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What is Civil Services Examination?
CSE is a nationwide competitive examination which is conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) every year 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.
The examination is a gateway to the most prestigious services in the country.
|All India Civil Services||Indian Administrative Service (IAS)|
|Indian Police Service (IPS)|
|Indian Forest Service (IFoS)|
|Group ‘A’ Civil Services||Indian Foreign Service (IFS)|
|Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IAAS)|
|Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS)|
|Indian Corporate Law Service (ICLS)|
|Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS)|
|Indian Defence Estates Service (IDES)|
|Indian Information Service (IIS)|
|Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS)|
|Indian Communication Finance Services (ICFS)|
|Indian Postal Service (IPoS)|
|Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS)|
|Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS)|
|Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS)|
|Indian Revenue Service (IRS)|
|Indian Trade Service (ITS)|
|Railway Protection Force (RPF)|
|Group ‘B’ Civil Services||Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service|
|Pondicherry Civil Service|
|Pondicherry Police Service|
Prelims Exam Pattern & Syllabus
The first stage of the exam i.e., the Civil Services Preliminary Exam is only a screening test and is conducted to shortlist candidates for the Main Examination. Marks secured in Preliminary Exam are not taken into account while preparing the final merit. Preliminary Exam consists of two papers of objective type carrying a maximum of 400 marks.
|UPSC Prelims Exam Pattern||General Studies I||General Studies II or CSAT|
|Number of Questions||100||80|
|Negative Marking||(1/3rd of the maximum marks for the question) -0.66 marks for every incorrect answer||(1/3rd of the maximum marks for the question) -0.83 marks for every incorrect answer|
|Duration of Exam||2 hours||2 hours|
|Language of Exam||English / Hindi||English / Hindi|
|Cut Off Marks||Counted for Merit. Cutoff varies every year.||33% qualifying criteria (66 marks)|
Mains Exam Pattern & Syllabus
A candidate's rank in UPSC Civil Service Exam depends only on the mark scored in Main and Interview. The main exam has 1750 marks while interview has 275 marks.
The written examination (main) will consist of the following nine papers, but only 7 papers will be counted for final merit ranking. For the rest two papers, the candidate should secure minimum marks prescribed by UPSC each year.
|Paper-A||One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution||300|
|Papers to be Counted for Merit|
|Paper-II||General Studies-I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)||250|
|Paper-III||General Studies-II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)||250|
|Paper-IV||General Studies-III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)||250|
|Paper-V||General Studies-IV (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)||250|
|Paper-VI||Optional Subject – Paper 1||250|
|Paper-VII||Optional Subject – Paper 2||250|
|Sub Total (Written Test)||1750|
Personality Test Pattern
- All candidates who secure the cutoff marks in the Mains will proceed towards the Personality Test.
- The cutoff marks depend upon several factors like the difficulty level of the exam, number of candidates, and number of IAS vacancies.
- This would include the Psychometric Test, Assessment Test as well as Personal Interview.
- 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 candidate will be asked questions on matters of general interest.
- The test is intended to judge the mental calibre of a candidate.
- In broad terms, this is an assessment of not only the candidate’s intellectual qualities but also his social traits and his interest in current affairs.
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