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How to crack civil service exam in first attempt

A person after his/her graduation aiming and wishing to crack one of the world’s toughest exam and get into the top most positions of of this largest democracy of the world need to have:

  • A strong personal interest
  • A determined mindset
  • A clear set goal without hindrances
  • Ability to change your preparation from hard work to smart work

The first attempt of the candidate is a very crucial one and that is the attempt in which we can give the attempt with the full fire. So you should not waste this opportunity for just a sake of writing the Preliminary examination. Many can clear the Preliminary exam in just sake of writing but you can not be done with the Mains examination. Let us explain that what advantage you have in first attempt is the thought about the civil services examination and how you approach to the preparation is desired by whom you approach to get the advice. Whether it is the successful candidates or those who are at to succeed. Successful candidates can give you the positive approach, they would have had some fallbacks and how they rectified them. They will help you to focus in preparation with a positive way. But if you go for some candidates who have not succeeded, they might give you some negative thoughts about the examination that you have to study too much to cover the vast areas of study and course etc. If the thing is already been done by somebody. Then you can also do it. If the thing is not been done by anybody. Then you have to do it.

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Another advantage to the first attempt students is that you can have the flexibility to change your mind according to the pattern of the questions which is asked. People who have done two or three attempts have a formed mindset which says that you have to prepare with such a way but in first attempt you have to concentrate on every aspects of the question paper and pattern. The syllabus is very fair and the question papers are setting in a very transparent manner and never goes out of syllabus, and this is the main fair part of the UPSC. We have to identify all the areas which are generally asked and then prepare in such manner.
The most important advantage for the first attempters is that you have lot of time to learn. Suppose you are giving it in next year and then you can start your preparation before the 10 months of examination, and this is decent amount of time to getting into right approach and study management. "People who are in the final year of their engineering or graduating degree, they can also start at that stage itself". So 10 month gap would be very sufficient to clear the Preliminary exam. We have to consider this Civil Services Exam as a long term journey and cover this journey step by step and each step should be directed towards your goal. Suppose, you are starting with the Preliminary and then your only aim for that 5 months or 6 months should be preliminary and do not think about your main exam at that time span. Because for the Preliminary the concept is very clear, the question is given and all the answers are also given.You need to pick the correct answer at the most closest answer among the four choices.
In the Mains exam it is not so, only the question is given and you have the freedom to write whatever answer you want or put your own ideas accordingly. We have to be very spontaneous with answers and for that spontaneity to come to you in first attempt, you have to be clear about your opinion formation and proper thought process.

Course Features

  • Lectures 320
  • Daily Test 1
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Skill level All level
  • Language English
  • Certificate No
  • Assessments Exams
  • English Medium

    Appendix-I

    Section-I

    Plan of Examination

    The competitive examination comprises two successive stages :

    (i) Civil Services (Preliminary)

    Examinations (Objective Type) for the selection of candidates for Main Examination; and

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

    2. The Preliminary Examination will consist of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions) and carry a maximum of 400 marks in the subjects set out in sub-section (A) of Section-II. 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 through this examination.

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

    Note I: The Commission will draw a list of candidates to be qualified for Civil Service (Main) Examination based on the criterion of minimum qualifying marks of 33% in General Studies PaperII of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination and total qualifying marks of General Studies Paper-I of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination as may be determined by the Commission

    Note II: There will be negative marking for incorrect answers (as detailed below)for all questions except some of the questions where the negative-marking will be inbuilt in the form of different marks being awarded to the most appropriate and not so appropriate answer for such questions.

    (i) There are four alternatives for the answers to every question. 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.

    3. The Main Examination will consist of written examination and an interview test. The written examination will consist of 9 papers of conventional essay type in the subjects set out in sub-section (B) of Section II out of which two papers will be of qualifying in nature. Also see Note (ii) under Para I of Section II (B). Marks obtained for all the compulsory papers

    (Paper-I to Paper-VlI) and Marks obtained in Interview for Personality Test will be counted for ranking.

    4.1. Candidates who obtain such minimum qualifying marks in the written part of the Main Examination as may be fixed by the Commission at their discretion, shall be summoned by them for an interview for a Personality Test, vide sub-section 'C' of Section II. The number of candidates to be summoned for interview will be about twice the number of vacancies to be filled. The interview will carry 275 marks (with no minimum qualifying marks).

    4.2. Marks thus obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination (written part as well as interview) would determine their final ranking. Candidates will be allotted to the various services keeping in view their ranks in the Examination and the preferences expressed by them for the various services and posts.

