ABOUT UPSC CIVIL SERVICE EXAMINATION
UPSC conducts the Civil Services Exams every year. The Civil Services exam is conducted in three tiers
Personality Test (Interview)
Minimum Age: 21 years
For General category candidates, pper age limit is 32 years with a maximum of 6 attempts.
For OBC candidates, upper age limit is 35 years with a maximum of 9 attempts.
For SC/ST candidates, upper age limit is 37 and the number of attempts is up to the age limit
For physically disabled candidates, upper age limit is 35, 38 and 40 for General category,
OBC and SC/ST respectively with the number of attempts being 9 for General category and
OBC candidates; for SC/ST up to age limit.
Candidates from J&K domicile, upper age limits are 37 years, 40 years, 42 years and 50 years
for GC, SC/ST, OBC and physical handicapped respectively and upper age limit is same as stated
above for specific categories.
For disabled servicemen, upper age limit 35 years, 38 years and 40 years respectively for GC,
OBC, SC/ST respectively and upper age limit is same as stated above for specific categories.
Eligibility criteria for UPSC Civil Service Examination
- The candidate must hold a degree from Government recognized Universities or possess an
- Candidates who are in their final year or awaiting results are also eligible to appear for UPSC
preliminary Examination. All such candidates who are eligible to appear for UPSC exams must
produce proof of having passed the said examination along with the application for the main
- Candidates having professional and technical qualifications recognized by the Government as
equivalent to professional and technical degrees.
- Medical students who have passed final year of MBBS, but are yet to complete their internship
also have eligibility for UPSC CSE. Although, along with the Main Examination application, a
certificate of course completion (including internship) from the concerned authority of the
University/Institution must be submitted.
Other Eligibility Criteria for UPSC Civil Service Examination:
- Nationality: To appear for UPSC Civil Service Examinations, a candidate must be a citizen of India.
- Fitness: Candidate must be physically and mentally fit.
- The percentage eligibility for UPSC exams: A candidate should have completed degree in the
graduate examination or equivalent
Vacancies and Selection:
Generally, the number of vacancies varies every year. The number of candidates that pass the
preliminary examination is generally 11 or 12 times the number of vacancies, and the number
of candidates selected for the final interview is thrice the number of vacancies. As per existing
policies, reservation for SC/ST/OBC is applied to each level of the selection process.
LIST OF SERVICES
All India Services (Group A)
- Indian Administrative Service (IAS)
- Indian Police Service (IPS)
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
Central Services (Group A)
- Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IA&AS)
- Indian Police Service (IPS)
- Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS)
- Indian Corporate Law Service (ICLS)
- Indian Defense Accounts Service (IDAS)
- Indian Defense 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)
UPSC Civil Services Schedule & Year Calendar
There are two papers in Prelims exams
Qualifying Paper I lets you appear for Mains exams.
Paper II is only to analyze you.
Final scores of Mains exams and Personality Test determines the qualification of Civil Services.
Knowing thoroughly about the syllabus of UPSC prelims is the first step towards the preparation of the
UPSC Civil Services Exam. Thus, it’s very crucial to be aware of the syllabus at every step of the whole
To crack one of the toughest exams like this, you need to get ready for the race right away. Concrete
idea about the prelims syllabus would lay the foundation of your dream of becoming a Class one officer
one day. After all, they say “Well begin is half done”.
The Civil services Exam Prelims examination is objective in nature and it consists of two papers.
|Paper I, GS
|Paper II, CSAT
Complete syllabus of the Prelims Exam.
General Studies Paper I Syllabus
- Current events of national and international importance
- History of India and Indian national movement
- Indian and World Geography- physical, social, economic geography of India and the world
- Indian Polity and governance – constitution, political system, panchayati raj, public policy,
Rights issues, etc.
- Economic and social development – sustainable development, poverty, inclusion, demographics,
social sector initiatives etc.
- General issues on environmental ecology, bio-diversity and climate change-that do not require
- General science.
- Interpersonal skills including communication skills
- Logical reasoning and analytical ability
- Decision making and problem solving
- General mental ability
- Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude etc.) (Class X level), Data
Interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level)
- English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level).
- Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level. (will be tested
through passages from English language only without providing Hindi translation) There are 80
questions carrying 200 marks. Each question carries 2.5 marks. There is a penalty of 33% marks
or 0.83 marks for every wrong answer. Though decision making and problem solving section
doesn’t have negative marking.
UPSC Civil Services New Mains Exam pattern:
The written examination consists of Nine papers, two qualifying papers and seven papers counted
||(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)
||General Studies I (Indian heritage and culture, history and geography
of the world and society)
||General Studies II (Governance, constitution, polity, social justice, and
||General Studies III (Technology, economic development, biodiversity,
environment, security and disaster management)
||General Studies-IV (ethics, integrity, and aptitude)
||Two papers on subjects to be selected by the candidate from the list of
optional subjects below (250 marks for each paper)
|TOTAL (WRITTEN TEST)
List of optional subjects for UPSC Mains Examination
- Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
- Civil Engineering
- Commerce and Accountancy
- Electrical Engineering
- Indian History
- Mechanical Engineering
- Medical Science
- Political Science and IR
- Public Administration
- Literature (Marathi)
The papers on Indian Languages and English (Paper A and Paper B) will be of Matriculation or
equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature. The marks obtained in these papers will not be
counted for ranking.
Evaluation of the papers, namely, ‘Essay’, ‘General Studies’ and Optional Subject of all the candidates
would be done simultaneously along with evaluation of their qualifying papers on ‘Indian Languages’
and ‘English’ but the papers on ‘Essay’, General Studies and Optional Subject of only such candidates
will be taken cognizance of who attain such minimum standard as may be fixed by Commission at
their discretion for the qualifying papers on ‘Indian Language’ and ‘English’.
The paper A on Indian Language will not, however, be compulsory for candidates hailing from the
States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim
Personality test: 275 marks
Mains Exam (1750 Marks) + Personality Test (275) Marks = 2025 Marks.
NOTE: The technique of the interview is to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate.