UPSC Exam

  • Language bias: UPSC aspirants meet Rahul Gandhi, seek his support July 28, 2014

    New Delhi: As protests continue in the capital over the Civil Services exam, a delegation of the UPSC aspirants met Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Monday. Aspirants have demanded the scrapping of the current format of the Civil Services Aptitude Test, calling it discriminatory against non-English speakers. "We met...
  • Language bias: UPSC aspirants' exam preparation marred by protests July 28, 2014

    New Delhi: As protests against the Civil Services Aptitude Test refuse to die down, several aspirants are unsure about the fate of the exam. It's been days since admit cards were issued for the UPSC preliminary exam. The students who should've been preparing are instead on the streets, protesting against...
  • India @ 9 with Bhupendra Chaubey July 16, 2014

    Catch the day's top stories with Bhupendra Chaubey on India @ 9. ...
  • UPSC aspirants get six attempts to crack civil service exams June 1, 2014

    New Delhi: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has effected major changes in norms of civil services examination like granting aspiring candidates two additional attempts and consequential age relaxations from this year onwards. "Every candidate appearing for the examination, who is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted six attempts (two more than...
  • Govt may change rules of state exams for promotion in IAS, IPS May 26, 2013

    New Delhi: If things go according to plan, a state public service officer may have to appear in a competitive exam and interview to get promoted to IAS and IPS. The Centre has written to all states seeking their views to make changes in existing rules to select officers from...
  • Confidence and patience is needed to crack the IAS exam: Komal Ganatra May 21, 2013

    Thirty-two-year-old Komal Ganatra from Gujarat is the only woman from the state to have cracked the UPSC exam this year. Komal Ganatra joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on how to prepare for the exam. Q. Congratulations madam for your success. Is this your 1st attempt? Did you go for any...
  • 'Govt considering removing compulsory English test in UPSC mains' March 17, 2013

    New Delhi: The government is mulling doing away with compulsory English language examination at mains level in the prestigious civil services test conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The Centre's move to make English language proficiency mandatory for qualifying the examinations had come under attack from its allies and...
  • Government puts new UPSC exam norms on hold March 15, 2013

    New Delhi: Bowing to the political pressure, the government on Friday put on hold the recently issued controversial notification of the UPSC which gave more weightage to English in the civil services exams. The announcement was made in the Lok Sabha by Minister of State for Personnel V Narayanasamy after...
  • Many affected by the new UPSC exam rules, say it's 'unfair' March 13, 2013

    There is controversy over the change in the UPSC civil services exam. English test marks will now be included and only those who have graduated in a regional language can write the paper in that language. CNN-IBN spoke to those affected. ...
  • India needs a competitive civil service which requires to know English: Srivatsa Krishna March 12, 2013

    The new UPSC exam rules will close down linguistic concessions offered to all vernacular languages and will take into account the score of the English language paper in the final selection for top jobs. IAS Officer Srivatsa Krishna shared his perspective on the pros and cons of such steps. Q. I...
  • FTN: Is it right to give English an advantage in the new IAS exams? March 12, 2013

    Which language should candidates be allowed to take the IAS and IPS exams? Only in English and Hindi or also in their mother tongue and other languages. A new expert commitee of the UPSC has recommended that the civil services examinations be taken only in English and Hindi. Politicians say...
  • UPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam: Recommended books July 16, 2012

    Paper I: General Studies 1. History (Indian History and Indian National Movement) Essential: a. NCERT books IX, X, XI, XII b. Modern India by Bipin Chandra Additional: History of Modern India by A.C Banerjee 2. Geography (Indian and World Geography) Essential: a. NCERT books IX, X, XI, XII b. General Principals of World Geography by Charles Farro c. School Atlas Additional:...
  • UPSC 2012 Prelims Solved Paper: CSAT Paper II July 16, 2012

    UPSC 2012 Civil Service Prelims Solved Paper: CSAT PAPER II: CSAT with Answers Directions for the following 6 (six) items: Read the following two passages and answer the items that follow each passage. Your answers to these items should be based on the passages only. Passage I The poor especially in market economics need the...
  • UPSC 2012 Prelims Solved Paper: General Studies July 13, 2012

    PAPER I : General Studies 1) In India other than ensuring that public funds are used efficiently and for intended purpose what is the importance of the office of the CAG? 1. CAG exercises exchequer control on behalf of the parliament when the president of India declares national emergency / financial emergency 2....
  • UPSC: Combined Graduate Level Exam (CGLE) July 12, 2012

    The Commission holds Combined Graduate Level Examination, for recruitment to different posts for which a Graduation from a recognized University is the minimum requirement. The Examination will comprise of two-tier written Objective Type examination followed by Computer Proficiency Test / Interview / Skill test, wherever applicable as per the Scheme...
  • UPSC exams: Railways Protection Force (RPF) July 12, 2012

