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INFO : Union Public Service Commission - UPSC

The Union public service commission which is officially and popularly
called as(UPSC) and also a constitutional body in India to conduct
examinations for appointment to the services of the Union. The Indian
Constitution (Part XIV - Services Under the Union and the states -
article no. 315 to 323) provides for a Public Service Commission for
the union and a Public Service Commission for each state.
Indianisation of the superior Civil Services became one of the major
demands of the political movement compelling the British Indian
Government to consider setting up of a Public Service Commission for
recruitment to its services in the territory. The first Public Service
Commission was set up on October 1st, 1926. However, its limited
advisory functions failed to satisfy the people's aspirations and the
continued stress on this aspect by the leaders of our freedom movement
resulted in the setting up of the Federal Public Service Commission
under the Government of India Act 1935. Under this Act, for the first
time, provision was also made for the formation of Public Service
Commissions at the provincial level

Members of UPSC

The Chairman and other members of the UPSC (Union Public Service
Commission) are appointed by the President of India. At least half of
the members of the Commission are Civil Servants (working or retired)
with minimum ten years of experience either in Central or State

Every member holds office for a term of six years or till he attains
the age of sixty-five years, whichever is earlier.

He can submit his resignation at any time to the President of India.
He may be removed from his office by the President of India on the
ground of misbehaviour or if he is adjudged insolvent, or engages
during his term of office in any paid employment outside the duties of
his office, or in the opinion of the President unfit to continue in
office by reason of infirmity of mind or body.

At present the commission is headed by Shri Gurbachan Jagat who was
formerly Director General, Border Security Force, Ministry of Home
Affairs, Govt of India.

In addition to the chairman there are ten other members.


Functions of the UPSC are to conduct examinations for appointment to
the services of the Union.

1. Recruitment to services & posts under the Union through conduct
of competitive examinations;
2. Recruitment to services & posts under the Central Government by
selection through Interviews;
3. Advising on the suitability of officers for appointment on
promotion as well as transfer-on-deputation;
4. Advising the Government on all matters relating to methods of
Recruitment to various services and posts;
5. Disciplinary cases relating to different civil services; and
6. Miscellaneous matters relating to grant of extra ordinary
pensions, reimbursement of legal expenses etc.

The annual list of competitive exams is:

* Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination
* Civil Services (Main) Examination
* Indian Forest Service Examination
* Indian Engineering Services Examination
* Geologist Examination
* Special Class Railway Apprentices Examination
* National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination
* Combined Defence Services Examination
* Combined Medical Services Examination
* Indian Economic Service/Indian Statistical Service Examination
* Section Officers/Stenographers (Grade-B/Grade-I) Limited
Departmental Competitive Examination
* Central Police Forces (Assistant Commandants) Examination

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