    Section-II

    Scheme and subjects for the Preliminary and Main Examinations.

    A. Preliminary Examination

    The Examination shall comprise of two compulsory papers of 200 marks each.

    The Examination shall comprise of two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each.

    Note :

    (i) Both the question papers will be of the objective type (multiple choice questions).

    (ii) The General Studies Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examinationvwill be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%

    (iii) The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English.

    (iv) Details of the syllabi are indicated in part A of Section III.

    (v) Each paper will be of two hours duration.

    Blind candidates and the candidates with locomotor disability and cerebral palsy where dominant (writing) extremity is affected to the extent of slowing the performance of function (minimum of 40% impairment will; however, be allowed an extra time of twenty minuts per hour for each paper.

    B. Main Examination

    The written examination will consist of the following papers :

    Qualifying Papers :

    Paper-A

    (One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in

    the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution). 300 Marks

    Paper-B

    English 300 Marks

    Papers to be counted for merit

    Paper-I

    Essay 250 Marks

    Paper-II

    General Studies-I 250 Marks

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

    Paper-III

    General Studies -II 250 Marks

    (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)

    Paper-IV

    General Studies -III 250 Marks

    (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)

    Paper-V

    General Studies -IV 250 Marks

    (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)

    Paper-VI

    Optional Subject – Paper 1 250 Marks

    Paper-VII

    Optional Subject – Paper 2 250 Marks

    Sub Total (Written test) 1750 Marks

    Personality Test 275 Marks

    Grand Total 2025 Marks

    NOTE :

    (i) 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.

    (ii) Evaluation of the papers, namely, ‘Essay’, General Studies and OptionalSubject of all the candidates would be done simultaneously along with evaluation of their qualifying papers on 'Indian Languages' and 'English' but the papers on ‘Essay’, General Studies and Optional Subject of only such candidates will be taken cognizance who attain 25% marks in ‘Indian Language and 25% marks in English as minimum qualifying standards in these qualifying papers.

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

    (iv) Marks obtained by the candidates for the Paper-I-VII only will be counted for merit ranking. However, the Commission will have the discretion to fix qualifyingmarks in any or all of these papers.

    (v) For the Language medium/literature of languages, the scripts to be used by the 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
    • Bodo Devanagari
    • Dogri Devanagari
    • Maithili Devanagari
    • Santhali Devanagari or
    • Olchiki

    Note : For Santhali language, question paper will be printed in Devanagari script; but candidates will be free to answer either in Devanagari script or in Olchiki.

    2. List of optional subjects for Main Examination:

    (i) Agriculture

    (ii) Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science

    (iii) Anthropology

    (iv) Botany

    (v) Chemistry

    (vi) Civil Engineering

    (vii) Commerce and Accountancy

    (viii) Economics

    (ix) Electrical Engineering

    (x) Geography

    (xi) Geology

    (xii) History

    (xiii) Law

    (xiv) Management

    (xv) Mathematics

    (xvi) Mechanical Engineering

    (xvii) Medical Science

    (xviii) Philosophy

    (xix) Physics

    (xx) Political Science and International Relations

    (xxi) Psychology

    (xxii) Public Administration

    (xxiii) Sociology

    (xxiv) Statistics

    (xxv) Zoology

    (xxvi) Literature of any one of the following languages:

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

    NOTE:

    (i) The question papers for the examination will be of conventional (essay) type.

    (ii) Each paper will be of three hours duration.

    (iii) Candidates will have the option to answer all the question papers, except the Qualifying Language papers Paper-A and Paper-B, in any of the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the onstitution of India or in English.

    (iv) Candidates exercising the option to answer Papers in any one of the languages mentioned above may, if they so desire, give English version within brackets of only the description of the technical terms, if any, in addition to the version in the language opted by them. Candidates should, however, note that if they misuse the above rule, a deduction will be made on this account from the total marks otherwise accruing to them and in extreme

    cases; their script(s) will not be valued for being in an unauthorized medium.

    (v) The question papers (other than the literature of language papers) will be set

    in Hindi and English only.

    (vi) The details of the syllabi are set out in Part B of Section III.

    "General Instructions (Preliminary as well as Main Examination)" :

    (i) Candidates must write the papers in their own hand. In no circumstances, will they be allowed the help of a scribe to write the answers for them. However, blind candidates and candidates with Locomotor Disability and Cerebral Palsy where dominant (writing) extremity

    is affected to the extent of slowing the performance of function (minimum of 40% impairment) will be allowed to write the examination with the help of a scribe in both the Civil Services (Preliminary) as well as in the Civil Services (Main) Examination.

