Learn More About UPSC Exams – Different Types & Optionals for Civil Service

Learn More About UPSC Exams – Different Types & Optionals for Civil Service

UPSC Exams are conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). UPSC Exam is conducted to fill vacant posts in different civil services and the process involved is very rigorous as the competition is very tough.

UPSC Civil Service Exams are conducted over different stages spread over different days. Before appearing for the civil service examination, aspiring candidates will have to register and apply in the UPSC online form.

UPSC Online registration involves creating an account on the UPSC website, once it is done, candidates will have to apply online for the examination and pay the required exam fees. The important website for UPSC Online registration is the official website of UPSC i.e. upsconline.nic.in. 

The notification for UPSC Civil Service Examination 2021 will be released on February 10, 2021. This notification will help the candidates to finish their application process in a smooth manner. The application forms are different for prelims, mains, and interview stages of the UPSC Civil Service Examination. UPSC Online registration process is a simple process.

Apart from Civil Service Examination, the other different UPSC exams are Combined Defence Service Examination, Combined Medical Services Examination, Combined Geo-Scientist, and Geologist Examination, Central Armed Police Forces Examination, Engineering Services Examination, National Defence Academy, and Naval Academy Examination.

The UPSC Exams syllabus is massive. It covers various subjects ranging from World and Indian Geography, Ancient History, Medieval History, Modern History, Science and Technology, Current Affairs, Indian Polity, International affairs, Economy, Environment and Ecology, Indian Society, Social Issues, Art & Culture, Women Empowerment, Climate change, etc.

The UPSC Mains exam consists of nine different papers; Paper A is a compulsory Indian Language paper, Paper B is on the English language.

The subjects covered in the General Studies (GS) Paper I are Art & Culture, World History, Modern History, Human Geography, Physical Geography of India and World, Indian Society, its issues, women empowerment, diversity in India. The subjects covered in GS Paper 2 are Indian Constitution, Governance, Social Justice, and International Relations.

The subjects covered in General Studies (GS) Paper 3 are Economics, Science & Technology, Biodiversity, Security, and Disaster Management. The topics covered in General Studies (GS) Paper IV are Ethics, Human values, aptitude, attitude, emotional intelligence, codes of ethics, citizen charter, contributions of philosophers, thinkers from India and around the world.

In the mains stage of the civil service examination, two papers are dedicated to optional subjects. This gives the opportunity for candidates from varied backgrounds to appear for the Indian Civil Service Exam.

Candidates can choose any one optional subject from a range of 25 different optional subjects. The optional subjects are Geology, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Agriculture, History, Medical Science, Public Administration, Sociology, Philosophy, Physics, Statistics, Law, Economics, Anthropology, Botany, Electrical Engineering, Management, Zoology, Political Science & International Relations, Commerce & Accountancy, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science. 

Paper A is a compulsory Indian Language and UPSC has given plenty of options for candidates appearing for the UPSC civil service exam. The languages which can be chosen are Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil, Manipuri, Punjabi, Telugu, Bodo, Dogri, Maithili, Santhali, Sindhi, Punjabi, Odia, Nepali, Konkani, Kashmiri.

The structure of Paper A in UPSC Mains is essay writing which is for 100 marks, reading comprehension for 60 marks, precis writing for 60 marks, translation of the chosen Indian language into English, and translation of English into the chosen language; both of them carry 20 marks each.

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