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The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has launched a one-time registration (OTR) facility for government job aspirants. The new service will allow aspirants to register themselves on the platform only once for all kinds of examinations related to UPSC.

Now the government job aspirants will not be required to fill in their basic details every time they apply for different recruitment examinations.

The aspirants, who wish to apply for any future examination of the UPSC are required to register themselves in the OTR platform by filling up their basic personal information indicated therein.

"A large number of aspirants apply for a host of examinations conducted by the UPSC throughout the year to select officers for different central government departments/organisations. The OTR platform will help them in saving time and make the application process more easy," A UPSC official said.

The information of the aspirant will remain stored securely in the commission's server after the registration of the aspirant is completed.

An aspirant’s information will get automatically populated in the online application form of an examination for which she or he applies.

According to the UPSC, the One Time Registration platform will be quite useful for the candidates as it will not only save them from filling in their basic personal details again for any subsequent examination being conducted by the UPSC but also eliminate any possibility of submission of incorrect information by them as their basic personal details will be validated by the candidates themselves.

Since about 70% of the information of an aspirant in the OTR will automatically be pre-populated in the online application form of an examination, the time for filling or submitting an online application form will be reduced considerably, the UPSC said.

Aspirants have been advised to peruse the OTR instructions and fill in the information with extreme care to avoid any complications in the future, it said.

The Commission has also issued Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) “with respect to attempts in the civil services examination".

About UPSC examination

The civil services examination is conducted annually in three stages -- preliminary, main, and interview -- to select officers of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), and Indian Police Service (IPS), among others.

Candidates belonging to General/Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) category are allowed six attempts, those belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST) are given unlimited chances, nine each to those belonging to Other Backward Classes (OBC) and for the Persons with “An attempt at the preliminary examination is considered an attempt at the civil services examination: If a candidate actually appears in any one paper in the preliminary examination," it said.

It is the primary responsibility of the candidate to keep a record/track of a number of attempts availed by him/her, the UPSC said, responding to a FAQ as to how would an aspirant know the number of attempts already availed by him/her in the civil services examination?

The number of attempts availed by a candidate in the civil services examination is checked/verified from the available data/records with the Commission at the appropriate stage of this examinationDisability (Unlimited for SC/ST).

In all cases of misleading information on the number of attempts availed by the candidates, the Commission cancels the candidature of the said erring candidates for that particular civil services examination and also debars them for 10 years in respect of all future examinations/selections of the Commission, the UPSC said

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