Different Career Options For UPSC Aspirants

career options for upsc aspirants

UPSC Civil Service Examination is a coveted exam in India. Every year lakhs of students appear in this competitive exam to get into a respectable government job. UPSC conducts different recruitment examinations for different levels of executive officer posts. Today, we are going to read about different career options for UPSC aspirants.

Very few employment opportunities are available for college graduates. Some options after Graduation include private sector jobs, banking exams, corporate sector jobs ,Civil Service Exams, etc.

Success Rate in competitive exam like UPSC Civil Services is highly competitive as the number of posts in comparison to the number of aspirants is very low. In such a scenario ,alternative career options should always be kept handy. Check the list of Career Options here-

Deciding one’s career path and looking out for excellent opportunities for personal growth is a very individualized thing. One should invest a good amount of time in deciding and setting up future goals.

How Many Services Are the Career Options For UPSC Aspirants Divided Into?

UPSC conducts Civil Service Exam every year and recruits around 700-800 officers. Based on the ranks secured by the successful candidates and the vacancies advertised in the notification, different services are allotted to them.

Types of Civil Services Of India

Different types of services offered are listed below:

All India Services

Indian Administrative Service (IAS)

Members of this service work for both the central government of India and the states allotted to them (cadres).

IAS personnel are also stationed in a variety of government organizations, including auxiliary bodies, staff & line agencies, statutory bodies, autonomous bodies, regulatory bodies, and public sector organizations.

Indian Police Service (IPS)

One of the three All India Services established under Article 312 of the Indian Constitution is the Indian Police Service (IPS).

Police Forces in the States and at the Center are led by IPS officials at the senior level.

The Police Division of comes under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). MHA is in charge of managing the IPS Cadre and making policy decisions regarding, the Officers’ pay, cadre structure, recruiting, training, allocation and other benefits.

The Service is set up into 26 State cadres, which are evaluated every five years.

As of January 1, 2016, the Indian Police Service Officers’ authorized strength is 4802.

Indian Forest Service (IFoS)

In order to maintain the nation’s ecological stability through protection and inclusive sustainable management of natural resources, the Forest Service officers execute the National Forest Policy.

The service’s employees are also in charge of overseeing the nation’s National Parks, Tiger Reserve, Wildlife Sanctuaries, and other Protected Areas.

A Forest Service officer has complete autonomy from the district administration and has exclusive access to all administrative, judicial, and financial functions in their domain.

The Head of Forest Forces is the highest-ranking member of the Forest Service in each state.

Group ‘A’ Civil Services of India

Indian Foreign Service (IFS)

The service, which is made up of civil servants ( IFS officers), is in charge of managing India’s foreign affairs, offering consular services, and indicating India’s participation in international organizations.

It is the collective name for career diplomats who work for more than 160 Indian embassies and international organizations worldwide. They also work at the MEA headquarters in New Delhi as well as in the Prime Minister’s Office and the President’s Secretariat.

They also serve as the directors of Regional Passport Offices across the nation and occupy deputized roles in a number of ministries.

Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IA&AS)

Indian Audit and Accounts Service is a Central Group ‘A’ central government service that reports to the Government of India’s Comptroller and Auditor General.

The central civil employees employed by the Indian Audit and Accounts Service work at the Indian Audit and Accounts Department in managerial roles related to audits.

IA&AS is in charge of maintaining the accounts of State governments ,auditing the accounts of the Union and State governments, as well as public sector organizations.

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Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS)

ICAS is a part of Department of Expenditure which comes under the Union Ministry of Finance.

The service was established in 1976 with the goal of separating the Union Government’s Auditing and Accounting activities through deputation and transfer from the Indian Audit and Accounts Department.

Indian Corporate Law Service (ICLS)

It works for the Indian government’s Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

Implementing the Limited Liability Partnership Act of 2008, the Companies Act of 2013, and the Companies Act of 1956 is the sole responsibility of the recruited officers.

Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS)

It comes under the Ministry of Defence.

The primary function of the officers recruited include – providing financial advice, payments, accounts and audit services to the Defence Services i.e. Army , Navy and Air force and other allied organisations like DRDO ,etc

Indian Defence Estates Service (IDES)

It’s Cadre controlling Authority is Ministry of Defence.

The recruited officers are posted at different places like the MHA, MNRE (Renewable Energy) ,Cabinet Secretariat, etc.

Indian Information Service (IIS)

The officers recruited in this service are the media managers of the Government of India.

Indian Postal Service (IPoS)

The officers recruited are responsible for running the India Post which is the largest network of postal service across the nation.

Indian Post & Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service

It was started in the year 1972 for the management of finances of Department of Telecommunications and Department of Posts. A special service was required as these two departments had to look after all the communications happening across the nation.

Indian Railway Protection Force Service

It is kind of a security force as it looks after the protection and safety of the property and passengers of the Indian Railways.

Indian Revenue Service (IRS) (Customs & Indirect Taxes)

The Indian Revenue Service (Customs & Indirect Taxes), also known as IRS C&IT, is a division of the central civil service of the Indian government.

The Department of Revenue under the Ministry of Finance oversees its operations, and the Revenue Secretary serves as both the department’s administrative chief and its ministerial commander.

The primary duty of the IRS is to handle and collect indirect taxes accruing to the Indian government.

It is one of the largest organised civil services in the Indian government and serves the country by carrying out sovereign duties such as tax collection for governance, development, and security.

Indian Revenue Service (IRS) (Income Tax)

The administrative revenue service of the Indian government is known as the Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax) or IRS (IT).

It is a centralized service that is managed by the Ministry of Finance’s Department of Revenue and is overseen administratively by the Revenue Secretary and ministerially by the Minister of Finance.

The primary duty of the IRS officer is to handle and collect direct taxes accruing to the Indian government.

Indian Trade Service (ITS)

It comes under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

The primary function of the officers recruited is to handle India’s foreign trade and commerce.

Group ‘B’ Civil Services Of India

Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service

It comes under Minstry of Defence.

They are responsible for policy formulation, implementation, and providing administrative support through civilian officers and staff to the

Tri-services headquarters of the Indian Armed Forces 

Inter-Services Organizations (ISOs), including DRDO, DGQA, DGAQA, DGNCC, and others


DANICS stands for Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu Civil Services.

Now it is termed DANIAS which stands for Delhi, Andaman, Nicobar Islands, Lakshwadeep, Dadra Nagar Haveli and Daman Diu Administrative Service.


DANIPS stands for Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu Police Service

Pondicherry Civil Service (PONDICS)

It is administered by the central government as a central service.


What is the approximate number of Vacancies advertised every year by UPSC?

Approximately 700-800 vacancies are advertised every year by UPSC.

What are the Stages of UPSC CSE and IFoS examination?

There are three stages in UPSC Civil Service Examination and Indian Forest Service examination. The first stage i.e. the preliminary exam is common for both the exams. The second and third stages i.e. Mains and Interview are conducted separately for the recruitment tests

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Key Takeaways

UPSC Civil Services Exam is one of the prestigious examinations conducted in India. The newly recruited officers undergo a 15-week Training Program(initial training) at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) and thereafter at other Academies for training.

Every coin has two sides, same way every career choice that one makes has two sides. UPSC Civil Services examination is considered one of the toughest exams in India. Utmost dedication is required from the aspirants preparing for the civil services.

Current Status

Railway Board has requested UPSC to conduct separate recruitment test for the following :

Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS)

Indian Railway Accounts Service(IRAS)

Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) 

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