UPSC stands for Union Public Service Commission. It is the top most recruitment body in the country which conducts prestigious Civil Services Exam, Combined Defence Services Exam, CAPF, IES, IFS & Other Top Level Exams for Hiring Group A & Group B Gazetted Officers in various Indian Government Ministries, Departments & Armed Forces etc.
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History Constitutional Status & Independence of UPSC
UPSC was initially formed on 1st October 1926 as Public Service Commission and in the Government of India Act 1935 renamed as Federal Public Service Commission. After independence its charter was granted by the Part XIV (Article 315 to 323) of the Constitution of India, titled as “Services Under the Union and the States”. In Article 315 of the Indian Constitution It is stated that “there shall be a Public Service Commission for the Union and a Public Service Commission for each State”, hence Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) was constituted at Central Level under Article 315 of Indian Constitution. However in reality it was reorganising & renaming of previous Federal Public Service Commission.
Chairman of UPSC
Chairman of UPSC and other members are appointed as per the provisions of Article 316 of Indian Constitution. The appointment is made by the President of India. Shri. Arvind Saxena, a 1978 Batch officer of Indian Postal Services is the current chairman of UPSC. He had completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Enginering from IIT Delhi. In 1988 he left the Indian Postal Services and Joined RAW (Research & Analysis Wing of Cabinet Secretariat). He was also a Member of UPSC Board between May 2015 and June 2018.
Functions of UPSC
Main functions of UPSC are holding examinations, recruitments and deputations, DPCs and of course giving advice on disciplinary cases. UPSC is known for its image of integrity and impartiality and amongst the few institutions which function with both autonomy and freedom, along with the country’s higher judiciary, Election Commission etc.
Recent Changes & Trends of UPSC Exams
The main aim of UPSC is to contribute towards building a bureaucracy, which, in turn, will be committed to building a better and a more humane India – an India which is not only prosperous, but is also sensitive to the needs of the downtrodden and the underprivileged.
In the recent years UPSC is trying to cope up with the increasing number of candidates in some of its exams. The number of applicants, for example, in last year’s Civil Services Preliminary Exam crossed 11 Lakhs. On-line examinations for first stage screening, administering of tests on multiple dates for the same exam are some of the areas UPSC might need to look at in future.
To address some of these issues and to make the examinations more candidate-friendly, UPSC is placing more and more information to its websites and making online procedures more comprehensive. To take the increasing load of online work, including handling of more data-rich applications, UPSC have recently moved its website from MTNL to the NICs cloud ‘Meghraj”. This has enhanced the capacity of its website and also provides better security of data.
Several new programs have been developed in-house, to handle issues of venue management, transliteration of names from English to Hindi, public disclosure of information about candidates, mechanical short listing of candidates on the basis of Detailed Application Forms etc. The option of voluntary withdrawal of applications has been extended to more UPSC examinations. An increasing number of screening tests are now being administered through Computer Based Written Tests.
Official Websites of UPSC
UPSC has two official websites. First is upsc.gov.in in which UPSC publishes all the UPSC Official notifications, Latest News, Updates Related to UPSC Exams, Any Corrigendum of UPSC Notifications etc. The Second Official Website of UPSC is UPSC ONLINE (upsconline.nic.in) it is also known as Online UPSC. This website is used for all the Online Applications for various UPSC Exams.
List of Exams Conducted by UPSC, Age Limit, Exam Pattern, Exam Scheme, Exam Syllabus, Booklist & Previous Papers for Various UPSC Exams for 2020
In this section we are sharing the list of all the top exams conducted by UPSC, what these UPSC Exams are, how may times UPSC Notifies for these exams in a year, syllabus & exam schemes for various UPSC Exams including UPSC Prelims & Mains Exams etc. We will also discuss in brief about the preparation strategy, book list and importance of previous year papers for various UPSC Exams
UPSC Civil Services
UPSC Civil Services which is also popularly known as UPSC IAS Exam is a recruitment exam conducted every year by the Union Public Service Commission to recruit top most bureaucrats in Central & State Bureaucracy. Selected candidates join most prestigious services of the country such as Indian Administrative Services (IAS), Indian Foreign Services (IFS), Indian Police Services (IPS), Indian Revenue Services (IRS) etc.
