The Union Public Service Commission (U.P.S.C.) conducts Civil Services' Examination once a year in two stages. The Preliminary Examination (Objective Type) for selection of candidates for the Main Examination is held in the month of May.

The Civil Services Main Examination
 is held in the months of October/November. Blank application forms and other particulars are published in the Employment News, generally in the month of December.

The last date for the submission of applications to the Secretary, Union Public Service Commission, Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, NewDelhi-11001 1 is usually the last week of January of the year of examination.

The Combined Civil Services Examination is conducted for Recruitment to the following Services/Posts:

1. Indian Administrative Service.
2. Indian Foreign Service.
3. Indian Police Service.
4. Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group 'A'.
5. Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group 'A'.
6. Indian Customs and Central Excise Service, Group 'A'.
7. Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group `A'.
8. Indian Revenue Service, Group 'A'.
9. Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group `A' (Assistant Manager, Non-technical)
10. Indian Postal Service, Group `A'.
11. Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group `A'.
12. Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group 'A'.
13. Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group `A'.
14. Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group 'A'.
15. Posts of Assistant Security Officer, Group `A' in Railway Protection Force.
16. Indian Defence Estates Service, Group `A'.
17. Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group `A'.
18. Indian Trade Service, Group `A' (Grade III).
19. Posts of Assistant Commandant, Group' A' in the Central Industrial Security Force.
20. Posts of Deputy Superintendent of Police, Group `A' in the Central Bureau of      Investigation.
21. Central Secretariat Service, Group `B' (Section Officers Grade).
22. Railway Board Secretariat Service, Group `B' (Section Officers Grade).
23. Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group `B' [Assistant Civilian Staff Officers      Grade).
24. Customs Appraisers' Service, Group `B'.
25. Delhi and Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadar & Nagar      Haveli Civil Service, Group 'B'.
26. Pondicherry Civil Service, Group `B'.

Number of Chances: Every candidate, appearing in the examination, who is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted four chances at the examination.


A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 28 years on the 1st August of the year in which examination is being held.
The upper age limit may be relaxed in respect of the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes and such other categories of persons as may from time to time be notified in this behalf by the Government of India to the extent and subject to the conditions notified in respect of each category.

Educational Qualifications: 

A candidate must hold a degree of any of the Universities (any division) 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.
A candidate who has appeared or intends to appear at an examination passing of which would render him eligible to appear at this examination, but has not been informed of the result, may also apply for admission to the examination.

Examination Fee: Rs. 40/- (Rupees Forty only). No fee for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, etc. Fee should be paid through Central Recruitment Fee Stamps only.

Plan of the Examination:
 The Civil Services Examination comprises two successive stages:

1. Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective type) for the selection of candidates for Main Examination,

2. Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates for the various services and posts. 

The Preliminary Examination: 

It will consist of two papers of Objective Type (multiple-choice questions) and carry a maximum of 450 marks. This examination is meant to serve as a screening test only; the marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the Main Examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit.

The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination will be about twelve to thirteen times the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year in the various Services and Posts.

Only those candidates, who are declared by the Commission to have qualified in the Preliminary Examination in a year will be eligible for admission to the Main Examination of that year, provided they are otherwise eligible for admission to the Main Examination.

The Preliminary Examination will consist of two papers: 

Paper I- General Studies 150 marks
Paper II- One subject to be selected
from the list of Optional
subjects set out in Para 9
below 300 marks
Total 450 marks

List of Optional Subjects for Preliminary Examination:

 1. Agriculture
 2. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
 3. Botany
 4. Chemistry
 5. Civil Engineering
 6. Commerce
 7. Economics
 8. Electrical Engineering
 9. Geography
10. Geology
11. Indian History
12. Law
13. Mathematics
14. Mechanical Engineering
15. Medical Science
16. Philosophy
17. Physics
18. Political Science
19. Psychology
20. Public Administration
21. Sociology
22. Statistics
23. Zoology

Note: Both the question papers in the Prelim Test will be of the Objective Type (multiple-choice questions).
The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English.
The course content of the syllabi for the optional subjects will be of the degree level.
Each paper will be of two hours' duration.

Main Examination:
 The written examination will consist of the following papers:

Paper I One of the Indian Languages 300 marks
to be selected by the candidates from
the Languages included in the Eighth
Schedule to the Constitution
Paper II English 300 marks
Paper III Essay 200 marks
Papers IV&V General Studies 300 marks for each paper
Papers VI Any two subjects to be selected 300 marks
VII, VIII from the list of Optional for each paper
and IX subjects set out in Para 2 below.

Each subject will have two papers Interview Test will carry 300 marks.

Note: The papers on Indian Languages and English will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature; the marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking.
The papers on Essay, General Studies and Optional Subjects. Of only such candidates will be evaluated as attain such minimum standard as may be fixed by the Commission in their discretion for the qualifying papers on Indian Language and English.
The Paper I of Indian Languages will not, however, be compulsory for candidates hailing from the North-Eastern States of Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland and also for candidates hailing from the State of Sikkim.

For the Language Papers, the script to be used by candidates will be as under:

Language Script
Assamese Assamese
Bengali Bengali
Gujarati Gujarati
Hindi Devanagari
Kannada Kannada
Kashmiri Persian
Konkani Devanagari
Malayalam Malayalam
Manipuri Bengali
Marathi Devanagari
Nepali Devanagari
Oriya Oriya
Punjabi Gurumukhi
Sanskrit Devanagari
Sindhi Devanagari or Arabic
Tamil Tamil
Telugu Telugu
Urdu Persian


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