Examinations conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

What are the exams conducted by UPSC?/Which exams are conducted by UPSC?

 

In our previous article, our aspirants would have come to know about Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and here we bring the list of examinations conducted by the UPSC.

 

Below given is the list of examinations conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC):

  1. Civil Services Examination
  2. Engineering Services Examination
  3. Combined Medical Services Examination
  4. Combined Defence Services Examination
  5. National Defence Academy Examination
  6. Naval Academy Examination
  7. Special Class Railway Apprentice
  8. Indian Forest ServiceExamination 
  9. Indian Economic Service/Indian Statistical Service Examination
  10. Combined Geoscientist and Geologist Examination
  11. Central Armed Police Forces(Assistant Commandant) Examination

 

Civil Services Examination

The Civil Services Examination (CSE) is a competitive examination in India conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for recruitment to various Civil Services of the Government of India that includes the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), and Indian Police Service (IPS) among others. It is conducted in three stages:

  1. Preliminary examination consisting of two objective-type papers (general studies and aptitude test)
  2. Main examination consisting of nine papers of conventional (essay) type
  3. Personality test (interview)

 

Important Dates: Civil Services Examination (ESE)

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Event

Date

1.

Issue of advertisement & application form

February

2.

Date of closure of the application form

March

3.

Date of the CSE Prelims Exam

June/August

4.

Date of the CSE Main Exam

December

5.

Announcement of result

Feb

6.

Personality test/ Interview

April/May/June

 

Plan of Examination

Preliminary Examination

The CSE preliminary examination comprises of two papers for 200 marks each and they are:

  1. General Studies Paper I
  2. General Studies Paper II or CSAT Paper

 

Mains Examination

The CSE Mains Exam is a written examination which consists of the 9 papers:

  1. Paper A (Indian Language) = 300 Marks
  2. Paper B (English) = 300 Marks
  3. Essay Paper = 250 Marks
  4. General Studies Paper I
  5. General Studies Paper II
  6. General Studies Paper III
  7. General Studies Paper IV
  8. Optional Paper I
  9. Optional Paper II

Any one subject to be selected for optional subjects and will have two papers (Paper I and Paper II) for 200 marks each. 

 

Interview for Personality

Candidates who clear the first two stages will be called for the interview by the commission and the maximum allotted marks for the interview round is 275 marks.

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Engineering Services Examination

The Engineering Services Examination (ESE) is held by the UPSC in combined three stages comprising five tests for the recruitment of the Indian Engineering Services.

 

The Government of Indian recruits posts in the bureaucracy through the competitive exam which is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Large number of candidates applies for this exam and the IES Officers are selected by the Union Government on the recommendation made by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Indian Engineering Services or IES is a service that meets the technical and managerial functions of the Government of India.

 

Important Dates: Engineering Services Examination (ESE)

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Event

Date

1.

Issue of advertisement & application form

September

2.

Date of closure of the application form

October

3.

Date of the Exam (Prelims)

January

4.

Date of the Exam (Mains)

May 

5.

Announcement of result (Mains)

August

6.

Interviews/ Personality test

November

 

Plan of examination

Stage I Papers

Engineering Services Preliminary Examination Stage I: Objective Type

Duration

Marks

Paper-I (Common for all Candidates)

General Studies and Engineering Aptitude Paper

2 Hours

200

Paper-II

Engineering Discipline-specific Paper

3 Hours

300

Stage I

Sub-Total

500 Marks

 

Minimum Qualifying Marks for each Paper should be at the discretion of the Commission

Only those candidates qualifying at this Stage to be allowed to take the Stage-II examination

Stage II Papers

Engineering Services Main Examination Stage II: Descriptive Type

Duration

Marks

Paper-I

Engineering Discipline-specific Paper-I

3 Hours

300

Paper-II

Engineering Discipline-specific Paper-II

3 Hours

300

Stage I + Stage II

Sub-Total

1100

Candidates who qualify in Stage-I and Stage-II are allowed to appear for Stage-III examination

Stage-III

Engineering Services Personality Test/Interview Examination Stage III: Discussion Type

Duration

Marks

Personality Test/Interview

Personality Assessment

NA

300

Stage I + Stage II + Stage III

Grand Total

1100

 

Combined Medical Services Examination

The “Combined Medical Services” Examination or the CMS Exam is held by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for the recruitment of Medical Officers in various organizations functioning under the Government of India like Indian Railways, the Indian Ordnance Factories etc.

