Civil Service Examination

The Civil services examination is undoubtedly a well-known competitive examination that is completely controlled and organized by the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission). Only qualified and knowledgeable candidates are recruited for various domains of All India Services that encompasses I.F.S., I.A.S., I.R.S., I.P.S, etc. Civil service examination is recognized as one of the toughest exams in India and every year, a large number of aspirants appear for the exam with an aim to get most coveted jobs in the government sector. The exam is divided into three important sections, one is the preliminary examination, the second is the main examination and the third  is the personality test (Face-to-Face interview). A candidate should be an inhabitant of India and possess a degree, affiliated to the central, state or a deemed university so as to appear for the civil service examination. To appear  in the exam, a minimum age limit of 21 years and a maximum age limit of  30 years has been set by the UPSC, but there is a relaxation in the age criteria for candidates who come under SC/ST, defense personnel and OBC (non-creamy layer) categories.

In the year 2011, the preliminary examination was renamed as the Civil Service Aptitude Test (CSAT). Based on the recent pattern, the preliminary examination has two papers which are  objective type. It covers topics related to current events and issues of national & international importance such as Indian Polity & Governance, History of India & Indian National Movement, Indian & World Geography, Environmental Ecology, Climate Change and General Science, Biodiversity, Economic and Social Development, etc. The Second paper is designed  to gauge the analytical ability, interpersonal skills, problem solving, basic numeracy, data interpretation, logical reasoning, English language comprehension skills, decision making skills and mental ability of a candidate.

The candidates who are able to crack the preliminary exams are eligible for the civil service main examination. In the main examination, aspirants can choose two optional subjects like Commerce and Accountancy, Geography, History, Mathematics, Geology, French, English, Chinese or any regional language like Hindi, Punjabi, Marathi, Telugu, Oriya, etc. However, some subject combinations are restricted by the UPSC. The main examination encompasses nine papers, which are essay type. Last but not the least; the main paper is followed by the interview wherein, the qualified candidates' aptitude is evaluated. Moreover, the number of attempts for the civil service exam is limited (Four times) for general category aspirant but the OBC category candidate can attempt the exam seven times and the SC/ST candidates have the privilege to attempt the exam as many times as they want.
  • Civil Services Syllabus

    Syllabus for Civil Services Preliminary Examination To attain the pinnacle of success in life and to make a prosperous career, one needs to study wholeheartedly for the civil services examination. The syllabus for this examination is meticulously set and designed by the UPSC every year. With some significant changes, now the preliminary examination is better known as th...Read More

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