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Q: What are the civil services? How to get into civil services of India?

Civil Services are prestigious jobs like IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS etc. directly related to public service. Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts Civil Service Exams for Central Government job vacancies.

Q: What is IAS, IPS, IFS, IFoS?

IAS - Indian Administrative Service

IPS – Indian Police Service

IFS- Indian Foreign Service

IFoS – Indian Forest Service.

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Q. What is the level of competition in UPSC Civil Service Examination?

The number of candidates aspiring for the UPSC Civil Services has gone up to more than 9,00,000 who fill the form and almost 4,00,000 who appear in the 1st stage of the exam, Preliminary Exam.
The number of candidates who qualify the Preliminary exam to appear in the Main Exam is equal to 12 to 13 times the number of vacancies in the Civil Services Exam that year.
Out of these, the number of candidates who will qualify to appear in the Interview is 2 times the number of vacancies in the Civil Services advertised that year.
For instance, if the number of vacancies in given year is 1000, then about 13,000 candidates would be called (qualified) by the UPSC to appear in the Main exam & the number of candidates who will qualify the Main examination to appear in the Interview would be about 2,000.

Q: What is the salary of an IAS officer?

IAS Salary on the basis of post after the 7th pay commission:

Post Grade Pay Scale Grade Pay
Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), SDO, or Sub-Collector (after 2 years of probation) Junior or Lower Time Scale 15600 – 39100 5400
District Magistrate (DM) or Collector or a Joint Secretary of a Government Ministry Senior Time Scale 15600 – 39100 6600
Special Secretary or the Head of Various Government Departments Junior Administrative 15600 – 39100 7600
Secretary to a Ministry Selection Grade 37400 – 67000 8700
Principal Secretary of a Very Important Department of the Government Super Time Scale 37400 – 67000 8700
Varies Above Super Time Scale 37400 – 67000 12000
Chief Secretary of States, Union Secretaries in charge of various ministries of Government of India Apex Scale 80000 (Fixed) NA
Cabinet Secretary of India Cabinet Secretary Grade 90000 (Fixed) NA

Monthly Salary:

Level Basic Pay DA (at 125%) Total Salary
Entry Level 21000 26250 47250
Cabinet Secretary Level 90000 112500 202500

Q. When is the Examination Notice issued?

IAS Exam Date 2019:

Name of Exam Date of Notification Last Date for receipt of Applications Date of Commencement of Exam Duration of Exam
Civil Services (Prelims), 2019 19.02.2019 18.03.2019 02.06.2019 1 Day
Indian Forest Service (Prelims), 2019 through Civil Services (Prelims) 19.02.2019 18.03.2019 02.06.2019 1 Day
Civil Services (Mains – written), 2019 20.09.2019 5 Days
Indian Forest Service (Mains), 2019 01.12.2019 10 Days

Q. What is the number of vacancies in Civil Services for which the examination is conducted every year by UPSC?

The number of vacancies is reported by Union Public Service Commission in its advertisement/notification for the exam. The number of vacancies varies every year; the number of vacancies per year in the last 4 years has varied between 1000 and 1200.

Q. How many attempts does one get to crack the Civil Service Examination?

Number of attempts for General Category candidates is 6; OBC is 9 and for a candidate belonging to SC/ST category is unlimited (there is no restriction on number of attempts for SC/ST category).

Q: What is the latest syllabus for IAS exam?

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Q: Which stream/subject should I choose for graduation to clear UPSC exam?

Anyone who makes genuine effort with systematic study is sure to clear the UPSC exam. It doesn't really matter which field or stream you're from.

Q: Can candidates use calculators in UPSC Civil Services Exam?

It is not allowed for UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam.

But candidates will be allowed the use of Scientific (Non-Programmable type) Calculators at the conventional (Essay) type examination of UPSC, i.e. Mains Exam.

Q. Is an attempt at the Civil Service (Preliminary) Examination (CSP) counted as an attempt at the Civil Service Examination (CSE) ?

An attempt at a Preliminary Examination shall be deemed to be an attempt at the Civil Services Examination if:
(i) a candidate actually appears in any one paper in the Preliminary Examination, he/she shall be deemed to have made an attempt at the Examination. It means, if a candidate submits Examination application form and also receives admit card but does not appear for any of the two papers of the Preliminary Examination then the attempt shall not be counted.
(ii) Not withstanding the disqualification/ cancellation of candidature, the fact of appearance of the candidate at the examination will count as an attempt.

Q.How Attempts are counted in UPSC-CSE?

If you appear for any of the papers of the Civil Services Preliminary Exam, your attempt is counted. But, if you have only filled up the UPSC application form and didn't go to take the Preliminary Exam, your attempt will not be counted.

Q. What information should be given by persons already in Government Service to their Head of Office?

Persons already in Government Service, whether in a permanent or temporary capacity or as work charged employees other than casual or daily rated employees or those serving under the Public Sector Enterprises are required to submit an undertaking that they have informed their Head of Office/Department, in writing, that they have applied for the Examination. Candidates should note that in case a communication is received from their employer, by the Commission, withholding permission to the candidates applying for/appearing in the examination, their application will be liable to be rejected/candidature will be liable to be cancelled.

Q. What are the Eligibility Criteria?

(a) Nationality

(b) Age

(c) Educational Qualification

(d) Physical Standard

(e) Number of Attempts

For details of each of the above, please refer further FAQ herein below:

Q. What are the details of 'Nationality' criteria for UPSC-IAS Exams?

Citizen of India. (Subjects of Nepal, Bhutan & others are eligible for posts other than IAS, IPS)

(1) For the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service, a candidate must be a citizen of India.
(2) For other services, a candidate must be either:—
(a) a citizen of India, or
(b) a subject of Nepal, or
(c) a subject of Bhutan, or
(d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
(e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.
Provided further that candidates belonging to categories (b), (c) and (d) above will not be eligible for appointment to the Indian Foreign Service.
A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to the examination but the offer of appointment may be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him/her by the Government of India.

Q. What are the lower and upper age limits for UPSC - CSE?

Minimum 21 years. Maximum 32 years (Relaxation for OBC, SC/ST)

  • GENERAL: 21 to 32 years.
  • O.B.C (Non-creamy Layer): 21 to 35 years
  • SC/ST: 21 to 37 years
Category Age Relaxation
 

General

21 to 32 years. Age is calculated as on 1st August of the year of the examination. (For 2019 Exam, candidates born not earlier than 2 Aug, 1987 and not later than 1 Aug 1998 are eligible).
OBC

(Non-creamy Layer)

3 years relaxation (21 to 35 years)
SC/ST 5 years relaxation (21 to 37years).
Ex-serviceman 5 years relaxation
Blind, Hearing Impaired & Orthopaedically Handicapped 10 years relaxation

(a) A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on the 1st of August, 2019 i.e. candidate must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1987 and not later than 1st August, 1998.

(b) The upper age-limit prescribed above will be relaxable:
(i) up to a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe;
(ii) up to a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates;
(iii) up to a maximum of three years in the case of Defence Services Personnel, disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof;
(iv) up to a maximum of five years in the case of ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1st August, 2019 and have been released;
(a) on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from 1st August, 2019 otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency; or
(b) on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service; or
(c) on invalidment.
(v) up to a maximum of five years in the case of ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years of Military Service as on 1st August, 2019 and whose assignment has been extended beyond five years and in whose case the Ministry of Defence issues a certificate that they can apply for civil employment and that they will be released on three months’ notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment.
(vi) up to a maximum of 10 yearsin case of (a) blindness or low vision; (b) deaf and hard of hearing; (c) locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy; (d) autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness; and (e) multiple disabilities from amongest persons under clauses (a) to (d) including deaf-blindness.

Note I:—Candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes who are also covered under any other clauses of Rule 6(b) above, viz. those coming under the category of Ex-servicemen, (a) blindness and low vision; (b) deaf and hard of hearing; (c) locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy; (d) autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness; and (e) multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d) including deaf-blindness etc. will be eligible for grant of cumulative age-relaxation under both the categories.

Note II:—The term Ex-servicemen will apply to the persons who are defined as Ex-servicemen in the Ex-servicemen (Re-employment in Civil Services and Posts) Rules, 1979, as amended from time to time.

