit and Accounts in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.
After training, the Officer Trainees are posted as Deputy Accountants General (DAsG) or Deputy Directors (DDs). Following their promotion, they become Senior Deputy Accountants General (Sr. DAsG) or Directors.
- The Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS)
The Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS) is one of the Civil Services of India under Group “A”. ICAS operates under the Department of Expenditure in the Union Ministry of Finance.
The Indian Civil Accounts Service Officers are trained in three phases. First, for the 10 months at the National Institute of Financial Management (NIFM), Faridabad and National Academy of Direct Taxes at Nagpur together with the officers of Indian Defence Accounts Services, Indian Postal-Telecom Accounts and Finance Services. After NIFM, the second training begins at the Institute of Government Accounts and Finance (INGAF). The final and third phase of training is On-The-Job-Training (OJT).
The cadre management of Group ‘A’ officers of the Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS) falls under the Controller General of Accounts who take care of their entire personnel management recruitment, transfers, promotions, training, etc. both abroad as well as within the country.
- The Indian Corporate Law Service (ICLS)
The Indian Corporate Law Service or ICLS is the governing service for corporate sector in India. It is one of the Central Civil Group ‘A’ Services. The ICLS officers function under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs of Government of Indian.
The function of ICLS is to empower and govern the corporate sector of the country and to defend the rights of the investors, particularly small investors.
The candidates appointed for this civil service undergo training at Manesar, Haryana Campus of the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) where they are trained as Probationary Officers (POs) in subjects like Accounting, Finance, Management, Economics and Law.
The Probationary Officers are also provided training in various offices across India along with the classroom training.
- The Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS)
The Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS) is one of the Central Civil Services under Group ‘A’ which is responsible to audit defence accounts. The IDAS officers are Defence civilian officers who function under the Ministry of Defence and function under the Ministry of Defence.
The appointed candidates undergo training grounds at Bangalore, Kolkata, Lucknow, Meerut, and Pune.
The Defence Accounts Department serves the three defence services and they are DRDO, Border Road Organisation, Ordnance Factories and also other inter-services organizations.
The Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA) is the head of the Indian Defence Accounts Service and functions as internal Financial Adviser and Chief Accounts Officer to the three services chiefs (DRDO, Border Road Organisation, Ordnance factories).
- The Indian Defence Estates Service (IDES)
The Indian Defence Estates Service or IDES is a highly sought after Civil Service in the Government of India. The service’s Cadre Controlling Authority (CCA) is the Ministry of Defence. Every year, the number of vacancies varies and the Department of Personnel and Training (DoP&T) expounds the number of vacancies after checking in with the CCA.
The selected candidates undergo the training at the National Institute of Defence Estates Management (NIDEM) located in New Delhi.
- The Indian Information Service (IIS)
The Indian Information Service (IIS) is a Central Civil Group ‘A’ Service under the government of India. The Indian Information Service Officers are authorized media managers of Government of India.
After the recruitment, the candidates undergo three months Foundation Training as allocated by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoP&T) in any of the institute recognized by the DoP&T. Following this the officers undergo Profession Training in Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) for nine months and later attached with different media units like DDN, DFP, DPD, NSD: AIR, PIB, RNI and NMW of Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.
- The Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS)
The Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS) is one of the Group ‘A’ civil services of the Government of India. IOFS Officers are Gazetted defence-civilian officers under the Ministry of Defence. The IOFS Officers are accountable for the management of the Indian Ordnance Factories that offer the power of self-sustaining, indigenous defence production for India.
The appointed candidates undergo training for 64 weeks at the National Academy of Defence Production (NADP) in Nagpur. The officers are trained with induction and re-orientation courses in various areas like management, public administration, and technology.
- The Indian Post & Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service (IP&TAFS) / The Indian Communication Finance Services (ICFS)
The Indian Post & Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service or IP&TAFS is a Group ‘A’ Central Civil Services of the Union of India. In 2016, this service has been renamed as Indian Communication Finance Services
The recruited officers undergo a foundation course for a period of four months along with the officers of the other services like IAS, Ifs, and other central group ‘A’ services at the LBSNAA (Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration) at Mussoorie. Following this, the candidates undergo a rigorous professional training in Financial Management at the NIFM (National Institute of Financial Management) at Faridabad.
After the completion of the training successfully, the officers are offered placement in the Department of Post or Department of Telecommunication in the Junior Time Scale Grade.
- The Indian Postal Service (IPoS)
The Indian Postal Service (IPoS) is under the Department of Posts which is a part of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology of the Government of India.
The Indian postal service is also involved in other services such as financial services and small-savings banking.
After recruitment, the officers undergo Foundational Course training at one of the leading Training academies in the country recognized by the DoP&T like LBSNAA, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, and National Academy of Direct Taxes. Later the specialized training in Postal Management and Administration is given at Rafi Ahmed Kidwai National Postal Academy (RAKNPA) in Ghaziabad.
