Introduction to UPSC

Civil Service Examination (CSE) is conducted every year by Union Public Service Comission (UPSC) to recruit officers for variety of posts under all India services including Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Forest Services (IFS).

In Group A services, officers are recruited for posts namely Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Revenue Service (IRS), Corporate Law Service (ICLS), Indian Trade Service (ITS), Postal Service, Information Service (IIS), Audit & Accounts Service and several others.

In Group B services, officers are recruited for posts in the Armed forces headquarters, Civil and Police service at various places.

Age and Attempt Limitation

The minimum age of candidates appearing for the examination must be 21. Those coming under General and Creamy OBC have an age limit of 32 years and are allowed to attempt the exams 6 times. The candidates coming under the Non-Creamy OBC category have an age limit of 35 years and are allowed to attempt the exams 9 times. The age limit for candidates belonging to SC / ST is 37 and they are offered unlimited attempts. In physically handicap category, 9 attempts are allowed for General/OBC and unlimited attempts for SC/ST until the maximum age limit of 42 years.

Academic Requirements

All candidates applying for the UPSC examination must be a graduate. There are no requirements such as minimum percentage or grade, CGPA etc. You become eligible to take up the exam if you have the degree certificate/mark sheet. Undergraduate students in the last semester are eligible to apply if they will be able to enclose the final semester mark sheet at the time of applying for the Mains.

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