The UPSC conducts the Civil Services Exam annually in order to recruit candidates for the Central and All India Services such as the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Revenue Service, Indian Forest Service etc. The UPSC exam is taken by lakhs of aspirants every year, while only about a thousand are recruited. Therefore, the examination is popularly termed as the “Mother of all the Examinations”. Read on to know and understand the UPSC Exam Details:
The UPSC recruitment for the central and the All India Services takes place annually. The notification for the examination that gives details regarding the UPSC exam eligibility, UPSC exam date, UPSC last date for application etc. is released by the Commission in the month of February. The exam would be conducted in three levels:
- Preliminary Examination
- Mains Examination
- Personality Test
A candidate, in order to get into the services needs to clear all the three levels of examination in one go. The services, as per the preferences of the candidate are allotted considering their ranking in the final merit list prepared by cumulating the candidate’s scores in the Civil Services Mains Examination and the Personality Test.
UPSC Exam Eligibility:
- For the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service & Indian Police Service, a candidate must be a citizen of India.
- For the Indian Revenue Service and other services, a candidate must be one of the following:
- A citizen of India
- a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India
The candidates willing to appear for the UPSC exam must have atleast one of the following educational qualifications:
- A degree from a State, a Central or a Deemed University or an Open University (or)
- Degree acquired through correspondence or distance education
- Any qualification that is recognised by the GOI as being equivalent to one of the above
BU In order to be eligible to write the exam, a candidate must be 21 years of age and should not have attained 35 years of age as on the 1st of August of the year in which the examination is being held. However, there is relaxation for categories such as Scheduled Tribes, Scheduled Classes and Other Backward Classes.
Number of Attempts:
Each candidate is entitled to 6 attempts in the Civil Services Examination. Additional attempts are given to the candidates belonging to SC, ST and OBC categories.