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Introduction

The Civil Services Examination (CSE) is a nationwide competitive examination in India conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment to various Civil Services of the Government of India, including Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS), and Indian Revenue Service (IRS) among others.

Civil Services play a pivotal role in the governance of India. It ensures both regulatory and developmental processes run in the country in smooth manner. Thus it offers a career full of challenges and opportunities for personal growth. It expects people with high degree of efficiency, integrity and merit. 

Total Vacancies for Civil Services Examination, 2016 – 1079 (includes 34 vacancies reserved for P.H. Category). Entry into civil services is through the three stage civil services examination.

Stage 1: Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination

Preliminary Examination is a screening test conducted to select candidates for the Civil Services (Mains) Examination and Indian Forest Services (Mains) Examination.

The examination consists of 2 question papers both of which have multiple choice questions. Both the question papers are compulsory in nature although the 2nd paper is only qualifying. Duration of each Paper is 2 hours.

Examination Paper

Name of Paper

Maximum Marks

Related Topics

 

Paper - I

 

General Studies

 

200

Current Affairs, History, Polity, Geography, Economy, Environment ecology, Art & Culture and General Science

Paper - II

Civil Services Aptitude Test

200

Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning and Comprehension

 

Paper – I (General Studies) consist of 100 questions and it is the sole criteria for deciding merit (according to new pattern, starting prelims 2015).

Paper – II (Civil Services Aptitude Test, CSAT) consists of 80 questions and is of qualifying nature i.e. marks will not be counted in calculating merit, in which a candidate must score 33% of the total marks.

Every question in both the papers has equal weight age. For every wrongly attempted question 1/3rd marks allotted for every question will be deducted from the score.

The merit list, based on candidate’s performance in Paper-I only, to qualify for the Civil Services (Mains) Examination and Indian Forest Services (Mains) Examination will be prepared separately.

Note:

  1. It is mandatory for the candidate to appear in both the papers of Civil Services (Preliminary) examination for the purpose of evaluation. Therefore, a candidate will be disqualified in case he or she does not appear in both the papers of the Preliminary exam.
  2. Prelims marks are not added in the final calculation of merit.

 

Stage 2: Civil Services (Mains) Examination

After qualifying the prelims exam and fulfilling the adequate criteria candidates are allowed to appear for mains exam.

It is designed to assess the depth of understanding of candidates on various issues. It includes intellectual knowledge of the aspirant and the ability to present the knowledge in a structured, systematic and coherent manner with simple language.

It also checks the mental and physical health of the candidate as the examination is held over a period of one week with a couple of gaps in between.

It consists of 9 papers (details given in the table below) all of which are compulsory and subjective in nature i.e. descriptive type. Each paper is of 3 hours duration.

Examination paper

Name of paper

Total Marks

Related Topics (Other information)

Paper A

Language

300

Modern Indian Language

Paper B

English

300

English

Paper I

Essay

250

Essay Topic to be selected among the various topics given in the question paper

Paper II

General

Studies-I

250

Indian Heritage & Culture, History and Geography of the world and Society

Paper III

General

Studies-II

250

Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice & International Relations

Paper IV

 

General

Studies-III

250

Technology, Economic development, Environment & Bio diversity, Security and Disaster management

Paper V

General

Studies-IV

250

Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude

Paper VI

Optional subject

(Paper 1)

250

Candidates can take up any subject mentioned below, without the conditionality of having done graduation or post-graduation in that stream.

Paper VII

Optional Subject

(Paper 2)

250

 

Note:

  1. Only Language and English paper are of qualifying nature i.e. marks of these papers will not be counted for merit, for which 25% qualifying marks criteria has been set up by UPSC (minimum 75 marks in both the exams). Remaining 4 papers of General Studies, 2 of optional subject and 1 essay comprise merit in the exam. Total marks of mains exam is 1750, out of which merit is created which decides the qualification of candidate of interview if he/she achieves marks more than the cut-off marks (declared by UPSC).
  2. For the Language medium/literature of languages, the scripts to be used by the candidates will be as under:

Language

Script

Language

Script

Assamese

Assamese

Oriya

Oriya

Bengali

Bengali

Punjabi

Gurumukhi

Gujarati

Gujarati

Sanskrit

Devanagari

Hindi

Devanagari

Sindhi

Devanagari or Arabic

Kannada

Kannada

Tamil

Tamil

Kashmiri

Persian

Telugu

Telugu

Konkani

Devanagari

Urdu

Persian

Malayalam

Malayalam

Bodo

Devanagari

Manipuri

Bengal

Dogri

Devanagari

Marathi

Devanagari

Maithili

Devanagari

Nepali

Devanagari

Santhali

Devanagari or Olchiki

 

  1. For Santhali language, question paper will be printed in Devanagari script but candidates will be free to answer either in Devanagari script or in Olchiki.
  2. List of optional subject for Mains Examination:
Agriculture

Animal Husbandry and

Veterinary Science

Anthropology Botany Chemistry
Civil Engineering Commerce and Accountancy Economics Electrical Engineering   Geography
Geology History Law Management Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering Medical Science Philosophy Physics

Political Science and

International Relations

Psychology Public Administration Sociology Statistics Zoology
Literature of any of the following languages
Assamese Bengali Bodo Dogri Gujarati
Hindi Kannada  Kashmiri Konkani Maithili 
Malayalam  Manipuri, Marathi Nepali Oriya
Punjabi  Sanskrit  Santhali  Sindhi  Tamil
Telugu Urdu English


Note: You can opt for the literatures of a language as an optional subject, only if you have graduated in the literature of that particular language as the main subject.

