Civil Services Examination

Basic Information regarding Exam

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts Civil Services Examination every year in two stages for the recruitment to the Services/Posts of the following categories:
(i) Indian Administrative Service.
(ii) Indian Foreign Service.
(iii) Indian Police Service.
(iv) Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group A.
(v) Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group A.
(vi) Indian Customs and Central Excise Service, Group A.
(Vil) Indian Defence Accounts Service. Group A.
(viii) Indian Revenue Service, Group A.
(ix) Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group A
(Assistant Manager- Non – technical).
(x) Indian Postal Service. Group A.
(xi) Indian Civil Accounts Service. Group A.
(Xil) Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group A.
(xiii) Indian Railway Accounts Service. Group A.
(xiv) Indian Railway Personnel Service. Group A.
(xV) Posts of Assistant Security Officers. Group A in Railway Protection Force.
(xvi) Indian Defence Estate Service, Group A.
(xvii) Indian Information Service (Junior Grade). Group A.
(xviii) Indian Trade Service. Group A (Grade III).
(xix) Posts of Assistant Commandant. Group A in Central Industrial Security Force.
(xx) Central Secretariat Service, Group B (Section Officers’ Grade).
(xxi) Railway Board Secretariat Service, Group B (Section Officers’ Grade).
(xxii) Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group B (Assistant Civilian Staff Officers. Grade).
(xxiii) Customs’ Appraisers’ Service, Group B.
(xxiv) Delhi and Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service. Group B.
(xxv) Delhi and Andaman & Nicobar lslands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service, Group B.
(xxvi) Pondicherry Civil Service, Group B.
The number of vacancies to be filled on the results of the examination is expected to be approximately 460 (liable to alteration).

Nationality
(1) For the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service, a candidate must be a Citizen of India.
(2) For other Services, a candidate must be either: (a) a Citizen of Indian; or (b) a subject of Nepal; or (c) a subject of Bhutan; or (d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the January 1, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India; or (e) a person of Indian origin, who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India. Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall be as person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.
Provided further that candidates belonging to categories (b), (c) and (d) above will not be eligible for appointment to the Indian Foreign Service.
A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary may be admitted to the examination but the offer of appointment will be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him by the Government of India.

Age limit
A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 30 years on August 1 of the year during which the examination is held. The upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxable by five years for SC/ST and three years for OBC candidates. The age limit is relaxable for certain other categories also e.g. displaced persons, certain categories of Commissioned Officers of the Armed Forces, etc.

Restriction
(a) A candidate who is appointed to the IAS/IFS on the results of an earlier examination before the commencement of this examination and continues to be a member of that Service will not be eligible to compete at this examination. In case a candidate has been appointed to the IAS/IFS after the Preliminary Examination of this examination, but before. the Main Examination of this examination and he/she continues to be a member of that Service, he/she shall also not be eligible to appear in the Main Examination of this examination notwithstanding that he/she has qualified in the Preliminary Examination. Also provided that if a candidate is appointed to IAS/IFS after the commencement of the Main Examination but before the results thereof and continues to be a member of that Service, he/she shall not be considered for appointment to any Service/Post on the basis of the results of this examination.
A candidate who has accepted the allocation to a service on the basis of an earlier. examination shall be eligible on the basis of this examination to be allocated only to those service(s) Post(s) which were higher in the order of preference in his/her application form for the examination on the basis of which he/she had been last allocated to a service.

Minimum Educational Qualification
A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 30 years on August 1 of the year during which the examination is held. The upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxable by five ~ years for SC/ST and three years for OBC candidates. The age limit is relaxable for certain other categories also e.g. displaced persons, certain categories of Commissioned Officers of the Armed Forces, etc.
(iii) Minimum Educational Qualifications:
A candidate must hold a Degree of any of the Universities incorporated by an Act of the Centra1 or State Legislature in India or other Educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a university under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission. Act, 1956 or possess an equivalent qualification.

