Civil Services Examination

Civil Services Examination

  • The Civil Services Examination (CSE) is a nationwide competitive examination in India.

  • It was conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment to various Civil Services of the Government of India.

  • It includes the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Revenue Service (IRS).

  • The CS Examination is one of the toughest examination in India, with more than 11,00,000 applicants and a success rate of 0.1%-0.3%, one of the lowest in the world.

  • It is conducted in two phases – a preliminary examination consisting of two objective-type papers (general studies and aptitude test), and a main examination consisting of nine papers of conventional (essay) type followed by a personality test (interview).

  • The entire process from the notification of the preliminary examination to declaration of the final results takes roughly one year.

List of Services

  • There are about 24 services which come under the Civil Services Exam conducted by UPSC every year viz.

  • Following are the services which one gets on qualifying the Civil Service Examination.

Group A Services

  1. Indian Foreign Service

  2. Indian Administrative Service

  3. Indian Police Service

  4. Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax)

  5. Indian Revenue Service (CBEC)

  6. Indian Post & Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service

  7. Indian Audit and Accounts Service

  8. Indian Defence Accounts Service

  9. Indian Ordnance Factories Service

  10. Indian Postal Service

  11. Indian Civil Accounts Service

  12. Indian Railway Traffic Service

  13. Indian Railway Accounts Service

  14. Indian Railway Personnel Service

  15. Railway Protection Force

  16. Indian Defence Estates Service

  17. Indian Information Service

  18. Indian Trade Service

  19. Indian Corporate Law Service

Group B Services

  1. Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service

  2. Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service

  3. Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Police Service

  4. Pondicherry Civil Service

  5. Pondicherry Police Service

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