PSC Exams

PSC Exams

The PSC Exams are conducted every year PAN India to shortlist the potential candidates across that nation who can serve the country. It is one of the most popular state-level competitive exams in India which is conducted by the respective Public Service Commissions of the states. In this blog, we will provide you consolidated information pertaining to PSC exams.

What is the PSC Exam?

In India, the PSC or the Public Service Commission has a constitutional mandate (sections 315 to 323) to assist the governments of the respective states in matters of recruitment, deployment and disciplinary measures.  The prestigious IAS Exams are conducted annually by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The IAS examination is the common entry point for some twenty services in Group A and Group B. Similarly, the State Public Service Commissions (SPSC) conduct the recruitment exams that serve as an entry point for covered services in the state administration.

State-wise List of PSC Exams

Since the Public Service Commission Examination is state-based in nature, we have listed down some of the popular PSC exams below:

  1. Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC)
  2. Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission
  3. Assam Public Service Commission (APSC)
  4. Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC)
  5. Chhattisgarh Public Service Commission
  6. Goa Public Service Commission
  7. Gujarat Public Service Commission (GPSC)
  8. Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC)
  9. Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission
  10. Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission, J&K
  11. Jharkhand Public Service Commission
  12. Karnataka Public Service Commission
  13. Kerala Public Service Commission
  14. Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission
  15. Manipur Public Service Commission
  16. Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC)
  17. Meghalaya Public Service Commission
  18. Mizoram Public Service Commission
  19. Nagaland Public Service Commission
  20. Orissa Public Service Commission
  21. Punjab Public Service Commission, PPSC
  22. Rajasthan Public Service Commission
  23. Sikkim Public Service Commission
  24. Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC)
  25. Tripura Public Service Commission
  26. Telangana State Public Service Commission (TSPSC)
  27. Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC)
  28. Uttarakhand Public Service Commission
  29. West Bengal Public Service Commission

Important PSC Dates 

With so many states having their own state services exam, it is important to know the important dates well in advance. Here is the comprehensive list of PSC exams with their test dates. 

PSC Exam Name Conducting Body Important Dates Change in Dates due to Covid-19
Karnataka Administrative Services (KAS) Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) -KAS Prelims: 24th August 2020 (KPSC KAS 2017-18)
-KAS Mains: 13th – 16th February 2021
Earlier KAS Prelims Date – 17th May 2020\
Kerala Administrative Services (KAS) Kerala Public Service Commission (KPSC) -PSC KAS Prelims 2019: 22nd February 2020
-PSC KAS Mains: 20th – 21st November 2020
-Kerala PSC Prelims Result was postponed.
-Delay in Kerala PSC 2020 notification
Provincial Civil Services (PCS) Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) -PCS Prelims (2021): 13th June 2021
-PCS Mains (2021): 3rd October 2021 onwards
-PCS Interview (2020): 1st April 2021 onwards
-Earlier PCS Prelims Date – 21st June 2020
-Earlier PCS Mains Date – 15th October 2020 onward
Rajasthan Administrative Services (RAS) Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC) -RAS Prelims 2020-21: September 2021 (Tentative)
-RAS Mains 2020-21: December 2021 (Tentative)
-RAS Interview (2018): 22nd March 2021 – 7th May 2021
The RAS Notifications 2019 and 2020 are postponed
MPSC State Services Examination Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) -MPSC Prelims 2020: 21st March 2021
-MPSC Mains 2020: To be announced
-MPSC Prelims was postponed four times.
-Earlier MPSC Mains 2020 Date – 7th July 2020 onward
TNPSC Combined Civil Services Examination – I (Group-I Services) Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) -TNPSC 2020 group 1 Prelims: 3rd January 2021
-TNPSC 2020 Group 1 Mains: To be announced
Earlier, TNPSC Group 1 Prelims  2020 was scheduled on 5th April.
APPSC Group-I Services Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) -APPSC Group 1 Prelims (2019): 26th May 2019
-APPSC Group 1 Mains (2019): 14th December – 20th December 2020
-APPSC Group 1 Notification 2020 postponed
-Earlier APPSC Group 1 Mains 2020 – 4th February 2020 onward
BPSC Combined Competitive Exam Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) -66th BPSC CCE Prelims: 27th December 2020
-65th BPSC CCE Prelims: 15th October 2019
-65th BPSC CCE Mains: 25th – 28th November 2020
Earlier date of BPSC 65th CCE Mains – 4th August 2020 onward
Gujarat Administrative Service (Class-1) Gujarat Public Service Commission (GPSC) -GPSC 2020 Prelims: 21st March 2021
MPPSC State Service Exam Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) -MPPSC Prelims 2020: 11th April 2021
-MPPSC Mains 2019: 21st March 2021 onwards
MPPSC Exams for 2020 were postponed.
West Bengal Civil Service Exam/ West Bengal Civil Service (EXE.) etc. Exam West Bengal Public Service Commission (WBPSC) -WBPSC Prelims 2021: 7th February 2021 [Postponed]-WBPSC Prelims 2020: 9th February 2020
-WBPSC Mains 2020: 24th-28th April 2020
-WBPSC Prelims 2019: 9th February 2019 
-WBPSC Mains 2019: 25th-28th August 2019
WBCS Prelims 2020 postponed
Combined Civil Services Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC) -JPSC 2017-18 Prelims: 2nd May 2021
-JPSC 2017-18 Mains: September 2021

