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STAGES FOR INDIAN CIVIL SERVICE EXAMINATION


Stage - 1: Preliminary Examinations

  • General Studies : It consists 100 multiple choice questions - each question carry 2 marks. Total 200 marks
  • Civil Service Aptitude Test (CSAT ) : It consists 80 multiple choice questions - each question carry 2.5 marks. Total 200 marks

Stage - 2: Mains Examinations

  • Compulsory subjects - Qualifying only. It consists 2 papers :
    Paper - I. Any one Indian language - 300 marks - Duration 3 Hours.
    Paper - II. It consists English comprehension & Precise writing - 300 marks - Duration 3 Hours.
  • Eassay Eassay - 250 Marks - Duration 3 Hours
  • General Studies - It consists 4 papers
    Paper-1. Indian Heritage and culture, History and Geography of the world and society - 250 Marks - Duration 3 Hours.
    Paper-2. Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International Relations - 250 Marks - Duration 3 Hours.
    Paper-3. Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management - 250 Marks - Duration - 3 Hours
    Paper-4. Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude
  • Optional Paper - It consists 2 papers
    Paper-1. 250 Marks - Duration 3 Hours
    Paper-2. 250 Marks - Duration 3 Hours

Stage - 3: Interview (Personality Test - 275 Marks)

List of Optional Subjects for Mains Examination

  • Sociology, Public Administration, Geography, History, Political Science And International Relations, Anthropology, Psychology, Law, Electrical Engineering, Botany, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Zoology, Agriculture, Statistics Mechanical Engineering, Medical Science, Philosophy, Civil Engineering, Economics, Commerce and Accountancy, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary, Management, Geology

List of Literature Subjects for Mains Examination

  • Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, English.

General Instructions

1Recent changes in UPSC 2016 Preliminary Examination
CSAT is a Qualifying paper which is not counted for total marks of Preliminary to be qualified for mains, out of 80 questions in CSAT one must secure 33 % (66 marks out of 200 i.e. 27correct questions which carries 2.5marks each) Including passage reading and General mental ability, one must score in order to qualify in spite of negative valuation 0.33.Comission (UPSC).
2Under which rules Civil Service Examination (CSE) is conducted ?
Civil Services Examination (CSE) is conducted as per provisions contained in the Civil Service Examination Rules notified every year by the Department of Personnel & Training, Government of India and published on the web-site of the Union Public Service Comission (UPSC).
3Which agency is responsible for conducting the Civil Service Examination?
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
4What will be the number of vacancies to be filled on the basis of result of a particular Civil Services Examination?
The number of vacancies is specified in the notice issued by the Union Public Service Commission, after getting the details from various cadre controlling authorities (CCAs) for the services to which recruitment is made by the Central Government on the basis of Civil Services Examination (CSE).
5What is a TECHNICAL SERVICE?
Those services are treated as Technical Services which require special medical status in terms of vision, height, chest, chest expansion etc. The Technical services under CSE are as follows:
i. The Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group 'A'.
ii. Railway Protection Force (RPF) Group A.
iii. Indian Police Service, Gr. A.
iv. Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service. Group 'B'.
v. Pondicherry Police Service, Group 'B'.
vi. Indian Ordinance Factories Service (IOFS) Group A.
6Which are the Non-Technical Services?
The Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group 'A', Indian Revenue Service (Customs & Central Excise) Gr. "A", Indian Revenue Service, (IT) Group 'A', Indian Postal Service, Group 'A', Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group 'A', Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group 'A', Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group 'A', The Indian Defence Estates Service, Group 'A', Indian Information Service, Junior Grade Group 'A' Indian Corporate Law Service. Group 'A', Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep. Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group 'B'

Eligibility of Candidates for appearing in CSE

1Who is eligible to appear in the Civil Services Examination?
(1) For the Indian Administrative Service and 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 the 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
e. a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma (Myanmar), Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India:
(a) Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India :
(b) Provided further that candidates belonging to categories (b), (c) and (d) above will not be eligible for appointment to the Indian Foreign Service.
(c) 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.