Other Releated Information Regarding Eligibility Conditions
NOTE I: Candidates who have appeared at an examination the passing of which would render them educationally qualified for the Commission’s examination but have not been informed of the result as also the candidates who intend to appear at such a qualifying examination will also be eligible for admission to the Preliminary Examination. All candidates who are declared qualified by the Commission for taking the Civil Services (Main) Examination will be required to produce proof of passing the requisite examination along with their application for the Main Examination.

NOTE II: In exceptional cases, the Union Public Service Commission may treat a candidate who has not any of the foregoing qualifications, as a qualified candidate provided that he has passed examinations conducted by other institutions, the standard of which in the opinion of the Commission, justifies his admission to the examination.

NOTE III: Candidates possessing professional and technical qualifications which are recognised by Government as equivalent to professional and technical Degree would also be eligible for admission to the examination.

NOTE IV: Candidates who have passed the final Professional MBBS or any other Medical Examination but have not completed their internship by the time of submission of their applications for the Civil Services (Main) Examination will be provisionally admitted to the Examination provided they submit along with their application a copy of certificate from the concerned authority of the University/ Institution that they had passed the requisite final professional medical examination. In such cases, the candidates will be required to produce at the time of their Interview original Degree or a certificate from the concerned competent authority of the University/Institution that they had completed all requirements (including completion of internship) for the award of the Degree.

Number of Attempts
Every candidate appearing at the Civil Services Examination, who is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted four attempts at the examination. Provided that this restriction on the number of attempts will not apply in the case of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes candidates who are otherwise eligible. However, for OBC the number of permissible attempts is seven.

NOTE 1: An attempt at a Preliminary Examination shall be deemed to be an attempt at the Examination.
NOTE 2: If a candidate actually appears in anyone paper in the Preliminary examination, he shall be deemed to have made an attempt at the examination.
NOTE 3: Notwithstanding the disqualification/cancellation of candidature, the fact of appearance of the candidate at the examination will count as an attempt. A candidate who has appeared or intends to appear at an examination passing of which wouid render him eligible to appear at this examination, but has not been informed of the result, may also apply for admission to the examination.

Centre of Examination
Agartala, Ahmedabad, Aizawal, Allahabad, Aurangabad, Bangalore, Bareilly, Bhopal, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cuttack, Delhi, Dharwar, Dispur (Guwahati), Gangtok, Hyderabad, Imphal, ltanagar, Jaipur, Jarnrnu,Jorhat, Kochi, Kohima, Lucknow, Madurai, Mumbai, Nag pur, Panaji (Goa), Patna,Port Blair, Raipur, Ranchi, Sambalpur, Shillong, Shimla, Srinagar, Jlirupati,Thiruvananthapuram, Udaipur and Vishakhapatnam.

The Centres of holding the examination as mentioned above are liable to be changed at the discretion of the Commission. While every effort will be made to allot the candidates the Centre of their choice for examination. the Commission may, at their discretion, allot a different Centre to a candidate. when circumstances so warrant. Candidates admitted to the examination will be informed of the time table and place or places of examination.

Plan of Examination

General Note about Examination Scheme
The Civil Services Examination comprises two successive stages.
SECTION I
1. Civil Services Preliminary Examination (Objective Type) for the selection of candidates for the Main Examination; and (ii) Civil Services Main Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates for the various Services and posts.
2. The Preliminary Examination will consist of two papers of Objective Type (multiple choice questions) and carry a maximum of 450 marks in the subjects given under the Scheme for Preliminary Examination. This examination is meant to serve as a screening test only; the marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the Main Examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit. The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination will be about twelve to thirteen times the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year in the various Services and posts. Only those candidates who are declared by the Commission to have ‘qualified in the preliminary examination in a year will be eligible for admission to the Main Examination of that year provided they are otherwise eligible for admission to Main Examination.
3. The Main Examination will consist of a Written Examination and an Interview test. The written examination will consist of 9 papers of conventional essay type, each carrying 300 marks except paper on Essay of 200 marks in the subjects given under the Scheme for Main Examination.
4. Candidates who obtain such minimum qualifying marks in the written part of the Main Examination as may be fixed by the Commission at their discretion shall be summoned by them for an Interview for a Personality Test. However, the papers on Indian languages and English will be of qualifying nature The marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking. The number of candidates to be summoned for Interview will be about twice the number of vacancies to be filled. The Interview will carry 300 marks (with no minimum qualifying Marks). Marks thus obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination (written part as well as Interview) would determine their final ranking. Candidates will be alloted to the various services keeping in view their ranks in the examination and the preferences expressed by them for the various Services and posts.

