UPSC Civil Services Exam Full Details



The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is India’s central agency, which conducts various  exams such as, Civil Services Exam, IFS, NDA, CDS, SCRA etc. Civil services examination is popularly known as IAS exam and includes almost 24 services like IFS, IPS, IRS, IRPS and so on.

Complete Details of UPSC Civil Services Exam

The Civil Services Examination (CSE) is a nationwide competitive examination in India conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment to various Civil Services of the Government of India, including the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS) among others. It is conducted in two phases – a preliminary examination consisting of two objective-type papers (general studies and aptitude test), and a main examination consisting of nine papers of conventional (essay) type, followed by a personality test (interview).

Eligibility of UPSC Civil Services
Eligibility for the examination is as follows:
Nationality
For the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service, the candidate must be a citizen of India. For other services, the candidate must be one of the following:
  •  A citizen of India
  • A citizen of Nepal or a subject of Bhutan
  • A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India
Educational Qualification
All candidates must have as a minimum one of the following educational qualifications:
  • A degree from a Central, State or a Deemed university
  • A degree received through correspondence or distance education
  • A degree from an open university
  • A qualification recognized by the Government of India as being equivalent to one of the above
The following candidates are also eligible, but must submit proof of their eligibility from a competent authority at their institute/university at the time of the main examination, failing which they will not be allowed to attend the exam.
  • Candidates who have appeared in an examination, the passing of which would render them educationally qualified enough to satisfy one of the above points
  • Candidates who have passed the final exam of the MBBS degree but have not yet completed an internship.
  • Candidates who have passed the final exam of ICAI, ICSI and ICWAI.
  •  A degree from a private university.
  • A degree from any foreign university recognized by the Association of Indian Universities.
Age
The candidate must be between the age of 21-32 years (for the General category candidate) on August 1 of the year of examination. Prescribed age limits vary with respect to caste reservations.
  • For Other Backward Castes (OBC) the upper age limit is 35
  • For Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST), the limit is 37 years.
  • The upper age limit is relaxed for certain candidates who are backward with respect to other factors and physically handicapped (PH) people.
Numbers of attempts
The number of times a candidate may attempt the exam is limited as follows:
  • General category candidates = 6.
  • OBC category candidates = 9
  • SC/ST candidates = unlimited attempts till 37 years of age.
Appearing to attempt one of the papers in the preliminary examination is counted as an attempt, including disqualification/ cancellation of candidature. However, applying to sit the exam but failing to attend is not counted as an attempt.

List of Services
Following are the services which one gets on qualifying the Civil Service Examination.

All India Services (Group A) 
  1. Indian Administrative Service (IAS)
  2. Indian Police Service (IPS)
  3. Indian Forest Service (IFoS)
Central Services (Group A) 
  1. Indian Foreign Service (IFS)
  2. Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IA&AS)
  3. Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS)
  4. Indian Corporate Law Service (ICLS)
  5. Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS)
  6. Indian Defence Estates Service (IDES)
  7. Indian Information Service (IIS)
  8. Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS)
  9. Indian Post & Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service (IP&TAFS)
  10. Indian Postal Service (IPoS)
  11. Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS)
  12. Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS)
  13. Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS)
  14. Indian Revenue Service (IRS-IT)
  15. Indian Revenue Service (IRS-C&CE)
  16. Indian Trade Service (ITrS)
  17. Railway Protection Force (RPF)
Group B Services
  1. Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service (AFHCS)Delhi, 
  2. Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service (DANICS)Delhi, 
  3. Andaman and Nicobar Islands Police Service (DANIPS)
  4. Pondicherry Civil Service
  5. Pondicherry Police Service
Important Dates for Civil Services - 2018 Batch
  • Date of Notification: 22 February, 2017
  • Last Date to Apply: 17 March, 2017
  • Exam Date: 18 June, 2017
  • Civil Services Mains: 28 October, 2017

Examination Pattern of Civil Services Exam

CSAT (Prelims) Pattern

The Preliminary Examination consists of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions) and carry maximum of 400 marks. This exam is only a screening test; the marks obtained in the prelims are only for qualifying for main exam and are not counted for determining final order of merit.
Prelims Paper Duration Questions Marks
Paper I - General Studies 2 Hours 100 200
Paper II - Aptitude 2 Hours 80 200
Total 400
In General Studies Paper - II, minimum qualifying marks is 33%. You will be selected for Mains exam based total qualifying marks of General Studies Paper - I.

Civil Services (Mains) Pattern

The pattern has changed from 2013 main examination. The new pattern is:
# Paper Subject Marks
1 Paper A Indian Language (Qualifying) 300
2 Paper B English (Qualifying) 300
3 Paper I Essay 250
4 Paper II General Studies - I 250
5 Paper III General Studies - II 250
6 Paper IV General Studies - III 250
7 Paper V General Studies - IV 250
8 Paper VI Optional Subject Paper 1 250
9 Paper VII Optional Subject Paper 2 250
Total 1750
Interview (Personality Test) 275
Grand Total 2025

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