What age limit has been prescribed for appearing in the Civil Service Examination for different categories of candidates? How many attempts are allowed for the same?

Existing no. of attempts Categories
Unreserved SC/ST OBC P.H.
04 Unlimited 07 07 for General/OBC
Unlimited for SC/ST
Existing max. age-limits (*) 30 years 35 years 33 years 40 years
Consequential changes in number of attempts 06 (4+2) Unlimited 09 (7+2) 09 for General/OBC Unlimited for SC/ST
Consequential changes in age limits(*) 32 years (30+2) 37 years (35+2) 35 years (33+2) 12 additional years in each category (30+12 for General, 35+12 for SC/ST & 33+12 for OBC)

Whether a candidate who is allocated to one of the services participating in the Civil Service Examination can again appear in the Civil Service Examination for improvement?

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Yes, except those who have been allocated to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS)/Indian Foreign Service (IFS).
2Who is competent to take final decision with regard to the eligibility or otherwise of a candidate for admission to CSE?
The UPSC

Reservation Issues

1What is the provision for reservation in Civil Service Examination?
Reservation is made for candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC and PH candidates in respect of vacancies as may be fixed by the Government.
2What is date for issue of Caste Certificate?
Candidates seeking reservation/ relaxation benefits available for SC/ST/OBC/PH/Ex-servicemen must ensure that they are entitled to such reservation/relaxation as per eligibility prescribed in the Rules/Notice. They should also be in possession of all the requisite certificates in the prescribed format in support of their claim as stipulated in the Rules/Notice for such benefits, and these certificates should be dated earlier than the due date (closing date) of the application for CSE (Prelims).
3Whether any posts are reserved for persons with disability (PH) in CSE ?
Yes. 3% of posts, 1% each for Visually Impaired (VI) , Hearing Impaired(HI) and Locomotor Disability and Cerebral Palsy(LDCP) is permissible in services (except those which have obtained exemption from M/o SJ&E) participating in CSE

Medical Examination of Candidates

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All candidates recruited to various services under CSE have to be examined by the Medical Authority for initial appointment and for placement at jobs involving different nature of works. Arrangement for the Medical Examinations for the purposes of determining Physical Fitness is done by the Central Government. The DoPT notifies CSE Rules- Appendix-III every year prescribing guidelines for the same.
2Whether medical examination of candidates qualified in CSE (Mains) is mandatory?
Yes, medical examination of candidates qualified in CSE (Mains) is mandatory, in order to ensure that they are in good mental /physical health and free from any physical defect likely to interfere with discharge of their duties as an officer of the service.
3From where a candidate can get an access to Appendix-III to CSE Rules as well as information relating to his/her medical examination?
CSE Rules containing Appendix-III, notices and information relating to the medical examination are posted time to time on the dedicated webpage ofDoPT on the DoPT's website.