UPSC releases the notification for the examination generally in the month of March and the examination is conducted in June. Those who qualify in the written examination are recruited after an interview (100 marks) conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

Important Dates: Combined Medical Services (CMS) Examination

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Event

Date

1.

Issue of advertisement & application form

February

2.

Date of closure of the application form

March

3.

Date of the Exam

May/June

4.

Date of the Exam (Mains)

May 

5.

Announcement of result (Mains)

July

6.

Interviews/ Personality test

August-December

 

Plan of Examination

Paper I

Maximum Marks: 250

Subject

Questions

General Medicine including Cardiology, Neurology, Dermatology and Psychiatry

60%

Surgery including ENT, Ophthalmology, Traumatology and Orthopedics

40%

 

Paper II

Maximum Marks: 250

Subject

Questions

Pediatrics

20%

Gynaecology & Obstetrics

40%

Preventive & Social Medicine

40%

 

Combined Defence Services Examination

The Combined Defence Services Examination (CDS) is conducted twice in a year by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for the recruitment of candidates into the Indian Air Force Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Indian Military Academy, and Officers Training.

 

The UPSC releases notification for this examination in the month of October and June and the examinations are held in February and November respectively. Only Unmarried graduates can take the exam. Candidates who successfully clear the exam are recruited into respective academies after an interview conducted by the Services Selection Board (SSB).

 

Important Dates: Combined Defence Services (CDS) Examination

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Event

Date

1.

Issue of advertisement & application form

November

2.

Date of closure of the application form

December

3.

Date of the CDS (I) Exam

February of the following year

4.

Date of the CDS (II) Exam

October 

5.

Announcement of result

December

6.

Personality test/ Interview

January of the following year

 

Plan of Examination

Indian Military Academy / Air Force Academy / Indian Naval Academy

All the papers are of objective type from UPSC CDS syllabus

Subject

Marks

English

100

General Knowledge

100

Elementary Mathematics

100

Total

300

 

Officers’ Training Academy

All the papers are of objective from UPSC CDS Entrance Exam Syllabus

Subject

Marks

English

100

General Knowledge

100

Total

200

 

National Defence Academy Examination

The Union Public Service Commission conducts National Defence Academy Examination to select candidates for Nation Defence Academy (NDA). The UPSC holds written examination followed by extensive interview by the SSB that covers general aptitude, psychological testing, team skills along with physical and social skills and medical tests.

 

Important Dates: National Defence Academy (NDA) Examination

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Event

Date

1.

Issue of advertisement & application form

January

2.

Date of closure of the application form

February

3.

Date of the NDA (I) Exam

April

4.

Date of the NDA (II) Exam

September 

5.

Announcement of result

November/January

6.

Personality test/ Interview

March/April

 

Scheme of NDA Entrance Examination

The subjects of the written examination, the time allowed and the maximum marks allotted to each subject will be as follows:

Subject

Code

Duration

Maximum Marks

Mathematics

01

2-½ Hours

300

General Ability Test

02

2-½ Hours

600

 

Total

900

 

Indian Naval Academy Examination

UPSC holds the Indian Naval Academy Examination for the entry into the National Defence Academy (NDA)/ Naval Academy (10+2) and Combined Defence Services Examination (CDSE), twice a year.

UPSC conducts Indian Naval Academy Examination for the admission to Indian Naval Academy (INA) as graduate officer-trainees of the Indian Navy through a written examination following which the Services Selection Board (SS) conducts a 5-day testing that includes general aptitude, psychological testing, medical tests, team skills along with physical and social skills and interview.

 

Important Dates: Indian Naval Academy (NDA) Examination

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Event

Date

1.

Issue of advertisement & application form

NA(I) January/ NA (II) June

2.

Date of closure of the application form

February/June

3.

Date of the NA (I) Exam

April

4.

Date of the NA (II) Exam

September 

5.

Announcement of result

November/January

6.

