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What are government exams? Why does one opt for these? How many categories of government exams are there? Where can I apply for government exams? Am I eligible for the government exams? We can understand the thoughts that everyone goes through in their lives at one point in their careers. But worry not. We at Chegg have answers to all your questions!

We will provide you people with all the essential information about the government exams. Also, we will give an insight into the important exam dates. Apart from this, we will also provide candidates with preparation tips. Moreover, this article will talk about the general and basic information about the government exams.

So, let us start with answering the question, what are government exams? Government exams are the ones that government organizations conduct to provide government jobs. Furthermore, there are about 164 different government exams, and various organizations conduct these exams. 

Why Government Exams?

Now, we are here at the question, why must we opt for these government exams? You must be much aware that these exams are considered one of the toughest competitive exams. So why must one opt for these? Moreover, it is also clear that the passing percentage of these exams is much lower. So why opt for one?

We will provide you with an answer that you must have been looking for till now! One of the best things about government exams is that they come with job security. Not only this but, they also provide you with some perks and allowances. Moreover, some of the jobs also give you admiration. Also, one of the main reasons is the pay scale. The main reason for any person to do a job is to earn money. So, these are the jobs where you can make money and have job security.

Moreover, with job security comes a better lifestyle. People usually start to earn so that they can have a good lifestyle. Furthermore, with a handsome salary comes a better lifestyle. Also, with some of the posts under government jobs, people get to serve their motherland. We have witnessed that posts like IAS, IPS, IFS, etc., help candidates reach their aims to serve their nation. Therefore, we can say that government exams work as a key for candidates to achieve their goals in life.

So, what are you waiting for now? These are some of the best reasons to opt for government exams. Go and start preparing. But, before that, let us tell you more about the categories of exams and their conducting authorities. Moreover, this will also help you to know your exam better.

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Government Exam Categories

So, now we have landed on our next topic which is categories of government exams. We often refer to these categories as types. Also, if you are still reading this article, it is one of the reasons that you must opt for one of these exams, as you are hunting for more information. Moving forward with the types, we have already mentioned them above in our introduction. However, now we will discuss all the categories in detail. Also, candidates can apply for these exams from the official website of the organization. Furthermore, now we are going to start discussing the UPSC exams.

We will introduce the exam conducting body and then mention all the exams under this category. Banking exams also come under the government exams. However, the conducting body for each exam is different. Moreover, this exam is meant for those candidates who want their careers in banking domains. We suggest only opting for this exam if you are looking for bank jobs across India. Moreover, to opt for these exams, candidates much look into the syllabus available on the official website of each conducting body.

Conducting body and exam list

  • The first one is SEBI Grade A.
  • Then there are three exams under the same conducting body. These are SBI PO, SBI clerk, and the SBI SO. Here the conducting body is the State Bank of India
  • There is another banking exam for two different posts. The posts include RBI Grade B and RBI Assistant. Here the banking body is the Reserve Bank of India.
  • We also have NIACL AO and NIACL Assistant posts under the banking government exams. Moreover, the conducting body for these two posts is New India Assurance Company Limited
  • There is another conducting body for banking government exams. This organization is The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development. Moreover, it conducts exams for two posts. The posts are NABARD GRADE A and NABARD GRADE B
  • The next one we have for you is the LIC banking exams. These exams are for the post of LIC HFL, LIC AAO, and LIC ADO. Also, the conducting body for this government exam is Life. Insurance Corporation
  • Furthermore, we have IPPB Recruitment, and the conducting body is Indian Post Payments Banks Ltd.
  • Also, we have seven different posts under IBPS recruitment. The posts include IBPS PO, IBPS Clerk, IBPS SO, IBPS RRB PO, IBPS RRB SCALE 2, IBPS RRB SCALE 3, and IBPS SO. Moreover, the conducting body is the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection.
  • Moreover, we also have ESIC RECRUITMENT under the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation as the recruiting body.

Other exams

The other exams under the banking exams include Bank of India RecruitmentCanara Bank PONainital bank recruitmentJK Bank POPNB SOIndian Bank POBank of Baroda POIDBI ExecutiveFederal bank POSouth Indian Bank ClerkBank of Baroda SOSyndicate Bank POSouth Indian Bank POLakshmi Vilas Bank PO, and Central Bank of India SO. Moreover, the recruiting body for these exams is the concerned bank itself. 

Banking Exam Dates 2022

In this section, we are giving you information about the exam dates for various banking government exams.

