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  1. Candidate for the India Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service must be a citizen of India.
  2. The Candidates for other Services 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 had come to India before January 1, 1962 with the intention to permanently settle in India.


The candidates must hold a degree or its equivalent qualification from an educational institute created by an act passed by the parliament or state legislatures or recognized as a university under section 3 of the University Grants commission Act, 1956.


Every candidate in the Civil Services Examination who is otherwise eligible is allowed to make four attempts. The candidates belonging to the scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes can appear in the examination up to the age of 35 years regardless of the4 number of attempts. The candidates belonging to the other backward classes are allowed to take three additional attempts besides the usual four.


(A) The candidate must be between the age of 21 years and 30 years on August provided the upper age limit for the post of Assistant Commandant group ‘A’ in the Central industrial Security Force is only 28 years.

(B) The upper age limit mentioned above can be relaxed in the following cases-

1. A maximum of 5 years if the candidate belongs to the Scheduled Castes or the Scheduled Tribes.
2. A maximum of three years for those candidates of the other Backward Classes who are eligible to get the reservation put into effect for such candidates.

The Examination is completed in three stages---
A. Preliminary Examination/test. 
B. Main Examination.
C. Interview 

A. FIRST STAGE – PRELIMINARIES (Prelims Consist of two Papers)

General Studies C.S.A.T (Civil Service Aptitude Test)

1. Geography: Indian and geography including the physical, social and economics geography of India and World. Sustainable development, poverty, demographics, Enviormental ecology, bio-diversity,climate change

 1. Interpersonal Skills including communication skill.
2. Polity: India Polity and governance as well as the Constitution, The political system, Panchayati raj, Public policy & rights  2. Logical reasoning and analytical ability
3. History: Indian History, the Indian National Movement. 3. Decision making and problem solving skills.
4. Current: Current Events of national & International importance.  4. General Mental Ability
5. Economics: Economics & Social Development and Social Sector Initiatives 5. Basic numerical skill Test {'X' Class level Data Interpretation (Chart,Graphs, Tables, Data Suffeciency)}
6. Science: General Science 6. English Language Comprehensive skill ('X' class level)

1. 33% (-Ve) marking only in Civil Service.
2. Both the question papers will be of the objective type (Multiple choice questions).
3. The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English.
4. Each paper will be of two hours duration. Blind candidates will, however, be allowed extra time of twenty minutes in each paper.

In the General studies, question are asked related to History, Geography, Political system and constitution , economy, science, and technology and current affairs, etc. In the Civil Service. examination, the number of question on these subjects is 150. Each question carries one mark.

Most of this question is about History Geography, Economy and Political system. Out of the total 150 question 60% to 65% are generally about these subjects. The questions on science range between 10% to 15%. The rest of the questions are on current affairs and G.K.

Questions in the Preliminary Examination are generally factual, but it also needs clarity of concepts Moreover, the questions on statements and their reason, also, figure in it.


Paper l

One of the Indian languages to be selected by the candidate from the languages included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution. 300 Marks

Paper ll English 300 Marks
Paper lll Essay 200 Marks
Paper lV  and V General Studies 300 Marks For each.
Paper Vl, Vll Vlll and IX Any two subject to be selected from the list of the list of the optional  subjects, each subject will have two papers 300 Marks For Each Paper
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.


1. Agriculture 10. Electrical Engineering 19. Philosophy
2. Animal Husbandry 11. Geography 20. Physics
3. Veterinary Science 12. Geology 21. Political Science and International Relations
4. Anthropology 13. History 22. Psychology
5. Botany 14. Law 23. Public Administration
6. Chemistry 15. Management 24. Sociology
7. Civil Engineering 16. Mathematics 25. Statistics
8. Commerce and Accountancy 17. Mechanical Engineering 26. Zoology
9. Economics 18. Medical Science  

Literature of one of the following languages : Arabic, Assamese, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, German, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Malyalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Pali, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Tamil, Telgu, Urdu.

NOTE : Candidates will not be allowed to offer the following combination of subjects—

(a) Political science and international relations with Public Administration,
(b) Commerce and Accountancy with Management,
(c) Anthropology with Sociology,
(d) Mathematics with Statistics,
(e) Agriculture with Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science,
(f) Management with Public Administration,
(g) Of the engineering subjects, viz. Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering not more than one subject.
(h) Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science with Medical Science.