Personality test/ Interview

March/April

 

Plan of Examination

Written Examination

 

1. Mathematics (Objective type) (Duration 2 & 1/2 Hours)

300 Marks

2. General Ability Test (Objective type) (Duration 2 & 1/2 Hours)

600 Marks

 

Total marks for written examination

900 Marks

Marks for SSB Interviews

 

900 Marks

 

Special Class Railway Apprentice (SCRA) Examination

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Special Class Railway Apprentice (SCRA) and selects candidates to the under graduate program in Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineer in Jamalpur, after a rigorous selection process.

 

Important Dates: Special Class Railway Apprentice (SCRA) Examination

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Event

Date

1.

Issue of advertisement & application form

October

2.

Date of closure of the application form

October

3.

Date of the SCRA Exam

January

4.

Announcement of result

June

5.

Personality test/ Interview

July

 

Plan of Examination

Written Examination

Paper

Subject

Duration

Maximum Marks

I

General Ability Test (English, General Knowledge, and Psychological test )

2 hours

200

II

Physical Science (Physics and Chemistry)

2 hours

200

III

Mathematics

2 hours

200

Total

600

Interview

Interview for Personality test of selected candidates: 200 marks

 

Indian Forest Service Examination

Indian Forest Service or IFoS is one of the Civil Services of India and belongs to the All India Services group, the other two All India Services being the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS).

 

The IFoS Preliminary Examination is conducted combined with the Civil Services Examination along with IAS, IPS, IFS and among others. While the IFoS Mains exam is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission as a separate exam.

 

Important Dates: Indian Forest Service (IFoS) Examination

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Event

Date

1.

Issue of advertisement & application form

February

2.

Date of closure of the application form

March

3.

Date of the IFoS Prelims Exam

June/August

4.

Date of the IFoS Mains Exam

December

5.

Announcement of result

Feb

6.

Personality test/ Interview

April/May/June

 


Plan of Examination

Preliminary Examination

The IFoS preliminary examination comprises of two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each. 

Mains Examination

The IFoS Mains Exam is a written examination which consists of the following papers:

Paper 1- General English 300 Marks

Paper 2-General Knowledge 300 Marks

Papers III, IV, V and VI.

Any two subjects to be selected from the below given list of the optional subjects. Each subject will have two papers for 200 marks for each paper. 

Interview for Personality

Candidates who clear the first two stages will be called for the interview by the commission and the maximum allotted marks for the interview round is 300 marks.

List of optional subjects

(i) Agriculture 

(ii.) Agricultural Engineering 

(iii) Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science 

(iv) Botany 

(v) Chemistry 

(vi) Chemical Engineering 

(vii) Civil Engineering 

(viii) Forestry 

(ix) Geology 

(x) Mathematics 

(xi) Mechanical Engineering 

(xii) Physics 

(xiii) Statistics 

(xiv) Zoology

 

The following combination of subjects is not allowed

(a) Agriculture and Agricultural Engg. 

(b) Agriculture and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science. 

(c) Agriculture and ·Forestry. 

(d) Chemistry and Chemical Engg. 

(e) Mathematics and Statistics. 

(f) Of the Engineering subjects viz. Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering- not more than one

 

Indian Economic Service Examination/Indian Statistical Service Examination

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Indian Economic Service Examination to recruit candidates for The Indian Economic Service (IES), which is one of the administrative civil services under Grade ‘A of the Central Civil Services of the executive branch of the Government of India.


Important Dates: Indian Forest Service (IES/ISS) Examination

Sl. No.

Event

Date

1.

Issue of advertisement & application form

February

2.

Date of closure of the application form

March

3.

Date of the IES /ISS (I) Exam

May

4.

Announcement of result

July

5.

Personality test/ Interview

August

 

Scheme of Indian Economic Service Examination

Indian Economic Services examination is conducted by the UPSC in two parts one is written examination and the second part is interview round called as Viva Voce.

Part I-Written examination carries a maximum of 1000 marks in the subjects as given below:

Subject Allowed

Maximum marks

Time

General English

100

3 Hours

General Studies

100

3 Hours

General Economics I

200

3 Hours

General Economics II

200

3 Hours

General Economics III

200

3 Hours

Indian Economics

200

3 Hours

 

Part II-Viva Voce: Candidates who clear the written examination will be summoned for the Viva Voce (Interview round by the Commission, carrying a maximum of 200 marks.