Clearing IAS Exam and becoming the part of these prestigious services is a dream of millions. The journey however not easy but if you have fire in you belly and making your dream reality is above everything for you then this exam is for you. Through systematic approach, dedication, persistence and perseverance you can clear this exam.
To appear in UPSC Civil Services i.e. UPSC IAS Exam, a candidate must be a graduate in any discipline or final year students are also eligible. Minimum age limit for UPSC IAS Exam is 21 Years and Candidates upto the age to 32 Years can appear in this exam. However relaxation in maximum age limit for reserved category candidates is available as per central government rules. Notification of UPSC Civil Services is released every year by the UPSC in the month of February / March.
UPSC IAS Exam is a three stage exam. First stage of UPSC Civil Services exam is UPSC IAS Prelims which is conducted every year in the month of May / June. UPSC Prelims consists two papers and it is a Multiple Choice Objective type exam which has Negative Marking of 1/3rd of allotted mark for each wrong answer. First Paper of UPSC IAS Prelims Exam is General Studies Paper I which consists questions from all general subjects such as History, Geography, Economics, Political Science, Current Affairs etc. Selection for mains exam is done based on UPSC Prelims Paper I Marks. UPSC Civil Services Prelims Paper II which is also known as CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test) consists questions from subjects such as Maths (10th Level), Reasoning, English etc. It is a qualifying paper and a candidate has to score minimum 33% marks in CSAT Paper for appearing in UPSC IAS Mains Exam.
UPSC IAS Mains Exam is a subjective type exam in which a candidate has to appear in total nine papers. One paper is of English Language and One paper of Compulsory Indian Language (Any of your choice such as Hindi / Marathi / Tamil / Telugu / Kannada etc.). These two papers are only qualifying in nature and marks of compulsory language papers are not added in final merit list of UPSC Civil Services. After that Four papers are of General Studies and One paper is of Essay. In these papers questions are asked from various general subjects such as History, Geography, Ethics, General Science, Economics, Political Science etc. Next two papers will be of Optional Subject. A candidates has to choose any one optional subject of his choice for UPSC IAS Mains Exam. There will be two papers of that one optional subject.
Those candidates who clear the UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam are called for Interview / Personality Test by the Union Public Service Commission. Successful candidates join the prestigious services such as IAS / IPS / IFS / IRS / IRTS etc based on their rank and preference in UPSC Civil Services Exam.
UPSC CDS Exam
The Combined Defence Services (CDS) exam which is also known as UPSC CDS Exam is conducted twice every year by UPSC to recruit Group A Officers in Indian Defence Services. Selected officers through UPSC CDS Exam join the Indian Army as Lieutenants / Indian Air Force as Flying Officers / Indian Navy as Sub Lieutenants. All these posts are group A Posts and the most prestigious posts in Indian Defence Services.
Those candidates who have completed their graduation or are studying in the final year of their bachelor’s degree are eligible to appear in UPSC CDS Exam. However the age limit for UPSC CDS exam is 19-24 years (Upto 25 Years for Officers Training Academy).
Selection through UPSC CDS Exam is a two stage process. In the first stage UPSC Conducts CDS Written Exam which is an objective type written exam having three papers. Paper I in UPSC CDS Exam is of English Language, Paper-II Consists questions from History, Geography & Other General Knowledge Subjects and Paper III of UPSC CDS Exam consists questions from Elementary Mathematics.
Those candidates who qualify in the written exam of UPSC CDS are called by the Indian Army / Navy / Airforce (Based on Their Rank in CDS written exam and Preference) for Service Selection Board (SSB) Interview. Final merit list of UPSC CDS Exam is prepared based on marks obtained by the candidates in UPSC CDS written exam and SSB Interview.
UPSC CAPF Exam
UPSC Central Armed Police Force (Assistant Commandant) Exam also known as UPSC CAPF (AC) Exam is conducted every year by the Union Public Service Commission to recruit Assistant Commandant (Group A Level 10 Officers) in various Central Armed Forces Such As BSF, CISF, SSB, ITBP & CRPF etc.
