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Civil service examination stages:
The Civil Services entrance examination for Civil Services comprises of two successive stages:
Preliminary Examination (Written)
Main Examination (Written Test and Personal Interview)
The details for Civil Services Examination are as follow:
A. Preliminary Examination
Both papers consist of multiple choice questions only.
Both the question papers would be in both English and Hindi, except English Language Comprehension skills, which would only be in English
B.1. Main Examination
|I||One of the Indian Languages chosen from the prescribed list||3 hours||300|
|IV||Optional Subject 1||3 hours||300|
|V||Optional Subject 1||3 hours||300|
|VI||Optional Subject 2||3 hours||300|
|VII||Optional Subject 2||3 hours||300|
- The papers of Indian Languages and English will be of Matriculation standard and the marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking.
- The paper of Indian Languages will not, however, be compulsory for candidates hailing from the North-Eastern States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland and also for candidates hailing from the State of Sikkim.
- All of the papers will consist of Essay Type questions only.
- All of the Question Papers, other than language papers, will be bilingual (Hindi and English).
- Candidates will have the choice to answer all the question papers, except the language papers above in any one of the languages included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution or in English.
- Candidates exercising the choice to answer papers III to IX in any one 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.
For more detailed Civil Services Examination instructions for Theoretical and Objective type see Exam Instructions.
The interview carries 300 marks.
Total marks achieved by the person in the Mains Examination (written part as well as interview) would determine his/her final ranking.
ELIGIBILITY FOR CIVIL SERVICES EXAMINATION
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 to India before 01.01.1962; with permanently residing intention in India.
(e) a person of Indian origin who have migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Srilanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with permanently settling intention in India.
Provided a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall be a person whose eligibility certificate has been issued by the Government of India.
Age Limits for Civil Services Examination
A candidate must have the age of 21 years and must not have the age of 30 years on 1st of August, in the year of examination.
The maximum age limit prescribed above will be relaxed only in the following cases:
- SC or a ST: maximum five years.
- OBC: three years maximum.
- Jammu & Kashmir (Domiciled during the period from the 01.01. 1980 to 31.12.1989): five years maximum.
- Defense Services personnel : five years maximum
(Disabled in the operations during the hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof)
- Ex-servicemen are including the Commissioned officer and ECOs/SSCOs who have served at least five years Military Service. And have been released (I) on completion of assignment otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency, or (ii) on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service, or (iii) on invalidment: up to a maximum of five years.
- ECOs/SSCOs that have rendered an initial period of assignment of five years of Military Service. 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 month’s notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment : up to a maximum of five years.
- Blind, deaf-dumb and physically handicapped persons: up to a maximum of ten years.
Cumulative Age relaxation for Civil Services Examination:
SC, the ST and the OBC who are also covered under other clauses mentioned above will be eligible for grant of cumulative age-relaxation under both the categories.
Ex-Servicemen eligibility for Civil Services Examination:
Ex-servicemen Rules, 1979, as amended from time to time. The age concession will not be applicable to Ex-Servicemen and Commissioned Officers including ECOs/SSCOs, who are released on own request.
Date of Birth Certificate:
The date of birth accepted by the Commission as in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognized by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation or in an extract from a Register of Matriculates maintained by a University, which extract must be certified by the proper authority of the University or in the Higher Secondary or an equivalent examination certificate.
No other document like horoscopes, affidavits, birth extracts from Municipal Corporation, service records and the like will be accepted.
Once the date of birth is submitted in the Commission, no change is allowed subsequently (or at any other Examination of the Commission) on any grounds whatsoever.
Educational Qualifications for Civil Services Examination
The candidate must have a degree of any of Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India. 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.
Candidates who have appeared at an examination which would educationally qualify them for the UPSC examination but have not received the results will also be eligible for admission to the Pre Examination.
They have to produce the proof of passing the requisite examination with their application for the Main Examination.
In some exceptional cases, UPSC may also treat a candidate who has not any of the foregoing qualifications as a qualified candidate, provided that he has passed examination conducted by other Institutions, which UPSC deems fit.
Candidates who are having professional and technical qualifications, recognized by Government as equivalent to professional and technical degree would also be eligible for admission to the examination.
Candidates who have passed the final M.B.B.S. Examination or any other Medical Exam but have not completed their internship at the time of submitting applications for the Civil Services (Main) Exam will also be admitted provisionally to the Examination. However, they will have to submit a copy of a certificate from the concerned University/Institution that they have passed the final medical examination along with their application.
In such cases, the candidates will have to produce original Degree or a certificate from the University/Institution at the time of their interview.
Number of attempts for Civil Services Examination
The maximum number of attempts restriction is effective from the Civil Services Examination held in 1984.
General candidates: four attempts.
SC, ST: No restriction.
OBC: seven attempts.
An attempt at a Pre Exam will be considered as one attempt at the Civil Services Examination.
If a candidate appeared in any one paper in the Preliminary Examination, he is considered to have made an attempt at the Civil Services Examination.
The disqualification and cancellation of candidature at the fact of appearance of the candidate at the Civil Services Examination will also counted as an attempt.
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