Bank nameExam Date 
SEBI Grade A

Phase I (online examination) – 20th February 2022

Phase II (online examination) – 20th March 2022

SBI POTo be announced
SBI ClerkTo be announced
SBI SO25th June 2022
RBI Grade B

Phase I – 28th May, 2 July 2022

Phase II – 25th June, 6 August 2022


Prelims- 26th-27th March 2022

Mains- 8 May 2022

NIACL AOTo be announced
NIACL ASSISTANTTo be announced
NABARD GRADE A7th September 2022
NABARD GRADE BTo be announced
LIC HFLTo be announced
LIC AAOTo be announced
LIC ADONot announced yet

Prelims- October 2022

Mains- November 2022

IBPS Clerk

Prelims- 28th August, 3rd – 4th September 2022

Mains- 8th October 2022


Prelims- 24th & 31st December 2022

Mains- 29th January 2023


Prelims- 20th & 21st August 2022

Mains- 24th September 2022

IBPS RRB SCALE 2September 25, 2021
IBPS RRB SCALE 3September 25, 2021
ESIC RECRUITMENTDifferent dates for different exams
BANK OF INDIA RECRUITMENTDifferent dates for different positions
CANARA BANK PONot announced yet
JK BANK PODecember 27, 2021
PNB SONovember 2021 (Tentative)
INDIAN BANK PONot announced yet
BANK OF BARODA PONot yet announced
IDBI EXECUTIVESeptember 5, 2021
FEDERAL BANK POSeptember 5, 2021
SOUTH INDIAN BANK PONot announced yet
BANK OF BARODA SONot announced yet
SYNDICATE BANK PONot announced yet
South Indian Bank ClerkNot announced yet
Lakshmi Vilas Bank PONot yet announced
Central Bank of India SONot yet announced

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Under this category of government exams, we have 26 exams. All these exams come under the defence category. Also, the exams for joining the Indian Armed Forces are under this category. However, various exams are for different posts under this category. Moreover, the conducting body of each exam is different. Furthermore, each year more and more candidates opt for this exam. You could also be among those candidates who apply and qualify for these exams. To know more about the defence exams, here is the list of a few defence exams and their conducting bodies.

Exam Name Conducting Body 
TNUSRB Tаmil Nаdu Unifоrmed Serviсes Reсruitment Bоаrd
AFCAT Indian Air Force
CDS Uniоn Рubliс Serviсe Соmmissiоn
NDA Uniоn Рubliс Serviсe Соmmissiоn
IB ACIO Ministry оf Hоme Аffаirs (MHА)
Indian Coast Guard Indian Coast Guard 
INET  Indian Navy
Delhi Police Recruitment Stаff Seleсtiоn Соmmissiоn (SSС)
Haryana Police Recruitment Hаryаnа Stаff Seleсtiоn Соmmissiоn (HSSС)
Karnataka Police Recruitment Karnataka Police Department
HP Police Recruitment Himасhаl Рrаdesh Роliсe Reсruitment Bоаrd
Assam Police Recruitment Stаte Level Рubliс Reсruitment Bоаrd (SLРRB)
Territorial army recruitment  Service Selection Board (SSB)
SSB Constable Sаshаstrа Seemа Bаl
UP Police Recruitment Uttаr Рrаdesh Роliсe Reсruitment аnd Рrоmоtiоn Bоаrd
Bihar Police Recruitment Сentrаl Seleсtiоn Bоаrd оf Соnstаble (СSBS)
Kerala Police Recruitment Kerela Public Service Commission (KPSC)
Jharkhand Police Recruitment Jharkhand Staff Selection Commission (JSSC)
Arunachal Pradesh Police Recruitment Аrunасhаl Рrаdesh Роliсe Deраrtment
Chhattisgarh Police Recruitment Deраrtment оf Hоme Аffаirs, Gоvernment оf Сhhаttisgаrh.
Rajasthan Police Recruitment Rаjаsthаn Роliсe Deраrtment
Gujarat Police Recruitment The Gujаrаt Роliсe

Latest Update

Now coming towards the latest update on the defence exam, we would like to give you an update about the few exam dates. The information about exam dates is available in tabular form.

Defence ExamsExam Dates
NDASeptember 5, 2021
CDSTo be notified
CAPEAugust 8, 2021
AFCATFebruary 20-22, 2021

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4) Railways Exams

After this load of information, we are now finally at the last category of government exams. So in this one, there are about 18 exams for various recruitments. Moreover, mostly these exams are for posts in the public sector. To appear in this exam, candidates must have qualified for their GATE exams first. Only after that can they become eligible.

Moreover, the exams include:

  • DMRC Recruitment
  • UPPCL JE Recruitment
  • BSPHCL Recruitment
  • DRDO CEPTAM Recruitment
  • PSPCL Recruitment
  • Indian Post GDS Recruitment
  • CSIR NCL Recruitment
  • KCCPL Recruitment
  • IOCL Recruitment
  • KPTCL Recruitment
  • BPCL Recruitment
  • BEL Recruitment
  • NPCIL Recruitment
  • KMML Recruitment
  • BIS Recruitment
  • BARC Recruitment
  • MOEF Recruitment
  • ICMR Recruitment

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The SSC exams come under the category of government exams. If you are considering applying for one of these exams, you must know that it is a graduate-level exam. Moreover, Staff Selection Commission is the recruiting body. We must also tell you that under this category there are various exams. All these exams are for the post in various ministries. Furthermore, it is a four-tier exam which means that it includes four exam stages. The tiers are prelims, mains, descriptive, and skill tests.

