Civil Service Examination Syllabus and Services

The Indian Civil Service forms the backbone of the Indian government machinery & constitutes all the major departments which run the state & central administration. The three types of services recruited through the Civil Services Examination are All India Services, Central Services, and State Services. To know more about the complete list of services and their posts and pay scale check the CS List of Services. The Civil Services examination is one of the most prestigious examinations conducted by UPSC which is called as Union Public service Commission. Historically it has been of the most sought after career by young and talented individuals. It has not lost its prestige value amidst the recent popularity of IT and management careers. Civil Services is also popularly known as the IAS exam or the UPSC exam and is considered one the toughest competitive exams in the world with success rate of just 0.1%.

The examination procedure consists of three phases, Preliminary Examination (held in May/June), Mains Examination (held in October/November) and Interview (held in March/April). Every year around 9 lakh people apply (only 50% that is 4 – 5 lakh actually appear in the preliminary exam) for about 900 – 1100 vacancies. Thus, this whole process of selection takes almost one year. For more information about the examination process, check this post written by about IAS Preparation

The approximate number of vacancy for the year 2017 is 740.

Preparation of Civil Services takes a lot of perseverance, hard work, time management, and proper guidance. For more information about the optional subjects, UPSC Syllabus, and previous years’ question papers, check the respective links.

What are the Services allotted in the Civil Services?

Indian Administrative Service (IAS)

Indian Police Service (IPS)

Central Civil Services – Group A

Indian Foreign Service (IFS)

Indian Revenue Service (IRS) – Income Tax

Indian Revenue Service (IRS) – Customes & Central Excise

Indian Audits & Accounts Service (IAAS)

Indian Post & Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service (IP&TAFS)

Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS)

Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS)

Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)

Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS)

Indian Defence Estate Service (IDES)

Indian Information Service (IIS)

Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS)

Railways Protection Force (RPF)

Central Civil Services – Group B

Union Territories Administrative Service

Union Territories Police Service

What are the optional subjects available in UPSC and Its syllabus?

UPSC have various numbers of optional subjects to give a chance to all type of candidates. If you are from engineering background, then you can choose engineering paper as your optional. Likewise if you are Literature or humanities background then you have to choice too choose the papers from these areas too.

Normally candidates choose Geography, History, Economics, Sociology and Public Administration as their optional subject. We have created a list of optional available for students below. Kindly make use of it.

Optional PapersUPSC Optional Paper: Literature Optional Papers - UPSC Syllabus
UPSC Optional Paper: Agriculture - UPSC SyllabusUPSC Optional Paper: Assamese (Assamese) - UPSC Syllabus
UPSC Optional Paper: Animal Husbandary and Veterinary Science - UPSC SyllabusUPSC Optional Paper: Bengali (Bengali) - UPSC Syllabus
UPSC Optional Paper: Anthropology - UPSC SyllabusUPSC Optional Paper: Bodo (Devanagari) - UPSC Syllabus
UPSC Optional Paper: Botany - UPSC SyllabusUPSC Optional Paper: Dogri (Devanagari) - UPSC Syllabus
UPSC Optional Paper: Chemistry - UPSC SyllabusUPSC Optional Paper: English (English) - UPSC Syllabus
UPSC Optional Paper: Civil Engineering - UPSC Syllabus - UPSC SyllabusUPSC Optional Paper: Gujarati (Gujarati) - UPSC Syllabus
UPSC Optional Paper: Commerce and Accountancy - UPSC SyllabusUPSC Optional Paper: Hindi (Devanagari) - UPSC Syllabus
UPSC Optional Paper: Economics - UPSC SyllabusUPSC Optional Paper: Kannada (Kannada) - UPSC Syllabus
UPSC Optional Paper: Electrical Engineering - UPSC SyllabusUPSC Optional Paper: Kashmiri (Persian) - UPSC Syllabus
UPSC Optional Paper: Geography - UPSC SyllabusUPSC Optional Paper: Konkani (Devanagari) - UPSC Syllabus
UPSC Optional Paper: Geology - UPSC SyllabusUPSC Optional Paper: Maithili (Devanagari) - UPSC Syllabus
UPSC Optional Paper: HistoryUPSC Optional Paper: Malayalam (Malayalam)
UPSC Optional Paper: LawUPSC Optional Paper: Manipuri (Bengali)
UPSC Optional Paper: Literature of any one of the languages listed aboveUPSC Optional Paper: Marathi (Devanagari)
UPSC Optional Paper: ManagementUPSC Optional Paper: Nepali (Devanagari)
UPSC Optional Paper: MathematicsUPSC Optional Paper: Oriya (Oriya)
UPSC Optional Paper: Mechanical EngineeringUPSC Optional Paper: Punjabi (Gurumukhi)
UPSC Optional Paper: Medical ScienceUPSC Optional Paper: Sanskrit (Devanagari)
UPSC Optional Paper: PhilosophyUPSC Optional Paper: Santhali (Devanagri or Ol Chiki)
UPSC Optional Paper: PhysicsUPSC Optional Paper: Sindhi (Devanagari or Arabic)
UPSC Optional Paper: Political Science and International RelationsUPSC Optional Paper: Tamil. (Tamil)
UPSC Optional Paper: PsychologyUPSC Optional Paper: Telugu (Telugu)
UPSC Optional Paper: Public AdministrationUPSC Optional Paper: Urdu (Persian)
UPSC Optional Paper: Sociology
UPSC Optional Paper: Statistics
UPSC Optional Paper: Zoology

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