    (ii) Compenstory time of twenty minutes per hour shall be permitted for the Blind candidates and the candidates with locomotor disability and cerebral palsy where dominant (writing) extremity is affected to the extent of slowing the performance of function (minimum of 40% impairment) in both the Civil Services (Preliminary) as well as in the Civil Services (Main)

    Examination.

    Note (1) : The eligibility conditions of  scribe, his/her conduct inside the examination hall and the manner in which and extent to which he/she can help the blind candidate in writing the Civil Services Examination shall be governed by the instructions issued by the UPSC in this regard. Violation of all or any of the said instructions shall entail the cancellation of the candidature of the blind candidate in addition to any other action that the UPSC may take against the scribe.

    Note (2) : For purpose of these rules the candidate shall be deemed to be a blind candidate if the percentage of visual impairment is Fourty Percent (40%) or more. The criteria for determining the percentage of visual impairment shall be as follows :

    All with corrections Percentage Better eye Worse eye 12 3 4

    • Category O 6/9-6/18 6/24 to 6/36 20%
    • Category I 6/18-6/36 6/60 to nil 40%
    • Category II 6/60-4/60 3/60 to nil 75% or field of vision 10-200
    • Category III 3/60-1/60 F.C. at 1 ft 100% or field of to nil vision 100
    • Category IV F.C. at 1 ft F.C. at 1 ft 100% to nil field of to nil field of vision 1000 vision 1000
    • One eyed 6/6 F.C. at 1 ft 30% person to nil

    Note (3) : For availing of the concession admissible to a blind candidate, the candidate concerned shall produce a certificate in the prescribed proforma from a Medical Board constituted by the Central/State Governments alongwith their application for the Main Examination.

    Note (4) :  (i) The concession admissible to blind candidates shall not be admissible to those suffering from Myopia.

    (ii) The Commission have discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination.

    (iii) 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.

    (iv) Marks will not be allotted for mere superficial knowledge.

    (v) Credit will be given for orderly, effective and exact expression combined withdue economy of words in all subjects of the examination.

    (vi) In the question papers, wherever required, SI units will be used.

    (vii) Candidates should use only international form of Indian numerals (i.e. 1,2,3,4,5,6 etc.) while answering question papers.

    (viii) Candidates will be allowed the use of Scientific (Non-Programmable type) Calculators at the conventional (Essay) type examination of UPSC. Programmable type calculators will however not be allowed and the use of such calculators shall tantamount to resorting to unfair means by the candidates. Loaning or interchanging of calculators in the Examination Hall is not permitted. It is also important to note that candidates are not permitted to use calculatorsfor answering objective type papers (Test Booklets). They should not therefore, bring the same inside the Examination Hall.

    C. Interview test

    1. The candidate will be interviewed by a Board who will have before them a record of his/her career. He/she will be asked questions on matters of general interest. The object of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service by a Board of competent and unbiased observers. The test is intended to judge the mental calibre of a candidate. In broad terms this is really an assessment of not only his/her intellectual qualities but also social traits and his/her interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logica exposition, balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.

    2. The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross-examination but of anatural, though directed and purposive conversation which is intended to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate.

    3. The interview test is not intended to be a test either of the specialised or general knowledge of the candidates which has been already tested through their written papers. Candidates are expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in their special subjects of academic study but also in the events which are happening around them both within and outside their own state or country as well as in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of well educated youth.

    Section-III

    Syllabi for the Examination

    NOTE : Candiates are advised to go through the Syllabus published in this Section for the Preliminary Examination and the Main Examination, as periodic revision of syllabus has been done in several subjects.

    Part-A Preliminary Examination

    Paper I – (200 marks) Duration : Two hours

    Current events of national and international importance.

    History of India and Indian

    National Movement.

    Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.

    Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.

    Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.

    General issues on Environmental

    Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialisation  General Science.

    Paper II- (200 marks) Duration: Two hours

    Comprehension  Interpersonal skills including communication skills; Logical reasoning and analytical ability Decision-making and problemsolving General mental ability Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data nterpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level)

    Note 1 : Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%

    Note 2 : The questions will be of multiple choice, objective type.

    Note 3: It is mandatory for the candidate to appear in both the Papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination for the purpose of evaluation. Therefore a candidate will be disqualified in case Employment News 23 – 29 May 2015 www.employmentnews.gov.in 53 he/she does not appear in both the papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination.

    Part-B Main Examination

    The main Examination is intended to assess the overall intellectual traits and depth of understanding of candidates rather than merely the range of their information and memory.

    The nature and standard of questions in the General Studies papers (Paper II to Paper V) will be such that a well-educated person will be able to answer them without any specialized study. The questions will be such as to test a candidate's general awareness of a variety of subjects, which will have relevance for a career in Civil Services. The questions are likely to test the candidate's basic understanding of all relevant issues and ability to analyze and take a view on conflicting socio- economic goals, objectives and demands. The candidates must give relevant, meaningful and succinct answers.

    The scope of the syllabus for optional subject papers (Paper VI and Paper VII) for the examination is broadly of the honours degree level i.e. a level higher than the bachelors' degree and lower than the masters' degree. In the case of Engineering, Medical Science and law, the level corresponds to the bachelors' degree.

    Syllabi of the papers included in the scheme of Civil Services (Main) Examination are given as follows:-

    QUALIFYING PAPERS ON INDIAN LANGUAGES AND ENGLISH

    The aim of the paper is to test the candidates ability to read and understand serious discursive prose, and express his ideas clearly and correctly, in English and Indian Language concerned.

    The pattern of questions would be broadly as follows :-

    (i) Comprehension of given passages

    (ii) Precis Writing

    (iii) Usage and Vocabulary

    (iv) Short Essays

    Indian Languages :-

    (i) Comprehension of given passages

    (ii) Precis Writing

    (iii) Usage and Vocabulary

    (iv) Short Essays

    (v) Translation from English to the Indian language and vice-versa.

    Note 1 : The Papers on Indian Languages and English will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature only. The marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking.

    Note 2 : The candidates will have to answer the English and Indian Languages papers in English and the respective Indian language (except where translation is involved).

    Detailed Civils Syllabus

    PAPER-I

    Essay: Candidates may be required to write essays on multiple topics. They will be expected to keep closely to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in orderly fashion and to write concisely. Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.

    PAPER II
    General Studies-I
    Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society

    • Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
    • Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present-significant events, personalities, issues.
    • The Freedom Struggle -its various stages and important contributors/ contributions from different parts of the country.
    • Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.
    • History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal- of national boundaries, colonization; decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc., their forms and effect on the society.
    • Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.
    • Role of women and women's organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.
    • Effects of globalization on Indian society.
    • Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
    • Salient features of world's physical geography.
    • Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian sub-continent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India).
    • Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location-changes in critical geographical features (including water–bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.

    PAPER III

    General Studies-II

    Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International Relations

    • Indian Constitution-historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.
    • Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.
    • Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions
    • Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries.
    • Parliament and State Legislatures -structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.
    • Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary Minorities and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.
    • Salient features of the Representation of People's Act
    • Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies
    • Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies
    • Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation
    • Development processes and the development industry the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional, and other stakeholders
    • Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, Jaws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections
    • Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources
    • Issues relating to poverty and hunger
    • Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance-applications, models; successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures
    • Role of Civil Services in a democracy
    • India and its neighborhood-relations
    • Bilateral, regional and & global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India's interests
    • Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India's interests, Indian diaspora
    • Important International institutions, agencies and for their structure, mandate

    PAPER IV
    General Studies-III
    Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management

    • Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment
    • Inclusive growth and issues arising from it
    • Government Budgeting
    • Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers
    • Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing
    • Food processing, and related industries in India-scope and-significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management
    • Land reforms in India
    • Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth
    • Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc
    • Investment models
    • Science and Technology-developments and their applications and effects in everyday life.
    • Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology
    • Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights
    • Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment
    • Disaster and disaster management
    • Linkages between development and spread of extremism
    • Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security
    • Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention
    • Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism
    • Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate

    Paper V
    General Studies-IV

    Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude

    This paper will include questions to test the candidates, attitude and approach to issues relating to integrity, probity in public life and his problem solving approach to various issues and conflicts faced by him in dealing with society:

    Questions may utilize the case study approach to determine these aspects. The following broad areas will be covered:

    • Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships. Human Values-Lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values

      • Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behavior ; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion
      • Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections
      • Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance
      • Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world
      • Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.
      • Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen's Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.
      • Case Studies on above issues

      PAPER-VI & PAPER VII

      Optional Subject Papers I & II


      Telugu Medium

      Appendix-I

      Section-I

      Plan of Examination

      The competitive examination comprises two successive stages :

      (i) Civil Services (Preliminary)

      Examinations (Objective Type) for the selection of candidates for Main Examination; and

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

      2. The Preliminary Examination will consist of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions) and carry a maximum of 400 marks in the subjects set out in sub-section (A) of Section-II. 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 through this examination.

