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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. Some organizations are UPSC, SSC, RBI, IBPS, SBI, LIC, and NIACL. Moreover, here is the list of the exams according to their categories:

  1. UPSC Exams
  2. Banking Exams
  3. Defense Exams
  4. Railway Exams
  5. SSC Exams
  6. State PSC Exams
  7. Teaching Exams
  8. PSU Recruitment Exams

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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.

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

1) UPSC Exams

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 functions like absorption, promotion, and deputation.
  • 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.


Abbreviation UPSC 
Organization name Union Public Service Commission 
Type Conducting authority 
Location New Delhi 
Chairman Pradeep Kumar Joshi   

Moreover, here is the list of UPSC government exams

  • IAS
  • IFS- Forest
  • IFS-Foreign
  • IRS
  • IPS
  • IES
  • UPSC Geo-Scientist
  • UPSC Steno.

Latest updates

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

Exam name Exam date Result date 

Prelims: October 10, 2021

Mains: September 17, 2021

March 2022
IFS (Forest) 

Prelims: October 10, 2021

Mains: November 2021

March 2022 
IFS (Foreign) 

Prelims: October 10

Mains: February 2022

Not yet released

Prelims: October 10, 2021

Mains: Not yet announced

Not yet announced 
UPSC EPFO September 5, 2021Not yet released

Prelims: October 10, 2021

Mains: January 2022 

Not yet released
UPSC CMS November 21, 2021December 2021 (Tentative)
UPSC CAPF August 8th, 2021Not yet released

Prelims: October 10, 2021

Mains: Not yet announced 

Not yet released 
UPSC SCRA  December 2021Not yet released 

Prelims: October 10, 2021

Mains: Not available

Not yet released 

Prelims: July 18, 2021

Mains: November 2021

Not yet released
UPSC Geo-Scientist (2020 exam)

Prelims: February 21, 2021

Mains: July 17, 2021

 Not yet released
UPSC StenoDecember 11, 2021  January 2022

2) Banking Exams

We will start with introducing the exam conducting body and then we will mention all the exams under this category. Banking exams also comes 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
  • Moreover, we have 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
  • Moreover, 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 RRB 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 Recruitment, Canara Bank PO, Nainital bank recruitmentJK Bank PO, PNB SO, Indian Bank PO, Bank of Baroda PO, IDBI Executive, Federal bank PO, South Indian Bank PO, Bank of Baroda SO, Syndicate Bank PO, South Indian Bank Clerk, Lakshmi Vilas Bank PO, and Central Bank of India SO. Moreover, the recruiting body for these exams is the concerned bank itself. 

Latest Information

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

Bank nameExam Date Detail
SEBI Grade AJanuary 17, 2021
SBI PONot yet announced
SBI clerkJuly 31, 2021
SBI SOAugust 12, 2021
RBI Grade BMarch 31-April 1, 2021
RBI ASSISTANTNot yet announced
NIACL AOOctober 16, 2021 (for Phase II)
NABARD GRADE ASeptember 17-18, 2021
NABARD GRADE BSeptember 17, 2021
LIC HFLNot yet announced
LIC AAOAugust 28, 2021
LIC ADONot announced yet
IPPB RECRUITMENTNot announced yet
IBPS PONovember 27, 2021 (Tentative)
IBPS ClerkOctober 31, 2021
IBPS SOJanuary 30, 2021 (Tentative)
IBPS RRB POSeptember 25-30, 2021
IBPS RRB SCALE 2September 25, 2021
IBPS RRB SCALE 3September 25, 2021
IBPS RRB SOOctober 17, 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

3) Defense Exams

Under this category of government exams, we have 26 exams. All these exams come under the defense category. Also, under this category are the exams for joining the Indian Armed Forces. 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 defense exams, here is the list of few defense 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 of the defense exam, we would like to give you an update about the few exam dates. The information about exam dates is available in tabular form

Defense ExamsExam Dates
NDA September 5, 2021 
CDS To be notified 
CAPE August 8, 2021 
AFCAT February 20-22, 2021 

 4) Railways Exams

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, under this category, there are jobs for class X and XII qualified candidates. So, if you are among these candidates with 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

5) SSC Exams

The SSC exams come under the category of government exams. If you are thinking to apply 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 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 GD August 2, 2021 
SSC JE Tier I: March 22-25th, 2021
SSC MTS Tier I: July 1, 2021
SSC Stenographer March 29, 2021 

6) State PSC Exams

The State Commission for Public Service is responsible for conducting 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 recruitments 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 Name Conducting Body Important 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 Service Gujarat 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  

7) Teaching Exams

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 for which exam and post you want to opt. 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 
  • UPTET 
  • NTSE 
  • HPTET 
  • TNTET 
  • BTET 
  • APSET 
  • OTET 
  • JKSET 
  • TSTET 
  • KSET 
  • NVS Recruitment 
  • KTET 
  • RTET 
  • MPTET 
  • CGTET 
  • 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 Name Exam 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 

8) PSU Recruitment 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 the posts under the public sector. To appear in this exam, candidates must have qualified for their GATE exams first. Only after that, they can 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

Preparation Tips for Government Exams 

Once you have got all the information about the eligibility criteria of our exam, the next step involves filling in the application forms. But you can start preparing for any of the government exams much before that. As the government exam syllabus is easily available on the internet, you can download it from there. For the syllabus to be authentic you must download it from the official website of the recruiting body. Moreover, you can always follow the steps that we at Chegg recommend for the preparation of government exams. 

  • First and foremost, start preparing 
  • Always, know your syllabus 
  • Subsequently, prepare your timetable 
  • Also, select your optional papers (possibly the ones you have some hold upon). 
  • Apart from this, start reading newspapers 
  • Also, keep information about current events around the world 
  • Moreover, know your local history and geography 
  • Start making notes 
  • Most importantly, dedicate the most time to your studies 
  • Above all, solve previous year question papers
  • Give mock tests positively 
  • Read relevant magazines  
  • Furthermore, buy recommended books and read them. 
  • Additionally, read toppers interviews  
  • Last and most important, improve your interpersonal and communication skills 

Eligibility Criteria for Government Exams

Furthermore, if anyone among you is interested to opt for the UPSC government exams, then the first thing you must do is to check the eligibility criteria. The eligibility criteria for these exams are more or less the same. It usually depends on three things. Those are   

  • Nationality  
  • Age Limit  
  • Educational qualifications  

Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)

Q: How many categories are there in government exams?

A: 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 are wishing to opt for.

Q: What are the various exams for different government jobs?

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

Q: Are there any easy government exams?

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

Q: Are there any government exams in 2021?

A: Various government exams are yet to be conducted due to their postponement by COVID 19. Some of the upcoming exams are UGC NET, RRB exams, UPSC exams, etc.

Q. Which government exam is considered among the best?

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

Q: Whiсh website can I refer for preparing government exams

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


So, now that you have all information about various government exams and their categories, it will be easier for you to choose among them. Moreover, you can always use our recommended preparation tips to prepare for various government exams. These tips will help you to prepare for your exam in a better way and you can crack it easily. Furthermore, this article also provides you people with relevant exam dates, information about the exam conducting bodies, and various exam result dates as well.

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