IN PHOTOS: Aspirants' hopes high as UPSC prelims 2024 held amid tight security

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducted the Preliminary Examination for Civil Services 2024 on June 16, amidst stringent security measures across various centres in India. The exam, initially scheduled for May 26, was postponed to accommodate the Lok Sabha elections. Pics/ PTI

Updated On: 2024-06-16 03:03 PM IST

Compiled by : Sanjana Deshpande

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducted Preliminary Examination for Civil Services 2024 on June 16, amid stringent security measures across India.

The examination was held in two shifts to manage the large number of candidates. The first shift took place from 9.30 am to 11:30 am, and the second shift was scheduled from 2.30 pm to 4:30 pm. 

Gurdip Gambhir, an aspirant appearing in Kolkata, expressed the high hopes and expectations of all candidates. He remarked on the unpredictability of the UPSC exam, humorously referring to it as the "Un-Predictable Service Commission." 

To assist candidates, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) made special arrangements by starting train services at 6 am instead of the usual 8 am on the Phase-III sections. 

Aman Kumar, a candidate travelling to Noida for the exam, appreciated the DMRC's initiative, noting that the early start of metro services was a significant help. 

His sentiment was echoed by another candidate, Rakesh Kumar, who suggested that the metro services on the Pink Line should permanently commence at 6 am to benefit future examinees.

The Civil Services Examination, conducted annually by UPSC, is a prestigious and highly competitive exam. It comprises three stages: preliminary, main, and interview.

Successful candidates are selected for elite services such as the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), and Indian Police Service (IPS).

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