SECTION II
Scheme and Subjects for the Preliminary and Main Examination

Optional Subjects and Syllabus

1. LIST OF OPTIONAL SUBJECTS FOR PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION: (i) Agriculture, (ii) Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science, (iii) Botany, (iv) Chemistry, (v) Civil Engineering, (vi) Commerce, (vii) Economics, (viii) Electrical Engineering, (ix) Geography, (x) Geology, (xi) Indian History, (xii) Law, (xiii) Mathematics, (xiv) Mechanical Engineering, (xv) Medical Science, (xvi) Philosophy, (xvii)Physics, (xviii) Political Science, (xix) Psychology, (xx) Public Administration, (xxi) Sociology, (xxii) Statistics, (xxiii) Zoology.

2. LIST OF OPTIONAL SUBJECTS FOR MAIN EXAMINATION:
(i) Agriculture, (ii) Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science, (iii) Anthropology, (iv) Botany, (v) Chemistry, (vi) Civil Engineeripg, (vii) Commerce & Accountancy, (viii) Economics, (ix) Electrical Engineering, (x) Geography, (xi) Geology, (xii) History, (xiii) Law, (xiv) Literature of one of the following languages -Arabic, Assamese, Bengali, Chinese, French, German, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Marathi, Malayalam, Manipuri,Nepali, Oriya, Pali, Persian, Panjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu.& English, (xv) Management, (xvi) Mathematics, (xvii) Mechanical Engineering, (xviii) Medical Science, (xix) Philosophy, (xx) Physics, (xxi) Political Science & International Relations, (xxii) Psychology, (xxiii) Public Administration, (xxiv) Sociology, (xxv) Statistics, (xxvi) Zoology.

Other Information Regarding Plan of Examination:
NOTE FOR PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION: (i) Both the question papers will be of the objective type (multiple choice questions), (ii) The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English, (iii) The course cOntent of the syllabi for the optional subjects will be of the Degree level. The details of the syllabi for the Preliminary Examination and information to candidates regarding objective type questions, including sample questions, may be seen in the Department of Personnel & Training Gazette of India Extraordinary, and also in the Employment News/Rozgar Samachar, (iv) Each paper will be of two hours duration.

