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Top Trending Government Exams After Graduation 

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After students have graduated from college, they are often confused about whether they should start their careers or pursue further studies. You don’t need to pursue a postgraduate diploma or post-graduation degree to have a successful career. If you are someone who doesn’t want to study further or want to support their family financially, then a government job might be the option for you. With high salary packages and additional perks, it is almost every Indian’s dream to get a government job. That is why, every year, lakhs of students appear for competitive exams that are conducted by different government agencies. If you are interested in a government job, here is the list of top trending government exams you can appear for after completing your graduation:

1. ISSE/IESE – Indian Statistical Service Exam (ISSE) and Indian Economic Service Exam (IESE) are administered by the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) to hire Statisticians and Economists for the Indian government’s executive branches. You must have a background in economics for statistics for this exam. For this, you will need a graduation degree in statistics or economics. 

2. CDSE – Another competitive exam conducted by the UPSC is the Combined Defence Services exam. This is a joint military exam that recruits candidates for different Indian Army Academies including Officers Training Academy (OTA), Indian Air Force (IAF), Indian Naval Academy (INA), and Indian Military Academy (IMA). If you want to join the Indian Armed forces after graduating from college, CDS is the best option.

3. UPSC Civil Services exam – Conducted by the Union Public Service Commission, the Civil Services examination recruits suitable candidates for a wide range of posts including:

  • Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS).
  • Indian Defence Estates Service (IDES).
  • Indian Foreign Service (IFS).
  • Indian Postal Service (IPoS).
  • Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS).
  • Indian Revenue Service (IRS-IT).
  • Indian Administrative Service (IAS).
  • Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IA&AS).
  • Indian Corporate Law Service (ICLS).
  • Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS).
  • Indian Information Service (IIS).
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS).
  • Indian P&T Accounts and Finance Service (IP&TAFS).
  • Indian Police Service (IPS).
  • Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS).
  • Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS).
  • Indian Revenue Service (IRS-C&CE).
  • Indian Trade Service (ITrS).
  • Railway Protection Force (RPF).

There are three stages of a UPSC exam – Pre, Mains, and Interview. To sit for the UPSC exam, you must have completed graduation. This is one of the most difficult and competitive exams in the country.

4. RBI Grade B Examination – This exam is conducted by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Even though it is Grade B, the job profile and pay scale offered by RBI are very promising. In this position, you will be responsible for currency circulation and issues, ensuring the financial stability of the country, managing government accounts, etc. You might get posted in one of the many branches all over the country. To apply for this exam, you should have scored at least 60% in your graduation. There are three stages of the exam – Pre, mains, and interview. RBI Grade B is one of the most competitive government jobs you can go for after graduation.

5. SBI PO – Conducted by the State Bank of India, this is one of the most competitive exams. It is used to recruit Probationary Officers. To sit in the exam, you must be a graduate. After you have qualified the exam, you will have to stay on probation for two years. During this probation period, you will be assessed continuously after which you will be promoted to a higher rank. After this, you will be responsible for general banking, administrative tasks, cross-selling other products, and marketing.

6. IBPS PO exam – This exam is conducted by an autonomous agency named the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection that operates as a personnel selection body for regional and nationalized rural banks in India. It is a competitive exam through which Probationary Officers are recruited. To sit for an exam, you must have passed graduation. Just like the SBI PO exam, with this exam as well, you will be on a probationary period for two years during which you will be under continuous assessment. Once the period has passed, you will be promoted to a higher rank and given the responsibility of administrative tasks, cross-selling other products, marketing, and general banking. Explore Oliveboard to know more about exam patterns, syllabus and mock tests.

7. SSC CGL – The Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level exam is conducted by the SSC to recruit Class 1 and Class 2 officers for different ministries and departments of the Indian government. Once you are selected, you will be able to work as a tax officer, auditor, audit officer, examiner, excise inspector, food inspector, etc. This competitive exam allows you to go for jobs in different government posts after graduation.

8. TET – Teacher Eligibility Test is a competitive exam conducted by the Central government and the States for shortlisting candidates who want to be a teacher. If you pass this exam, you will receive a certification that will allow you to apply for the teacher’s post in government schools and colleges all over the country. To apply for this exam, you must have at least 50% marks in your graduation.

9. Railway entrance exams – Conducted by the Railway Recruitment Board, the Indian Railways Examination recruit suitable candidates for technical and non-technical candidates. To sit for an exam, you must have finished your graduation. If selected, you might get posted anywhere in the country. 

So, these were some top trending government exams you can go for after your graduation. To start your preparation, you can go through previous years’ question papers to get an idea about the type of questions and exam pattern.