Note III:—The age concession under Rule 6(b)(iv) and (v) will not be admissible to Ex-servicemen and Commissioned Officers including ECOs/SSCOs, who are released on own request.

Note IV:—Notwithstanding the provision of age relaxation under Rule 6(b)(vi) above, candidates of Persons with Benchmark Disability will be considered to be eligible for appointment only if he/she (after such physical examination as the Government or appointing authority, as the case may be, may prescribe) is found to satisfy the requirements of physical and medical standards for the concerned Services/Posts to be allocated to the Persons with Benchmark Disability by the Government.

Save as provided above, the age-limits prescribed can in no case be relaxed.
The date of birth, accepted by the Commission is that entered in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognised by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation or in an extract from a Register of Matriculates maintained by a University which extract must be certified by the proper authority of the University or in the Higher Secondary or an equivalent examination certificate. These certificates are required to be submitted only at the time of applying for the Civil Services (Main) Examination. No other document relating to age like horoscopes, affidavits, birth extracts from Municipal Corporation, Service records and the like will be accepted.

The expression Matriculation/Higher Secondary Examination Certificate in this part of the Instruction include the alternative certificates mentioned above.

Note 1:—Candidate should note that only the date of birth as recorded in the Matriculation/Secondary Examination certificate or an equivalent certificate on the date of submission of application will be accepted by the Commission, and no subsequent request for its change will be considered or granted.

Note 2:—Candidates should also note that once a date of birth has been claimed by them and entered in the records of the Commission for the purpose of admission to an Examination, no change will be allowed subsequently or at any other Examination of the Commission on any grounds whatsoever.

Note 3:- The candidate should exercise due care while entering their date of birth in the online Application Form for the Preliminary Examination. If on verification at any subsequent stage, any variation is found in their date of birth from the one entered in their matriculation or equivalent Examination certificate, disciplinary action will be taken against them by the Commission under the Rules.

Q. What are the educational qualification required for UPSC - CSE?

Graduation degree from UGC recognised University

The candidate must hold a degree of any of Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University Under Section-3of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification.

(Note: Proof of passing requisite exam is required to be produced with Main Exam application form. Thus candidates who appeared for degree exam awaiting result are eligible)

Candidates, who passed M.B.B.S. or any other Medical Examination but have not completed internship by the time of submission of their applications for the Civil Services (Main) Examination, will be provisionally admitted to the Examination under proviso as per notification.

The candidate must hold a degree of any of Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University Under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification.

Note I: Candidates who have appeared at an examination the passing of which would render them educationally qualified for the Commission’s examination but have not been informed of the results as also the candidates who intend to appear at such a qualifying examination will also be eligible for admission to the Preliminary Examination. All candidates who are declared qualified by the Commission for taking the Civil Services (Main) Examination will be required to produce proof of passing the requisite examination with their application for the Main Examination failing which such candidates will not be admitted to the Main Examination. The applications for the Main Examination will be called sometime in the month of July/August, 2018.

Note II: In exceptional cases the Union Public Service Commission may treat a candidate who does not have any of the foregoing qualifications as a qualified candidate provided that he/she has passed examination conducted by the other Institutions, the standard of which in the opinion of the Commission justifies his/her admission to the examination.

Note III: Candidates possessing professional and technical qualifications which are recognised by the Government as equivalent to professional and technical degree would also be eligible for admission to the examination.

Note IV: Candidates who have passed the final professional M.B.B.S. or any other Medical Examination but have not completed their internship by the time of submission of their applications for the Civil Services (Main) Examination, will be provisionally admitted to the Examination provided they submit along with their application a copy of certificate from the concerned authority of the University/Institution that they had passed the requisite final professional medical examination. In such cases, the candidates will be required to produce at the time of their interview original Degree or a certificate from the concerned competent authority of the University/Institution that they had completed all requirements (including completion of internship) for the award of the Degree.

Q. What are the minimum educational qualifications prescribed?

The candidate must hold a degree of any of Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or any other educational institution established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification.

Q: Are there any physical fitness / standard for UPSC - CSE

Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Civil Services Examination as per guidelines given in Appendix-III of Rules for Examination published in the Gazette of India Extraordinary.

