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UPSC Full Form, All You Need to Know About UPSC

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Union Public Service Commission is the one of the most reputed recruiting agencies of the Government of India which conducts exams for the most like All India Services (which includes Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Revenue Service, etc.), Central Services, and Cadres, as well as the Armed Forces of the Union of India. It is known for its fair and timely process and that’s why it is considered the best recruitment body of India.

UPSC stands for Union Public Service Commission. This body conducts a National Level Exam for 24 services under the Central & State Government of India. It was established on October 1, 1926 as a Public Service Commission. The agency reports directly to the President of the country and can even advise the Government of India through him.

All India Services includes Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS), Central Services (Group A) includes Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IA & AS), Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS), Indian Corporate Law Service (ICLS), Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS) and Indian Trade Service (ITS) and Group B includes Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil and Police Service (DANICS & DANIPS), Pondicherry Civil Service (PCS), Pondicherry Police Service (PPS) and Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Services (AFHCS)

Other exams include National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (NDA), Indian Statistical Service Examination (ISS), Indian Economic Service Examination (IES), Indian Forest Service Examination (IFS), Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Examination, Indian Engineering Services Examination, Combined Medical Services Examination, Central Armed Police Forces (ACs) Examination, Combined Defence Services Examination (CDS) and other Various Recruitment Tests for UPSC EPFO, etc.

The UPSC is mandated by the Indian Constitution to make appointments to the All India Services and Central Services Group A and B, and also to develop and update testing methodologies for these recruitments after taking inputs from various departments. In constitution it is mentioned under Article 315-323, Part XIV, Chapter II of the Constitution of India to discharge their duties, functions and obligations assigned under Article 320.

Not just this, UPSC is also consulted on matters related to promotion and transfer of personnel as well as on matters related to disciplinary actions against a civil servant serving in a civil capacity.

Current Chairman of UPSC is Pradeep Kumar. Its headquarter is located in New Delhi. Given below are the contact details of the UPSC:

Postal Address: UNION PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION, Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi – 110069
Contact no: 011-23098543/23385271/23381125/23098591
Official Email: feedback-upsc@gov.in

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UPSC Full Form: UPSC and IAS are different things

People generally believes UPSC and IAS are the same things. But this is obviously not true as UPSC is the body which conducts exam of IAS including other exams. UPSC conducts the Civil Services Examination (CSE) every year which consists the IAS exam.

Let’s understand the process of UPSC CSE (Civil Services Examination):

  1. Prelims: Civil Service Prelims or the Preliminary Examination is the first stage of examination. It comprises two papers containing objective questions.
    • GS Paper 1 – General Science Paper is the first exam to be conducted. It tests the general knowledge of the aspirant but it’s not that easy. It has a very vast syllabus and it’s being considered tough due to the confusion in choosing the correct option out of the given options in the objective type questions.
    •  CSAT Paper or GS Paper -2 –  Civil Services Aptitude Test. It was introduced in the year 2011 as a part of the UPSC Civil Services Exam (Preliminary). This test checks the analytical skills, reasoning ability and aptitude of IAS aspirants. It is a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.
  2. Civil Services Mains Examination: It is consisted of 9 papers conducted over 5-7 days. Only those candidates who secure at least the declared cut off in General Studies I and 33% in General Studies II in Prelims are able to appear for the Mains Examination. UPSC Mains GS Paper 2 is considered for merit. It means the score obtained in the UPSC Mains GS Paper 2 is considered for determining the final rank of the candidate.The written examination consists of the following papers:
    UPSC CSE Exam Pattern – Mains (Total marks is 
    Paper Subject Duration IAS Total marks
    Paper A Compulsory Indian language of your choice from the options available 3 hours 300
    Paper B English 3 hours 300
    Paper I Essay 3 hours 250
    Paper II General Studies I 3 hours 250
    Paper III General Studies II 3 hours 250
    Paper IV General Studies III 3 hours 250
    Paper V General Studies IV 3 hours 250
    Paper VI Optional I 3 hours 250
    Paper VII Optional II 3 hours 250
  3. Interview : Personality Test through interview is the third and final level of examination. Only after clearing the mains exam, candidate is called to face the interview. It is of 250 marks.

Merit List – Last step to become an IAS officer is to get your name included in the merit list. UPSC then prepares the final merit list, It is based on the scores of the candidates in the mains examination and in the interview. On the basis of that, allotment of the particular services are done. Merit list is based on the preferences given by the candidate, the merit list as well as the category of the candidate and the vacancies in each category.

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