UPSC Eligibility Criteria
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).
for the examination is as follows:
· A citizen of India
· For other services, a candidate must be one of the following:
· A citizen of India
All candidates must have as a minimum one of the following educational qualifications:
· A degree from a Central, State or 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 Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), ICSI and ICWAI
· A degree from a private university
· A degree from any foreign university recognized by the Association of Indian Universities
A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on August 1 of the year of examination. Prescribed age limits vary with respect to caste reservations. For other backwards castes (OBC) the upper age limit is 35, and 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 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 Services
Group B Services
· Pondicherry Civil Service
· Pondicherry Police Service
The UPSC Civil Services Exam is conducted in two stages Prelims and Mains which are then followed by an interview.
Scheme and subjects for the Preliminary and Main Examinations is as follows:
Civil Services Preliminary exam comprises of two compulsory papers of 200 marks each (General Studies Paper I and General Studies Paper II). The questions will be of multiple choice, objective type. The marks in prelims will not be counted for final ranking, but just for qualification for main exam.
The Commission will draw a list of candidates to be qualified for Civil Service (Main) Examination based on the criterion of minimum qualifying marks of 33% in General Studies PaperII of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination and total qualifying marks of General Studies Paper-I of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination as may be determined by the Commission.
UPSC Syllabus for prelims
Paper I – (200 marks) Duration: Two hours (Counted for the merit rank in the Prelims)
· Current events of national and international importance.
· History of India and Indian National Movement.
· Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
· Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
· Economic and Social Development Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
· General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.
· General Science.
Paper II- (200 marks) Duration: Two hours (Not counted for the merit rank in Prelims but a qualifying Paper; just needs 33% marks)
· Interpersonal skills including communication skills.
· Logical reasoning and analytical ability.
· Decision-making and problem-solving.
· General mental ability.
· Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level).
Civil Services Mains Exam
The written examination (main) will consist of the following nine papers, but only 7 papers will be counted for final merit ranking. For the rest two papers, the candidate should secure minimum marks prescribed by UPSC each year.
Qualifying Papers – Not counted for final ranking:
· Paper ‐ A – . (One of the Indian Languages to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution. This paper will not be compulsory for candidates hailing from the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim.) 300 Marks.
Papers to be counted for merit ranking:
2. Paper‐II General Studies – I – . 250Marks. (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society).
6. Paper‐VI Optional Subject – Paper 1 – 250 Marks.
7. Paper‐VII Optional Subject – Paper 2 – 250 Marks.
Optional Subjects for Civil Services Main Exam
This is the complete list of optional subjects for civil services main examination. You have to opt for any one subject. Optional paper consists of two papers of 250 marks each.
- Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
- Civil Engineering
- Commerce and Accountancy
- Electrical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Medical Science
- Political Science and International Relations
- Public Administration
- Literature of any one of the following languages: Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi,Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi,Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and English.
Civil Services Interview
1. The candidate will be interviewed by a Board who will have before them a record of his/her career. He/she will be asked questions on matters of general interest. The object of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service by a Board of competent and unbiased observers. The test is intended to judge the mental calibre of a candidate. In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only his/her intellectual qualities but also social traits and his/her interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.
2. The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross-examination but of a natural, though directed and purposive conversation which is intended to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate.
3. The interview test is not intended to be a test either of the specialised or general knowledge of the candidates which has been already tested through their written papers. Candidates are expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in their special subjects of academic study but also in the events which are happening around them both within and outside their own state or country as well as in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of well educated youth.
Sub Total (Written test)
: 1750 Marks
Personality Test: 275 Marks
Grand Total: 2025 Marks
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