UPSC (Union Public Service commission) has decided to conduct the Civil Services Exam of next year earlier than its usual schedule for timely completion of the whole selection process. Around 9-10 lakh aspirants apply for Civil Services exam every year, out of which around 1,500 finally make their way into the Services (the final selection depends up on the number of notified vacancies). The exam is conducted to fill vacancies in Indian Administrative Services, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Police Service, Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise) and other key departments under Central government.
The whole selection process is divided in three stages – preliminary exam, main exam and interview. Considering the past few year trends, of 9-10 lakh applicants, around 4-5 lakh take the preliminary exam. Some 15-20 thousand candidates qualify for main exam (depending up on the number of vacancies) and then final selection comes down to the interview.
The Civil Services preliminary exam was conducted on August 23 in 2015 and on August 7 in 2016. The main exam was held from December 18 last year and even this year’s main exam is scheduled to be held from December 3. With the preponement of this schedule, UPSC has decided to conduct the preliminary exam (2017) in June, instead of August. Even the main exam is scheduled to commence on October 28 for the 2017 exam. The notification for UPSC Civil Services Examination 2017 would be out on February 22, while the preliminary exam would be conducted on June 18 next year.
A senior UPSC official said, “The preliminary exam for 2016, 2015 and 2014 were held during the month of August. The Commission has decided to conduct the preliminary exam in June next year to ensure that the entire process of the examination is completed in time.”
This would be after a gap of three years that the Civil Services (Prelims) would be conducted before August. The year 2013 exam was conducted on May 26.