 

Scheme of Indian Statistical Services Examination

 

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No.

Exam

Subject

Marks

Duration

1

Written Test

General English

100

3 Hours

General Studies

100

3 Hours

 Statistics-I (Objective)

200

2 Hours

 Statistics-II (Objective)

200

2 Hours

 Statistics-III (Subjective)

200

3 Hours

 Statistics-IV (Subjective)

200

3 Hours

Total

1000

2

Viva – Voce

200

 

 

IES/ISS Plan of Examination PDF

 

Combined Geoscientist and Geologist Examination

The Combined Geoscientist and Geologist Examination is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for the selection to the post of Geophysicist, Geologist, and Chemical Group ‘A’ in GSI and Junior Hydro-geologist (Scientist Group ‘B’) and Central Ground Water Board of Group ‘A’.

Important Dates: Combined Geoscientist and Geologist Examination

Sl. No.

Event

Date

1.

Issue of advertisement & application form

February

2.

Date of closure of the application form

March

3.

Date of the Exam

May

4.

Announcement of written exam result

July

5.

Personality test/ Interview

August

 

Scheme of Combined Geoscientist and Geologist Examination

Part I:  Written examination

Part II:  Interview / Personality

 

Below given is the subjects for the UPSC Geologist written examination for selection to the post of Geologist, Geophysicist and Chemical Group ‘A’ in GSI and Junior Hydro-geologist ( Scientist ‘B’ ), Group ‘A’ for Central Ground Water Board.

Category – 1 For the post of Geologists

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Subject

Duration

Maximum Marks

1)

General English (common for all category )

3 Hours

100

2)

Geology Paper I

3 Hours

200

3)

 Geology Paper II

3 Hours

200

4)

Geology Paper III

3 Hours

200

Category – 2 For the post of Geophysicists

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Subject

Duration

Maximum Marks

1)

Geophysics Paper I

3 Hours

200

2)

Geophysics Paper II

3 Hours

200

3)

Geophysics Paper III

3 Hours

200

Category – 3 For the post of Chemists

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Subject

Duration

Maximum Marks

1)

Chemistry Paper I

3 Hours

200

2)

Chemistry Paper II

3 Hours

200

3)

Chemistry Paper III

3 Hours

200

Category – 4 For the Post of Junior Hydrogeologist

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Subject

Duration

Maximum Marks

1)

Geology Paper I

3 Hours

200

2)

Geology Paper II

3 Hours

200

3)

Hydrogeology

3 Hours

200

 

2) Interview/Personality Test: The Test carries 200 marks.  The candidate will be interviewed by a Board of competent and unbiased observers who will have before them a record of their career. 

Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandant) Examination

The Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandants) Examination is conducted by the UPSC for the recruitment of candidates as Assistant Commandants (Group A) in the Central Armed Police composing of Border Security Force (BSF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).

Important Dates: CAPF Examination

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Event

Date

1.

Issue of advertisement & application form

April

2.

Date of closure of the application form

May

3.

Date of the Exam

July

4.

Announcement of result

September 

5.

Interviews/ Personality test

November

 

Plan of CAPF Examination

UPSC recruits candidates for the CAPF (AC) exam on the basis of Written Exam, which has two papers, the physical and medical standards Tests and Physical Efficiency Test (PET) and Interview/Personality Test.

Paper-I

General Ability and Intelligence: 250 marks
the questions in this paper will be of Objective (Multiple Answer) type and the questions will be set in English as well as Hindi.

Paper-II

General Studies, Essay and Comprehension: 200 marks.
In paper II candidate should write Precis Writing, Comprehension Components, and other communications/language skills in English medium only, while they have the option to write Essay Component in English or Hindi.

Interview/Personality Test

The Interview/Personality Test will carry 150 Marks
Candidates who are short-listed for Interview/Personality Test, including those shortlisted for Interview/Personality Test provisionally will be issued a Detailed Application Form (DAF) in which among other things, they will be required to indicate their preference of Forces

 

Final Selection/Merit: The merit list will be drawn on the basis of marks obtained by the candidates in the Written Exam and Interview/Personality Test.

 

These are the major examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission in order fill the vacancies in the central services of the Government of India.

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