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

      Note I: The Commission will draw a list of candidates to be qualified for Civil Service (Main) Examination based on the criterion of minimum qualifying marks of 33% in General Studies PaperII of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination and total qualifying marks of General Studies Paper-I of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination as may be determined by the Commission

      Note II: There will be negative marking for incorrect answers (as detailed below)for all questions except some of the questions where the negative-marking will be inbuilt in the form of different marks being awarded to the most appropriate and not so appropriate answer for such questions.

      (i) There are four alternatives for the answers to every question. 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.

      3. The Main Examination will consist of written examination and an interview test. The written examination will consist of 9 papers of conventional essay type in the subjects set out in sub-section (B) of Section II out of which two papers will be of qualifying in nature. Also see Note (ii) under Para I of Section II (B). Marks obtained for all the compulsory papers

      (Paper-I to Paper-VlI) and Marks obtained in Interview for Personality Test will be counted for ranking.

      4.1. Candidates who obtain such minimum qualifying marks in the written part of the Main Examination as may be fixed by the Commission at their discretion, shall be summoned by them for an interview for a Personality Test, vide sub-section 'C' of Section II. The number of candidates to be summoned for interview will be about twice the number of vacancies to be filled. The interview will carry 275 marks (with no minimum qualifying marks).

      4.2. Marks thus obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination (written part as well as interview) would determine their final ranking. Candidates will be allotted to the various services keeping in view their ranks in the Examination and the preferences expressed by them for the various services and posts.

      Section-II

      Scheme and subjects for the Preliminary and Main Examinations.

      A. Preliminary Examination

      The Examination shall comprise of two compulsory papers of 200 marks each.

      The Examination shall comprise of two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each.

      Note :

      (i) Both the question papers will be of the objective type (multiple choice questions).

      (ii) The General Studies Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examinationvwill be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%

      (iii) The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English.

      (iv) Details of the syllabi are indicated in part A of Section III.

      (v) Each paper will be of two hours duration.

      Blind candidates and the candidates with locomotor disability and cerebral palsy where dominant (writing) extremity is affected to the extent of slowing the performance of function (minimum of 40% impairment will; however, be allowed an extra time of twenty minuts per hour for each paper.

      B. Main Examination

      The written examination will consist of the following papers :

      Qualifying Papers :

      Paper-A

      (One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in

      the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution). 300 Marks

      Paper-B

      English 300 Marks

      Papers to be counted for merit

      Paper-I

      Essay 250 Marks

      Paper-II

      General Studies-I 250 Marks

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

      Paper-III

      General Studies -II 250 Marks

      (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)

      Paper-IV

      General Studies -III 250 Marks

      (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)

      Paper-V

      General Studies -IV 250 Marks

      (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)

      Paper-VI

      Optional Subject – Paper 1 250 Marks

      Paper-VII

      Optional Subject – Paper 2 250 Marks

      Sub Total (Written test) 1750 Marks

      Personality Test 275 Marks

      Grand Total 2025 Marks

      NOTE :

      (i) 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.

      (ii) Evaluation of the papers, namely, ‘Essay’, General Studies and OptionalSubject of all the candidates would be done simultaneously along with evaluation of their qualifying papers on 'Indian Languages' and 'English' but the papers on ‘Essay’, General Studies and Optional Subject of only such candidates will be taken cognizance who attain 25% marks in ‘Indian Language and 25% marks in English as minimum qualifying standards in these qualifying papers.

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

      (iv) Marks obtained by the candidates for the Paper-I-VII only will be counted for merit ranking. However, the Commission will have the discretion to fix qualifyingmarks in any or all of these papers.

      (v) For the Language medium/literature of languages, the scripts to be used by the 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
      • Bodo Devanagari
      • Dogri Devanagari
      • Maithili Devanagari
      • Santhali Devanagari or
      • Olchiki

      Note : For Santhali language, question paper will be printed in Devanagari script; but candidates will be free to answer either in Devanagari script or in Olchiki.

