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What is Civil Services Examination?

 

Civil Services Examination is conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to recruit candidates for Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Police Service and several other Group 'A' and Group 'B' Central Services/ Posts.

The cadre controlling authority is Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension and Department of Personnel & Training. These officers plays a major role in managing the bureaucracy of both the central and the state governments, with its officers holding strategic posts across the country. Civil Services offers premier job opportunities and challenging career. The recruited officers are involved in various responsibilities like framing of the policies, implementation, law and order, general administration, development of new projects etc. These cadre of officers will get a chance to work in various authoritative posts like Sub-Divisional Magistrate, District Magistrate, Divisional Commissioner, Principal Secretaries/Financial Commissioners, Chief Secretary of state or central government.

Civil Services examination is conducted in two stages:
Stage 1: Preliminary Examination
Stage 2: mains Examination
Personality Test/Interview

Eligibility

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 India, or

    b. a subject of Nepal, or

   c. a subject of Bhutan, or

   d. a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 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, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India. Provided that a candidate belonging to categories b, c, d, e shall be a person in whose favor a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the government of India. Provided further that candidates belonging to categories b, c, 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 may be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him/her by the government of India.

 

Age Limits:

A candidate must have attained the minimum age of 21 years and maximum age of 32 years as on the 1st of August, of the year of the examination.

 The upper age-limit prescribed above will be relaxed:

 (i) up to a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe.

 (ii) up to a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes.

 (iii) up to a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu and Kashmir during the period from the 1st January, 1980 to the 31st day of December, 1989

 (iv) up to a maximum of three years in the case of Defense Services Personnel, disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof

 (v) up to a maximum of five years in the case of ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1st August, of the year of the examination. and have been released.

 (a) on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from 1st August, of the year of examination otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency

(b) on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service.

 (c) on invalidment.

(vi) up to a maximum of five years in the case of ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years of Military Service as on 1st August, of the year of examination and whose assignment has been extended beyond five years and in whose case the Ministry of Defense issues a certificate that they can apply for civil employment and that they will be released on three months’ notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment.

(vii) up to a maximum of 10 years in the case of blind, deaf-mute and orthopedically handicapped persons.

 

Minimum Educational Qualifications:

The candidate must hold a degree of any of universities incorporated by an act of the central 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.

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 results 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 with their application for the main examination failing which such candidates will not be admitted to 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/she has passed examination conducted by the other Institutions, the standard of which in the opinion of the commission justifies his/her admission to the examination.

Note III: Candidates possessing professional and technical qualifications which are recognized by the 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 M.B.B.S. 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.

Exam Pattern

Preliminary Examination

Subjects

Paper Type

Duration

Marks

Negative

Marking

Paper - I

General

Studies

Objective

2 hours

200 marks

1/3 marks

Paper - II

CSAT

Objective

2 hours

200 marks

1/3 marks

NOTE 1 : 33% marks are the minimum qualifying marks for Paper-II.

NOTE 2 : Preliminary examination will be conducted for screening purpose only. Those candidates

               Who qualify preliminary examination will be only eligible to appear for mains examination.

 

Main Examination

Paper

Subjects

Marks

Duration

Paper-A

Indian Language

(Qualifying)

300 marks

3 hours

Paper-B

English

(Qualifying)

300 marks

3 hours

Paper-I

Essay

250 marks

3 hours

Paper - II

General

Studies–I

250 marks

3 hours

Paper-III

General

Studies –II

250 marks

3 hours

Paper-IV

General

Studies –III

250 marks

3 hours

Paper-V

General

Studies –IV

250 marks

3 hours

Paper-VI

Optional Subject

– Paper 1

250 marks

3 hours

Paper-VII

Optional Subject

– Paper 2

250 marks

3 hours

Total

1750 marks

Note 1: Paper-A and Paper-B will be of qualifying in nature. Marks obtained

in these papers will not be counted

Note 2: General Studies and optional subjects of those students will be

taken cognizance who obtain minimum 25% marks in Indian Language (Paper-A)

and English (Paper-B)