Issues Relating to Candidates belonging to PH Category

1What should be the degree of disability for claiming reservation in posts/services under the Central Government?
Only such persons would be eligible for reservation in services / posts who suffer from not less than 40 per cent of relevant disability. A person who wants to avail of benefit of reservation would have to submit a Disability Certificate issued by a competent authority.
2Who is the competent authority to issue Disability Certificate?
The competent authority to issue Disability Certificate shall be a Medical Board duly constituted by the Central or a State Government. The Central / State Government may constitute Medical Board(s) consisting of at least three members out of which at least one shall be a specialist in the particular field for assessing locomotor / cerebral / visual / hearing disability, as the case may be.
3What is Physical Requirement and Functional Classification (PR & FC)?
For a PH candidate, various Cadre Controlling Authorities (CCAs) in consultation with M/o SJ&E have laid down Physical Requirements and Functional Classification for sub categories of PH categories i.e. Visual Impaired, Hearing Impaired and Locomotor Disability and Cerebral Palsy(LDCP) in respect of services under their administrative control and a candidate is required to meet PR and FC for that service for being eligible to be allocated to that service.
4Where PR and FC are for various services participating in CSE have been indicated?
These are indicated in Appendix IV to CSE Rules 2014 which are also available on this department's website.
5Who is PH for the purpose of service allocation on the basis of CSE?
Candidate having disability more than 40% is considered a PH category candidate and is eligible for allocation of service against the vacancy reserved for PH category.
6Who can issue the disability certificate?
Disability Certificate can be issued only by Central Standing Medical Board constituted by Central Government or by the State Government comprising at least three members out of which at least one is a specialist in the field of relevant disability.
7Whether there is prescribed format for disability certificate?
Yes, there is a prescribed format for issue of disability certificate
8What is the date by which disability certificate should have been issued to a candidate appearing in CSE?
A disability certificate in respect of candidate appearing CSE as PH candidate must have been issue before last date for applying for appearing in CSE (Prelims).
9Whether PH candidate would be medically examined after interview?
Such candidates holding disability certificate issued by the competent authority would be medically examined by the CSMB in Safdarjang Hospital, Dr RML Hospital, Lady Hording Medical College GTB Hospital and LNJP Hospital.
10Who is competent to give permanent disability certificate?
CSMB in the above hospitals are competent to give permanent disability certificate.
11Whether the disability certificate can be denied without giving an opportunity to candidate?
No. Disability certificate can be denied only after giving opportunity of being heard to the applicant. Also after having representation of the applicant, CSMB may review its own decision in view of the facts and circumstances of the case and pass such orders as deemed fit and necessary.

Service Allocation

1For how many services one can indicate his/her preference?
A candidate shall be required to mandatorily indicate order of preferences for all the services participating in the Civil Services Examination for the year, in the application form for main examination. No preference, zero preference and the same order of preference for two or more services shall not be allowed in any case.
2Whether change of preference of services once indicated is permitted?
No change in preferences of services once indicated by a candidate would be permitted
3 I have not indicated preferences for all the service for CSE 2016. What will happen if I do not get service for which I have indicated preference?
You will be considered for allocation of service against remaining services where vacancies are available after allocations of all the candidates who could be allocated to those cadres in accordance with their preferences.
4Who is General Merit (GM) or Meritorious Reserved Category (MRC) candidate?
A candidate belonging to Reserved Category but qualified in CSE on his/her own merit without availing any relaxation like maximum age limit, number of attempts etc is called GM or MRC candidate.
5What is Service allocation from Reserve List ?
Reserved Category candidate who qualify on General Merit, are adjusted against unreserved vacancies. But in case some GM/MRC candidates do not get service of their higher preference in UR category, they are allowed to switch over to their own category leaving vacant slots. In order to meet such situation, UPSC maintains to lists equal to number of GM candidate - one of GM candidates and other of Reserved Category candidates. These lists are called Reserved List.
6When requisitions are sent by DOPT to UPSC for recommending names from Reserve List?
Requisition is sent to UPSC when after service allocation from CSE (Main) List, it becomes clear as to whether a particular GM candidate has been allocated service against unreserved vacancy or has switched over to his/her category.

Requisition is sent to UPSC when after service allocation from CSE (Main) List, it becomes clear as to whether a particular GM candidate has been allocated service against unreserved vacancy or has switched over to his/her category.

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Service allocation to a particular candidate is depending on rank of the candidate in CSE, his/ her order of preference for service, his/her category, availability of vacancy in his/her category at his /her turn and findings of Medical Board/Appellate Board in respect of him/her.
2Whether success in Civil Services Examination creates indefeasible right for appointment?
No. Success in the examination does not confer indefeasible right for appointment unless Govt. is satisfied after such enquiry as may be considered necessary that the candidate having regard to his character & antecedents is suitable in all respects for appointments to the service.
3Recent changes in UPSC 2015 Preliminary Examination
CSAT is a Qualifying paper which is not counted for total marks of Preliminary to be qualified for mains, out of 80 questions in CSAT one must secure 33 % (66 marks out of 200 i.e. 27correct questions which carries 2.5marks each) Including passage reading and General mental ability, one must score in order to qualify in spite of negative valuation 0.33

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