Those candidates who have completed their Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline or are currently studying in the final year can apply for UPSC CAPF (AC) Exam. Age Limit for UPSC CAPF Exam is 20-25 Years and relaxation is also given to reserved category candidates in maximum age limit.
Selection of Candidates as Assistant Commandants in central armed forces is a three tier process. First a written exam for CAPF (AC) exam is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission. This Written Exam for UPSC CAPF (AC) consists two papers Paper I of which consists questions from General Ability and Intelligence and an Objective Type Exam. Paper II of UPSC CAPF (AC) Exam is a subjective type exam and consists questions from General Studies, Essay and Comprehension.
Those candidates who qualifies in the written exam for UPSC CAPF (AC) are called for Physical Efficiency Test and after that successful candidates are shortlisted for UPSC CAPF (AC) Personality Test & Interview. Those candidates who qualifies in all the stages above and declared finally successful in UPSC CAPF (AC) Exam are allotted services based on their rank and preferences.
UPSC NDA / NA Exam
Same as CDS, UPSC also conducts National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Exam which is popularly known as UPSC NDA / NA Exam. This exam is also conducted twice a year and selected candidates gets posting as Lieutenant in Indian Army / Sub Lieutenant in Indian Navy and Flying Officer in Indian Air Force.
Age limit for UPSC NDA NA Exam is 16-19 Years (During Commencement of Course). Educational qualification for UPSC NDA NA Exam is 12th Pass. However candidates appearing in the 12th class can also apply for UPSC NDA NA Exam.
Selection of Candidates in National Defence Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy (NA) is done through written exam (NDA NA) Conducted by UPSC and Service Selection Board (SSB) Interview. Written Exam for UPSC NDA / NA Exam consists two papers. First paper is of Mathematics (300 Marks) and Second Paper is of General Ability Test (600 Marks). Both of these UPSC NDA NA Written exams are of objective type papers and has negative marking.
UPSC IFS Exam
Indian Forest Service Exam, Popularly Known as UPSC IFS / IFoS Exam is an exam conducted annually by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment to the top most positions of Indian Forest Services. Selected candidates starts their career in Indian Forest Services (IFS / IFoS) as Group A Level 10 Officers. Notification for UPSC IFS / IFoS Exam is released every year by UPSC with Civil Services Exam and the preliminary exam for both the services is conducted together.
However Educational Qualification for UPSC IFS / IFoS Exam is different than the UPSC Civil Services. Candidates having Bachelor’s Degree or In Final Year of their Bachelor’s Degree in Science Subjects such as Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science, Botany, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Zoology, Agriculture, Forestry & Engineering Can Apply for this exam. Age limit for UPSC IFS / IFoS is also 21-32 years same as Civil Services and reserved category candidates gets age relaxation as per Indian Government Rules.
Selection in Indian Forest Services is a three tier process (Prelim Exam, Mains Exam and Interview). As discussed earlier, preliminary exam is conducted with Civil Services and in Mains Exam of UPSC Forest Services, Questions are asked from General Studies and Optional Subject of candidates choice. Shortlisted candidates in Mains exam are called for UPSC IFS / IFoS Interview.
UPSC Engineering Services
UPSC Engineering Services Exam, popularly known as UPSC ESE, is one of the top most exams for Engineers. UPSC ESE Exam is conducted every year by the Union Public Service Commission to recruit Engineers as Group A & B Officers (Technical) in Various Engineering Services such as Indian Railway Service of Engineers, Indian Railway Stores Service, Central Engineering Services, Indian Skill Development Service etc.
Educational Qualification for UPSC Engineering Services Exam (UPSC ESE) is Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (i.e. B.E. / B.Tech) and candidates studying in the final year of their engineering degree are also eligible for this recruitment exam. Age Limit for UPSC ESE Exam is From 21 Years to 30 Years and upper age is relaxable as per government rules. Exam Scheme for UPSC ESE is a three stage process. Stage I of Engineering Service Exam is Preliminary Exam, Stage II is UPSC ESE Mains Exam and in stage III, selected candidates are called for UPSC ESE Interview.