(i) Each paper is divided into two sections— section (A) and section (B).

(ii) In each paper, a total of 8 questions are asked out of which 5 questions are to be answered.

(iii) The first question and the fifth question are compulsory, and these questions are for comments.

(iv) In the remaining three questions, at least one question from each section is to be selected.

(v) Each question carries 60 marks.

(vi) In the question for comments there are 4 options out of which 3 are to be answered. Each comment should be written within 200 words.

(vii) Examination for both the papers helds the same day in two shifts or sessions. Thus each paper is of 3 hours duration, i.e., 36 minutes for each question.

Now the question arises what should be our strategy to secure at least 55% for success. A brief description of it is given below:

  1. In preparing for the U.P.S.C. examinations hard labor is essential because there are no alternatives to hard work, yet along with that, a firm resolve and a good strategy is a key to success.
    Hence it must be a 1-1/2 year plan and coaching in each subject must be completed before the P.T. Immediately after the P.T., preparations should be started for the main examination without waiting for the P.T. result.
  2. Clarity of concepts in all subjects and development of analytical ability is a must. Therefore, one can improve one’s abilities through periodical tests in the concerned coaching institutes.
  3. Special care must be taken in preparing for the comment part of the main subjects, because besides being compulsory they can fetch 70% and more marks. Moreover, in some subjects they are asked in a very clear and simple form.
  4. Comments should be confined to two hundred words. If a single question has a time frame of 36 minutes for answering it, it is obvious that each comment has a time frame of 12 minutes to write it. 
    Similarly, if there is a 36 minutes time limit for each question then a long question will also require 36 minutes to answer it. Broadly speaking if 200 words are expected to be written in 12 minutes then 600 words should do for a long question. But this is not a rule and good answer can be written in more or less than these words.
    The more important point is how to write an answer. The answer must progress in a proper order in which facts and analysis are provided / furnished as per the requirements. This essentially requires that each question must be read more than once to understand its focal point and answer should be written accordingly.
  5. The candidates most often ask the question whether a particular subject is scoring one or not? Whether choosing Hindi medium for the U.P.S.C. examination will fetch good marks or not, etc. Probably you too have the same curiosity, to which our answer is as follows :
    In selecting main subject or subject for the P.T. the candidates usually seek the advice of their senior colleagues or select a subject under their guidance. There is no problem in seeking advice, but in acting upon that advice , also, think independently. The reason being that no subject in itself is good or bad and it all depends on how much you are interested in it. The easy availability of study material in it and wherefrom you have completed your preparations. Moreover, it is also advisable to know the connectivity of that subject with the other optional subjects, general studies and one’s own original subject, because if a subject has this connectivity with in the same amount of labour and time on e can prepare for more than one subject.

The candidates mostly have the misconception that only English medium candidates get good marks or in other words they stand a greater chance to succeed. But this is not correct , answer can be written in any medium and yet the candidates get success, only one has to be careful about the following conditions- 

  1. Answer should be written in a language of which the candidate has acquired good knowledge and flair. It is important to write answers in fluent and systematic manner. Moreover, it should be reflective of the and over facts and analytical ability of the candidates.
  2. Study material on that subject should be of high standard.
  3. What is needed is and in-death and not a superficial knowledge of the subject, and the ability to express it in one’s own words.
    On the basis of the above, success can be obtained in the competitive examination of the U.P.S.C without any problem.

Interview carries 300 marks,


The successful candidate in the main examination are called for the interview and on which basis candidates are finally declared successful. In the Interview generally question are not asked from the subjects offered, because they have been already asked in the written examination. Yes, they are definitely related to the academic qualification of the candidates and those subjects which have not been offered by the candidates in the examination.

In fact, it is a personality test in which the candidate is asked a wide range of question. This is to measure a candidates level of self- confidence, analytical ability, mental alertness, power of making balanced decisions, varied interests, leadership quality, social organizational ability and moral honesty.
It is expected from the candidates that they not only have a sound knowledge of the subject they have studied in the colleges, but they should also be aware of the developments taking place around them in the national and international spheres. Also , their interest in the modern ideas and new discoveries which should rouse curiosity in a well educated young person.

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