Civil Services Examination

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Civil Services Examinations every year. A highly challenging domain, civil services examinations opens your door to a number of job domains including IPS, IFS and IAS. In addition to the recognition that one can acquire by qualifying the examination, Indian Civil Service also houses a variety of facilities, allowances and perks. The Civil Services examination is divided into two sections namely:

  • Civil Services ( preliminary)
  • Civil Services ( Main)

Selection Procedure for Civil Service Examination

The selection process for the civil service examination is separated into three stages. A preliminary examination is conducted for screening candidates for the main entrance examination. In fact, the UPSC has come up with a refined pattern of preliminary examination. The revamped pattern is exclusively designed for analyzing and evaluating the potential of the candidate.

Civil Services (Preliminary)

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Candidates must be within the age limit of 21 to 30 years
  • Age relaxation applicable in certain categories
  • Candidates must be a graduate from a recognized university
  • Final year candidates may also apply

Question Paper Pattern

The CS preliminary examination comprises two question papers. Each section contains objective type question with a total of 450 marks. The question paper is set in Hindi and English. There are a total of twenty three optional subjects from where questions are set. These include: Agriculture, Civil Engineering, Animal Husbandry and Vetinary Science, Botany, Chemistry, Commerce, Economics, Geography, Geology, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Science, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Law, Indian History, Public Administration, Zoology, Statistics as well as Sociology.

The tentative date for conducting the preliminary examination is in the month of May.


Civil Services (Main)

Eligibility Criteria:

Candidates must be within the age limit of 21 to 30 years
Age relaxation is applicable for some categories
Candidates should be a graduate from a recognized university
Final year candidates may also apply

Question Paper Pattern

For qualifying the CS main examination, candidates need to appear for a total of nine papers. The total marks for all the papers come up to 2300. Applicants have the option of answering all the papers excluding the language papers (Paper-I or II). Candidates who have chosen an Indian language as their medium of instruction have the option of interviewing in the same language.

The tentative date for conducting the main examination is between the months of October to November.

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