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Types of Services Allotted Through UPSC Civil Services Examination

UPSC civil services examination is one of the toughest and biggest examinations in the world. Every year more than 5 lakh students appear for the examination and only around thousands of them reach their goal. So, it can be clearly understood that it is not a matter of joke and it is pretty much tough and tiresome journey for the UPSC aspirants to fulfil their target.

So, this can be seen that it requires so much effort and hard work to make it happen. But why would you put so much attention in something to achieve without knowing what is it all about? So, this is important to know by yourself about the types of civil services so that you can know what type of job you are applying for and where your hard work is going to pay off.

This article is going to describe to you about types of civil services to give a clear idea before you make your decision in heading to the journey of cracking UPSC examination.

If we consider seeing the job profiles associated with UPSC. There are plenty of them. The UPSC jobs are mainly divided into two groups as follows:

Group A services

Group B services

  • INDIAN ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE (IAS)
  • INDIAN POLICE SERVICE (IPS)
  • INDIAN FOREIGN SERVICE (IFS)
  • INDIAN REVENUE SERVICE (IT)  (IRS-IT)
  • INDIAN REVENUE SERVICE (CBEC) (IRS-Customs)
  • INDIAN AUDIT AND ACCOUNT SERVICE (IAAS)
  • INDIAN INFORMATION SERVICE (IIS)
  • INDIAN CIVIL ACCOUNT SERVICES (ICAS)
  • INDIAN CORPORATE LAW SERVICE (ICLS)
  • INDIAN TRADE SERVICE (ITS)
  • INDIAN DEFENCE ESTATE SERVICE (IDES)
  • INDIAN DEFENCE ACCOUNT SERVICE (IDAS)
  • INDIAN ORDINANCE FACTORIES SERVICE (IOFS)
  • INDIAN POSTAL SERVICE
  • INDIAN POSTAL AND TELECOMMUNICATION ACCOUNTS AND FINANCE SERVICE
  • INDIAN RAILWAY ACCOUNT SERVICE (IRAS)
  • INDIAN RAILWAY PERSONNEL SERVICE (IRPS)
  • INDIAN RAILWAY TRAFFIC SERVICE (IRTS)
  • RAILWAY PROTECTION FORCE (RPF)
  • ARMED FORCES HEADQUARTERS CIVIL SERVICE (AFHQ)
  • DELHI, ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLAND CIVIL SERVICE (DANICS)
  • DELHI, ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLAND POLICE SERVICE (DANIPS)
  • PONDICHERRY CIVIL SERVICE
  • PONDICHERRY POLICE SERVICE

 

So, here is an overview of the above-mentioned jobs associated with UPSC:

Group A services:

  • Indian Administrative Service (IAS officers) : The aspirants placed within the top ranks are allotted for this post. They head all the central and state government departments and work as people’s representatives.
  • Indian Police Service (IPS): The central armed police force department is headed by the IPS officers. They mainly take up the responsibility of maintenance of laws and order of the country including cybercrime, juvenile crime, narcotics etc.
  • Indian Foreign Service (IFS officers): The main task of these officers is to make a friendly relationship with other countries worldwide. They mostly represent India on international bodies like the United Nations too.
  • Indian Revenue Service (IT)  (IRS-IT): The main responsibility of these officers is to generate revenue for the government through income tax. Nowadays, they are put into the election duties too.
  • Indian Revenue Service (CBEC) (IRS-Customs) These officers mainly formulate the policies associated with the levy and collection of Customs & Central Excise duties and Service Tax.
  • IAAS officers: These officers assist the audit procedures to check for inconsistencies. They closely work with union and state government departments to perform flawless audits.
  • ICAS officers: These officers maintain the task of account management of the government. Right from pension to financial reporting of civil ministries, everything is carried forward by the officers.
  • ICLS officers: The corporate sectors are mainly regulated by these officers. They monitor whether the corporate companies are running obeying the rules-regulations and the provisions as well narrated by the government.
  • ITS officers; India's international trade and commerce is monitored by the officers. They formulate international trade policies too.
  • IDES officers: Managing the land optimally as well as looking after the civil affairs in the cantonment has made this department the biggest landholder of all the ministries of Indian Government.
  • IDAS officers: In respect of Army, Navy, Air Force, Ordnance factories, the financial advice of payment, internal audits everything is monitored by these officers.
  • IOFS officers: The administration of the ordnance factories that mainly engage in manufacturing defence equipment is done by these officers.
  • Indian Postal Service: The Indian postal service is run and monitored by the officers.
  • Indian Postal And Telecommunication Accounts And Finance Service: The officers maintain the accounts related to the Indian postal service.
  • IRAS officers: These officers look after the accounts and financing related to railway services
  • IRPS officers: The officers considered to be the HR of the Indian railways
  • IRTS officers: The officers manage passengers as well as the cargo traffic in railways
  • RPF officers: The officers associated with Railway Protection Force serve the Indian railway as security commissioners.

 Group B services:

Group A jobs are mainly engaged in heading the departments it tops in the hierarchy and the group B services mainly include section officers.

  • Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service (AFHQ): The officers mainly contribute to functioning in AFHQ headquarters except for the technical areas.
  • Delhi, Andaman And Nicobar Island Civil Service (DANICS): Being the union territories, the administrative aspects of these regions are taken care of the DANICS officers.
  • Delhi, Andaman And Nicobar Island Police Service (DANIPS): The law and order aspects of the union territories are taken care of by the DANIPS officers.
  • Pondicherry Civil Service: The administrative aspects of Pondicherry are taken care of these officers.
  • Pondicherry Police Service: In the territory of Pondicherry, the law and order administration is taken care of these officers.

So, this was a briefing of job profiles associated with UPSC, so not being carried away with the prestigious glory of the civil services, you can get an idea about what is it actually like. Now, I hope you can decide by yourself whether you want to face the difficulties that come by your path while pursuing the dream of cracking UPSC.