Under the Constitution one of the functions of the Commission is to conduct examinations for appointment to Civil Services/Posts of the Union. In addition, competitive examinations are also held by the Commission under arrangements with the Ministry of Defence for entry to certain Defence Services, through the NationalDefenceAcademy, IndianMilitaryAcademy, NavalAcademy, AirForceAcademy and the OfficersTrainingAcademy.
The Commission usually conducts over a dozen examinations every year on an all India basis. These include Examinations for recruitment to services/posts in various fields, such as Civil Services, Engineering, Medical and Forest Service, etc.
For an overview of examinations regularly held by the Commission. See "Overview of Examination".
At present the Union Public Service Commission conduct their examinations at numerous venues spread over 42 regular centers throughout the country.