The UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) is a central recruiting agency in India responsible for conducting various examinations to select candidates for civil services, engineering services, defense services, and other government positions. The UPSC was established in 1926 and operates under the provisions of the Constitution of India.
The most prominent examination conducted by the UPSC is the Civil Services Examination (CSE), also known as the IAS (Indian Administrative Service) exam. It is considered one of the toughest and most prestigious examinations in India. The CSE is conducted in three stages: the Preliminary Examination (prelims), the Main Examination (mains), and the Personality Test (interview).
Other exams conducted by the UPSC include the Engineering Services Examination (ESE) for recruitment in engineering positions in various government departments, the Combined Defense Services Examination (CDSE) for selection into the Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force, and the National Defense Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy (NA) examinations for entry into the defense forces.
The UPSC also conducts recruitment exams for various other government services and departments, including the Indian Forest Service, Indian Economic Service, Indian Statistical Service, and others.
Candidates who wish to appear for UPSC examinations need to meet certain eligibility criteria, including educational qualifications, age limits, and nationality requirements. The examination process involves a combination of written tests, interviews, and physical fitness tests, depending on the specific exam.
The UPSC plays a crucial role in the selection and recruitment of candidates for important positions in the Indian government, ensuring a fair and transparent selection process based on merit and competence.