Increasing Competition in the UPSC Civil Services Exam

The UPSC civil services exam is considered one of the toughest exams in the country. A lot of factors contribute to this image of the UPSC CSE. First of all, the exam is indeed tough with a huge and diverse syllabus to be covered. Check the UPSC syllabus here. Secondly, the competition is severe. With lakhs of candidates taking the prelims exam, only about a thousand get selected to the services at the end. And to make matters worse, the competition seems to be increasing every year. This article talks about the competition faced by civil services candidates every year on an average.

Despite an acknowledged shortage of IAS/IPS officers in service, the government has said that it will not raise the number of seats available for direct recruitment through the civil services exam. The reasons cited by the government are limited capacity of the training academies and a policy not to compromise on the quality of the officers appointed to serve.

We give you an interesting table below. This table will reveal the competition levels for the last ten years:

Year

Number applied for Prelims

Number who took the Prelims

Number who qualified for Mains

Number who took the Mains

Number who were called for Interview

Number of Vacancies

2006

383983

195803

7692

7496

1408

553

2007

333680

161469

9158

8886

1883

734

2008

325433

167035

11669

11330

2136

881

2009

409110

193091

11894

11516

2431

989

2010

547698

269036

12271

11865

2589

1043

2011

499120

243236

11837

11237

2415

1001

2012

550080

271442

12795

12190

2674

1091

2013

776604

323949

14959

14178

3003

1228

2014

947428

451602

16900 (approx.)

16286

3308

1364

 

2015

945908

465882

15008

15000 (approx.)

2797

1164

2016

1136000 (approx.)

550000 (approx.)

15445

15440 (approx.)

2961

1200 (approx.)

2017

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

980

 

This figure shows how the final number of candidates appointed into service is a fraction of the original number of candidates who apply to take the civil services exam. The pass percentage is less than 1% here. That is how intense the competition is. The competition is bound to increase for the general category candidates who do not have any reservation. Add to the fact that a lot of candidates are graduates from IITs, IIMs, AIIMS, etc.

Again, the IAS is perhaps the highest government job anyone can aspire to and so it is natural that the bar is high when it comes to clearing this exam.

But serious candidates need not worry too much about the increasing competition in the exam. They should only focus on their own preparation. Create and stick to a study plan, revise regularly, have a strategy to deal with UPSC current affairs, read newspapers and practice mock tests. A dedicated preparation will surely help you sail through the exams.

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