The Civil Services Examination offers the widest range of jobs in our country and is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). In spite of being regarded as one of the toughest exams in the country. Right approach & correct planning can make an aspirant get through the IAS exam with flying colours in the very first attempt.
The candidates are put through three kinds of testing to measure their administrative potential; and ensure that the persons selected have the following.
The Civil Services Examination comprises two successive stages:
The UPSC exam pattern for the Preliminary stage consists of two papers, conducted on one day. Both the papers comprise objective type questions with multiple choice of answers. The prelims examination is a qualifying stage to filter candidates for the mains exam. The marks secured at this stage are not counted towards the final merit list, though candidates have to prepare well for this exam as cut-offs are unpredictable and depend on the average score every year. The details of UPSC Prelims Exam are given below:
|Paper||Type||No. of Questions||Marks||Duration||Negative Marks|
|General Studies I||Objective||100||200||2 hours||Yes|
|General Studies II (CSAT)||Objective||80||200||2 hours||Yes|
Civil Services Main Examination consists of written examination and interview test.
The written examination consists of 9 papers out of which 2 papers are only qualifying in nature. The marks obtained in the remaining 7 papers and the interview test together are considered for making the final merit.
|Paper Name||Time Duration||Total Marks||Nature of paper|
|Paper A – Compulsory Indian Language Paper||3 hours||300||Qualifying in nature|
|Paper B – English Language Paper||3 hours||300|
|Paper I – Essay||3 hours||250||Considered for Merit|
|Paper II – General Studies I||3 hours||250|
|Paper III – General Studies II||3 hours||250|
|Paper IV – General Studies III||3 hours||250|
|Paper V – General Studies IV||3 hours||250|
|Paper VI – Optional Paper I||3 hours||250|
|Paper VII – Optional Paper II||3 hours||250|
|Interview / Personality Test||275|
Clearing the UPSC CSE Exam is a mix of ‘dedication, focus, right approach, motivation, knowing what to do, well-thought strategy and proper implementation’. It is important to keep yourself updated about the latest UPSC Exam pattern & Syllabus so as to be on the right track throughout your preparation.
Candidates, who obtain such minimum qualifying marks in the written part of the Main Examination as may be fixed by the Commission at their discretion, shall be summoned by them for an Interview or a Personality Test. The number of candidates to be summoned for interview will be about twice the number of vacancies to be filled
The Interview (the final leg of the examination) will carry 275 marks with no minimum qualifying marks. Marks, thus obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination, (written part as well as interview) would determine their final ranking.
Candidates will be allotted to the various services and posts keeping in view their Ranks in the examination and the preferences expressed by them for the services and posts.