Q: What is the eligibility for availing reservation by the Physically Disabled Persons?

For details refer notification

Disbaled category code

Q. What are the eligibility criteria in terms of physical requirements/ functional classification required for a Service/ Post?

The physically disabled candidates shall also be required to meet special eligibility criteria in terms of physical requirements/functional classification (abilities/disabilities) consistent with requirements of the identified Service/Post as may be prescribed by its Cadre Controlling Authorities. The details of physical requirement and functional classification are given in the Rules of Examination.

Q: How many attempts a candidate can have for UPSC - Civil Services Exams?

Category No. of Attempts Allowed
 General 6 attempts
OBC (Non-creamy Layer) 9 attempts
SC/ST Up to 37 years (No limit).
Physically Handicapped (General) 9 attempts

Q. If a candidate has applied for the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination but has not appeared at any paper in the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will it be counted as an attempt?

No, an attempt is counted only if a candidate has appeared in at least one paper in Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination.

Q. What are the provisions regarding community reservation and change of community?

A candidate will be eligible to get the benefit of community reservation only in case the particular community/ caste / tribe to which the candidates belong is included in the list of reserved communities issued by the Central Government. If a candidate indicates in his/her application form for Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination that he/she belongs to General category but subsequently writes to the Commission to change his/her category to a reserved one, such request shall not be entertained by the Commission. Similar principle will also be followed for physically disabled categories.

Q. What are the provisions for reservation for SC, ST, OBC and Physically Disabled candidates?

Reservation will be made for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes. Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes and Physically Disabled Categories in respect of vacancies as may be fixed by the Government.

Q. For OBC candidates what are the requirements?

  • Certificate supporting OBC status: Certificate issued by the District Officer/Sub-divisional Officer/any other officer as authorised by the government to issue such certificates of the district in which candidate’s parents reside. If parents are deceased, then the district in which the applicant normally lives will apply.
  • Documents supporting non-creamy layer OBC status: Proof in support of service/landholding/status/income from different sources/property held by your parents in support of non-creamy layer OBC claim.
  • Certificate supporting age relaxation claim

Q. Whether a candidate belonging to a community included in the OBC list of states but not in the Central List of OBC’s?

Commission arranges a meeting of the Head Examiner with the Additional Examiners after the Examination is over. At this stage, they discuss thoroughly the question paper, the appropriate answers and decide the standard of evaluation.
To further bring about uniformity of assessment inter se the Examiners, the following procedure is undertaken: The Head Examiner conducts a sample survey of answer books of each Additional Examiner to verify whether the uniform standards of evaluation evolved in the meeting of Examiners have actually been followed. Depending on the standard adopted by the Additional Examiner, the Head Examiner may confirm the awards without any change if the Examiner has correctly followed the standard decided upon, or may carry out upward / downward moderation as considered necessary to ensure maximum possible degree of uniformity in the evaluation process.
Therefore, the aspect of inter examiner variation in standards of evaluation in a Paper affecting candidates performance is taken care of adequately.

Q. Who are included in OBC category?

The entire list of castes that come under OBC is listed in the website of the backward classes commission here - National Commission for Backward Classes

Q: In SC category what castes are included?

In SC category what castes are included?

Ans.    Below is a link to official Indian government websites that provide the list of SC/ST.
[1] List of Scheduled Castes : Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
[2] Scheduled Tribes

Q: What are the relaxation for Ex- serviceman?

The policy on age relaxation applicable for ex-servicemen for appearing in Civil Services Exam (Group ‘A’ & ‘B’ Posts) is governed by ‘Ex-servicemen (Re-employment in Central Civil Services and Posts) Rules, 1979’ as amended vide DoP&T Notification No. 36034/1/06-Estt.(SCT) dated 4th October, 2012. The following provisions have been made:-

  • For appointment to any vacancy in Group ‘A’ and ‘B’ services or posts filled by direct recruitment otherwise than on the result of an Open All India Competitive Examination, the upper age limit shall be relaxed by the length of military service increased by three years in the case of ex-servicemen and Commissioned Officers including Emergency Commissioned Officers or Short Service Commissioned Officers.

