The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is expected to release the notification for the civil services preliminary examination 2017 on February 22 on its official website.

According to the UPSC’s annual calendar for examinations, the date of notification for the civil services preliminary exam and the Indian Forest Service (preliminary) examination 2017 is February 22, while the last date for receipt of application is March 17.

The calendar that was released on January 5 said the prelim exams will be conducted on June 18.

The CSE exam is conducted annually by the UPSC in three stages – preliminary, main and interview – to select officers for Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS), among others.

A candidate must have a degree of graduation in any stream from any university recognised by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to be eligible to apply for the exam.

Candidates who have appeared in the qualifying exam and are awaiting results are also eligible to apply, provided they submit the certificate of qualification along with the mark sheet to the UPSC before the main exam.

A candidate applying for IFS exam must possess a bachelor’s degree in one of the following: animal husbandry and veterinary science, botany, chemistry, geology, mathematics, physics, statistics and zoology, or a bachelor’s degree in agriculture, forestry or engineering from a recognised university.

Thousands of candidates take the test every year at various centres across the country.