PSC Exams

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PSC Exams

The PSC Exams are conducted every year in 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 with 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 Commission (SPSC) conducts the recruitment exams that serve as an entry point for covered services in the state administration.

List of Upcoming State PSC Exams 2023

Below is the complete list of Kerala PSC Exams exams scheduled for January 2022. 


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

PSC Exam Eligibility Criteria

Since the various states in the nation have 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.

What is State PSC Exam Pattern?

The State PSC exam starts with the written test and in the final stage there is an interview. The written exam in itself consists of two parts:- a preliminary exam and a main exam.

Preliminary exam:- This is the first stage of the written exam and basically serves the purpose of filtering or screening of candidates. The exam consists of multiple choice questions that are based on general knowledge as well as current affairs. This test is designed in such a way that it examines the knowledge and understanding of the candidates.

Main Examination:- The final written examination is the main examination. There are certain subjects that are included in the same that include general English, General Knowledge, Maths and History and Culture of the State. This stage consists of tests that examine how well the candidate has knowledge of the subjects.

Personal Interview:- This is the last and final level in the process of selection of the State PSC exam. This interview provides a chance to the candidates to demonstrate their potential, worth and suitability for the respective post. In this stage, candidates can show their communication skills, understanding as well as their knowledge of their respective state as well as its culture. The personal interview is conducted to see the suitability of the candidate for the respective role. It is conducted by a group of experts.

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 affairsBroad understanding of Cultural, Social, Political and Economic aspects of IndiaIndian National Movement
Indian Political SystemEconomic ReformsEnvironment and Ecology
Basic NumeracyData InterpretationLogical reasoning and analytical ability
ComprehensionHistory 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, etcEssay WritingPrecis 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 PSCUPSC
Selection ProcessThrough 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.

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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 the PSC exam tough?

As compared to the IAS exam, the 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 the PSC exam?

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

How many exams are there in PSC?

There is a three-stage exam process that lasts for almost a year. They are highly competitive and their syllabus and pattern are quite similar to UPSC. 

Which is the highest post in PSC?

Deputy Collector is the highest rank post filled through direct recruitment held by PSC.

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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