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Civil Services Exam

This page is about the Civil Services Examination in India. For civil service examinations in general, see civil service entrance examination.
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The Civil Services Exam (CSE) in India is a nationwide competitive examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

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.

Latest update on Civil Services Exam:
  • Civil Services Exam 2022 Notification is out. The last date to apply is 22nd February 2022.
  • Civil Services Exam 2022 Dates are out.
  • Civil Services Interview 2021 dates are yet to be out.

UPSC Civil Services Exam 2022

The full form of the CSE Exam is Civil Services Exam and it is conducted by a constitutional body, Union Public Service Commission. The notification for 2022 recruitment was released on 2nd February 2022 by the commission. The notification released by the commission is comprehensive in nature and contains all important details to be known by the aspirants. To check out or download the official CSE Notification 2022 PDF, use the link below:

Civil Services Exam Notification 2022: Download PDF Here

The below table provides important information related to Civil Services Examination 2022:

Name of the Examination Civil Services Exam (UPSC CSE Exam | UPSC Civils)
Exam Level All India / National Level
Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission
Exam mode Offline / Pen and paper mode
Number of vacancies in Civil Services 2022 861

Check detailed Civil Services Vacancy break-up in the linked article.

Eligibility 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 2021 Dates
  • UPSC Civil Services Prelims – October 10, 2021
  • UPSC Civil Services Mains – January 7th, 2022 onward

For details on UPSC Exam Dates, visit the linked article.

Civil Service Exam 2022 Dates
  • UPSC CSE Prelims – June 5, 2022
  • UPSC CSE Mains – September 16, 2022 onward

Candidates can download the UPSC Civil Service Examination (Preliminary) 2022 Admit Card from the official website once it is released.

For the latest details on Civil Services 2022 Exam, refer to the linked article.

UPSC Civil Services Exam Timeline

Given below is a general time frame within which the UPSC schedules important events of the exam such as the Indian Civil Service notifications and exam dates.

Civil Services Exam Pattern

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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.