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    31st Jan, 2019

The Civil Services Exam (CSE) in India is a nationwide competitive exam conducted anually by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). UPSC recruits candidates for various Central and All India Civil Service posts in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Revenue Service (IRS), Group ‘B’ Services etc. Official Notification for civil services Exam is released on February/ March every year.

List of the posts under Civil service examination as conducted by UPSC:

All India Services

  • Indian Administrative Services (IAS)
  • Indian Forest Services (IFoS)
  • Indian Police Services (IPS)

Group ‘A’ Services

  • Indian Foreign Service (IFS)
  • Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service
  • Indian Audit and Accounts Service
  • Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise)
  • Indian Defence Accounts Service
  • Indian Revenue Service (I.T.)
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)
  • Indian Postal Service
  • Indian Civil Accounts Service
  • Indian Railway Traffic Service
  • Indian Railway Accounts Service
  • Indian Railway Personnel Service
  • Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force
  • Indian Defence Estates Service
  • Indian Information Service (Junior Grade)
  • Indian Trade Service
  • Indian Corporate Law Service
  • Indian Revenue Service (CBEC)

Group ‘B’ Services

 

  • Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service (Section Officer’s Grade)
  • Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service
  • Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service
  • Pondicherry Civil Service
  • Pondicherry Police Service

ABOUT CIVIL SERVICE EXAMS

The Civil Services Exam (CSE) in India is a nationwide competitive examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Via the Civil Services Examination, the UPSC recruits candidates for various Central and All India Civil Service posts in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Revenue Service (IRS), etc.

Civil Services are the most prestigious jobs in India and they are directly related to public service. UPSC is the agency to conduct Civil Service Exams at national level for  Central Government job vacancies while PSC in each state conducts exam to fill the State Government job vacancies.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR CIVIL SERVICE EXAMINATION

IAS Exam Pattern

UPSC conducts civil services Exam in three stages – Preliminary (objective - type paper) , Mains (Descriptive paper ) and Interview (Personality Test). Candidates  who clear all the three stages of the civil services exam enter into the prestigious civil services of the country, and become officers in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and a host of other services.

Although CSE is considered as one of the toughest exams in the country, with the right approach and strategy, an aspirant can crack the civil services examination in the very first attempt. The first and foremost thing for any aspirant is to know and understand the requirements of the civil services exam, such as the UPSC syllabus for IAS Exam (Prelims and Mains), pattern, eligibility criteria, application procedure, and other such significant details before kick-starting the preparations. Here, we present all the details  relevant to UPSC Exam IAS Exam Pattern

UPSC IAS Exam is conducted in two stages – Preliminary (objective - type paper) and Mains (Descriptive paper and interview). Those who clear all the three stages of the IAS exam enter into the prestigious civil services of the country, and become officers in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and a host of other services.

Although CSE is regarded as one of the toughest exams in the country, with the right approach and strategy, an aspirant can crack the IAS examination in the very first attempt. It is essential for aspirants to know and understand the requirements of the IAS exam 2020, such as the UPSC syllabus for IAS Exam (Prelims and Mains), pattern, eligibility criteria, application procedure, and other such significant details before kick-starting the preparations. Here, we present all the relevant UPSC Exam details for aspirants planning to crack the IAS Exam.

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Stage I: IAS Exam – UPSC Prelims

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  • The nature of  questions asked in the civil services Exam (Prelims) is of the objective type or Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
  • There is a provision of ‘Negative Marking’ at the prelimnary level in the civil services Exam. The negative marking for incorrect answers will be 1/3rd (0.66) of the allotted marks of that question.
  • The GS Paper II i.e CSAT in civil services exam is of qualifying nature and candidates should score a minimum of 33 per cent in this paper to qualify to the next stage of the exam i.e. the Mains.
  • Blind candidates are given an extra time of 20 minutes for each paper in the civil services Exam (Prelims).
  • It is mandatory for the candidates to appear in both the papers of civil services prelims exam for the evaluation.
  • The marks scored by the candidates in the preliminary examination are not counted for the final score. It is only a screening test where candidates not securing the cut-off marks are eliminated.

Stage II: IAS Exam – UPSC Mains

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The second stage of the civil services Exam is called the Mains Exam. This stage of exam is a written descriptive examination that comprises of 9 papers. The 9 papers in Civil Services Exam (Mains) are as follows: Paper-A (Compulsory Indian Language); Paper –B (English) which are qualifying in nature, while the other papers like Essay, General Studies Papers I, II, III, and IV, and Optional Papers I and II are considered for the final ranking.

Note:

  • The candidates have an option to select their medium of writing the UPSC Civil Services IAS Mains Exam as Hindi or English or any other language listed in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution.
  • The Indian Languages included in the IAS exam are as per languages listed in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution.
  • The candidates who score above the prescribed cut-off marks in the IAS exam (Mains) will get the call for the Personality Test (last stage of the IAS exam).
  • The final ranking of the candidates is on the basis of the marks obtained by them in the Main Examination and Personality Test/Interview Round of the IAS exam.

Stage III: IAS Exam – UPSC Interview/Personality Test (Free Online Mentoring & Interview Materials)

Candidates who clear the Mains stage of the IAS exam with the required cut-off marks qualify for the final stage of the IAS exam i.e., the Personality Test or Interview round with the UPSC Board Members. The candidates who qualify to the final stage will be sent an e-summon by the Commission for a face-to-face discussion round with the board members. In this round, the board assesses the personality traits of the candidates and questions will be asked on their hobbies, current affairs, general knowledge, situation questions, etc. to evaluate if they are fit for a career in the civil services or not. The UPSC personality test will be held only in the UPSC Bhavan in New Delhi.

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