The UPSC is India’s premier central recruiting agency. It is responsible for recruiting candidates for the Central and the All India Services such as the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Revenue Service, Indian Police Service etc.
To all those who are wondering “What is the full form of UPSC?” the UPSC Full Formin English is Union Public Service Commission. The UPSC is mandated by the Indian Constitution to make appointments to the All India Services and the services of the Union.
The UPSC itself conducts the prestigious Civil Service Exam which is considered to be one of the most challenging examinations in the country. The UPSC examination as it is popularly called is conducted every year in three levels. A candidate, in order to get into the services must clear all the three levels of examination in one go. Those candidates who make it to the final merit list are allocated services of their choice, also considering their ranks in the Civil Services Examination.
The three levels of examination are as follows:
- Civil Service Prelims:
Civil Service Prelims or the Preliminary Examination is the first level of examination. It is comprises of two papers containing objective questions.
- GS Paper -1 comprises of 100 questions of 2 marks each. It must be noted that there is negative marking for wrong answers in both the papers. Each wrong answer would cost the candidate, 1/3rd of the marks awarded for each question. The questions from Economy, Geography, Polity, History, Environment & Ecology and Science & Technology will be asked in this paper. The marks scored in this paper will be counted for preparing the list of candidates that would appear for the Civil Services Mains Examination
- CSAT Paper or Paper -2 comprises of 80 questions from quantitative aptitude, logical reasoning, reading comprehension etc. A candidate, in order to qualify in this paper must score 33% of the marks i.e, 67 out of 200 marks. However, this is just a qualifying paper and the marks scored will not be counted while arriving at the list of candidates who would be allowed to take up the next level of examination.
- Civil Service Mains:
Mains Examination is the second level of Examination and consists of 9 papers with descriptive type questions, out of which 2 language papers are of qualifying nature. The marks scored by the candidate in the rest of the 7 papers i.e, Essay Paper, GS Paper-1, GS Paper-2, GS Paper-3, GS Paper-4, Optional Paper -1 and Optional Paper-2 will be taken for the purpose of determining whether or not the candidate will be summoned for the interview.
- Personality Test:
The Personality Test is the final level of examination. Only those candidates who have managed to qualify the mains examination surpassing the cut off determined by the UPSC will be summoned for the interview.
The UPSC then prepares the final merit list, cumulating the scores of the candidates in the mains examination and the personality test. The candidates are then allocated the services, based on their preferences and the merit list.
Now that the full form of UPSC is known and the nitty gritty of the examination is also learnt, the only things that is in between you realising your dream of getting into the service is practice, right guidance and perseverance.