Stage 3: Personality Test (Interview)

After clearing mains stage candidates appear for a Personality Test wherein unbiased, rational experts gauge suitability of the candidate for civil services. It is designed to check the overall personality of an individual i.e. his promptness in answering, quick decision making, leadership qualities, diplomatic responses, understanding of the social context of working, taking rational opinion etc. Candidate can give preference for the medium of interview.

Personality Test is of 275 marks and the Merit list is prepared out of 2025 (1750 mains + 275 interview) marks. Finally selected candidates are inducted into All India Service (IAS, IPS) or Central Service (allied services).

NOTE:

  1. Reservation (as notified by central government) is applicable at each level of the civil services exam.
  2. Indian Forest Service prelims exam is same as that of Indian Civil Services exam but the merit is prepared separately. And mains and interview of forest services are conducted separately from civil services.

Stage 2: Indian Forest Service (Mains) Examination

After qualifying the prelims exam and fulfilling the adequate criteria candidates are allowed to appear for mains exam.

It consists of 6 papers (details given in the table below) all of which are compulsory and subjective in nature i.e. descriptive type. Each paper is of 3 hours duration.

Paper

Subject

Marks

Paper I

General English

300

Paper II

General Knowledge

300

Paper III

Optional Subject 1 (Paper 1)

200

Paper IV

Optional Subject 1 (Paper 2)

200

Paper V

Optional Subject 2 (Paper 1)

200

Paper VI

Optional Subject 2 (Paper 2)

200

 

List of Optional Subjects

Agriculture

Agriculture Engineering

Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science

Botany

Chemistry

Chemical Engineering

Civil Engineering

Forestry

Geology

Mathematics

Mechanical Engineering

Physics

Statistics

Zoology

 

The candidates will not be allowed to select the following combination of subjects:

  1. Agriculture and Agricultural Engineering
  2. Agriculture and Animal Husbandry and
  3. Veterinary Science
  4. Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
  5. Mathematics and Statistics
  6. Of the Engineering subjects viz. Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering - not more than one subject

Stage 3: IFSE Personality Test (Interview)

Personality Test is of 300 marks and the Merit list is prepared out of 1700 (1400 mains + 300 interview) marks. Finally, selected candidates are inducted into Indian Forest Service.

 

Eligibility

1. Age Limit

The candidate must have attained the age of 21 years on the 1st of August of that year.

The maximum age limit and limit on number of attempts are given in the table below categorically.

Category

Age Limit

Attempt limit

General

32

6

Other Backward Classes (OBC)

35

9

Scheduled Caste (SC)/ Scheduled Tribe (ST)

37

As many as up to Age limit

Physically disabled
(Blind, Deaf-mute, Orthopaedic)

42 (General)

45 (OBC)

47 (SC/ST)

9 (General)

9 (OBC)

up to age limit (SC/ST)

Jammu & Kashmir domicile*

37 (General)

40 (OBC)

42 (SC/ST)

6 (General)

9 (OBC)

up to age limit (SC/ST)

Disabled Servicemen discharged from Duty

35 (General)

38 (OBC)

40 (SC/ST)

6 (General)

9 (OBC)

up to age limit (SC/ST)

Ex-Servicemen with 5 years duty

37 (General)

40 (OBC)

42 (SC/ST)

6 (General)

9 (OBC)

up to age limit (SC/ST)

 

* If candidates had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period starting from 01/01/1980 till 31/12/1989.

Note: A candidate who is appointed to the Indian Administrative Service or the Indian Foreign Service on the results of an earlier examination and continues to be a member of that service will not be eligible to compete at this examination.

 

2. Nationality

Candidate Nationality

Service Eligibility

Citizen if India

Eligible for all Services

Subject of Nepal

Not Eligible for IAS, IPS and IFS

Subject of Bhutan

Not Eligible for IAS, IPS and IFS

Tibetan Refugee

Not Eligible for IAS, IPS and IFS

Person of Indian Origin

Not Eligible for IAS and IPS

 

Note: All candidates except Indian citizens must have the eligibility certificate issued by the Government of India.

 

3. Educational Qualification

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: 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. But they are required to produce proof of passing the requisite exam for applying for the Mains Examination.

For more information, see the detailed notification of CSE-2016

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0lU1eQxq8uFSlM4aFNlLWR0LTQ/view

 

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Important Dates:

Event

Date

Last Date to apply

27th May, 2016 (till 11:59 PM)

Preliminary Examination

7th August 2016

Result of Preliminary Examination

September 2016

Main Examination

3rd to 9th December, 2016

Result of Main Examination

January/ February, 2017

Personality Test

February to April, 2017

Final Result

April, 2017