PSC 2019 – State Public Service Commission (PSC) Exams In India

The Public Service Commissions (PSC) in India are constitutionally mandated (Articles 315 – 323) to assist the respective state governments in matters of recruitment, transfers and disciplinary actions.

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the prestigious IAS Exam every year. The IAS Exam is the common entry point for 20-odd Group A and Group B services.

Similarly, the State Public Service Commissions conduct recruitment exams which act as an entry point for coveted services in the state administration.

In this article, aspirants can find consolidated information on PSC Exams in India. Every Public Service Commission has its own website, exam pattern, eligibility conditions and syllabus. However, broadly speaking, there is a significant overlap between PSC Exams and UPSC Exam.

The pragmatic approach for civil service aspirants is to prepare for state PSC exams and UPSC simultaneously.

In the table given below, we have listed the various Public Service Commissions along with their details for the exam year 2019-2020 and also for 2018 where the exam process is still underway.

Public Service Commission (PSC)

PSC

PSC Exam

PSC Syllabus

PSC Eligibility

Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC)

KAS Exam

KAS Syllabus

KAS Eligibility

Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC)

PCS Exam

PCS Syllabus

PCS Eligibility

Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC)

RAS Exam

RAS Syllabus

RAS Eligibility

Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC)

MPSC Exam

MPSC Syllabus

MPSC Eligibility

Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC)

Group 1 Exam

Group 1 Syllabus

Group 1 Eligibility

Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC)

Group 1 Exam

Group 1 Syllabus

Group 1 Eligibility

Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC)

BPSC Exam

BPSC Syllabus

BPSC Eligibility

Gujarat Public Service Commission (GPSC)

GPSC Exam

GPSC Syllabus

GPSC Eligibility

Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC)

MPPSC Exam

MPPSC Syllabus

MPPSC Eligibility

West Bengal Public Service Commission (WBPSC)

WBPSC Exam

WBCS Syllabus

WBCS Eligibility

Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC)

JPSC Exam

JPSC Syllabus

JPSC Eligibility

Aspirants should bookmark this page and check it regularly as we will be updating and adding more PSC details of other states.

Calendar of PSC Exams

The State Civil Services Examinations are conducted by different states in different names.

Highlight on some of the State Public Service Commission Exams for year 2019-20

PSC Exams 2019

PSC Exam Name

Conducting Body

Important Dates

Karnataka Administrative Services (KAS)

Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC)

KAS Prelims: To Be Announced

KAS Mains: To be Announced

For further details, check- https://kpsc.kar.nic.in/

Provincial Civil Services (PCS)

Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC)

PCS Prelims:To Be Announced

PCS Mains: To Be Announced

For further details, check-

https://uppsc.up.nic.in/

Download UPPSC Calendar

Rajasthan Administrative Services (RAS)

Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC)

RAS Prelims: To Be Announced

RAS Mains: To Be Announced

For further details, check-

https://rpsc.rajasthan.gov.in/

MPSC State Services Examination

Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC)

MPSC Prelims: 24-03-2019

MPSC Mains: 13-07-2019 to 15-07-2019

For further details, check-

https://mpsc.gov.in/

Download MPSC Calendar

TNPSC Combined Civil Services Examination – I (Group-I Services)

Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC)

TNPSC Group 1 Prelims: 03-03-2019

TNPSC Group 1 Mains: To Be Announced

For Further Details, check- https://tnpsc.gov.in/

Download TNPSC Calendar

APPSC Group-I Services

Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC)

APPSC Group 1 Prelims: 10-03-2019

APPSC Group 2 Mains:12-12-2019 to 23-12-2019

For Further Details, Check-

https://psc.ap.gov.in/

Download APPSC Calendar

BPSC Combined Competitive Exam

Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC)

BPSC Prelims: 15-10-2019 (Tentative)

BPSC Mains: To Be Announced

For Further Details, Check-

https://bpsc.bih.nic.in/

Download BPSC Calendar

Gujarat Administrative Service (Class-1)

Gujarat Public Service Commission (GPSC)

GPSC Prelims: 13-10-2019 (Tentative)

GPSC Mains: 23-02-2020, 08-03-2020, 15-03-20 (Tentative)

For Further Details, Check-

https://gpsc.gujarat.gov.in/

Download GPSC Calendar

MPPSC State Service Exam

Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC)

MPPSC Prelims:April 2020 (Tentative)

