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The Chairman and members of the UPSC hold office for the term of :
1. Three years
2. Four years
3. Five years
4. Six years

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Correct Answer - Option 4 : Six years

The correct answer is Six years.

  • A member of a Public Service Commission shall hold office for a term of six years.
  • In the case of the Union Commission, until he or she attains, the age of sixty-five years, and in the case of a State Commission or a Joint Commission, the age of sixty-two years, whichever is earlier.
  • Members can resign in between the term by addressing their resignation to the president.
    • They can also be removed by the president following the procedure provided in the constitution.


  • Appointment and term of office of members come under Article 316.
  • The Chairman and other members of a Public Service Commission shall be appointed, in the case of the Union Commission or a Joint Commission, by the President, and in the case of a State Commission, by the Governor of the State.
  • The first Public Service Commission was set up on October 1st, 1926.
  • On 26th January 1950, the Federal Public Service Commission was accorded a constitutional status as an autonomous entity and given the title – Union Public Service Commission.
  • Article 315 of the Indian Constitution deals with Public Service Commissions for the Union and the States.
  • The UPSC is a constitutional body.
    • Also, it is the central recruiting agency.
    • It is responsible to maintain the meritocracy system and bring in the best suitable people for the posts.

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