The Public Service Commission examination is one of the most popular state-level competitive exams in India which is conducted by the respective Public Service Commissions of the states. The examination shares the benchmark of excellence in bringing efficient and dynamic officers in public service on-board. The PSC exams are constitutionally mandated and thus is an excellent opportunity for those who want to build a career in Public Administration. In this blog, we will provide you consolidated information pertaining to PSC exams.
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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:
- Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC)
- Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission
- Assam Public Service Commission (APSC)
- Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC)
- Chhattisgarh Public Service Commission
- Goa Public Service Commission
- Gujarat Public Service Commission (GPSC)
- Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC)
- Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission
- Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission, J&K
- Jharkhand Public Service Commission
- Karnataka Public Service Commission
- Kerala Public Service Commission
- Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission
- Manipur Public Service Commission
- Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC)
- Meghalaya Public Service Commission
- Mizoram Public Service Commission
- Nagaland Public Service Commission
- Orissa Public Service Commission
- Punjab Public Service Commission, PPSC
- Rajasthan Public Service Commission
- Sikkim Public Service Commission
- Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC)
- Tripura Public Service Commission
- Telangana State Public Service Commission (TSPSC)
- Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC)
- Uttarakhand Public Service Commission
- 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.
|Examination Name||Important Dates|
|Karnataka Administrative Services (KAS)||KAS Prelims: August 2021 (Tentative)|
KAS Mains: 13th to 16th February 2021
|Kerala Administrative Services (KAS)||PSC KAS Prelims 2019: 29th December 2020|
PSC KAS Mains: 15th & 16th January 2021
|Uttar Pradesh Provincial Civil Services (PCS)||PCS Mains 2020: 22nd January 2021 onwards|
PCS Prelims 2021: August 2021(Tentative)PCS Mains 2021: October 2021(Tentative)
|Rajasthan Administrative Services (RAS)||RAS Prelims 2021: dates will be released shortly RAS Mains 2021: dates will be released shortly |
RAS Interview (2018): 7th December to 13th January 2021
|Maharashtra State Services Examination (MPSC)||MPSC Prelims 2021: To be announced soonMPSC Mains 2021: To be announced soon|
|TNPSC Combined Civil Services Examination – I (Group-I Services)||TNPSC 2020 group 1 Prelims: 3rd January 2021|
TNPSC 2021 Group 2 Prelims: August 2021 (Tentative)TNPSC 2021 Group 2 Mains: November 2021 (Tentative)
NOTE: No official notification related to postponing of Group 1 prelims exams. Mains dates are yet to be announced.
|Bihar PSC Combined Competitive Exam||BPSC Prelims 2021: 7 February 2021BPSC Mains 2021: To be declared soon|
|Gujarat Administrative Service (Class-1)||GPSC Class 1 and 2 Mains 2019: 14, 21 and 28 February 2021|
|Madhya Pradesh State Service Exam||Prelims 2020: 11 April 2021Mains 2020: August 2021 (Tentative)|
Prelims 2021: August 2021 (Tentative)Mains 2021: To be announced soon
|West Bengal Civil Service Exam||WBPSC Prelims 2021: March-April 2021 (Tentative)WBPSC Mains 2021: August 2021 (Tentative)|
Note: Due to COVID 19 outbreak, most of the dates of examination stands postponed.
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.
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