Central Government Services

These are careers in Central Ministries and associated departments operating at the centre and in various states and dealing with specific areas of governance like External Affairs, Defence, Finance, Agriculture, Education and numerous others.

What are the different job roles available in the area?

Job roles in the Central Government are organised into four groups corresponding to the rank, status and the degree of the level of responsibility attached to the posts.

Group A or Class I (Executive/Gazetted)

Group A posts carry higher administrative and executive responsibilities and include senior management positions in the Ministries/Departments and field organizations. The president of India is considered the appointing authority for these posts. They are selected through Civil Services Exam and other UPSC Exams. Secretaries, Additional Secretaries, Joint Secretaries, etc fall under this category

Group-B or Class II (Gazetted/ Non-Gazetted)

Group-B gazetted officers have similar authority like Group-A officers. While many are selected via UPSC exams, majority of appointments in this group are through promotion. Department Heads of any government organisation generally appoints these officers. Section officers, Accounts officers , Administrative officers, scientists etc fall under this group. Group -B non gazetted officers do not hold significant administrative role, examples are office supervisors, office executives etc.

Group-C or Class III

Group `C' posts do not hold any critical administrative positions but perform supervisory as well as operative tasks and render clerical assistance in Ministries and field organizations. However, candidates working at these positions, just like most of the other positions in the government sector can be promoted to higher levels. These candidates are usually selected via the SSC (Staff Selection Commission) entrance examinations.

For instance: Section Heads, Head clerks, Stenographers, tax assistants, Typists and Telephone operators come under group C.

Group-D or class IV

Group `D' posts are meant for carrying out routine duties. This group includes peons and helps or multi-tasking staff in the government hierarchy. They are also selected through exams conducted by the SSC.

Note: The 7th pay Commission merged the Group - C and D so that they can come in the same pay band.

Exams Conducted by UPSC


Civil Service Exams For IAS/IPS/IFS/IRS and many others

Jobs / Admission Covered: Group-A posts
Procedure :
  • Preliminary exam
  • Main Exam
  • Personality Test/Interview
  • Expected application & exam dates
  • Application : March
  • Preliminary Exam : June
  • Main Exam : September
  • Age and Eligibility :
  • Bachelor’s degree in any discipline
  • Age : 21 yrs to 32 yrs

  • Indian Forest Service Exam

    Jobs / Admission Covered: Group-A posts and some Group B
    Procedure :
  • Preliminary exam
  • Main Exam
  • Personality Test / Interview
  • Expected application & exam dates
  • Application : March
  • Preliminary Exam : June
  • Main Exam : December
  • Age and Eligibility :
  • Bachelor's degree with at least one of the subjects namely Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science, Botany, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics and Zoology
        1. Or
          Bachelor's degree in Agriculture, Forestry or in Engineering
  • Age :21yrs to 32 yrs

  • Engineering Services Exam

    Jobs / Admission Covered: Group-A posts and some Group B Posts
    Procedure :
  • Preliminary exam
  • Main Exam
  • Personality Test / Interview
  • Expected application & exam dates
  • Application : October
  • Preliminary Exam : January
  • Main Exam : June
  • Age and Eligibility :
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering
  • Age : 21 yrs to 30 yrs

  • Indian Economic Services (IES) & Indian Statistical Services (ISS) Exams

    Jobs / Admission Covered: Group-A posts and some Group B Posts
    Procedure :
  • Preliminary exam
  • Personality Test / Interview
  • Expected application & exam dates
  • Application : April
  • Exam : June
  • Age and Eligibility :
  • For IES: Post-Graduate Degree in Economics/ Applied Economics/ Business Economics/ Econometrics
  • For the ISS : Bachelor's Degree with Statistics/ Mathematical Statistics/ Applied Statistics as one of the subject or a Master's degree in Statistics/ Mathematical Statistics/ Applied Statistics
  • Age: 21 yrs to 30 yrs

  • Combined Medical Services Examination

    Jobs / Admission Covered: Assistant Divisional Medical Officer, Assistant Medical Officer, Junior Scale Posts in Central Health Services, General Duty Medical Officer and others
    Procedure :
  • Computer based examinations
  • Personality test
  • Expected application & exam dates
  • Application : May
  • Exam : July
  • Age and Eligibility :
  • MBBS graduate
  • Age: 21 yrs to 32 yrs

  • Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Examination

    Jobs / Admission Covered: Group A posts
      (Geologist, Geophysicist, Chemist, Hydrogeologists)
    Procedure :
  • Written Examination
  • Interview / Personality Test
  • Expected application & exam dates
  • Application : April
  • Exam : June
  • Age and Eligibility :
  • Master’s degree in the relevant subjects
  • Age: 21 yrs to 32 yrs
      (35 yrs for some posts)
  • For more details and notifications visit website : upsc.gov.in


    Exams Conducted by Staff Selection Commission


    SSC CGL (Combined Graduate Level) Exam

    Jobs Covered : Various Group-B and Group-C posts
    Procedure : Four stages
  • Tier-I (Preliminary exam)
  • Tier-II(Mains Exam)
  • Tier-III (Descriptive Paper)
  • Tier-IV (Data entry skill test/ Computer Proficiency Test)
  • Expected application & exam dates
    • Application : May-June
    • Exam
      1. Tier I : June
        Tier II: September
        Tier III:December
        Tier IV: Date will be notified at the time
    Age and Eligibility :
  • Bachelor’s degree (other additional qualifications may be required for certain posts)
  • 18 to 27 yrs, (Max age limit 30 yrs for some posts)

  • SSC CHSL (Combined Higher Secondary Level) Exam

    Jobs Covered :
  • Postal Assistants/ Sorting Assistants
  • Data Entry Operator (DEO)
  • Lower Division Clerk (LDC)
  • Procedure :
  • Tier-I (Online exam)
  • Tier-II (Descriptive paper)
  • Skill Test for Data Entry Operator
  • Expected application & exam dates
  • Application: March- April
  • Tier 1 - July
  • Tier 2 - Sept
  • Age and Eligibility :
  • Must have passed 12th Standard or equivalent examination
  • 18-27 years

  • SSC JE (Junior Engineer) Exam

    Jobs Covered : Post of Junior Engineers - Civil, Electrical and Mechanical
    Procedure :
  • Tier I (CBT)
  • Tier II (Descriptive Test)
  • Personal Interview
  • Expected application & exam dates
    • Application: February
    • Exam
      1. Tier 1 - July
        Tier 2 - Sept
    Age and Eligibility :
  • BE/ BTech/ Diploma in respective branches
  • 18 - 27 yrs ( 30yrs or 32yrs for some posts)

  • SSC JE (Junior Engineer) Exam

    Jobs Covered : Hindi translator in various central government ministries / offices / departments
    Procedure :
  • Written Exam with Objective type and conventional type papers
  • Personality test / interview
  • Expected application & exam dates
  • Application: October - November
  • Exam -January
  • Age and Eligibility :
  • Bachelor’s degree in Hindi /Bachelor’s degree in any subject and a Master’s degree in Hindi with English as one of the subjects at degree level

  • SSC Stenographer Exam

    Jobs Covered : Stenographer Grade C (Group ‘B’ Non Gazetted) and Stenographer Grade-D(Group –‘C’,Non-Gazetted) in various government departments and ministries
    Procedure :
  • Computer Based Test
  • Skill Test
  • Expected application & exam dates
  • Application: October - November
  • Exam -February
  • Age and Eligibility :
  • Must have passed 12th Standard or equivalent
  • 18-27 years

  • SSC MTS (Multi-tasking Staff) Exam

    Jobs Covered : General central service Group-‘C’ Non-Gazetted, Non-Ministerial posts ( to be deputed as peon, daftry, jamadar, farash, chowkidar, safaiwala, mali, junior gestetner operator etc.) in various government departments/ ministries.
    Procedure :
  • Stage 1 -Multiple Choice Test
  • Stage 2 - Essay
  • Expected application & exam dates
    • Application: April - May
    • Exam
      1. Paper 1 Aug - Sept
        Paper 2- Nov
    Age and Eligibility :
  • Must have passed class 10
  • 18-25 years
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