IAS Exam UPSC Civil Services Examination

The competitive examination comprises two successive stages :

  • (i) Civil Services (Preliminary) Examinations (Objective Type) for the selection of candidates for 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 set out in subsection (A) of Section II. 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 eligibe for admission to the Main Examination of that year provided they are otherwise eligible for admission to the 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 in the subjects set out in sub-section (B) of Section II. Also see Note (ii) under para I of Section II (B).

A. Preliminary Examination

The examination will consist of two papers.

Paper I General Studies 150 marks
Paper II One subject to be selected from the list of optional subjects set out in Para 2 below 300 marks
Total : 450 marks

2. List of optional subjects for Preliminary Examination.

Agriculture
Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
Botany
Chemistry
Civil Engineering
Commerce
Economics
Electrical Engineering
Geography
Geology
Indian History
Law
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Medical Science
Philosophy
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Public Administration
Sociology
Statistics
Zoology

Note :

  • (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. Details of the syllabi are indicated in Part A of Section III.
  • (iv) Each paper will be of two hours duration. Blind candidates will, however, be allowed an extra time of twenty minutes at each paper.

B. Main Examination

The written examination will consist of the following papers :

Paper I One of the Indian languages to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Scheduled to the Constitution. 300 marks
Paper II English 300 marks
Paper III Essay 200 marks
Papers IV and V General Studies 300 marks for each paper
Papers VIVII, VIII and IX Any two subjects to be selected from the list of the optional subjects set out in para 2 below. Each subject will have two papers. 300 marks for each paper

Interview Test will carry 300 marks.


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