UPSC Examination Process overview and application guidelines

UPSC Examination Process or Union Public Service Commission is an independent central body which is responsible for conducting the Civil Services Examination. The Civil Services Examination recruits candidates for premier government services like, Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Revenue Service (IRS), Indian Economic Service (IES) and various other Positions under the ambit of the Government of India. The UPSC examination is generally conducted only once every year and is supervised entirely by the officials of the Union Public Service Commission.

Examination Stages

UPSC examination process

The UPSC Civil Services Exam is divided into 3 stages:-

1. Preliminary Exam:- This is an OBJECTIVE TYPE exam which consists of 2 compulsory papers,
a) General Studies (200 marks) b) Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) – 200 marks.

2. Mains:- This stage has 9 papers which include a compulsory Indian Language Paper, Essay Writing, 2 Optional and 4 General Studies Paper. Total Marks allotted for this Paper is 2250.

3. Verbal Interview:- This is the final stage of the entire selection process and the total mark allotted is 275.

Eligibility Criteria

For UPSC Examination Process Candidates must be a Graduate from a recognized University.

Candidates must be more than 21 years of age and less than 32 years. For reserved categories (SC/ST), the age limit has a 5-year relaxation, for OBC 3 years’ relaxation and for physically disabled its 10 years over and above the 32 years’ limit.

General candidates can attempt the exam for a maximum of 6 times, OBC’s 9 times and SC/ST for unlimited times.

Application Process of UPSC Examination Process

  1. Visit UPSC Official Website or
  2. Click on Online Recruitment Application ( ORA) for various recruitment posts or the Exam Notification Tab, as available .
  3. Click on Apply Online to Apply.
  4. Click the link for Civil Services Part-1 registration.
  5. Please read the instructions for filling up the application form and Click on Yes.

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