MPPSC Mains: August 2020 (Tentative)

For Further Details, Check-

https://mppsc.nic.in/

Download MPPSC Calendar

West Bengal Civil Service Exam/ West Bengal Civil Service (EXE.) etc. Exam

West Bengal Public Service Commission (WBPSC)

WBPSC Prelims:09-02-2019

WBPSC Mains:25-08-2019 to 28-08-2019

For Further Details, Check-

https://pscwbonline.nic.in/

Download WBPSC Calendar

JPSC 6 (Jharkhand Combined Civil Service Exam)

Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC)

JPSC Prelims: 18 Dec 2016

JPSC Mains: 28-01-2019 to 01-02-2019

For Further Details, Check-

https://gpsc.gov.in/

Calendar awaited

PSC Online – From Application to Preparation

Gone are the days when candidates were at the mercy of physical coaching centres and printed study material alone. With the internet, not only are the Public Service Commissions changing their application process but also the candidates are using online preparation material. On the lines of the Union Public Service Commission, the state PSCs have made the registration and application process online. Also, the admit cards are issued online instead of postal dispatches.

In this light, BYJU’S aims to provide all PSC exams relevant information at the fingertips of aspirants.

In the articles linked above, candidates can find:

  1. PSC Exam Dates and 2019 Calendar
  2. Information about the respective Public Service Commission including official website and contact details
  3. Latest PSC Notification for the state civil service exam (Candidates can download PDFs for quick reference)
  4. Detailed Eligibility Criteria – Nationality, Age Limit, Number of Attempts, Educational Qualification, Physical Fitness
  5. List of Posts, Services and Salaries (Pay Scale)
  6. Updated and detailed PSC Syllabus and Exam Pattern for 2019 Exams (Also, candidates can download the syllabus PDFs)
  7. Preparation strategy and previous year question papers
  8. Study Material including daily Current Affairs from The Hindu, PIB, RSTV, Yojana, Comprehensive News Analysis etc
  9. List of best books for UPSC and PCS Exam preparation (including NCERT PDFs and Notes)
  10. PSC Online Application Process (login, registration and application fee)

PSC v/s UPSC

The IAS Exam which is conducted by the UPSC is widely considered to be the toughest exam in India. The comprehensive UPSC Syllabus and the sheer volume of aspirants competing for 900-1000 vacancies make it a very tough nut to crack. Adding to the burden of candidates, the three-stage exam process lasts for almost a year.

The PSC Exams are not so different. They are also highly competitive and their syllabus and pattern are quite similar to UPSC. However, the candidates who hail from the respective state can avail the benefits of reservation. Candidates should carefully go through the PSC recruitment notification to check all the details for the same.

In the case of PSC, most state governments have been lax when it comes to ensuring that the Public Service Commission is conducting exams regularly. In fact, it is not uncommon to see in the news that some PSC has landed in fresh controversy regarding delays, corruption, nepotism and cheating.

Often there is an uncomfortable time gap between the release of PSC online application notification and the actual date of exam. As most exams have strict age limits, the delays endanger the careers of many bright young minds. In this regard, simultaneous preparation for other PSC and UPSC helps immensely.

As far as preparation is concerned, candidates have to keep the following 10 things in mind:

  1. Understanding the syllabus and exam pattern
  2. The importance of Current Affairs
  3. Preparing the state-specific topics and sections for PSC
  4. Starting with NCERTs and State Board books
  5. Standard reference books like Polity by Laxmikanth, History by Bipin Chandra etc are much more valuable resources than generic compilations for static parts of the syllabus
  6. The habit of reading and making notes from a newspaper (The Hindu/The Indian Express)
  7. Making time table with space for adequate study (and relaxation) and adhering to it without fail.
  8. Practising MCQs and doing answer writing practice
  9. Going through previous years’ question papers
  10. Ignoring the naysayers

Perhaps, the most important keys to success are perseverance and efficiency. If candidates study regularly from the right study material, then there is no reason why they can’t become IAS, IPS, IRS, IFS officers.

Here, you can find out about aspirants who cleared the IAS Exam in their very first attempt!!

Related Links:

The exams like UPSC and PSC are also inclined towards current affairs. BYJU’S provide the Daily News Analysis for such exams. Candidates may check the linked article.

While preparing for UPSC/PSC exams, aspirants can track their preparation by referring to UPSC Quiz in the linked article.

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