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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Civil Services Examination


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 the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS) among others. It is conducted in two phases – a preliminary examination consisting of two objective-type papers (general studies and aptitude test), and the main examination consisting of nine papers of conventional (essay) type, followed by a personality test (interview
the examination consists of the following three stages:
·         Stage I: Preliminary examination - A qualifying test advertised in Feb–March and held in June–July each year. Results are published in mid-August.
·         Stage II: the Main examination - Held in October every year. Results are usually published in the second week of March.
·         Stage III: Personality Test (Interview) - held in December each year. Final results are usually announced in May.
The training program for the selected candidates usually commences the following September.
All candidates must have as a minimum one of the following educational qualifications:
·         A degree from a Central, State or a Deemed University
·         A degree received through correspondence or distance education
·         A degree from an open university
·         A qualification recognized by the Government of India as being equivalent to one of the above
The following candidates are also eligible but must submit proof of their eligibility from a competent authority at their institute/university at the time of the main examination, failing which they will not be allowed to attend the exam.
·         Candidates who have appeared in an examination, the passing of which would render them educationally qualified enough to satisfy one of the above points
·         Candidates who have passed the final exam of the MBBS degree but have not yet completed an internship.
·         Candidates who have passed the final exam of ICAI, ICSI, and ICWAI.
·         A degree from a private university.
·         A degree from any foreign university recognized by the Association of Indian Universities.
The candidate must be between the age of 21-32 years (for the General category candidate) on August 1 of the year of examination. Prescribed age limits vary with respect to caste reservations.
·         For Other Backward Castes (OBC) the upper age limit is 35
·         For Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST), the limit is 37 years.
·         The upper age limit is relaxed for certain candidates who are backward with respect to other factors and physically handicapped (PH) people.

Numbers of attempts
The number of times a candidate may attempt the exam is limited as follows:
·         General category candidates = 6.
·         OBC category candidates = 9.
·         SC/ST candidates = unlimited attempts till 37 years of age.
Appearing to attempt one of the papers in the preliminary examination is counted as an attempt, including disqualification/ cancellation of candidature. However, applying to sit the exam but failing to attend is not counted as an attempt

List of Services

Following are the services which one gets on qualifying the Civil Service Examination.
All India Services (Group A)
·         Indian Administrative Service (IAS)
·         Indian Police Service (IPS)
Central Services (Group A)
·         Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IA&AS)
·         Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS)
·         Indian Corporate Law Service (ICLS)
·         Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS)
·         Indian Defence Estates Service (IDES)
·         Indian Foreign Service (IFS)
·         Indian Information Service (IIS)
·         Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS)
·         Indian Post & Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service (IP&TAFS)
·         Indian Postal Service (IPoS)
·         Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS)
·         Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS)
·         Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS)
·         Indian Revenue Service (IRS-IT)
·         Indian Revenue Service (IRS-C&CE)
·         Indian Trade Service (ITrS)
·         Railway Protection Force (RPF)
Group B Services
·         Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service (AFHCS)
·         Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service (DANICS)
·         Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Police Service (DANIPS)
·         Pondicherry Civil Service
·         Pondicherry Police Service

From 2011 onwards, the preliminary examination, now popularly known as the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT)(officially it is still called General Studies Paper-1 and Paper-2), intends to focus on analytical abilities and understanding rather than the ability to memorize. The new pattern includes two papers of two hours duration and 200 marks each. Both papers have multiple choice objective type questions only. They are as under:
·         Paper I tests the candidate's knowledge on current events, history of India and Indian national movement, Indian and world geography, Indian policy Panchayati Raj system and governance, economic and social development, environmental ecology, biodiversity, climate change and general science, Art and culture.
·         Paper II tests the candidates' skills in comprehension, interpersonal skills, communication, logical reasoning, analytical ability, decision-making, problem-solving, basic numeracy, data interpretation, English language comprehension skills and mental ability


The Civil Services Mains Examination consists of a written examination and an interview.


The written examination consists of nine papers, two qualifying and seven ranking in nature. The range of questions may vary from just one mark to sixty marks, twenty words to 600 words answers. Candidates who pass qualifying papers are ranked according to marks and a selected number of candidates are called for interview or a personality test at the Commission's discretion
According to the new marks allocations in Civil Service Examination 2013, there are some changes made in the examination according to the suggestion of the Prof. Arun. S. Nigavekar Committee. However, after some controversy, the qualifying papers for Indian languages and English were restored to the examination.
Civil Services New Mains Format
Paper A
(One of the Indian languages listed below, to be selected by the candidate (from the languages listed in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India) (Qualifying)
Paper B
English (Qualifying)
Paper I
Paper II
General Studies I (Indian heritage and culture, history and geography of the world and society)
Paper III
General Studies II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)
General Studies III (Technology, economic development, biodiversity, environment, security, and disaster management)
Paper V
General Studies-IV(ethics, integrity, and attitude)
Optional Paper
One paper on subject to be selected by the candidate from the list of optional subjects below (250 marks for each paper)
Sub Total (Written Test)
Personality Test (Interview)
Total Marks

Optional subjects
The subjects available for Papers VI and VII are: Public Administration is one of the most sought after optional subjects in Mains examination as it has overlapping content with other subjects like Current Affairs, History, Polity. The standards of Optional papers is of Post Graduate level. Paper I is theoretical but Paper II is often dominated by Current Affairs and Application based questions.
·         Agriculture
·         Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
·         Anthropology
·         Botany
·         Chemistry
·         Civil Engineering
·         Commerce and Accountancy
·         Economics
·         Electrical Engineering
·         Geography
·         Geology
·         History
·         Law
·         Literature of any one of the non-English languages listed above
·         Management
·         Mathematics
·         Mechanical Engineering
·         Medical Science
·         Philosophy
·         Physics
·         Political Science and International Relations
·         Psychology
·         Public Administration
·         Sociology
·         Statistics
·         Zoology


Officially called the "Personality Test", the objective 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 evaluate the mental caliber of a candidate. In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only a candidate's intellectual qualities but also social traits and 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, and intellectual and moral integrity.