List of Exams Conducted by UPSC : IAS, IPS, IFS, IFoS

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Union Public Service Commission is a constitutional body that conducts examinations for civil services, defense, and engineering services to recruit officers and staff into various services of the central government. UPSC was formed on October 1, 1926, and is controlled by Government of India.List of Exams Conducted by UPSC

Though UPSC is known for the civil services exam that it conducts every year, there are many other exams that UPSC conducts that we are unaware of. Here we will provide you the List of Exams Conducted by UPSC with all the details of the exams.

1. Civil Services Examinations (CSE)

This is a nationwide competitive examination conducted by the UPSC through which recruitment is done to various civil services of the Government of India such as Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Revenue Service (IRS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS).

Educational Qualification:

A candidate must hold a Degree (Graduation) from any of the Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India,

  •  or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament.
  • or declared to be deemed as a University Under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956.
  • or possess an equivalent qualification.
Examination Process:

Civil Service exams are conducted in the following stages

  • Stage I: Preliminary examination
  • Stage II: Main examination and Interview.

2. Engineering Services Examination (ESE)

Engineering Services Examination is a competitive exam in India conducted by the UPSC for the civil services that meet technical and managerial functions of the Government of IndiaThrough this exam UPSC recruits officers into the Indian Engineering Services (IES). An IES officer functions in very technical areas like roads, railways, manufacturing, power, etc.

Educational Qualification:

A Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (B.E. / B. Tech) from a recognized University or equivalent. M.Sc degree or its equivalent with Wireless Communications, Electronics, Radio Physics or Radio Engineering as special subjects also acceptable for certain services/posts only.

Examination Process:
  • Paper I (Objective type): General Ability Test (Part A: General English) & (Part B: General Studies)
  • Papers II & III (Objective type) :CE / ME / EE/ Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering
  • Papers IV & V (Conventional type):CE / ME / EE/ Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering
  • Interview: Personality Test

3. Combined Defence Services Examination (CDSE)

UPSC conducts this exam for the recruitment into the Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Indian Air Force Academy and the Officers Training Academy. Only unmarried graduates are permitted to take this exam which is conducted twice a year.

Educational Qualification:

For Indian Military Academy/Officers’ Training Academy:-

Degree from a recognized University or equivalent

For Naval Academy:-

B.Sc. with Physics & Mathematics or Bachelor of Engineering

For Air Force Academy:-

Degree from a recognized University with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level or Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Technology

Examination Process: 

Consists of Two stages
• Written Exam
• Interview by a Services Selection Board

4. National Defence Academy Examination (NDA)

This exam is conducted by the UPSC twice a year for a candidate to gain entry into the National Defence Academy. A National Defence Academy is an Academy of Indian Armed Forces, where cadets of the three services Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force are trained together before they go to final services academies.

Educational Qualification:
  • 10+2 in any stream to apply for the Indian army
  • 10+2 in physics and mathematics to apply for the Indian Air force and Indian Navy
Examination Process: 

Consists of Two stages

  • Written Exam
  • Interview by a Services Selection Board

5. Combined Medical Services Examination (CMSE)

UPSC conducts this exam for recruitment into the various services under the Indian Government such as the Indian Railways and the Indian Ordnance Factories Service as Medical Officers.

Educational Qualification:

Passed the written and practical parts of the final M.B.B.S. Examination.

Examination Process: 

There is an objective-type written examination with two papers of two hours duration, each carrying a maximum of 250 marks. This is followed by a Personality Test carrying 100 marks of candidates who qualify on the results of the written examination.

6. Indian Forest Services (IFS)

The Indian Forest Service (IFS) is one of the Civil Services Examination conducted by UPSC for the recruitment officers at the All India level by the Government of India for the scientific management of its forests.

Educational Qualification:

Candidate should hold a Bachelor’s degree with at least one of the subjects namely, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science, Botany, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, and Zoology or a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture or Forestry or Engineering of a recognized University or equivalent.

Examination Process: 

Same as IAS exam

7. Special Class Railway Apprentices Exam (SCRA)

This exam is held by the UPSC for entry into the Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Jamalpur for an undergraduate course in mechanical engineering.

Educational Qualification:
  • 10+2 Passed in Physics and Mathematics
  • 10+2 in Physics and Mathematics, Appearing Candidates are also eligible
  • Graduation with Math subjects candidates can also appear for this Exam.
Examination Process: 
  • Written Exam
  •  Interview

8. Indian Economic Service and Indian Statistical Service Examination (IES/ISS)

UPSC conducts this exam to recruit Grade IV officers into the Indian Economic and Statistical Services.

Educational Qualification:

For admission to the examination, a candidate must have:

  • Post-Graduate Degree in Economics/Applied Economics/Busines Economics/Econometrics for IES
  • Post-Graduate Degree in Statistics/Mathematical Statistics/Applied Statistics for ISS
  • Degree should be from a University incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutes established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or a foreign university approved by the Central Govt. from time to time.
Examination Process:

The examination will be held in two stages:

Part I. Written examination carrying a maximum of 1000 marks.

Part II. Viva Voce of such candidates as may be called by the Commission, carrying a maximum of 200 marks.

9. Central Armed Police Forces Exam (CAPF)

UPSC conducts this exam is for the recruitment of Assistant Commandants in the Central Armed Police Forces. This is a written examination which will be scheduled to recruit eligible candidates in Group A (Assistant Commandants) in CAPF which consists of BSF, CRPF, CISF, ITBP, and SSB.

Educational Qualification:

A candidate must possess a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University.

10. Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Examination

Through this exam UPSC recruits people into the Geological Survey of India as geologists, geophysicists and chemists. This exam is also for hydrogeologist posts in the Central Ground Water Board.

Educational Qualification:
  • For Geologists Gr ‘A’ in Geological Survey of India: Masters Degree in Geological Science or Geology or Geo-Exploration or Mineral Exploration or Engineering Geology or Marine Geology or Earth Science and Resource management or Oceanography and  Coastal Areas Studies or Petroleum Geosciences or Petroleum Exploration or Geochemistry or Geological Technology from a university incorporated by an Act of the central or State Legislature in India or an Educational Institution established by an Act of Parliament  or declared to be deemed university under section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 (3 of 1956).
  • For Geophysicists Gr ‘A’ in Geological Survey of India: M.Sc. in Physics or Applied Physics or M.Sc. (Geophysics) or Integrated M.Sc. (Exploration Geophysics) or M.Sc (Applied Geophysics) or M.Sc. (Marine Geophysics) or M.Sc. (Tech.) (Applied Geophysics) from a University incorporated by an Act of Parliament or State Legislature in India or other educational institutes established by an Act of the Parliament or declared to be deemed universities under the University Grants Commission Act, 1956.
  • For Chemists Gr ‘A’ in Geological Survey of India: M. Sc. in Chemistry or Applied Chemistryor Analytical Chemistry from a University incorporated by an Act of Parliament or State Legislature or other educational Institutes established by an Act of the Parliament or declared to be deemed Universities under section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 i.e. recognized University.
  • For Junior Hydrogeologists (Scientist-B) Group ‘A’ in Central Ground Water Board: Masters Degree in Geology or Applied Geology or marine Geology from a from a university incorporated by an Act of the central or State Legislature in India or an Educational Institution established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed university under section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 or Masters Degree in Hydrogeology from a recognised university.
Examination Process:
  • Written Examination
  • Interview/ Personality Test
  • Document Verification

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