Posts under UPSC

Posts under UPSC (or Services under UPSC)

UPSC Civil Services is not just about being an IAS,IPS or IFS officer. Through the Civil Services Examination conducted annually by Union Public Service Commission, selection is made for 24 esteemed posts, each having its own charms, powers and perks. Given the limited number of posts, only a chosen few get the opportunity to work in these services.

Various Posts along with Brief Description:

Name of Service

Brief Description

(i) Indian Administrative Service.IAS officers play a key role in Law & Order Management, Policy Formulation, Policy Implementation, Civil Administration, Advisory to Ministers, Managing bureaucracy
(ii) Indian Foreign Service.The service is entrusted to conduct diplomacy and manage foreign relations of India. They also head the Regional Passport Offices throughout the country.
(iii) Indian Police Service.A “uniform-clad” service with the mandate to maintain order, enforce the law, and to prevent and detect crime.
(iv) Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group ‘A’.The officers of IP&AFS work mainly in Department of Telecom, & Department of Posts and handle policies relating to license fees, spectrum allocation, digital India etc.
(v) Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’. IA&AS is responsible for auditing the accounts of the Union and State governments and public sector organizations, and for maintaining the accounts of State governments.
(vi) Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group ‘A’.The service is concerned with the collection and administration of the various indirect taxes accruing to the Union Government.
(vii) Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.The Indian Defence Accounts Service is a service established to audit defence accounts of the three Defence Services, DRDO, Border Road Organisation, Ordinance factories and other inter-services organisations.
(viii) Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group ‘A’.The service is concerned with the collection and administration of the various direct like income tax & corporate taxes accruing to the Union Government.
(ix) Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’ (Assistant Works Manager, Administration).They are responsible for the management of the Indian Ordnance Factories, which provide the framework of self-reliant, indigenous, defence production capabilities of India.
(x) Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’.It is a service under Department of Posts responsible for managing the vast Indian Postal Network.
(xi) Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.It provides payment services, supports the tax collection system, performs government wide accounting, financial reporting functions, preparation of budget estimates and carries out Internal Audit in civil ministries of the Union Government.
(xii) Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A’.The officers of this service are responsible for managing the Transportation – Operations and Commercial wings – of the Indian Railways. IRTS forms the interface between the Railways and the public, and also between the Railways and the corporate sector.
(xiii) Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.The officers of this service are responsible for the Accounts and Finance Management of the Indian Railways.
(xiv) Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A’.The officers of this service are responsible for managing the Human Resources of the Indian Railways which has a work force of about 1.4 million employees.
(xv) Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group ‘A’The service is entrusted with protecting railway passengers, passenger area and railway property of the Indian Railways.
(xvi) Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’.It performs duties of Cantonment Administration, Defence Land Management, Land acquisition, Leasing and Disposal, Advisors to Chief of Army, Navy and Air Force in Land matters, Managing court cases related to defence land.
(xvii) Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group ‘A’.Indian Information Service officers are the media managers of the Government of India. They work in various media units which are under Ministry of Information and Broadcasting such as DD News, All India Radio, Press Information Bureau etc.
(xviii) Indian Trade Service, Group ‘A’ (Gr. III).It handles policies relating to India’s international trade & commerce.
(xix) Indian Corporate Law Service, Group “A”.The overall mandate for the service is empower and regulate the corporate sector for this country and to protect the rights of the investors, especially small investors.
(xx) Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade).They are responsible for providing staff, secretarial, housekeeping, clerical, and ancillary support services to the Indian Armed Forces headquarters and Inter-Services Organizations (ISOs) under the Ministry of defense.
(xxi) Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group ‘B’.They are responsible for the diverse administrative functions of the National Capital, Delhi and the Union Territories.
(xxii) Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service, Group ‘B’.They are responsible for the law & order and policing functions of the National Capital, Delhi and the Union Territories.
(xxiii) Pondicherry Civil Service, Group ‘B’.They are responsible for the diverse administrative functions of Pondicherry.
(xxiv) Pondicherry Police Service, Group ‘B’.They are responsible for the law & order and policing functions of Pondicherry.

Frequently Asked Questions relating to Posts/Services under UPSC

What happens after selection?

Successful candidates will be required to undergo prescribed training at such places and in such manner and pass such examinations during the period of probation as the Central Government may determine.

Can a candidate re-appear in examination even after service has been allocated in the previous attempt?

Candidates who are allocated IAS (Indian Administrative Service) & IFS (Indian Foreign Service) cadre are not allowed to re-take the civil services examination. Candidates selected in any other service are permitted to again test their mettle in the examination and improve their rank.

What are the most sought after civil services?

Indian Administrative Services, Indian Foreign Services, Indian Police Services & Indian Revenue Services are generally the top priorities for every candidate aspiring to be a civil servant. Choices are to be submitted at the time of applying for UPSC Mains examination under which DAF (Detailed Application Form) is required to be submitted.

What are the total number of posts under each category?

Total number of posts are not fixed and depend on number of vacancies which are announced at the time of notification of exam. Generally, total number of posts are around 1000.