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Tell me Something about Civil Services

The Civil Services serve as the backbone of the governance structure of our nation. Right from the time we achieved independence, the civil services have played a vital role in the task of nation building and national development.

The Civil Services Examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission offers the opportunity to be a part of the different All India Services such as the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and various other Central Services such as the IRS, IAAS etc.

A career in the civil services carries not only great honour and prestige, but is also unmatched in the scope and diversity of responsibilities and challenges that it provides. A career in civil services provides infinite opportunities for self-development and to contribute immensely towards governance of the nation and make a positive difference to the lives of billions of people in the country.

Every year, India's best brains vie for entry into the Indian Civil Services as officers. Even though corporate jobs may offer the best of salaries and perks, a majority of youngsters and their parents still crave entry to the prestigious Indian Civil Services held by the UPSC. The very fact that a big share of every year's top posts in the civil services exams are bagged by professionals from various streams, shows that the IAS is still the dream job for many.

Tell me Something about Civil Services Examination

The Civil Services Examination is conducted by UPSC every year. The examination consists of two stages ? the Preliminary Examination and the Main Examination (Written and Interview).

The Civil Services Examination is widely considered to be one of the toughest and most sought after examinations in the world, with only about 500- 1000 candidates selected out of more than 2,00,000 candidates who appear every year for the examination.

Whether this exam is conducted only to recruit for IAS and IPS Services?

(i) Indian Administrative Service.
(ii) Indian Foreign Service.
(iii) Indian Police Service.
(iv) Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group 'A'.
(v) Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group 'A'.
(vi) Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group 'A'.
(vii) Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group 'A'.
(viii) Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group 'A'.
(ix) Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group 'A' (Assistant Works Manager, Administration).
(x) Indian Postal Service, Group 'A'.
(xi) Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group 'A'.
(xii) Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group 'A'.
(xiii) Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group 'A'.
(xiv) Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group 'A'.
(xv) Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group 'A'
(xvi) Indian Defence Estates Service, Group 'A'.
(xvii) Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group 'A'.
(xviii) Indian Trade Service, Group 'A' (Gr. III).
(xix) Indian Corporate Law Service, Group "A".
(xx) Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ?B? (Section Officer's Grade).
(xxi) Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group 'B'.
(xxii) Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service, Group 'B'.

Does all the services and post fall under same category?

No. IAS and IPS are All India Services, whereas others fall under two categories ? Group A & Group B Central Services

Why Often people consider services such as IAS, IPS, IFos, IRS etc better services than others

Any service is considered better based on the certain reasons. Among them some are as follows 1. The diversity of opportunities it can provide to the incumbent 2. The scope and breadth of decision making in the service 3. Facilities that go with the service as perks 4. Chances for interacting with other departments than the parent dept 5. Stability of career.

How the services are allocated to the candidate?

The services are allocated based on the final Rank the candidate had secured, Preferences of services executed by the candidate, Category of the candidate and Vacancy of the Post.

What are the Minimum Educational Qualifications required for appearing in the exam?

The candidate must hold a degree of any of Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University Under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification.

Is a Candidate who has done graduation without Passing Class X & Class XII eligible for Civil Services Examination?

Yes. For Civil Services Exams, the candidate is eligible since the UPSC has not specified the mode of acquiring the degree

Is a candidate having Diploma or had done graduation after Diploma is eligible for the Civil Services Exam?

Candidate possessing only a Diploma is not eligible, however if the candidate had done graduation after Diploma he is eligible.

What is the prescribed age limit for the examination?

To appear in the exam the minimum age is 21 years on 1st August, on that year. The upper age limit depends upon the category to which you belong. If you belong to, 1. General Category, the upper age limit is 30 years 2. Other Backward Classes, it is 33 years 3. SC/ST category, upper age limit is 35 For special categories, the age relaxations (from 30 years) are as follows Blind, deaf-mute and Orthopaedically handicapped persons : 10 years Blind, deaf-mute and Orthopaedically handicapped persons + SC/ST : 15 years Blind, deaf-mute and Orthopaedically handicapped persons+ OBC : 13 years Defence Services Personnel disabled in operations : 3 years Defence Services Personnel + SC/ST : 8 years 08 Defence Services Personnel + OBC 6 years Ex-Servicemen including Commissioned Officers 5 years Ex-Servicemen including Commissioned officers + SC/ST 10 years Ex-Servicemen including Commissioned officers + OBC 8 years

Can I appear for any number of times in the Exam?

No. Generally, any one below the age of 30 years can attempt 4 times. If you belong to 1. Other Backward Classes, you get 3 more attempts 2. SC/ST category, there is no limit in the number of attempts you can make.

What is Creamy Layer? For whom the creamy layer is applicable?

OBC Creamy Layer (OBC-CL): If the parental income of the OBC candidates is above Rs.4.5 Lakhs and above will be considered as OBC Creamy Layer. Download http://ncbc.nic.in/Creamylayer.html

What is the Scheme of the Examination?

The Civil Services Examination will consist of two successive stages
Civil Services Preliminary Exams (Click here)
Civil Services Main Examination (Click here)
Personality Test (Click here)
(i) Civil Services Preliminary Examination: (Objective type) for the selection of candidates for the Main Examination; and
(ii) Civil Services Main Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates for the various Services and posts
Preliminary Screening test is only of qualifying nature and the scored in Preliminary Examination will not be taken for ranking Candidates have to go in accordance to the stages in the exam. In the same cycle of the year of exam, candidate should get qualified in all the stages. If the candidate gets disqualified in any of the stages, the candidate should reappear in the preliminary examination next year.