Civil Services Exam

What is Civil Service?

Civil Service is the permanent structure responsible for carrying out the administration of the country. This service runs under the direction and control of ‘elected representatives’ of people and in accordance with the rules and principles. In India, civil service system is an executive branch of the Republic of India and functions like the backbone of the administrative machinery of the country. The primary function of the Civil Service is to implement policies and delivering services.

Over 10 lakh students apply for the UPSC civil services exam every year, of which only about 5 lakhs appear for the prelims exam. So drop out is about 50% even before writing the exam. Among these 5 lakh candidates only 10-15 thousand qualify for the mains. Only about 2500 or less candidates qualify for the mains depending upon the vacancies. After that based on teh combined marks of mains and interview only about 1,000 selections happen every year. From this, about 180 IAS officers are selected, once again based on vacancies. The rest are alloted other civil services as per their rank and choice.

Via the Civil Services Examination, the UPSC recruits candidates for various Central and All India Civil Service posts in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Revenue Service (IRS), etc.

Civil Services Exam 2020 Details:

Name of the Examination Civil Services Exam (UPSC CSE)
Exam Level All India / National Level
Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission
Exam mode Offline / Pen and paper mode
Number of vacancies Varies each year

The Civil Services Age Limit for Indian Citizens is between 21 – 32 years.

For details on eligibility and age relaxation, see Civil Services Age Limit 

Number of attempts 6 attempts are allowed for General Category aspirants in UPSC Civil Services
Civil Service Exam Date 2019 UPSC CSE Prelims – June 2nd, 2019


The Civil Services Examination offers the widest range of jobs in our country and is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).


The Civil Services examination is one of the most prestigious examinations in India. It is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
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...


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…


They will get as many attempts as are available to other non-physically handicapped candidates of his or her community, subject to the condition that…


Candidates are required to apply online using the website Detailed instructions for filling up online applications are available on the above mentioned website…


Civil Services Examination is widely known as one of the most difficult and coveted examinations in India, that demands highly active studies and focus…

How to choose a Civil Service?

One should always opt for the UPSC service preferences in the order of their interest. The candidate should specify the most favorite services at the beginning, followed by the other less preferred ones. The order of UPSC service preferences given plays a significant role when the candidate gets qualified. The candidate will be offered the services only according to the order of preferences given before. If necessary, the candidate can also change the option by selecting any other lower option from the preference list but he or she will not be allowed to select any higher option from the UPSC service preferences.

How can a candidate make up their mind about preference list of the UPSC service?

While choosing the civil service exam preferences, one must move with caution. Because, if the candidate has specified his/her preferences such as IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS(IT) but if he/she couldn’t get the allocation in the specified services due to the rank in exam or preferences or medical status, then he may not be considered for any of the services by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

Besides, when it comes to personal choice, specify the preferences according to one’s own inclination towards the respective services. A candidate must analyze more about their personality and decide which UPSC service preferences suit them the best. One can also sit and discuss with the family and ask the future plans of the family members. All the UPSC service preferences have equal powers and responsibilities. Depending on the personal interest the candidate should make the choice.

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