Moreover, here is the list of SSC Exams:

  • SSC MT
  • SSSC Stenographer
  • SSC JE
  • JSSC
  • SSC GD
  • BSSC
  • MPPEB Vyapam

Latest update

Here in this section, we will provide you with some information about the exam date for some of the SSC exams. Moreover, all information is available in tabular form.


Tier I Exam: April 12, 2021

Tier-II Exam: Not yet available


Tier I: May 29 to June 7, 2021

Tier II & III: Not yet available

SSC CPO (2020)

Paper I: November 23-26, 2020

Paper-II: March 1, 2021

SSC GDAugust 2, 2021
SSC JETier I: March 22-25th, 2021
SSC MTSTier I: July 1, 2021
SSC StenographerMarch 29, 2021

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Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts several government exams every year for various posts. The purpose is to recruit civil servants. Talking about the UPSC, it constitutes of nine members. Pradeep Kumar Joshi currently serves as the UPSC chairman since August 2020. Moreover, there is a mention of the UPSC board in Article 320 of the Indian constitution. It states that a committee is required to look after all the recruitment processes. It should be there for the civil services posts. The article also declares some functions of the UPSC council. These are:

  • The UPSC council is there to conduct the union service exams.
  • Also, this council should recruit officials after the interview process
  • Moreover, the UPSC council must also select them to perform absorption, promotion, and deputation functions.
  • Further, the UPSC council has to frame, implement and amend all the rules and policies for various government posts.
  • Lastly, the UPSC can advise the government on any matter if the president refers it to them.
Organization NameUnion Public Service Commission
TypeConducting Authority
LocationNew Delhi
ChairmanPradeep Kumar Joshi  

Here is the list of UPSC government exams:

UPSC Exam Dates 2022

Here we will inform you about the exam and the result dates of the UPSC government exams. Moreover, we will present this information in tabular form.

Exam nameExam dateResult date

Prelims: 5th June 2022

Mains: 16th September 2022 (onwards)

March 2022
IFS (Forest)

Prelims: 5th June 2022

Mains: 20th November – 29th November 2022

March 2022 
IFS (Foreign)

Prelims: 5th June 2022

Mains: November 2022 (Tentative)

Not yet released

Prelims: 5th June 2022

Mains: 16th September 2022 (onwards)

Not yet announced 
UPSC EPFO (Previous Year)September 5, 2021Not yet released

Prelims: 5th June 2022

Mains: 16th September 2022 (onwards)

Not yet released
UPSC CMS17th July 2022December 2021 (Tentative)
UPSC CAPF7th August 2022Not yet released

Prelims: 5th June 2022

Mains: 16th September 2022 (onwards)

Not yet released 
UPSC SCRA Not confirmed yetNot yet released 

Prelims: 5th June 2022

Mains: 16th September 2022 (onwards)

Not yet released 

Prelims: 20th February 2022

Mains: 26th June 2022

Not yet released
UPSC Geo-Scientist Exam2oth February  2021 Not yet released
UPSC Steno (2021)December 11, 2021  January 2022

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We will now discuss the railway exams. It also comes under the category of government exams. Moreover, there are seven different types of railway exams for various posts. Also, the conducting body for these exams is the Railway Recruitment Board and Railway Recruitment Cells. Furthermore, under this category comes India’s biggest recruitments. Also, there are jobs for class X and XII qualified candidates under this category. So, if you are among these candidates with a minimum qualification of Class X, you can be one of the candidates to apply for the railway posts.

Moreover here is the list of the exams.

  • RRB Group D
  • RPF SI
  • RPF Constable
  • RITES Recruitment
  • RRB JE

Latest Update

Exam NameStarting Date of Application Exam DateVacancies
RRB NTCPMarch 1-31, 2021December 28, 202135,208
RRB Group DNot AvailableApril – June 2021103769
RITES RecruitmentNovember 5, 2021Not yet released48
RRB SIAugust 2021October 20211,119 (In 2018)
RPF ConstableNot yet ReleasedNot yet released8619
RRB ALPFebruary 2021August 202119174
RRB JEJanuary 2, 2021May 22, 202113487

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Now, we are in our seventh category. What are these teaching exams? The teaching exams are for various posts in the education sector. In this view, candidates must qualify for some exams like NET or SET. We refer to the NET exam as National Eligibility Test, which makes candidates eligible for jobs at the national level. However, SET is only a state-level exam. Moreover, candidates who qualify for this exam are only eligible for posts available at the state level. So, you must decide which exam and post you want to opt for. Furthermore, exams like NET make you eligible for the post of Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellows.

