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Examination Details

The Examination
The Civil Service Examnition (CSE) is conducted every year by UPSC as a common examination for the Central Service which includes, interalia, IAS, IFS, IPS, Group A and Group B Central Services. Every year, the notification for the examination is published in the month of December in the Employment News/ Rozgar Samachar, Gazette of India and same newspaper. And different states organise Civil Service Exam though teir own Public Services Commision from time to time. The competitive Examination compremises of successive stages:

(i) Civil Service Preliminary Examination(Objective Type) for the selection of candidates for Main Examination, and
(ii) Civil Service Main Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates for Various services and post.

Educational Qualification
Graduation or equivalent from any recognized University.

Number of Attemts Four for General Category
Seven for OBCs
No Limits for SC/ ST candidate
Reservation 15% for SC
71/2% for ST
27% for OBCs
Age Limit More than 21 years. But less than 30 years. On 1st of the year of Exam. Upper age limit is relaxable upto 3 years for OBC and upto 5years for SC/ST Candidates.

Plan of Examination
First Stage: Preliminary Examination
Paper -I General Studies 150 Questions 150 Marks
Paper -II One Subject to be selected from the list of
optional Subjects
120 Questions 300 Marks
  Total 450 Marks

1. Preliminary Exam is meant to serve as a screening test only. The marks obtained will not be counted for determining the final order of merits.
2. The number of condidates to be admitted to the Main Exam will be about 12-13 times the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year.
3. The course and content of the syllabi of optional subject will be of degree level.
4. Each paper will be of two hours duration.
5. Preliminary Exam is usually held on May or June every year.

Second Stage: Main Examination
Paper -I One of the Indian Language to be selected by Candidate 300 Marks
Paper -II English 300 Marks
These two papers are qualifying in nature. The marks obtained in these papers will not be considered for ranking.
Paper -I Essay 200 marks
Paper -IV & V General Studies 600 marks
Paper -VI & VII Optional Subject- I 600 marks
Paper -VIII & IX Optional Subject- II 600 marks
( Optional Subjects are to be selected by the candidate from the list of optional subjects )
Interview 300 marks
Total 2300 marks

1. The paper on Indian Language and English will be of matriculation or equivalent standard.
2. The question paper for lll to lX ill be set both in Hindi and English medium.
The main Exam is intended to assess the overall intellectual traits and the depth of understanding rather than merely the range of information and memory. So sufficient choice of question will be allowed in the question.
4. Each paper will be of three hours duration.
5. The Main Exam is usually held in October/ November every year.

Condidates will not be allowed to offer the following combinations of subject.
A) Political Science & International Relations and Public Administration;
B) Commerce & Accountancy and Management;
C) Anthropology and Sociology;
D) Mathematics and Statistics;
E) Agriculture and Animal Husbandary & Veterinary Sciece;
F) Management and Public Administration;
G) Animal Husbandary & Veterinary Sciece and Medical Science.

Third Stage: The Interview
The candidate will be interviewed by a Board who will have before them a record of his Career. He will be asked question on matter of general inetrest. The objective is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in Public Servisce. The test is intended to judge the mental caliber of a candidate. In broad terms, this is realy an assessment of not only his intellectual qualities but also social traits and his interest on current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judge are like mentel alertness, critical power of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judjment, varietyand depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, Intellectual and moral integrity.