PSC Exam Eligibility Criteria

Since the various states in the nation has varied conducting bodies for the respective state level PSC exam, the basic eligibility criteria for it differs from one state to another. Candidates can visit the official website and check for the requirements under the state they are applying for.

PSC Syllabus

Keeping abreast of topics from Science and Technology, current affairs, Economics, Indian Polity, etc. are essential in order to crack PSC exams. Since the syllabus can vary from one state PSC to another, here are some general topics for PSC exams. 

National and International Importance current affairs Broad understanding of Cultural, Social, Political and Economic aspects of India Indian National Movement
Indian Political System Economic Reforms Environment and Ecology
Basic Numeracy Data Interpretation Logical reasoning and analytical ability
Comprehension History of the World (from mid 18th century) Physical, Social, Economic Geography of World and India.
Grammar – Idioms, Phrases, Synonyms/Antonyms, Correct formation of words and sentences, Punctuation, etc Essay Writing Precis Writing

How to Prepare for PSC Exams? 

PSC exams are comparative to one of India’s toughest exams– IAS which is conducted by the UPSC. Like for any other  UPSC examination, PSC equally takes meticulous efforts to crack the test. Here are the consolidated tips you can take into consideration; 

  • Be updated with current affairs
  • Read newspapers like The Hindu, The Indian Express, subscribe to its online information sessions. 
  • Read informative magazines and journals like The Yojna, Civil Service times, etc. 
  • Prepare the state-specific topics and sections for PSC exams
  • Read NCERT books thoroughly.
  • Take the help of noted books like Polity by Laxmikanth, History by Bipin Chandra, etc.
  • Take some mock tests. It will help you know your flaws and strengths and will also enhance your accuracy. 
  • Solve previous question papers. 


Categories  PSC UPSC
Selection Process Through state commission  Through union commission 
Exam Pattern  Prelims, Mains and Interview (Some states may have language based exams) -Prelims, Mains and Interview
-CSAT Exam
Salary  Salaries are managed by the state government and can vary as per the income of the state  Fixed Salary managed by Cadre State
Designation  Varies as per state  Joins as Joint Magistrate 
Appointment  State Level  Central Level
  • The UPSC exam is conducted across the nation and is considered to be the toughest exam in India. The syllabus of the exam is comprehensive in nature and the sheer volume of aspirants competing for 900-1000 vacancies make it a very tough nut to crack. The entire exam process involving three stages lasts for almost a year.
  • The PSC Exams are not so different in their nature. They are also highly competitive and the syllabus and exam pattern hail around the similar lines of UPSC. However, the candidates have the privilege of reservation if they belong to a particular state.

Role of a PSC Officer

For all the applicants who aspire to serve the nation through the post of a PSC officer, below we have listed a bunch of important duties that will be a part of your daily job routine- 

  • To advise the government on the strategies, policies, and practices for the government.
  • To lead the strategies development and management of the government in relation to learning & development, succession planning, performance management & recognition, staff mobility, and executive staffing management.
  • The commissioner has to identify the reform opportunities for the government and also to advise the government on policy innovations.
  • The commissioner has to develop and advise the government on the service delivery strategies.
  • To advise the government on leadership structure for the government.


What is the age limit for Kerala PSC exams?

For the Kerala PSC Exam, the candidates must fall between the bracket of 21-35 years.

Is PSC exam tough?

As compared to the IAS exam, PSC exam is considered to be easier. Candidates must note that it is a highly competitive exam and they must prepare well to score better ranks.

What is the qualification for PSC exam?

Candidates must fall under the given age bracket of the respective state and must have a graduation degree.

We hope this blog on PCS exams has helped you understand the key details pertaining to PSC exams. Looking ahead to explore the fields of Public Administration? Book an e-meeting with the experts at Leverage Edu and get the best assistance in choosing the right course and university for the same. 

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