    The Indian Railway Protection Force (IRPF) was formed in the year 1954. IRPF is one of the Group ‘A’ Central Civil Service of India. The training ground for RPF is at Jagjivan Ram RPF Academy, Lucknow. The cadre controlling authority is the Director General, RPF. Cadre size: 287 posts (direct recruitment:...
  • UPSC exams: Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS) July 12, 2012

    The Indian Railway Personnel Services (IRPS) was formed in the year 1981. IRPS is one of the Group ‘A’ Central Civil Service of India. The cadre controlling authority for IRPS is the Ministry of Railways Cadre size: 275 posts (direct recruitment: 50%, promotion: 50%). Functions of the Officers - Arrange recruitment, training of...
  • UPSC exams: Indian Information Service (IIS) July 10, 2012

    The Indian Information Services (IIS) was formed in the year 1987. IIS is one of the Group ‘A’ Central Civil Service of India. The cadre controlling authority is the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Cadre size: 489 posts (direct recruitment: 50%, promotion: 50%). Functions of the Officers Dissemination of information on government policies,...
  • UPSC exams: Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS) July 10, 2012

    The Defense Accounts Department has a history which is more than two hundred years old. IDAS is one of the Group A Central Civil Service of India. The cadre controlling authority is the Ministry of Defense. The selected candidates' training grounds are at Bangalore, Kolkata, Lucknow, Meerut and Pune. Cadre size:...
  • UPSC exams: Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS) July 10, 2012

    The Indian Railway Accounts Services (IRAS) was formed in the year 1929. IRAS is one of the Group ‘A’ Central Civil Service of India. The cadre controlling authority for IRAS is the Executive Director. Cadre size: 500 posts (direct recruitment: 50%, promotion: 50%). Organization of Department The Finance and Accounts functions are integrated...
  • UPSC exams: Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) July 10, 2012

    The Indian Railway Traffic Services (IRTS) was formed in the year 1967. IRTS is one of the Group ‘A’ Central Civil Service of India. The cadre controlling authority for IRTS is the Ministry of Railways. The selected candidates' training ground is at Indian Railway Institute of Transport Management (IRITM), Lucknow. Cadre size:...
  • UPSC: Indian Post & Telecom Accounts & Finance Service July 10, 2012

    The IP&TASFS was formed in the year of 1972 and the first batch was recruited in 1974. It is one of the Group a Central Civil Service of India. The cadre controlling authority for IP&TASFS is Member Finance, Telecom Commission of India. The selected candidates go through a number...
  • UPSC: Indian Audit & Accounts Service (IAAS) July 10, 2012

    The Indian Audit and Accounts Department has a history of more than hundred years old. The Audit Department was formed in 1860 and Government Accounting and Auditing functions were placed under the Auditor General of India. The Auditor General was given statutory recognition in 1919. The status of the Auditor...
  • UPSC exam: IRS (I-T, Customs & Central Excise) July 10, 2012

    The IRS comprises of IRS – Customs and Central Excise (C&CE) and IRS – Income Tax (IT). It is one of the Group a Central Civil Service of India. The cadre controlling authority for IRS is Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue, Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) /...
  • UPSC: What is the role of an IFS officer? July 4, 2012

    The Indian Foreign Service (IFS) was formed in the year of 1946. The cadre controlling authority for IFS is the Foreign Secretary. After selection, the training program consists of two stages, at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Massouri and then at the Foreign Services Institute in New Delhi. Functions...
  • UPSC: What does an IPS officer do? July 4, 2012

    The Indian Police Service (IPS) was formed in the year of 1948. It is one of the three All India Services (the other two are Indian Forest Services and Indian Administrative Services). The cadre controlling authority for IPS is the Ministry of Home Affairs. Cadre size: 3549 posts (direct recruitment...
  • UPSC: What does an IAS do? July 4, 2012

    The Indian Administrative Service (IAS) was formed in the year of 1946. It is one of the three All India Services (the other two are Indian Forest Services and Indian Police Services). The cadre controlling authority for IAS is Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension, Department of Personnel &...
  • UPSC Civil Services exam: List of Services July 4, 2012

    The Services recruited through Civil Services Examination: All India 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 (IA&AS) Indian Post & Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service (IP&TAFS) Indian...
  • UPSC Civil Services exam: Are you eligible? July 4, 2012

    Nationality A candidate must be either: (a) A citizen of India, or (b) a subject of Nepal, or (c) a subject of Bhutan, or (d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India. (e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from...
  • UPSC Civil Services Mains exam syllabus: Urdu July 4, 2012

    (Answers must be written in Urdu) Paper I Section A Development of Urdu Language - Development of Indo-Aryan: Old Indo-Aryan, Middle Indo Aryan and New Indo Aryan - Western Hindi and its dialects: Brij Bhasha, Khadi Boli, Haryanavi, Kannauji, Bundeli - Theories about the origin of Urdu Language - Dakhani Urdu: Origin and development, its significant linguistic...