The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) in India employs various methods of recruitment for filling vacancies in government positions. Two prominent methods of recruitment used by UPSC are:
- Civil Services Examination (CSE): The Civil Services Examination is one of the most prestigious and competitive recruitment processes conducted by UPSC. It is used to select candidates for various civil services and administrative positions in the Indian government, including the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), and many other Group A and Group B services. The CSE consists of three stages: the Preliminary Examination, the Main Examination, and the Personality Test (Interview). Successful candidates are appointed to various services based on their rank and preferences.
- Combined Defense Services Examination (CDSE): The Combined Defense Services Examination is conducted by UPSC to select candidates for entry into the Indian Armed Forces, including the Indian Army, Indian Navy, and Indian Air Force. It is open to graduates and is conducted twice a year. The examination includes a written test, followed by an interview process by the Services Selection Board (SSB). Successful candidates are recommended for training at various academies, such as the Indian Military Academy (IMA) and the Officers Training Academy (OTA), depending on their preferences and the specific service they applied for.
These are just two of the recruitment methods employed by UPSC. UPSC also conducts examinations for recruitment in various other government departments and organizations, such as the Engineering Services Examination (ESE), Indian Forest Service Examination (IFoS), and more, depending on the specific requirements of different government departments.