State PCS Examinations

State Civil Services Examinations are conducted by their respective State Public Service Commission and the number of vacancies is dependent on the requirement raised by the government along with some other factors like retirements, promotions, and expansion of cadre in the particular year in the concerned state.

State Civil Services (SCS) also known as Provincial Civil Services (PCS) corresponds to Administrative Services in the state government. Every State Public Service Commission carries out a competitive examination usually every year for recruitment to the Provincial Civil Services.

Note: In some States, the examination is not conducted every year. In such States, the candidates may have to remain prepared for longer durations and to grab the opportunity when it comes their way. 

MPPSC State Services Examination

MPPSC conducts MPPSC State Services Examination for recruitment to various posts in the state government departments. Usually, there is a large number of applicants and hence MPPSC conducts state services examination in two stages namely Preliminary and Mains. In a way, MPPSC follows IAS pattern and the number of candidates qualifying prelims is 15 times more than the vacancies provided.

Let’s take a look at the General Studies paper of MPPSC State Services Preliminary Exam conducted on 31st May 2016.

The difficulty level of the exam was moderate but with the right amount of preparation, one could easily clear the preliminary exam.

53 questions out of 100 were directly based on General Knowledge and Geography alone. And as expected 29 % of those questions were state specific. Here is a brief analysis of MPPSC State Services Preliminary Examination. 

As evident from the graph above, a maximum number of questions was from General Knowledge only. Be advised that when we are saying general knowledge we mean all the topics like Current Affairs, Static Affairs, MP G.K and Computer Awareness.

Read the complete Analysis of MPPSC State Services Preliminary Exam 2016. Click Here


RPSC RAS (Rajasthan Administrative Services) Examination

Rajasthan Public Service Commission conducts various administrative level recruitment examinations like RAS, RJS, and RTS etc.

When it comes to the scheme of the examination RPSC follows Civil Services examination conducted by UPSC. However, there are some notable differences between the two.

  • In UPSC Civil Services Examination, there is a separate essay paper. There is no such paper in RPSC RAS Examination.
  • In UPSC Civil Services Examination, there are separate qualifying exams for English and the selected Regional Language whereas, in RPSC RAS Exam, there is a single paper of 200 marks in which Hindi covers 120 marks and English covers 80 marks.
  • In UPSC Civil Services Examination, there are four papers of General Studies having 250 marks each. In RPSC RAS Examination there are only three papers having 200 marks each.
  • In UPSC Civil Services Examination, there are two papers of a selected optional subject. There are no such papers in RPSC RAS Examination.
  • In RAS Examination, GS Mains paper contains topics from Mathematics, Reasoning, and Statistics. However, there is no such thing in UPSC CSE.

UKPSC (Uttarakhand Public Service Commission) Lower Subordinate Examination

Uttarakhand Public Services Commission (UKPSC) conducts the UKPSC Lower Subordinate Exam for recruiting candidates in various departments of Uttarakhand Lower Subordinate Services.

Here is a brief analysis of Lower Subordinate Preliminary Examination conducted by UKPSC in the year 2011.

Uttarakhand lower subordinate Preliminary Examination was conducted on 6 Nov 2011. There was a total of 150 questions carrying 1 mark each. The examination was meant to serve as a screening test only. Out of 150, 72 of the questions were from general studies distributed among various sections as shown in the graph below. 


BPSC Preliminary Examination

The combined civil services examination conducted by BPSC is a slightly different from other State PCS Examinations.

One of the major differences lies in the preliminary examination where a total of 150 questions are asked based on the following topics

  1. General Science
  2. National & International Current Affairs
  3. History  of India & Bihar
  4. Indian National Movement and  Bihar Contribution in INM
  5. Geography of India & Bihar
  6. Polity and economy of India
  7. Economy of Bihar After Independence
  8. General Mental Ability

Read more about BPSC Examination at OnlineTyari Blog. 


What is the Eligibility for State PCS Examinations?

All graduates are eligible to take this examination. Minimum age required is 21 years but the upper age limit may range from 28 to 40 years, varying from State to State.

The State Governments usually allow relaxation in upper age limit to the scheduled castes/scheduled Tribes, Ex-Servicemen, physically handicapped and the employees of the State Government. Some vacancies are reserved for various other categories which differ from one State to another State.

The examination is conducted as an all-India competition but during the interview, it is desirable for the candidates to know the language, culture, customs etc. of the concerned State.


What is the exam pattern of State PCS Examinations?

Exam pattern for State PCS Examinations is quite similar to civil services examination conducted by UPSC. Larger states that have a huge number of aspirants hold a preliminary examination in order to short-list candidates for the Mains Examination. The pattern of this examination is similar to the civil services examination conducted by the UPSC with the exception that around 25% of the questions are based on the Custom, Traditions, Planning and problems of the state concerned.

Most of the States have adopted the syllabi and pattern of the Civil Services examination. The only difference usually is that the language papers i.e. English and regional language papers are full-fledged papers and marks obtained in these subjects are also included for preparing the final merit list. Moreover, in the General Studies paper, some questions on socio-economic conditions, planning, customs, culture etc. of the particular State may also appear.


Can a candidate from one state apply for Public Service Commission (PSC) of another state in India?

A candidate from any state can give PSC exam in another state if he/she is eligible as per the details mentioned in the notice.
As per Article 19 of the constitution of India you are free to work, settle anywhere in India But State can maintain reasonable restrictions. For Example - Maharashtra PSC may require you to give exam of Marathi language, or UP PSC may take Hindi language exam.
Also as per article 16 of the constitution Equality of opportunity in the matter of public employment, there should be no discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex, place of birth and residence. 

However, in some cases, a candidate from another state might not be able to avail the benefits of reservation while appearing for another state pcs exams.


What are the categories of services that candidates are selected for through state PCS examinations conducted by State Public Service Commission?

These are the categories for which candidates are selected for through State PCS Examination.

  • State Civil Services, Class-I (SCS)
  • Block Development Officer
  • Tehsildar/Talukdar/Asstt. Collector
  • Excise and Taxation Officer
  • District Employment Officer
  • District Treasury Officer
  • District Welfare Officer
  • Assistant Registrar Cooperative Societies
  • District Food and Supplies Controller/Officer


Can a State PCS Officer get promoted to the post of IAS Officer?

Earlier, State Service Officers used to get promoted to IAS/IFS and similar posts on the basis of seniority. But now one has to go through some of the promotional exams conducted by UPSC for such promotions.

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