UPSC ( Union Public Service Commission) – A comprehensive Guide

UPSC Guide



Today in India many aspirants preparing for their UPSC exam or about too. As we know many of the students have completed their graduation and heading towards their further studies. So here we bring our Blog for your knowledge and to let you know about career opportunities.

Every year many Candidates opt. or go for UPSC exam. Sometimes it becomes difficult to understand what exactly UPSC exam for!! So here, we come across with some details so that you can understand it easily.

The Union Public Service Commission

Its India’s central agency which is authorized to conduct the Civil services Exams, NDA, IFS, CDS, SCRA, IE, CAPF etc. Its charter is granted by the Constitution of India. These exams are popularly known as IAS exams including almost twenty-four services like IFS, IRPS, IPS, IRS and so on.

Civil Services are the toughest but reputed exams to crack. Many students apply for this and get time to perform their hard work.  The number of test takers is almost three lakh to four lakh and nowadays no. of vacancies are 1100. It is known that only a few candidates get success in these examinations because as we know only planned hard work will only work.

Civil Services exams is conducted in two phases –

  • Two objective-type papers (general studies and aptitude test)

IAS Preliminary Exam

Paper one: General Studies

Paper two: General Studies (CSAT)

  • Nine papers of conventional (essay) type, followed by a personality test (interview)

Main Exam

Paper A: Compulsory Indian Language

Paper B: English

Paper 1: Essay

Paper 2: General Studies 1

Paper 3: General Studies 2

Paper 4: General Studies 3

Paper 5: General Studies 4

Paper 6: Operational Paper 1

Paper 7: Operational paper 2

And then Interview or Personality Test


Candidate must choose any one of the optional subjects:

Optional Subject Literature Language
Anthropology Arabic
Agriculture Assamese
Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science Bengali
Botany Bodo
Chemistry Dogri
Civil Engineering French
Commerce and accountancy German
Electrical Engineering Gujarati
Economics Hindi
Geology Kashmiri
History Konkani
Law Kannada
Management Maithili
Mathematics Manipuri
Medical Science Malayalam
Mechanical Engineering Marathi
Philosophy Nepali
Public administration Oriya
Psychology Punjabi
Physics Persian
Political Science & International Relation Russian
Statistic Sanskrit
Sociology Sindhi
Zoology Telugu


Indian Administration Services (IAS) exam is the civil service exam. The IAS is the arch administrative civil services of the government of India. IAS is the highest post amongst all the other 24 services. Last time approximate 11.36 lakhs applicant from across the nation appeared for the examination. This shows the aspirants hard work towards their exam.

Role of IAS:

  1. The IAS officers are responsible for Government Affairs, works in the area of Farming, and Implementation of the policy under the consultant of Minister.
  2. Implementation of Policies calls for supervision and also traveling to the places where decisions taken are being implemented.
  3. The IAS officers are also responsible for keeping track of expenditure as they are answerable to the Parliament and the
  4. state legislature.
  5. The functions and responsibilities of an IAS officer change at different points of his/her career.
  6. In the beginning of the career IAS officer join the state administration at the sub-divisional, and looks after law and order general administration and development work in the area under their charge.
  7. The post of the District Officer variously known as District Magistrate, District Collector or Deputy Commissioner is the most prestigious an identifiable post held by the members of the service.
  8. At the district level, these officers are mainly concerned with district affairs, including implementation of developmental programs.
  9. During the normal course of a career, the officers also serve in the State Secretariat or as Heads of Departments or in Public Sector Undertakings.
  10. Officers may move from positions at the State, under deputation, to the Centre and back again.
  11. The main work of IAS officers at the Centre involves formulation and implementation of policies pertaining to a particular area e.g., finance, commerce, etc.

So, IAS Officers responsibilities depend on its scale accordingly.


  • Candidate must be a citizen of INDIA

  1. To get into other civil services exams:
  2. Citizen of India
  3. A citizen of Nepal or a subject of Bhutan
  4. Tibetan refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962 to be settled permanently in India.
  5. A person of India origin who has migrated from Srilanka, East Africa countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Pakistan, Burma, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
  • Candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree from any of the recognized universities.

  • Candidate who have passed the final year of MBBS or any Medical Examination but yet completing the internship can also appear.

  •  However, they have to summit their passing certificate of the university.

  • Age Limit: Candidate should be minimum 21 years and maximum 32 years old.

Number of Attempts

  • For General Candidates there are six attempts
  • For SC and STC there are no limits
  • And for OBC there are nine attempts

IAS officer role one of the exclusive jobs in the government jobs. The IAS officer power depends on the pay scale but the job has equal responsibilities as it has powers. So as we know this is a reputative job with money.

The monthly salary of IAS officer in India is:

Level                                                                     Basic Pay       DA (at 125%)         Total Salary

Entry Level (Starting Salary)                                 21000               26250                      47250

Maximum Pay (Cabinet Secretary Level)           90000                112500               202500


We believe the above content will help you to know about UPSC exam and what exactly IAS position deal with!?!



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