The Civil Services Exam for selection to Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and other Civil Services has begun. Selection to the civil services is done through a preliminary exam, a main exam and an interview which are conducted by the Union Public Service Commission UPSC. Candidates who qualify the UPSC Civil Services Prelims will be shortlisted for the main exam which is scheduled in January, 2021. UPSC had earlier scheduled the exam on May 31. Due to COVID-19 pandemic the exam was postponed. The commission had permitted candidates to change their centres, and over 60,000 candidates had availed this option. There are 72 centres and 2,500 sub-centres for the exam following the covid19 guidelines. More than 10 lakh candidates applied for the exam.