UPSC 2019 Vacancies – An Analysis


The Civil Services of India are considered the backbone of the administrative structure of the Indian Government. The Union Public Service Commission declares the number of officers to be recruited through the Civil Services Examination every year. So far the numbers have shown a decreasing trend since the last half-decade

Let us do an analysis of the trend in recruitment numbers through the Civil Service Exam and try to arrive at a tentative number for UPSC Vacancies in 2019 to be filled through the exam.

UPSC 2019 Vacancies

As we can see, the number of vacancies has been decreasing over the years. Part of the reason is budgetary. Even though there is a shortfall of civil servants all over the country in various departments, the government would incur a significant expense to recruit and retain the required number of officers.

In addition to this, there is also the problem of training new entrants to the civil services due to a shortage of training facilities.

This being an election year, a sharp increase in the number of vacancies is not expected. UPSC might announce between 600 to 1000 vacancies according to reports from various sources for Civil Services Exam 2019.

UPSC recruits candidates through the Civil Services Exam for 24 services including Group A services like IAS, IPS, IFS, etc. and Group B services like DANICS, DANIPS, PPS, etc.

The number of vacancies is indicated just below the list of services and posts for which the vacancies have been declared in the notification.

The services and posts for which UPSC vacancies for 2019 are likely to be declared are:

(1) Indian Administrative Service.

(2) Indian Foreign Service.

(3) Indian Police Service.

(4) Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group ‘A’.

(5) Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.

(6) Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group ‘A’.

(7) Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.

(8) Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group ‘A’.

(9) Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’ (Assistant Works Manager, Administration).

(10) Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’.

(11) Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.

(12) Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A’.

(13) Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.

(14) Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A’.

(15) Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group ‘A’

(16) Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’.

(17) Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group ‘A’.

(18) Indian Trade Service, Group ‘A’.

(19) Indian Corporate Law Service, Group “A”.

(20) Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade).

(21) Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar

Haveli Civil Service, Group ‘B’.

(22) Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar

Haveli Police Service, Group ‘B’.

(23) Pondicherry Civil Service, Group ‘B’.

(24) Pondicherry Police Service, Group ‘B’.

The vacancies are an approximate number and the UPSC takes the final decision during the merit ranking to recruit the final number of officers. This is based on the final number given by the respective authorities controlling each cadre.

There are reserved vacancies each year for people with disabilities in the following categories:

    (a) Blindness and low vision

    (b) Deaf and hard of hearing

    (c) Locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy (cured), dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy

    (e) Multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (c) including deaf-blindness.

The approximate number of vacancies in the Civil Service Examination 2019 for these categories will be declared along with the total approximate number in the notification.

Reservation for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes and People with Benchmark Disability varies based on government decisions.

A new category of reservations for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) is expected to be included in UPSC Vacancy 2019.

Irrespective of the number of vacancies that would be declared in 2019. Aspirants should keep their preparation on track, as increasing or decreasing number of seats is based on government decisions.

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