The 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. The Civil Services Examination is one of the most prestigious examinations conducted by UPSC. 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 Service is also popularly known as the IAS exam or the UPSC exam and is considered on e of the toughest competitive exams in the world with success rate of just 0.1%. The examination procedure consists of three phases, Preliminary (held in May), Main (held in October/November) and Interview (held in March/April). Every year around 4 lakh people apply (only 50% that is 1.5-2 lakh actually appear in the preliminary exam). After main examination about three times of the vacancies are called for the interview. Thus, this whole process takes about one year’s time.


1. For the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service, a candidate must be a citizen of India.
2. For other Services, 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, or
(e) A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic Of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall be a person in whose favor a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

Provided further that candidates belonging to categories (b), (c) and (d) above will not be eligible for appointment to the Indian Foreign Service.