 

Personality Test (Interview)

Marks

275 marks

 

 

 

Grand Total : 2075 marks

 

 

List of optional subjects for mains examination:

1

Agriculture

14

Management

2

Animal Husbandry

& Veterinary Science

15

Mathematics

3

Anthropology

16

Mechanical Engineering

4

Botany

17

Medical Science

5

Chemistry

18

Philosophy

6

Civil Engineering

19

Physics

7

Commerce &

Accountancy

20

Political Science &

International Relations

8

Economics

21

Psychology

9

Electrical

Engineering

22

Public

Administration

10

Geography

23

Sociology

11

Geology

24

Statistics

12

Indian History

25

Zoology

13

Law

26

Literature

Number of Attempts

Category

Upper Age Limit

No. Of Attempts

Gen

32 years

06

OBC

35 years

09

SC/ST

37 years

Till upper age limit

PH

Gen : 42 years

OBC : 45 years

SC/ST : 47 years

Gen : 09 attempts

OBC : 09 attempts

SC/ST : Till upper age limit

J&K Domicile

Gen : 37 years

OBC : 40 years

SC/ST : 42 years

PH  : 47 years

Till upper age limit

Disabled Servicemen

Gen : 37 years

OBC : 38 years

SC/ST : 40 years

 

Till upper age limit

 

 

Note:

  1. An attempt at a preliminary examination shall be deemed to be an attempt at the Civil Services examination.
  2. If a candidate actually appears in any one paper in the preliminary examination, he/she shall be deemed to have made an attempt at the examination.
  3. Notwithstanding the disqualification/ cancellation of candidature, the fact of appearance of the candidate at the examination will count as an attempt.

 

List of Services

Civil Services examination is conducted for the recruitment of below mentioned services. All appointments to  Civil Services are made by the President of India. Civil Services examination is a single window entry for various Group A and Group B services. These services/posts will be allotted as per the ranking. 

Group A Services

  1. Indian Administrative Service
  2. Indian Foreign Service
  3. Indian Police Service
  4. Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service
  5. Indian Audit and Accounts Service
  6. Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise)
  7. Indian Defense Accounts Service
  8. Indian Revenue Service (I.T.)
  9. Indian Ordnance Factories Service (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)
  10. Indian Postal Service
  11. Indian Civil Accounts Service
  12. Indian Railway Traffic Service
  13. Indian Railway Accounts Service
  14. Indian Railway Personnel Service
  15. Indian Railway Protection Force (Assistant Security Commissioner)
  16. Indian Defense Estates Service
  17. Indian Information Service (Junior Grade)
  18. Indian Trade Service, Group 'A' (Gr. III)
  19. Indian Corporate Law Service

 

Group - B Services

  1. Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service (Section Officer's Grade)
  2. Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service
  3. Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service
  4. Pondicherry Civil Service
  5. Pondicherry Police Service

Important Dates

Notification Date

22nd Feb, 2017

Last Date to Apply

17th Mar, 2017

Preliminary Examination

18th Jun, 2017 (1 day)

Results : Preliminary Examination

Aug/Sep, 2017 (Tentative)

Mains Examination

28th Oct, 2017 (5 day)

Results : Mains Examination

Dec/Jan, 2018 (Tentative)

Personality Test

Feb/Mar/Apr, 2018

Final Results

Apr, 2018  (Tentative)

Cut-Off Marks

Category

2015

2014

2013

Prelims

Mains

Final

Prelims

Mains

Final

Prelims

Mains

Final

General

107.34 

676

877

205

678

889

241

564

775

OBC

106

630

834

204

631

844

222

534

742

SC

94

622

810

182

631

830

207

518

719

ST

91.34

617

801

174

619

811

201

510

707

Maximum

Marks

200

1750

2025

385

1750

2025

400

1750

2025

 

Admission Procedure for Civil Services(Pre) - 2017

Admission open for Civil Services(Pre) - 2017. Kindly follow below mentioned link for details

Civil Services(Pre) - 2017

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