For appointment to any vacancy in Group ‘A’ and ‘B’ services or posts filled by direct recruitment on the result of an All India Competitive Examination, the ex-servicemen and Commissioned Officers including Emergency Commissioned Officers or Short Service Commissioned Officers who have rendered at least five years military service and have been released (i) on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency; or (ii) on account of physical disability attributable to military service or on invalidment, shall be allowed maximum relaxation of five years in the upper age limit.

Q: Are Charted Accountants eligible for UPSC - CSE ?

Yes , a Chartered Accountant is eligible for admission to civil services examination on the basis of his professional degree. As per the existing rules of CSE , the prescribed basic educational qualification is degree of any recognised university or an equivalent qualification . Candidates possessing professional and technical qualifications which have been recognised by the government as equivalent to professional/technical degree are also eligible for the examination. As per orders issued by GOI , a pass in the CA final examination has been recognised for recruitment to superior services/posts of the Government of India. Accordingly candidates possessing CA qualification are eligible for admission to civil services examination , which is for the recruitment of IAS/IPS etc.

A copy of the letter sent by secretary , UPSC to ICAI regarding clarification on eligibility of Chartered Accountants for Civil services examination is attached for reference.

Q. Is there any relaxation in number of attempts for physically handicapped?

A physically handicapped will get as many attempts as are available to other non-physically handicapped candidates of his or her community, subject to the condition that a physically handicapped candidate belonging to the General Category shall be eligible for nine attempts. The relaxation will be available to the physically handicapped candidates who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.

Q. Is a candidate who has done his graduation without passing class Xth and class XIIth eligible for civil service examination?

Yes, provided the graduation has been completed from a recognized University and he/she possess the educational qualifications prescribed for the exam and is otherwise eligible.

Q. Can a candidate who has completed his education from an Open school/ university apply for civil service examination?

Yes, provided it is a recognized University and he/she possess the educational qualifications prescribed for the exam and is otherwise eligible.

Q What is the structure of UPSC Civil Service Prelims Exam?

(Prelims Exam)

Prelims exam is objective in nature based on multiple choice questions. There will be two papers – 200 marks each.

Paper 1 - General Studies

Paper 2 – Civil Service Aptitude Test.

(i) Both the question papers will be of objective type (multiple choice questions).
(ii) The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English.
(iii) Details of the syllabus will be provided in the Examination Notice and Gazette Notification published by the Government.
(iv) Each paper will be of two hours duration.

For selection to the main exam, only marks of Paper 1 will be counted, provided the candidate has qualified in Paper 2 with 33 percent (i.e. 66 marks).

Q Will there be an individual cut-off for two papers in Civil Service Prelims?

The minimum cut off marks for Paper 2 is 33 percent which is qualifying in nature and the cut off for Paper 2 is decided by the Commission every year.

Q. Is there negative marking at Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination?

Candidates should note that there will be penalty (negative marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Question Papers. There are four alternatives for the answers to every question. (i) For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one-third (0.33) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty. (ii) If a candidate gives more than one answer, it will be treated as a wrong answer even if one of the given answers happen to be correct and there will be same penalty as above for that question. (iii) If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is given by the candidate; there will be no penalty for that question.

Q. In Prelims exam, which is the language / medium of question papers?

The papers of both(PRELIMS & MAINS) will be available in 2 languages i.e., Hindi & English

Q. Are subject-wise/ paper-wise marks of each candidate made accessible/ available to him/her for Civil Service (Preliminary) Examination?

No. This is because the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination is simply a short-listing (elimination) exercise to select candidates for the Main Examination and as such the scores obtained in this Examination are not communicated to candidates. However, an individual candidate desirous of knowing his/her marks may seek such information from the Commission pursuant to RTI Act 2005.

Q. Can I know the question-wise marks awarded to me for a paper?

In a competitive examination, what is relevant is not the absolute performance of a candidate, but his her relative performance that in fact determines whether the candidate qualifies and, if so, his/her position in the merit list. Accordingly, as already explained above, the evaluation process does not end after initial evaluation by an Examiner. Moderation, wherever applied, is on the total award initially given (the so-called raw marks) and not on question-wise basis.

