The UPSC or the Union Public Service Commission is a government body that conducts many exams every year in order to recruit people into various services with the central government of India. Some of the exams conducted by the UPSC are the Civil Services exam, Engineering Services exam, Combined Defence Services exam, National Defense Academy exam, Indian Forest service exam and so on.
All the exams have different patterns, prescribed syllabi and UPSC recruitment process which are well-defined and published in the various exam notifications that the UPSC releases before the exams. Perhaps the most well-known of all the exams is the UPSC civil services exam, more commonly called the IAS exam.
Most of the exams have multiple papers followed by a personality test or viva voce which is an interview with the UPSC Board. The UPSC recruitment process rules for the various roles and posts under the government are all framed and amended by the Commission only.
The list of the exams conducted by the UPSC is given below:
- Civil services exam
- Engineering Services exam
- Combined Defence Services exam
- Combined Medical Services exam
- National Defense Academy exam
- Indian Economic Service exam
- Indian Forest service exam
- Indian Statistical Service exam
- Special Class Railway Apprentices exam
- Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist exam
- Central Armed Police Forces exam (Assistant Commandant)
The UPSC civil services exam is conducted in three stages, namely the preliminary exam, mains exam and the personality test (interview). The prelims stage consists of two objective type papers and the mains consist of 9 descriptive papers. The civil services UPSC exam pattern is a long-drawn one spreading over almost one year. The UPSC recruitment for engineers, that is, for the Engineering Services Exam is also done by the Commission. This exam also follows a similar pattern to the civil services exam, i.e., there are two stages of written exam followed by an interview stage. UPSC recruitment for economic officer is done by the Commission through various exams.
All the UPSC exams have online application processes through the official website of the Commission. The detailed UPSC recruitment process, that is, the recruitment tests, exam notifications, online application forms, results, cut-off marks, exam schedule, answer keys, marks information and question papers are all given in the UPSC official website. The exams are conducted annually to recruit people into government service. The UPSC offers relaxation to the upper age limit, number of attempts and the cut-off marks for candidates who fall under OBC, SC, ST, defence personnel, disabled, etc.