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UPSC Civil Services – General Information

The Entrance

(Preliminary Test) Tentative Schedule

Age Limit

Educational Qualification

(Preliminary Test) Scheme of Examination

(Main Test) Tentative Schedule

(Main Test) Scheme of Examination

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The Entrance

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To enter into the prestigious Indian Civil Services as officers which are the dream job for many, you have to appear for this examinations held by the UPSC. The Civil Services Examination consists of two successive stages:
(i) Civil Services Preliminary Examination; and
(ii) Civil Services Main Exam (Written & Interview) for selection of candidates for the various services and posts given below:

Tentative  Schedule

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Notification of Examination November/December of previous year
Conduct of Examination May

Age Limit

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21-30 years as on 1st August of the year of Examination.Certain categories of persons as specified in the Commission’s Notice as published in Employment News/Rozgar Samachar are eligible for age relaxation.

Educational Qualification

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Degree of a Recognised University or equivalent.Candidates appearing in the requisite Degree qualification are also eligible for appearing in the examination, however, they are supposed to submit proof of passing the requisite qualification along with with Detailed Application Form for Civil Services (Main) Examination.

(Preliminary Test) Scheme of  Examination (Part A)

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There has been Changes in syllabus and pattern of the Preliminary Examination from 2011 in the scheme of Civil Services Examination. The Preliminary Examination shall now comprise of two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each and of two hours duration each. Following is the new syllabus and pattern of the Preliminary Examination for those students who intend to appear for Civil Service Examination (UPSC CSE). These two test papers are objective type tests carrying Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) only.
Paper – I Paper I – (200 marks) Duration: Two hours
• 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 (do not require subject specialization)• General Science.
200 Marks
Paper – II Paper II- (200 marks) Duration: Two hours
• Comprehension
• 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)
• English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level).Note: Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level
(last item in the Syllabus of Paper-II) will be tested through passages from
English language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question
200 Marks
Total Marks: 400 Marks

(Main Test) Tentative Schedule

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October  – November

(Main Test) Scheme of  Examination (Part B)

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Paper-I One of the Indian Languages to be selected by the candidate from the 18 languages included in the VIIIth Schedule to the Constitution (Qualifying Paper) 300 Marks
Paper-II English (Qualifying Paper) 300 Marks
Paper-III Essay 200 Marks
Papers IV & V General Studies (300 Marks for each paper) 600 Marks
Papers VI, VII, VIII & IX Any two subjects (each having 2 papers) to be selected from the prescribed optional subjects (300 marks for each paper) 1200 Marks
Total Marks for Written Examination 2000 Marks
Interview Test 300 Marks
Grand Total 2300 Marks

List of Optional Subjects – CS (Main) – (Total 25)

Agriculture Management
Animal Husbandry & Vetinary Science Mathematics
Anthropology Mechanical Engineering
Botany Medical Science
Chemistry Philosophy
Civil Engineering Physics
Commerce & Accountancy Political Science & International Relations
Economics Psychology
Electrical Engineering Public Administration
Geography Sociology
Geology Statistics
Indian History Zoology

List of Optional Subjects (Literature) – CS (Main) – (Total 26)

Arabic English Hindi Marathi Oriya Russian Telugu
Assamese French Kannada Malayalam Pali Sanskrit Urdu
Bengali German Kashmiri Manipuri Persian Sindhi
Chinese Gujarati Konkani Nepali Punjabi Tamil
 Total Optional Subjects : 51

Note (i) :

Candidates have the option to answer all the question papers, except the language papers, viz, Paper-I and Paper-II, in any one of the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution or in English

Note (ii) :

Candidates who have opted for an Indian Language as language medium for the Main Examination have an option of being interviewed either in English or in the same language which they have opted for the Main Examination

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Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam, 2009  

Optional Subjects
List of Optional Subjects for Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2009
Agriculture Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
Botany Chemistry
Civil Engineering Commerce
Economics Economics (for Visually Impaired candidates)
Electrical Engineering Geography
Geology Geology (for Visually Impaired candidates)
Indian History Law
Mathematics Mechanical Engineering
Medical Science Philosophy
Philosphy (for Visually Impaired candidates) Physics
Political Science Public Administration
Psychology Statistics
Sociology Zoology