UPSC (Union Public Service Commission)

UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) is India’s central agency which conducts exams like Civil Services Exam (CSE) to recruit candidates into All-India Services (AIS) and Central Services. IAS (Indian Administrative Service) and IPS (Indian Police Service) are examples of All-India Services. UPSC traces its origin to the first Public Services Commission established in 1926 and the Federal Public Services Commission established in 1935.

Constitutional Provisions for UPSC

The Union Public Service Commission has been established under Article 315 of the Constitution of India. The Commission consists of a Chairman and ten Members.

Union Public Services Commission – Roles and Duties


Union Public Service Commission have been entrusted with the following duties and roles under the Constitution like:

  1. recruitment to services and posts under the Union through conduct of competitive examinations .
  2. recruitment to services and posts under the Central Government by selection through interviews.

Exams for Civil services/posts

  1. Civil Services Examination (CSE).
  2. Engineering Services Examination (ESE).
  3. Indian Forestry Services Examination (IFoS).
  4. Central Armed Police Forces Examination (CAPF).
  5. Indian Economic Service and Indian Statistical Service (IES/ISS).
  6. Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Examination.
  7. Combined Medical Services (CMS).
  8. Special Class Railway Apprenctices Exam (SCRA).
  9. Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for selection of Assistant Commandant. (Executive) in CISF.

Exams for Defense services/posts

  1. National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination – NDA & NA (I).
  2. National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination – NDA & NA (II).
  3. Combined Defense Services Exam – CDS (I).
  4. Combined Defense Services Exam – CDS (II).

UPSC Exam Dates

For more details regarding the dates of UPSC exams and their notifications in this year, check the calendar of exams conducted by Union Public Services Commission.

UPSC Exam Results

Results of all exams conducted by UPSC as well as notifications for future exams will be published in the home page of the official UPSC website itself.

How to Prepare for Civil Services Exam (IAS/IPS/IFS)?

Civil Services exam is conducted in 3 phases: (1) Prelims, (2) Mains and (3) Interview. The exam window extends over an year (from August month of an year to June month next year when the results are announced).

A good understanding of the UPSC syllabus is the first step for all freshers. Also, understand the eligibility criteria for writing the IAS/IPS exam. If you have questions in your mind, just go through our article ‘frequently asked questions on IAS exam preparation‘.

ClearIAS provide free IAS online coaching, books and free online study materials with a vision that no candidate should be left out due to the inaccessibility of expensive IAS classroom coaching. Also refer our topper’s interview section to get better insights regarding the exam preparation.

Useful links related to UPSC

  1. Cut-off marks of UPSC exams.
  2. e-admit card.
  3. Answer keys.
  4. Written Results.
  5. Interview Details.
  6. Final Results.
  7. Mark Sheet.

UPSC Chairman and Members

  1. Deepak Gupta (Chairman).
  2. Smt Alka Sirohi.
  3. Prof David R Syiemlieh.
  4. Shri Manbir Singh.
  5. Vice Admiral D K Dewan (Retd).
  6. Shri Vinay Mittal.
  7. Dr (Smt) P Kilemsungla.
  8. Shri Chhatar Singh.
  9. Prof. Hem Chandra Gupta.
  10. Shri. Arvind Saxena.
  11. Prof (Dr) Pradeep Kumar Joshi.

UPSC Report

Union Public Service Commission submits an annual report on the work done by it to the president.The president places the report of the commission before the parliament along with a memorandum with regard to the cases where the advice of the commission was not accepted and the reasons for such non-acceptance.

Last modified on February 6th, 2016 at 1:08 pm.

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