UPSC Combined Geo Scientist and Geologist Exam
UPSC Combined Geo Scientist and Geologist Exam (CGGE) exam is conducted by the UPSC to recruit Geologist, Geophysicist and Chemist Group ‘A’ in Geological Survey of India (GSI) and Junior Hydro Geologists in Central Ground Water Board.
Educational Qualification for UPSC CGGE Exam is MA / MSc Degree in Geology, Geophysics, Chemistry and other relevant subjects. Age Limit for UPSC Combined Geologists, Geophysicist and Chemists Recruitment is 21-32 years and for Junior Hydrogeologist in CGWB is 35 years which is relaxable as per government directives. Same as most of other UPSC Exams, CGGS Exam is also a three tier process (Prelims, Mains & Interview)
UPSC I.E.S./I.S.S. Exam
Indian Economic Service and Indian Statistical Service Exam which is also known as UPSC IES / ISS Exam is conducted every year by UPSC for recruitment of Group A Officers in these services. Age Limit for UPSC IES / ISS Exam is 21-30 years and candidates having PG Degree in Economics / Applied Economics / Business Economics / Econometrics are eligible for UPSC IES (Indian Economic Services) and Candidates having Bachelor’s and Masters Degree in Statistics / Mathematical Statistics / Applied Statistics are eligible for Indian Statistical Services (ISS). Age Limit for UPSC IES / ISS Exam is 21-30 Years which is relaxable for reserved category candidates as per rules. Exam pattern for UPSC IES / ISS Exam is a two tier process i.e. Written Exam and Interview.
UPSC Combined Medical Services Exam
UPSC Combined Medical Services Examination also known as UPSC CMS Exam is a recruitment exam conducted by the Union Public Service Commission to recruit Medical Officers in various central government organisations such as Indian Railways, Indian Ordnance Factories etc. Maximum Age Limit for UPSC CMS Exam is upto 32 Years which is also relaxable for various reserved category candidates as per rules. MBBS is the minimum educational qualification for UPSC Combined Medical Services Exam. UPSC CMS is also a two tier process in which candidates are selected through Written Exam (Two Tier) and Personality Test / Interview.
UPSC Other Exams
Other than above exams, based on special requirements of different departments UPSC also conducts some on demand recruitment exams such as UPSC CAPF AO / EO Exam (To recruit Accounts Officers & Enforcement Officers in Employees Provident Fund Organisation i.e. EPFO), UPSC EPFO APFC Exam (To recruit Assistant Provident Fund Commissioner in EPFO), UPSC CAPF (LDCE) Exam (Limited Departmental Competitive Exam to recruit Assistant Commandants in Central Armed Police Forces) & Other Exams.
UPSC Exam Calendar & Exam Dates 2020 (Updated)
|Name of Exam||Opening & Closing Dates||Exam Dates|
|NDA & NA (I) 2020||01.01.2020 to 28.01.20200||19.04.2020 (Postponed)|
|UPSC EO / AO Recruitment 2020||Till 31.01.2020||04.10.2020|
|Civil Services (Pre) & Forest Service (Pre) Exam 2020||12.02.2020 to 03.03.2020||31.05.2020 (Prelims)|
|I.E.S. / I.S.S. Exam 2020||25.03.2020 to 12.04.2020||From 26.06.2020 (Postponed)|
|Combined Geo Scientist (Mains) Exam 2020||–||From 27.06.2020|
|UPSC Engineering Services (Mains) Exam 2020||–||28.06.2020|
|Combined Medical Services Exam 2020||08.04.2020 to 28.04.2020||19.06.2020 (Postponed)|
|CAPF (ACs) Exam 2020|
|22.04.2020 to 12.05.2020|
|NDA / NA Exam (II) 2020||10.06.2020 to 30.06.2020||06.09.2020|
|Civil Services (Mains) Exam 2020||–||From 18.09.2020|
|UPSC CDS (II) Exam, 2020||05.08.2020 to 25.08.2020||08.11.2020|
|Indian Forest Services (Mains) Exam 2020||–||From 22.11.2020|
|S.O. Steno (GD-B/GD-I) LDCE Exam 2020||16.09.2020 to 06.10.2020||From 12.12.2020|
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