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About Union Public Service Commission

Union Public Service Commission

The Union Public Service Commission (Hindi: संघलोकसेवाआयोग) is India's central recruiting agency. It is responsible for appointments to and examinations for All India services and group A & group B of Central services.

Competitive examinations

The Commission conducts examinations on biannual/annual/biennial basis throughout India for appointment to various Civil/Defence services/posts. The notifications for these examinations are published in the Gazette of India and Employment News / Rozgar Samachar. A shorter version of notification is also published in major Indian newspapers including regional language newspapers. Copies of the notifications are also sent to all Employment Exchanges and Universities, etc.

UPSC conducts following examinations:

Civil Services Examination (CSE):-

The Civil Services Examination (CSE) is a nationwide competitive examination in India conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment to various Civil Services of the Government of India, including the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), and Indian Police Service (IPS) among others.It is conducted in two phases - a preliminary examination consisting of two objective-type papers (General Studies Paper I and General Studies Paper II also popularly known as Civil Service Aptitude Test or CSAT), and a main examination consisting of nine papers of conventional (essay) type, followed by a personality test (interview).

Engineering Services Examination (ESE):-

Indian Engineering Services abbreviated as IES are the civil services that meet the technical and managerial functions of the Government of India. Like most countries, the Government of India recruits its civil servants and officials on the basis of merit, the middle management positions in the bureaucracy are filled through competitive exams. Large number of candidates take these exams, competing for limited posts. IES officers are selected by the union government on the recommendations made by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). A combined three-stage competitive examination (comprising five tests), called the Engineering Services Examination (ESE) is conducted by the UPSC for recruitment to the Indian Engineering Services.


Combined Medical Services Examination (CMSE):-

The "Combined Medical Services" Examination or the CMS Exam is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment as Medical Officer in various organizations such as the Indian Ordnance Factories, Indian Railways functioning under the Government of India. The Notification for the examination is usually released in the month of March and examination is conducted in June. Successful Candidates are admitted after an interview conducted by the UPSC for those having qualified the written examination.


Combined Defence Services Examination (CDSE):-

The "Combined Defence Services" (CDS) Examination is conducted twice a year by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment into the Indian Military AcademyOfficers Training AcademyIndian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy. The Notification for the examination is usually released in the months of October and June, and the examinations are conducted in February and November respectively. Only unmarried graduates are eligible to sit for the exam. Successful candidates are admitted into the respective Academies after an interview conducted by the Services Selection Board (SSB).

Age Limit

Indian Military Academy                       19–24 years

Air Force Academy                              19–24 years

Naval Academy            19–22 years

Officers’ Training Academy      19–25 years

Scheme of Examination

Indian Military Academy / Air Force Academy / Naval Academy

All the papers are of objective type.

Subject                                   Marks

English                                     100

General Knowledge                 100

Elementary Mathematics          100

Total                                        300

Officers' Training Academy

All the papers are of objective type.

Subject                                    Marks

English                         100

General Knowledge     100

Total                            200






National Defence Academy Examination (NDA)

The National Defence Academy (NDA) is the Joint Services academy of the Indian Armed Forces, where cadets of the three services, the Army, the Navy and the Air Force train together before they go on to respective service academies for further pre-commissioning training.


Applicants to the NDA are selected via a written exam conducted by the UPSC, followed by extensive interviews by the SSB covering general aptitude, psychological testing, and team skills as well as physical and social skills, along with medical tests. The minimum age should be 16 and half years and maximum age should be 19 and half years.


The NDA offers only a full-time, residential undergraduate programme. Cadets are awarded a Baccalaureate degree (a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science after 3 years of study. Cadets have a choice of two streams of study. The Science stream offers studies in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Computer Science. The Humanities (Liberal Arts) stream offers studies in History, Economics, Political Science, Geography and Languages.

Training Pattern

All the cadets joining the NDA after their 10+2 Examination are trained in the Academy for three years culminating in graduation with BA/BSc or BCs (Computer Science) degree of Jawaharlal Nehru University. Apart from academic training they are also trained in outdoor skills, like Drill, PT and games; apart from one of the foreign languages up to the lower B1 level (according to the international standards). The emphasis in NDA is on character building, esprit-de-corps, mental and physical robustness, leadership and a sense of keen observation. Life in NDA is all about learning discipline and adhering self-improvement.

Naval Academy Examination

The Indian Naval Academy (INA or INA Ezhimala) is the initial officer training establishment of the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard, located in EzhimalaKannur districtKerala.

Special Class Railway Apprentice (SCRA)

This exam was cancelled by the UPSC in 2016.

Indian Forest Service Examination

IFS one of the three All India Services. The exam is conducted for recruitment to forestry services of India. The other two All India Services being Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS).  Indian Forest Service is one of the Civil Services of India and belongs to the apex All India Services group. IFS services are placed under various State cadres and joint cadres though they have the mandate to serve both under the State and Central Governments.



Indian Economic Service Examination

The Indian Economic Service (भारतीयआर्थिकसेवा) is the administrative inter-ministerial civil service under Group of the Central Civil Services of the executive branch of the Government of India.

Indian Statistical Service Examination

Combined Geo-scientist and Geologist Examination

Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandant) Examination (CAPF)

The Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) refers to uniform nomenclature of five security forces in India under the authority of Ministry of Home Affairs. They are the Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).

Section Officers/Stenographers (Grade-B/Grade-I) Departmental Competitive Examination

The examinations conducted for Civil Services have a success rate of 0.1%–0.3%.