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The Civil Services Examination is an all India level examination to recruit best talent for All India Services of the Central Government.

Three Civil Services Post of the country are considered as the All India Services. They are: Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFoS).

Indian Foreign Service; Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group ‘A’; Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’; Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group ‘A’; Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’; Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group ‘A’; Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’ (Assistant Works Manager, Administration); Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’; Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’; Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A’; Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group 'A'; Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A’;  Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group ‘A’;  Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’; Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group ‘A’; Indian Trade Service, Group 'A'; Indian Corporate Law Service, Group "A"; Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade); Delhi,  Andaman  &  Nicobar  Islands,  Lakshadweep,  Daman  &  Diu  and  Dadra  &  Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group 'B'; Delhi,  Andaman  &  Nicobar  Islands,  Lakshadweep,  Daman  &  Diu  and  Dadra  &  Nagar Haveli Police Service, Group 'B'; Pondicherry Civil Service, Group 'B'; Pondicherry Police Service, Group ‘B’.

The Civil Services Examination is held by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

The examination is held annually by the UPSC. The Commission releases a notification usually in the month of February.

The Civil Services Examination is a three-stage process. The first stage is the Preliminary Stage, the second is the Mains examination and the third is Personal Interview.

A detailed pattern and syllabus of the examination is given in our Syllabus section.

Candidates can write the examination only in the following language and script.

Language Script
Assamese Assamese
Bengali Bengali
Gujarati Gujarati
Hindi Devanagari
Kannada Kannada
Kashmiri Persian
Konkani Devanagari
Malayalam Malayalam
Manipuri Bengali
Marathi Devanagari
Nepali Devanagari
Odia Odia
Punjabi Gurumukhi
Sanskrit Devanagari
Sindhi Devanagari or Arabic
Tamil Tamil
Telugu Telugu
Urdu Persian
Bodo Devanagari
Dogri Devanagari
Maithilli Devanagari
Santhali Devanagari or Olchiki

Note : For Santhali language, question paper will be printed in Devanagari script; but candidates will be free to answer either in Devanagari script or in Olchiki.

21 years is the starting age when one can attempt the exam. The upper age limit is 32 years. Though there are some exemptions/relaxations for upper age limit.
i. Candidates from SC or ST category – up to a maximum of 5 years
ii. Candidates from Other Backward Classes (OBC) – up to a maximum of 3 years
iii.Defence Services Personnel, disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof – up to a maximum of 3 years
iv. Ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1st August 2018 and have been released - up to a maximum of five years.