- The Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS)
The Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS) is Group ‘A’ central service of the Government of India. Under this service, the officers are accountable for the Accounts and Finance Management of the Indian Railways. Roughly, about 10-15 IRAS Officers are recruited every year through the civil services examination.
After the recruitment, the probationers of the IRAS undergo training programme for two years at the National Academy of Direct Taxes in Nagpur; Railway Staff College in Vadodara; and specialized training institutes along with on construction organizations, division, manufacturing establishments of the Indian Railways, and zonal railways.
- The Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS)
The Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS) is one of the Group ‘A’ central services of government of India. The officers under this service are accountable for managing the Human Resources of the Indian Railways.
After the recruitment, the IRPS officers undergo general foundation training as probationers at one of the training academies like LBSNAA; National Academy of Direct Taxes; RCVP Noronha Academy of Administration; Dr. Marri Channa Reddy Human Resource Development Institute. Later, the officers undergo Railway Foundation Course at Railway Staff College in Baroda which is now renamed as National Academy of Indian Railways.
- The Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS)
The Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) is a systemized Group ‘A’ service of GOI. The officers of this service are liable for managing the Transportation Operations and Commercial Wings of the Indian Railways. IRTS acts as an interface between the Railways and the public as well as between the Railways and the corporate sector. The IRTS is also accountable for the generation of revenue for the organization.
After selection, the candidates undergo general foundation training as probationers at one of the DoP&T recognized training academies. Following which they go for the Railway Foundation Course at Railway Staff College in Baroda. Later the probationers undergo professional training at the Indian Railway Institute of Transportation Management (IRTM) in Lucknow.
- The Indian Revenue Service (IRS)
The Indian Revenue Service or IRS is the administrative revenue service of the Central Civil Services of the Indian Government. The IRS operates under the Department of Revenue in the Union Ministry of Finance and is responsible for the collection and administration of the various direct and indirect taxes ensuing to the Union Government.
After selection, the candidates undergo three months Foundation Course as IRS Officer Trainees (OTs). Later they undergo a dynamic training in dedicated areas of convention tax administration (direct Taxes) along with explosives, unarmed combat, and weapons at the National Academy of Direct Taxes in Nagpur or the National Academy of Customs, Excise & Narcotics in Faridabad.
- The Indian Trade Service (ITS)
The Indian Trade Service (ITS) is a Group ‘A’ Civil Service and is formed as a specialized cadre to deal with India’s International Trade & Commerce based on the recommendations of the Mathur Committee. The cadre Controlling Authority of ITS is the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), Ministry of Commerce, which plays an important part in the India’s Foreign Trade with its policy creation and implementation.
After selection, the candidates undergo training at Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) in New Delhi. The training is divided into classroom teachings and practical training with various attachments.
- The Railway Protection Force (RPF)
The Railway Protection Force (RPF) is a security force of India accountable for the protection of railway passengers and property of the Indian Railways. It is commonly known as para military force and the one of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF). The Cadre Controlling Authority is the Ministry of Railways (India).
After recruitment, the candidates undergo training at the Babu Jagjivan Ram Railway Protection Force Academy in Lucknow.
GROUP ‘B’ CIVIL SERVICES
- Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service
The President of India is the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the country. The policy structure and resources to the Armed Forces to discharge their responsibilities in the context of the defence of the country is provided by the Ministry of Defence.
The Armed Forces including the Indian Army, Indian Air Force, and Indian Navy under the Defence Ministry are primarily responsible for safeguarding the territorial integrity of the country.
The creation of National Defence University for training military officials and particular civilian officials would be run and overseen by the Ministry of Defence.
- Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service
The Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Services or DANICS is a Group ‘B’ Civil Service of GOI. The officers under this service are liable for various administrative functions of the National Capital, Delhi and the Union Territories. They form a feeder cadre of the Indian Administrative Service.
After recruitment, the candidates will undergo training for a period of two years Directorate of Training Union Territory Civil Services, Karkardooma, New Delhi. DANICS Officers are initially posted as Assistant Collector (District Administration).
- Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service
The Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Police Service or DANIPS is an acronym for NCT of Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service. It is a federal police service for the regions of Delhi and the Union Territories.
DANIPS officers are trained at Police Training College, Jharoda Kalan, New Delhi
- Pondicherry Civil Service
Pondicherry is a Group ‘B’ Service which is also centrally administered like Andaman & Nicobar, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, and Delhi civil Service. Candidates who are selected through the civil service examination are appointed to the Pondicherry Civil Services.
- Pondicherry Police Service
Pondicherry is a Group ‘B’ Service which centrally administered like Andaman & Nicobar, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, and Delhi Police Service.
The UPSC Exam allows aspirants to get a chance to serve the country in various capacities and lend their expertise to diverse areas of statecraft. There are other exams as well conducted by various State Public Service Commissions which conduct recruitment for state level services not catered for by the UPSC. Aspirants should gather as much information as possible and maintain their preparation levels to be able to clear these exams.