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The full form of UPSC is Union Public Service Commission, a central agency of the government of India that conducts the following exams:

  • All India Services
    Indian Administrative Service
    India Foreign Service
    Indian Police Service
    Group – A Services
    Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service
    Indian Audit and Accounts Service
    Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise)
    Indian Defence Accounts Service
    Indian Revenue Service (I.T.)
    Indian Ordnance Factories Service (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)
    Indian Postal Service
    Indian Civil Accounts Service
    Indian Railway Traffic Service
    Indian Railway Accounts Service
    Indian Railway Personnel Service
    Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force
    Indian Defence Estates Service
    Indian Information Service (Junior Grade)
    Indian Trade Service, Group ‘A’ (Gr. III)
    Indian Corporate Law Service
    Group – B Services
    Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service (Section Officer’s Grade)
    Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service
    Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service
    Pondicherry Civil Service
    Pondicherry Police Service

The above exams are considered toughest to crack and requires patient preparation for success.

The existence and formation of UPSC dates back to pre-independent India, where a merit based modern Civil Service, India was introduced in 1854. Its headquarters is located in Dholpur House (Delhi), India.

The registered contact number of UPSC is  2309 859,  23098591, 23385271, 23381125, 23098543. For residents outside Delhi, please add the STD code (011) before each number you dial.  (Service hours: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm in all official working days.)

For official website, click here.

The terms and conditions for the services of UPSC is written in the  Union Public Service Commission (Members) Regulations, 1969.

Check Union Public Service Commission (Members) Regulations, 1969 here.

In India, the UPSC exams were initially conducted in Allahabad but now shifted to Delhi, after the setting up of the Federal Public Service Commission.

The services of UPSC as listed under Article 320 are as follows:

  • Conduct entrance examinations for appointment to the services of the Union.
  • Direct recruitment conducting selection through interviews.
  • Appointment of officers on promotion, deputation or absorption.
  • Framing and amendment of Recruitment rules for various services and posts under the Indian government.
  • Disciplinary cases relating to different civil services.
  • Advising the Government of India on any matter referred to the Commission by the President of India.

If looked at statistics, then almost 3-4 lacs students apply for the UPSC exam every year, against 1100 openings.

Eligibility criteria for UPSC exam

The eligibility criteria to appear for UPSC exam are as follows:


  • The candidate must be a citizen of India. (for IAS, IFS & IPS)
  • A citizen of India or a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia or Vietnam  with the intention of permanently settling in India. (For Indian Revenue Service exam)
  • A citizen of India or a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India (for all other entrance exam conducted by UPSC).

Academic eligibility for UPSC exam

  • One degree from a Central, State or Deemed university
  • One degree received through correspondence or distance education
  • One degree from an open university
  • One qualification recognized by the Government of India as being equivalent to one of the above.
  • Marksheets and reports granted by the University Grants Commission (UGC) are only accepted by UPSC.

Age limit for UPSC exam

  • General candidates: 21years – 32 years (on August 1 of the year of exam)
  • OBC candidates: 21 years – 35 years
  • SC and ST candidates : 21 years – 37 years
  • Physically Disabled (Blind, Deaf, Orthopedic) candidates – 42 years

Special age limit for citizens of J&K:

  • General Category: 37 years
  • OBC: 40 years
  • SC/ST: 42 years
  • Physically challenged candidates: 50 year

Numbers of attempts in UPSC Exam

  • General category candidates : 6
  • OBC category candidates : 9
  • SC and ST candidates : Unlimited

Stages of UPSC exam
The entire procedure of clearing one UPSC exam takes almost a year. 

To register online for UPSC exams, click here.


Offline applications : 100 INR (through a single Central Recruitment Fee Stamp)

UPSC candidates applying on-line (excepting female/SC/ST/physically handicapped candidates who are exempted from payment of fees) are required to pay a reduce fee of Rs. 50/- (Rupees fifty only) either by remitting the money in any branch of SBI by cash, or by using net banking facility of SBI or by using visa/master credit/debit card.

Physically challenged, Female Candidates and SC/STcandidates : No fees.

Every year, UPSC announces its exam schedule and plan for the rest of the year in the month of January. Applicants can apply for UPSC exam till February, every year.

An approximate schedule of UPSC exam:

Notice, announcements and application for Preliminary Test – January

Preliminary Test – second or third week of May

Result of Preliminary Test – late-July or early August

Primary Main Examination begins– October (Time – 21 days)

Main Examination results – February or March (Next year)

Interview – March and April (Next year)

Final legitimacy list – Early May (Next year)

The following exam combination in graduation (college) is not accepted by UPSC:

  • Any literature subjects
  • Political Science & International Relations + Public Administration
  • Commerce & Accountancy + Management
  • Anthropology + Sociology
  • Mathematics + Statistics
  • Agriculture + Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
  • Management + Public Administration
  • Any Engineering building subjects
  • Medical Science + Animal Husbandry + Veterinary Science

Subjects accepted in UPSC exam

List of Social Science Subjects

  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Indian History
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology
  • Law

List of Science Subjects

  • Agriculture
  • Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Medical Science
  • Physics
  • Zoology
  • Anthropology
  • Geology

List of Engineering Subjects

  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

List of Commerce and Management Subjects

  • Commerce
  • Management

Indian Languages

  • Assamese
  • Bengali
  • Bodo
  • Dogri
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Kannada
  • Kashmiri
  • Konkani
  • Maithili
  • Malayalam
  • Manipuri
  • Marathi
  • Nepali
  • Oriya
  • Pali
  • Persian
  • Punjabi
  • Sanskrit
  • Santali
  • Sindhi
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Urdu

Foreign Languages

  • English
  • Arabic

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