About Indian Civil Services

Below is the list and descriptions of the list of services available through the civil service exams.
All India Services :

• Indian Administrative Service (IAS)
• India Foreign Service (IFS)
• IndianPoliceService(IPS)

Group A Services
• Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service
• Indian Audit and Accounts Service
• Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise)
• Indian Defence Accounts Service
• Indian Revenue Service (I.T.)
• Indian Ordnance Factories Service (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)
• Indian Postal Service
• Indian Civil Accounts Service
• Indian Railway Traffic Service
• Indian Railway Accounts Service
• Indian Railway Personnel Service
• Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force
• Indian Defence Estates Service
• Indian Information Service (Junior Grade)
• Indian Trade Service, Group ‘A’ (Gr. III)
• Indiancorporateservice

Group – B Services
• Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service (Section Officer’s Grade)
• Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service
• Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service
• Pondicherry Civil Service
• Pondicherry Police Service

UPSC – ‘CIVIL SERVICES’ (I.A.S., I .P.S., I.F.S. etc,) Examination

Civil services are considered as one of the premier services which paves the way for becoming an IAS, IPS or IFS officer. These services offer all one can aspire prestige, job security, good salary, opportunity of foreign tour, job satisfaction etc. Above all this is a prestigious post in our country. Civil service is one of the most versatile services available. An IAS officer can serve in various fields and administration like, public administration, finance, law and order, social sector, security, business, agriculture, service sector, non profit sector etc.. Generally, an officer gets to work with everything that affects people or society in general. It is best suited for those who like variety in their work and love working with people. It may not be the best choice for aspirants who have great technocratic streak in them and would be satisfied by excelling in a particular field only, like hard core technocrats, doctors or businessmen.

 The Union Public Services Commission conducts Civil Services Examination once a year in two stages.

  1. The preliminary examination-Objective type ( will be held in the month of June-August)

The Preliminary Examination consists of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions) each of 200 marks and carries a total of 400 marks.

  1. Main Examination- Written and Interview(Will be held in the month of November /December)
Main Examination – Optional Subjects

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

Civil Service Examination Details

Category Minimum Age Upper Age Limit No. of Attempts
General 21 years 32 years 6 Attempts
OBC 21 years 35 years 8 Attempts
SC/ST 21 years 38 years 10 Attempts
Education Qualification Any Degree    

Exam Pattern

1. Preliminary Examination

Preliminary Paper Duration Questions Marks
Paper I – General  Studies

Paper II – Aptitude

2 hours

2 hours





  Total Marks 400

Main Examination

Papers Marks
A.   Paper I – Indian Language

Paper II – English

Paper III – Essay

English Comprehension

Paper IV – General Studies – I

(Indian Heritage and culture, History,

Geography of world and Society )

Paper V – General Studies – II

Governance, Constitution, Polity Social

Justice and International relations.

Paper VI – General Studies – III

Technology, Economic Development,

Bio-Diversity, Environment, Disaster


Paper VII – General Studies – IV

Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude.

Paper VIII – Optional Subject – Paper I

Paper IX – Optional Subject – Paper II


B.   Interview (Personality Test)