What Are the 24 Services under UPSC CSE?


UPSC CSE contains 24 different UPSC Civil Services Posts that are recruited through the Commission’s yearly Civil Services Exam. Just a few applicants are chosen from lakhs of applicants for these Civil Services positions, and the exam’s rate of success is approximately 0.1%.

All the posts for which UPSC conducts the CSE exam are very reputed, well-paying and powerful jobs. People who wish to serve society and help in nation-building generally give UPSC Exams as the nature of jobs gives responsibilities and power to serve the nation.

UPSC IAS Exam Post Types

Civil Services are the foundation of the Indian bureaucratic structure. The UPSC Civil Services Examination recruits for three categories of Civil Services Posts: All Indian Civil Services, Group A Civil Services, and Group B Civil Services. The rank earned in the UPSC IAS exam determines service assignment. As a result, obtaining a higher rank is favourable, as a candidate can select any service from among the top Civil Service positions. The UPSC 24 Services List will be covered in detail hereunder.

UPSC Posts under All Indian Services

The Constitution of India, from the very beginning, provides for the establishment of All India Services (AIS) that are common to the Centre and the States. The All India Services Act of 1951 states that the Union Government may create rules to regulate the hiring and service conditions of people recruited to the All India Services. At the moment, only the IAS, IPS, and IFS are designated as All India Services. These services are recruited under the respective AIS Recruitment Rules and can be hired by Direct Recruitment (via Competitive Examinations, such as UPSC CSE) or through promotion from the State Service. Below is the list of All India Services (AIS) posts under the UPSC Civil Services Examination:

1 Indian Administrative Service (IAS)
2 Indian Police Service (IPS)
3 Indian Forest Service (IFoS)

UPSC Posts List under Group A Civil Services

The Central Civil Services (CCS) constitute a subset of the Civil Services of India and therefore are specifically concerned with the centre’s non-political executive operations. They are also the permanent Executive body of the Central Government of India. The central services are responsible for the majority of specialised sectors in Civil Services in India. Indian Revenue Service (IRS), as well as the Central Secretariat Service (CSS), have the highest personnel cadre strength within the CCS. The President of India makes all appointments to the Central Civil Services (Group A). All the posts are gazetted posts. Below is the list of Central Civil Services (Group A) posts under the UPSC Civil Services Examination:

1 Indian Foreign Service (IFS)
2 Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IAAS)
3 Indian Communication Finance Services (ICFS)
4 Indian Postal Service (IPoS)
5 Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS)
6 Indian Revenue Service (IRS)
7 Railway Protection Force (RPF)
8 Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS)
9 Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS)
10 Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS)
11 Indian Trade Service (ITS)
12 Indian Corporate Law Service (ICLS)
13 Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS)
14 Indian Defence Estates Service (IDES)
15 Indian Information Service (IIS)
16 Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS)

UPSC Posts List under Group B Civil Services

Group B Civil Services are also Central Civil Services, and some posts under it are filled through the Civil Services Exam conducted by UPSC. These posts are also gazetted posts, and they form a part of the core Indian bureaucracy. Below is the list of Central Civil Services (Group B) posts under the UPSC Civil Services Examination:

1 Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service
3 Pondicherry Civil Service
4 Pondicherry Police Service


Out of all the 24 posts, the Indian Administrative Officer is the most popular and sought-after choice among the UPSC aspirants. People who fulfil the IAS age limit criteria and are interested in serving the nation through the grassroot implementation of government programmes should definitely give this exam.

The IAS exam is considered to be one of the most difficult recruitment exams in India due to the vastness of the syllabus and the unpredictability of questions asked by UPSC. Lakhs of aspirants appear for the exam every year, yet only a few successfully clear all the stages and get the job.


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