GENERAL NOTE ON MAIN EXAMINATION:
NOTE I: The paper on Indian languages and English will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature; the marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking.
NOTE 2: The papers on Essay, General Studies and Optional Subjects of only such candidates will be evaluated as attain the minimum standard fixed by the Commission in their discretion for the qualifying papers on Indian languages and English.
NOTE 3: The paper I on Indian Languages will not, however, be compulsory for candidates hailing from North Eastern States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland and also for candidates hailing from the State of Sikkim.
NOTE 4: For the Language papers, the script to be used by the candidates will be . under:
LANGUAGE -SCRIPT
Assamese – Assamese
Bengali – Bengali
Gujarati – Gujarati
Hindi – Devanagari
Manipuri – Bengali
Marathi – Devanagari
Nepali – Devanagari
Oriya – Oriya
Punjabi – Gurmukhi
Kannada – Kannada
Kashmiri – Persian
Konkani – Devanagri
Malayalam – Malayalam
Sanskrit – Devanagari
Sindhi – Devanagari or Arabic
Tamil – Tamil
Telugu – Telugu
Urdu – Persian
NOTE: (i) Candidates will not be allowed to offer the following combination of
subjects :
(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 Husbandry & Veterinary Science, f) Management and Public Administration, (g) Of the Engineering subjects, viz Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering -not more than one subject, (h) Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science and Medical Science.
(ii) The question papers for the examination will be of conventional (essay) type.
(iii) Each paper will be of three hours duration.
(iv) Candidates will have the option to answer all the question papers, except the language papers viz Papers I and II above, in anyone of the languages included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution or in English.
(v) Candidates exercising the option to answer Papers III to IX in anyone of the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution may, if they so desire, give English version within brackets of only the description of the technical terms,if any, in addition to the version in the language opted by them. Candidates should, however, note that if they misuse the above rule, a deduction will be made on this account from the total marks otherwise accruing to them and, in extreme cases, their script(s) will not be valued for being in an unauthorised medium.
(vi) The question papers other than the language Papers will be set both in Hindi and English.
(vii) The details of the syllabi for the Main Examinatiqn may be seen in the Department of Personnel and Training Gazette of India Extraordinary and also in the Employment News/Rozgar Samachar.


Details Regarding Selection Procedure

Interivews Test/ Personality Test
The candidate will be interviewed by a Board which will have before them a record of his career. He 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 intellectual qualities but also social traits and his 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.

How to Apply
The Application Forin along with Information Brochure must be obtained from the designated Head Post Offices/Post Offices throughout the country as listed in the notification published in Employment News/Leading Newspapers against cash payment of Rs 20/-. Candidates must use the Form supplied with the Inrormation Brochure only and they should in no case use photocopy/reproduction/ unauthorisedly printed copy of the Form. For Preliminary Examination the notification is published in the month of December. The Preliminary Examination is held in May/June and Main Examination is held in October/November.
LAST DATE:
The completed Application Form for Preliminary Examination must reach the Under Secretary (CSP), Union Public Service Commission, Dholpur House (Post Bag No.2), New Delhi- 110011 by post or by personal delivery at the counter on or before the due date which is usually in the second week of January of the year of examination.

Other Information

EXAMINATION FEE: A candidate seeking admission to the Preliminary Examination must pay to the Commission a fee of Rs 50/- (Rupees Fifty). Payment must be made through Central Recruitment Fee Stamps or Crossed Bank Draft from any branch of the State Bank of India payable to the Secretary, Union Public Service Commission at the State Bank of India, Main Branch, New Delhi or through Crossed Indian Postal Orders payable to the Secretary, Union Public Service Commission at the New Delhi General Post Office. Candidates residing abroad should deposit the prescribed fee in the Office of India’s High Commissioner, Ambassador or Representative abroad, as the case may be, for credit to account head “051-Public Service Commission Examination Fees” and attach the receipt with the application. Candidates should note that the fee sent through Money Order, crossed cheque, currency notes or treasury challan will not be accepted by the Commission and such applications will be treated as without fee and will be summarily rejected. ‘Central Recruitment Fee Stamps’ (not postage stamps) may be obtained from the Post-Office and affixed on the application form in the space provided therein. The stamps may be got cancelled from the issuing Post Office with the date stamp of the Post Office in such a manner that the impression of the cancellation stamp partially overflows on the application form itself. The impression of the cancellation stamp, should be clear and distinct to facilitate the identification of date and the Post Office of issue.
‘Postage Stamps’ will in no case be accepted in lieu of ‘Central Recruitment Fee Stamps’.
Candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes are not required to pay any fee.

EXAMINATION FEE:
A candidate seeking admission to the Preliminary Examination must pay to the Commission a fee of Rs 50/- (Rupees Fifty).

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  1. shiva kumar
    January 26th, 2010 at 01:39 | #1

    i choose commerce as my optional subject and i want to know the code of commerce subject to fill in the application form. help me by providing that number..tank yoy

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