AS part of its e-governance initiative, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has introduced the system of online submission of applications for the competitive examinations it conducts. An increasingly good number of candidates have already started applying online for the UPSC Examinations notified during 2010. Although this facility is in addition to the option of submitting paper applications already available, the prospective candidates are encouraged to prefer online mode of applying for the UPSC Examinations using the link http://www.upsconline.nic.in.
Anyone choosing to apply online has the following distinct advantages :-
++ One can apply in a hassle free manner at the convenience of sitting at home or at cyber cafe or any other place any time even during night hours.
++ prompt confirmation of submitted application is received. An online application requires one to pay only 50% of the fee required otherwise while applying offline. The cost of buying paper application from the Post Office as well as postal charges is also saved.
++ one doesn't run the risk of postal delays.
++ lower risk of rejection of one's application on account of wrong/incomplete data entry since online application system has built-in self- scrutinising features not allowing an applicant to leave any column blank.
++ one can view and take a print out of one's application for future reference.
++ When applying online in response to any Examination Notice of the Commission, all one needs is, the applicant's scanned photo and scanned signature in .png format of size not exceeding 40 KB.
++ For fee payment, one may choose any one of the three options:- pay through any VISA/MASTERCARD, Debit or Credit Card issued by any Bank/Institution; pay through the Internet Banking facility of State Bank of India or one can pay cash at any Branch of State Bank of India, through a challan generated through the above website.