Besides, here is the list of government exams that come under the teaching exam category.

  • CTET
  • KVPY
  • NTSE
  • BTET
  • OTET
  • KSET
  • NVS Recruitment
  • KTET
  • RTET
  • KVS Recruitment
  • HTET

Latest Update

Now we will share some updates about teaching exams. However, we will give the updates in the different tables according to the level of the government exam. All information will be available in tabular form.

National Exam for Assistant Professors
Exam NameExam date
UGC NET (University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test)From October 17, 2021
CSIR NET (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research National Eligibility Test)Not yet announced
State Exam for Assistant Professors
Exam NameExam Dates
MH SET (Maharashtra SET)September 26, 2021
APSET (Andhra Pradesh State Eligibility Test) Not Available yet
KSET (Karnataka State Eligibility Test)July 25, 2021
Kerala SET (Kerala State Eligibility Test)August 14, 2021
TS SET (Telangana State Eligibility Test)Not Available yet
JK SET (Jammu & Kashmir State Eligibility Test)Not Available yet
WB SET (West Bengal State Eligibility Test)Not Available yet
TET for School Teachers
Exam NameExam Dates
CTET (Central Teacher Eligibility Test)Not yet released
UPTET (Uttar Pradesh Teacher Eligibility Test)Not yet released
OTET (Odisha Teacher Eligibility Test)April 9, 2021
KTET (Kerala Teacher Eligibility Test)August 31- September 1, 2021
MAHA TET (Maharashtra Teacher Eligibility Test)September 15, 2021
MP TET (Madhya Pradesh Teacher Eligibility Test)December 2021 
HP TET (Himachal Pradesh Teacher Eligibility Test)July 9-12, 2021
Tripura TET (Tripura Teacher Eligibility Test)Not yet released
REET (Rajasthan Eligibility Examination for Teacher)September 26, 2021
KARTET (Karnataka Teachers Eligibility Test)August 22, 2021

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The State Commission for Public Service conducts recruitment exams (PSC exams). We also call the recruiting body as State Public Service Commission. Moreover, these commissions are set to help the State Governments in recruitment processes. So we can say that most of the states will have their state commissions for the recruitment of candidates. Also, this exam is not for high-level posts but only for entry-level posts available in the state administration.

  • 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 (KPSC)
  • Kerala Public Service Commission (Kerala PSC)
  • 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 Public Service Commission (TSPSC)
  • Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC)
  • Uttarakhand Public Service Commission
  • West Bengal Public Service Commission

Latest Update

Now we will mention the latest update about the State PSC government exam. Here you can find information about the conducting body and exam dates in tabular form.

PSC Exam NameConducting BodyImportant Dates
Karnataka Administrative Services (KAS) Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) 

Prelims: August 24, 2020  

Mains: February 13-16, 2021 

Kerala Administrative Services (KAS) Kerala Public Service Commission (KPSC) 

Prelims 2019: February 22, 2020 

Mains: November 20-21, 2020 

Provincial Civil Services (PCS) Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) 

Prelims (2021): June 13, 2021 

Mains (2021): October 3, 2021

Rajasthan Administrative Services (RAS) Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC) 

Prelims 2020-21: September 2021 (Tentative) 

Mains 2020-21: December 2021 (Tentative) 

MPSC State Services Examination Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) Prelims 2020: March 21, 2021  
TNPSC Combined Civil Services Examination  Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) Prelims: January 3, 2021 
APPSC Group-I Services Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) 

Prelims (2019): May 26, 2019 

Mains (2019): December 14– 20, 2020 

BPSC Combined Competitive Exam Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) Prelims: December 27, 2020 
Gujarat Administrative ServiceGujarat Public Service Commission (GPSC) Prelims: March 21, 2021 
MPPSC State Service Exam Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) Prelims 2020:  April 11, 2021 
West Bengal Civil Service Exam West Bengal Public Service Commission (WBPSC) Prelims 2021: February 7, 2021 (Postponed)
Combined Civil Services (17-18)Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC) 

Prelims: May 2, 2021 

Mains: September 2021 

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There are about eight categories in the government exam for which candidates can apply. However, candidates must first go through the eligibility criteria of the exam they wish to opt for.

The various government exams include IAS, IES, UGC NET, TNTET, SSC CHSL, etc.

Exams can only be easy if the candidate’s preparation is up to the mark. Moreover, candidates can easily refer to various books and preparation tips to crack their exams.

UPSC exams for various government jobs are among the best exam. It is because of the salary package they offer to their employees.

Candidates can refer to websites like Chegg to prepare for any government exam.