Therefore, once the evaluation process is complete, neither raw marks nor question-wisemarks subsist. What subsists is the candidates total score in a paper awarded at the end of the evaluation process and this award is normally made available to the candidate in due course (a month or two) on the Commissions website.

Q. What is the structure of UPSC Civil Service Mains Exam?

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Qn: Which optional subject should I choose for UPSC Mains?

The Main Examination will consist of written examination and an interview test. The written examination will consist of 9 papers of the conventional essay type. Two papers (out of 9) will be of qualifying in nature. Marks obtained for all the compulsory papers (Paper–I to Paper-VII) and Marks obtained in Interview for Personality Test will be counted for ranking.

Q. Will there be minimum qualifying marks for UPSC Mains Compulsory Papers?

There are two language papers which are compulsory. They are:

  • English language – compulsory for all candidates.
  • Regional (Indian) language – compulsory for all candidates except those hailing from Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Meghalaya.

Both the papers are for three hours and make up a total of 300 marks each. Candidates have to score at least 75 marks (25%) in both these papers to qualify.

Q. Will UPSC deduct marks for bad handwriting?

If a candidate’s handwriting is not easily legible, a deduction will be made on this account from the total marks otherwise accruing to him.

Q. What are the check-list items for Mains Exam hall?

  • Don’t forget to bring the admit card to exam hall.
  • Bring the e-Admit Card in each session to secure admission to Examination Hall. e-Admit Card may be preserved till the declaration of final result.
  • Enter the Examination Hall 20 minutes before the scheduled commencement of the examination.
  • You will not be admitted to the examination if you report 10 minutes after the scheduled commencement of the examination.
  • Use of Scientific(Non-Programmable type) Calculators is allowed. Programmable type calculators are, however, not allowed in this examination.
  • Possession/ Use of Mobile Phones and other Electronics/Communication devices is banned in the examination premises.
  • The candidates must note that they should strictly answer all parts and sub-parts of a question, in the space provided, in the Question Cum Answer (QCA) booklet, under each question/ part in the QCA booklet.
  • Candidates are advised to ensure that spaces / pages remaining blank are clearly crossed out before the QCA booklet are handed over to the invigilators.
  • Candidates are advised not to bring any valuable / costly items in the examination hall, as safe keeping of the same can not be assured.

Q. Can a candidate choose an optional subject, which he has not studied at graduate/post graduate level?

Yes.

Q. In Mains exam, which is the language / medium of question papers?

The question papers (other than the literature of language papers) are set in bilingual i.e. Hindi and English only.

Q. Can a candidate write different papers of Civil Service (Main) Examination in different languages?

No, the Candidates have the option to write their answers either in English or in any one of the Eighth Schedule languages except the Qualifying Language papers Paper-A and Paper-B, which they have indicated at the time of filling up of their online application form for Civil Service (Preliminary) Examination.

Q. How are the Question Papers for the Civil Services (Main) Examination structured? What is the duration of each paper?

The question papers for the examination are of conventional (essay) type. Each paper are of three hours duration.

Q. Can a candidate write the Civil Service (Main) Examination in English and take the interview in Hindi or any other Indian language?

The candidates, opting for Indian Language medium for the written part of the Civil Services (Main) Examination may choose either the same Indian Language or English or Hindi as the medium for the interview.
The candidates, opting to write the Civil Services (Main) Examination in English, may choose either English or Hindi or any other Indian Language opted by them for the compulsory Indian Language Paper in the written part of the Civil Services (Main) Examination, as the medium for interview. The candidate has to indicate the language medium of their interview at the time of filling up of the Detailed Application Form (DAF) However, the candidates, who are exempted from the compulsory Indian Language Paper, will have to choose either English or Hindi as medium of Interview of Personality Test.

Q. What are the Cut-off Marks for the compulsory language Papers?

The minimum qualifying standards for Qualifying Papers Indian Languages is and English is 25%

Q. Is the Indian language Paper compulsory for candidates hailing from the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim?

The paper on Indian Language (Paper A) will not be compulsory for candidates hailing from the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim.

Q. What marks are reckoned for merit ranking in the written part of the Civil Services (Main) Examination?

Marks obtained by the candidates for the Papers I-VII only will be counted for merit ranking (of those candidates who obtain the specified minimum marks in the qualifying papers). However, the Commission will have the discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all of these papers.

