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UPSC Civil service

Civil service Exam conducted by Union Public Service Commission is the most prestigious exam held in the country. It is conducted in three main stages; The Prelims ,Mains and the Interview. The preliminary exam is the first and the most important step to enter into civil service. The preliminary exam consists of two main papers; General Studies I and General Studies II .Both exams are of objective type question, carrying a maximum of 200 marks each. Paper I deals with events of National and International Importance. Paper II is a paper which tests the reasoning and analytical skills of the candidate, however it is only of qualifying nature.

UPSC CSE Educational Qualification

Candidate applying for the UPSC CSE exam must be a graduate from a recognised university.

UPSC Age Limit


Age limit

No of attempts allowed


20-32 yrs



20-35 yrs



20-37 yrs

Upto age limit


20-42 yrs

General and OBC=9

SC/ST=untill agelimit

J&K Domicile

Gen-37 OBC-40 SC/ST-42 PH-50

Upto age limit

Disabled servicemen

Gen-37 OBC-38 SC/ST-40

Upto age limit

UPSC CSE Application Fee

An amount of Rs100 must be remitted for general and OBC candidates..Female/SC/ST/PH candidates are exempted from paying the fee.

UPSC CSE Application

Candidates must log into the official website to apply for UPSC Civil service exam

UPSC CSE Services and Post

Following are the services one gets after passing all the three stages of this examination.Candidates are given posts according to the marks:-

All India Services (Group A )

1)Indian Administrative Service(IAS)

2)Indian police Service(IPS)

Central Services(Group A)

1)Indian Audit and Accounts Service(IA$AS)

2)Indian Civil Accounts Services(ICAS)

3)Indian Corporate Law Service(ICLS)

4)Indian Defence Accounts Service(IDAS)

5)Indian Defence Estates Service(IDES)

6)Indian Foriegn Service(IFS)

7)Indian Information Service(IIS)

8)Indian Ordinance Factories Service(IOFS)

9)Indian post &Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service (IP&TAFS)

10)Indian Postal Service(IPoS)

11)Indian Railway Accounts Service(IRAS)

12)Indian Railway Personnel Service(IRPS)

13)Indian Railway Traffic Service(IRTS)

14)Indian Revenue Service(IRS-IT)

15)Indian Revenue Service(IRS-C&CE)

16)Indian Trade Service(ITrS)

17)Railway Protection Force(RPF)

Group B Services

1)Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service

2)Delhi ,Andaman &Nicobar Islands Civil Service(DANICS)

3)Delhi,Andaman &Nicobar Islands Police Service(DANIPS)

4)Pondicherry Civil Service

5)Pondicherry Police Service

Preliminary Exam

Since 2011,UPSC has changed the pattern of Civil service Prelims exam into CSAT(Civil Service Aptitude Test).Civil Service Aptitude test also helps to analyse the logical and reasoning skills of the candidate.

CSAT consists of two papers of objective type question with multiple choice answers carrying a maximum of 200 marks each.General Studies I consists of questions related to National and International Importance,Indian Polity,Geography etc.General Studies II tests the logical,reasoning and comprehensive skills of the candidate. General Studies II is a paper of qualifying nature and the candidate only need to score a minimum qualifying mark of 33% to qualify for mains:-

Syllabus for General Studies paper I

No: of Questions:100

Total marks-200

1)Current Events of National and International importance

2)History of India and Indian National Movement

3)Indian and World Geography-Physical,Social,Economic geography of India and the World.

4)Indian Polity and Governance -Constitution,Political system,Panchayati Raj,Public Issues,Rights issues etc

5)Economic and Social Development-sustainable development,poverty inclusion,demographics,social sector initiatives etc

6)General issues on Environment ecology,Bio diversity and Climate change that do not require subject specialization.

7)General Science

Syllabus for General Studies paper II

No of Questions:80

Total Marks:200


2)Interpersonal skills including communication skills

3)Logical reasoning and analytical ability

4)Decision making and Problem solving

5)General Mental Ability

6)Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations,orders of magnitude etc)(Class X level),Data interpretation (charts,graphs,tables,data sufficiency etc -class X level)

7)English langauge comprehension skills(class X level)

8)Questions related to English language and comprehension skills of Class X Level.

Pattern of Exam

Paper I

General Studies I

200 marks

Two hrs

Paper II

General Studies II-Candidate must score atleast 33% marks in paper II,it is of qualifying nature

200 marks

Two hrs


Main Examination:-




Paper A(qualifying nature)

(One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the langauges included in the eighth schedule to the constitution.)


Paper B (qualifying nature)

English(The papers on Indian languages and English(Paper A and Paper B)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.


Paper I



Paper II

General Studies-I

(Indian Heritage and Culture,History and Geography of the World and Society)


Paper III

General Studies-II

(Governence,Constitution,Polity,Social Justice and International Relations)


Paper IV

General Studies-III

(Technology,Economic Development,BioDiversity,Environment,Security and Disaster Management)


Paper V

General Studies -IV

(Ethics,Integrity and Aptitude)


Paper VI

Optional Subject-Paper 1

Optional Subject-Paper 2






Personality Test



Grand Total




Candidates may choose any one of the optional subjects from amongst the list of subjects given below:-

List of Optional subjects for Main Examination:-



Animal Husbandry and Vetinary Science




Civil Engineering

Commerce and Accountancy


Electrical Engineering







Mechanical Engineering

Medical Science



Political Science and International Relations


Public Administration




Literature of any of the following

Assamese,Bengali,Bodo,Dogri,Gujarati,Hindi,Kannada,Kashmiri,Konkani,Maitali,Malayalam,Manipuri,Marathi,Nepali,Oriya,Punjabi,Sanskrit,Santhali,Sindhi,Tamil,Telengu,Urdu and English.

UPSC CSE Interview

UPSC Civil service interview is also called the Personality Test.A personality test is conducted to evaluate the mental calibre of the candidate.It is also an assesment of his social traits,interest in current affairs and mental calibre.

UPSC CSE Vacancies

The government has notified 980 vacancies this year in the prestigious IAS,IPS and IFS Civil services exam,the lowest in the past five years.For the year 2016 and 2015 , 1079 and 1164 vacancies were reported.The number of vacancies are always low for this prestigious exam,but the perks and status of the job encourages more students every year to apply for the exam.

Negative Marking

There is negative marking for every wrong answers in the prelims.A mark of 1/3rd will be deducted for every wrong answer from the total marks.Therfore,candidate must be extra careful while chosing the answers.