The Union Public Service Commission is India's central recruiting agency. It is responsible for appointments to and examinations for All India services and group A & group B of Central services. While Department of Personnel and Training is the central personnel agency in India.
The examination consists of the following three stages
:~ Stage I: Preliminary examination - A qualifying test advertised in Feb-March and held in June-July each year. Results are published in mid-August.
:~ Stage II: Main examination - Held in October every year. Results are usually published in the second week of March.
:~ Stage III: Personality Test (interview) - held in December each year. Final results are usually announced in May.
The training program for the selected candidates usually commences the following September.
The candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years (for the General category candidate) on August 1 of the year of examination. Prescribed age limits vary with respect to caste reservations.
:~ For Other Backward Castes (OBC) the upper age limit is 35.
:~ For Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST), the limit is 37 years.
:~ The upper age limit is relaxed for certain candidates who are backward with respect to other factors and physically handicapped (PH) people.
NUMBERS OF ATTEMPTS
The number of times a candidate may attempt the exam is limited as follows:
:~ General category candidates = 6
:~ OBC category candidates = 9
:~ SC/ST candidates = unlimited attempts till 37 years of age
Appearing to attempt one of the papers in the preliminary examination is counted as an attempt, including disqualification/ cancellation of candidature. However, applying to sit the exam but failing to attend is not counted as an attempt.
LIST OF SERVICES
(A) All India Services (Group A)
:~ Indian Administrative Service (IAS)
:~ Indian Police Service (IPS)
:~ Indian Forest Service (IFoS)
(B) Central Services (Group A)
:~ Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IA&AS)
:~ Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS)
:~ Indian Corporate Law Service (ICLS)
:~ Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS)
:~ Indian Defence Estates Service (IDES)
:~ Indian Foreign Service (IFS)
:~ Indian Information Service (IIS)
:~ Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS)
:~ Indian Post & Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service (IP&TAFS)
:~ Indian Postal Service (IPoS)
:~ Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS)
:~ Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS)
:~ Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS)
:~ Indian Revenue Service (IRS-IT)
:~ Indian Revenue Service (IRS-C&CE)
:~ Indian Trade Service (ITrS)
:~ Railway Protection Force (RPF)
(C) Group B Services
:~ Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service (AFHCS)
:~ Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service (DANICS)
:~ Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Police Service (DANIPS)
:~ Pondicherry Civil Service (PCS)
:~ Pondicherry Police Service (PPS)