Q.Is it likely that my evaluated performance suffers because my answer books were evaluated by a ‘strict’ examiner, while another candidate benefits as his answer books were evaluated by a liberal examiner?

The Paper Setter, who is an eminent person in his field, normally acts as the Head Examiner, and wherever the number of candidates in a particular subject is very large, the Commission appoints Additional Examiners for valuation of answer books.
To achieve uniformity in valuation, where more than one Examiner is involved, the Commission arranges a meeting of the Head Examiner with the Additional Examiners after the Examination is over. At this stage, they discuss thoroughly the question paper, the appropriate answers and decide the standard of evaluation.
To further bring about uniformity of assessment inter se the Examiners, the following procedure is undertaken: The Head Examiner conducts a sample survey of answer books of each Additional Examiner to verify whether the uniform standards of evaluation evolved in the meeting of Examiners have actually been followed. Depending on the standard adopted by the Additional Examiner, the Head Examiner may confirm the awards without any change if the Examiner has correctly followed the standard decided upon, or may carry out upward / downward moderation as considered necessary to ensure maximum possible degree of uniformity in the evaluation process.
Therefore, the aspect of inter examiner variation in standards of evaluation in a Paper affecting candidates performance is taken care of adequately.

Q. After the written examination, on what criterion is the answer books sent for evaluation? Is it on Roll no. basis or based on centre of examination? That is, will a particular examiner/ set of examiners get to evaluate answer books only of a particular centre or a particular group of roll numbers?

Mixing of the answer books received from different venues is done before sending them for evaluation. Computer-based randomized fictitious code no. is given to each answer-book before evaluation.

Q. Can a candidate write the Civil Services (Main) examination in English and take the interview in Hindi or in any other Indian Language? Level?

The candidates, who opt for an Indian Language medium to write Civil Services (Main) Exam, may choose either the same Indian Language or English or Hindi as the medium for the interview.

The candidates, opting to write the Civil Services (Main) Examination in English, may choose as the medium for interview either English or Hindi or any other Indian Language opted by them for the compulsory Indian Language Paper.

However, the candidates, who are exempted from the compulsory Indian Language Paper, will have to choose either English or Hindi as medium of Interview of Personality Test.

Q. Can you provide a check-list for the candidates attending UPSC interview?

Documents that should be brought in for IAS Interview

We advise all candidates to please re-check the documents with official UPSC website each year.

Candidates are advised to bring the following documents for Civil Services Exam Interview:

  1. Matriculation or equivalent certificate in original to verify the Name and Date of Birth.
  2. Self-attested photo-copy of Matriculation or equivalent certificate in original to verify the Name and Date of Birth.
  3. Degree certificate in original to prove education qualification (If original degree certificates are not issued, carry provisional certificates and/or mark-sheets).
  4. Self-attested photo-copy of Degree certificate in original to prove education qualification (If original degree certificates are not issued, carry provisional certificates and/or mark-sheets).
  5. Self-attested photo-copy of Degree in original.
  6. Mark-sheets of Degree in original (UPSC staff may not always ask, but carry along with you.)
  7. 2 passport size photographs that are taken recently. Self-attest one of them.
  8. E-summon letter print-out.

Additional documents (if required)

  1. Caste/Tribe Certificate in original plus copy.
  2. Physical Disabilities Certificate in original plus copy. Also DWE certificate for PH-1(LDCP).
  3. Certificates in support of age relaxation for corresponding categories.
  4. PG degree/higher education certificates and mark-sheets.
  5. TA form – two copies plus proof of journey (for outstation candidates).
  6. Affidavit (in case of minor name discrepancies).

Documents needed for Medical Examination

  • 8-10 passport size photos.
  • Prescriptions or medical certificates if any (may turn helpful for eye check-up).

Documents that need to be sent to DoPT

A copy of the attestation form duly filled plus six copies of the same, each signed in. Don’t forget to affix a signed passport size copy of a recent photograph on the same.

Q. Will there be minimum qualifying marks for UPSC Interview?

The interview will carry 275 marks with no minimum qualifying marks.