The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is India’s Central Recruiting Agency. It is responsible for the appointments to and examinations for the All India Services and group A & group B of the Central Services. It is one of the most awaiting exams at the national level. Every year UPSC releases its schedule for the examinations to be conducted in the upcoming year. The examination is divided into three phases the first one is the Preliminary Examination in which lakhs of students take part all around the nation, the second one is the written Mains examination and the third phase is the Personal Interview; all of which are mentioned elaborately in our UPSC section.
The Civil Services(UPSC) Examination offers the widest range of jobs in India and is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). UPSC Top 2 services are Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS) along with the other central services, Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Revenue Service (IRS) etc. Due to the importance and nature of these civil/public service jobs, UPSC takes absolute care in selecting the right people.
The Civil Services Examination comprises two successive stages:
- Civil Services Preliminary Examinations (Objective Type) – for the selection of candidates for Main Examination.
- Civil Services Main Examination (Written Test and Interview) – for the selection of Candidates for the various services and post.
First Stage Prelims:- The Preliminary Examination will consist of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions – there are four alternatives for the answer to every question) and carry 200 marks each.
- Both the question papers will be of the objective type (multiple choice questions) and each will be of two hours duration.
- The General Studies Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.
- The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English.
Second Stage Mains:- It has nine theory/descriptive papers
- Out of nine papers, two language papers (English and Regional Language) are qualifying in nature – 300 marks each paper.
- GS 1, 2, 3 and 4 are four general studies papers – 250 marks/each.
- There is one essay paper and 2 optional papers (based on the subject a candidate opts for) – 250 marks each.
- Candidates qualify for the interview stage based on the marks scored in GS 1-4, Essay and Optional Papers and these scores are considered for the final merit rankings along with the interview score.
Candidates, who obtain such minimum qualifying marks in the written test of the Main Examination as may be fixed by the Commission at their discretion, shall be selected by them for an Interview or a Personality Test. The number of candidates to be summoned for an interview will be about twice the number of vacancies to be filled.
The Interview (the final stage of the examination) will carry 275 marks with no minimum qualifying marks. The Main Examination, (written part as well as interview) would determine their final ranking. Candidates will be allotted to the various services and posts keeping in view their ranks in the examination and the preferences expressed by them for the services and posts.