      2. List of optional subjects for Main Examination:

      (i) Agriculture

      (ii) Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science

      (iii) Anthropology

      (iv) Botany

      (v) Chemistry

      (vi) Civil Engineering

      (vii) Commerce and Accountancy

      (viii) Economics

      (ix) Electrical Engineering

      (x) Geography

      (xi) Geology

      (xii) History

      (xiii) Law

      (xiv) Management

      (xv) Mathematics

      (xvi) Mechanical Engineering

      (xvii) Medical Science

      (xviii) Philosophy

      (xix) Physics

      (xx) Political Science and International Relations

      (xxi) Psychology

      (xxii) Public Administration

      (xxiii) Sociology

      (xxiv) Statistics

      (xxv) Zoology

      (xxvi) Literature of any one of the following languages:

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

      NOTE:

      (i) The question papers for the examination will be of conventional (essay) type.

      (ii) Each paper will be of three hours duration.

      (iii) Candidates will have the option to answer all the question papers, except the Qualifying Language papers Paper-A and Paper-B, in any of the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the onstitution of India or in English.

      (iv) Candidates exercising the option to answer Papers in any one of the languages mentioned above may, if they so desire, give English version within brackets of only the description of the technical terms, if any, in addition to the version in the language opted by them. Candidates should, however, note that if they misuse the above rule, a deduction will be made on this account from the total marks otherwise accruing to them and in extreme

      cases; their script(s) will not be valued for being in an unauthorized medium.

      (v) The question papers (other than the literature of language papers) will be set

      in Hindi and English only.

      (vi) The details of the syllabi are set out in Part B of Section III.

      "General Instructions (Preliminary as well as Main Examination)" :

      (i) Candidates must write the papers in their own hand. In no circumstances, will they be allowed the help of a scribe to write the answers for them. However, blind candidates and candidates with Locomotor Disability and Cerebral Palsy where dominant (writing) extremity

      is affected to the extent of slowing the performance of function (minimum of 40% impairment) will be allowed to write the examination with the help of a scribe in both the Civil Services (Preliminary) as well as in the Civil Services (Main) Examination.

      (ii) Compenstory time of twenty minutes per hour shall be permitted for the Blind candidates and the candidates with locomotor disability and cerebral palsy where dominant (writing) extremity is affected to the extent of slowing the performance of function (minimum of 40% impairment) in both the Civil Services (Preliminary) as well as in the Civil Services (Main)

      Examination.

      Note (1) : The eligibility conditions of  scribe, his/her conduct inside the examination hall and the manner in which and extent to which he/she can help the blind candidate in writing the Civil Services Examination shall be governed by the instructions issued by the UPSC in this regard. Violation of all or any of the said instructions shall entail the cancellation of the candidature of the blind candidate in addition to any other action that the UPSC may take against the scribe.

      Note (2) : For purpose of these rules the candidate shall be deemed to be a blind candidate if the percentage of visual impairment is Fourty Percent (40%) or more. The criteria for determining the percentage of visual impairment shall be as follows :

      All with corrections Percentage Better eye Worse eye 12 3 4

      • Category O 6/9-6/18 6/24 to 6/36 20%
      • Category I 6/18-6/36 6/60 to nil 40%
      • Category II 6/60-4/60 3/60 to nil 75% or field of vision 10-200
      • Category III 3/60-1/60 F.C. at 1 ft 100% or field of to nil vision 100
      • Category IV F.C. at 1 ft F.C. at 1 ft 100% to nil field of to nil field of vision 1000 vision 1000
      • One eyed 6/6 F.C. at 1 ft 30% person to nil

      Note (3) : For availing of the concession admissible to a blind candidate, the candidate concerned shall produce a certificate in the prescribed proforma from a Medical Board constituted by the Central/State Governments alongwith their application for the Main Examination.

      Note (4) :  (i) The concession admissible to blind candidates shall not be admissible to those suffering from Myopia.

      (ii) The Commission have discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination.

      (iii) 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.

      (iv) Marks will not be allotted for mere superficial knowledge.

      (v) Credit will be given for orderly, effective and exact expression combined withdue economy of words in all subjects of the examination.

      (vi) In the question papers, wherever required, SI units will be used.

      (vii) Candidates should use only international form of Indian numerals (i.e. 1,2,3,4,5,6 etc.) while answering question papers.

      (viii) Candidates will be allowed the use of Scientific (Non-Programmable type) Calculators at the conventional (Essay) type examination of UPSC. Programmable type calculators will however not be allowed and the use of such calculators shall tantamount to resorting to unfair means by the candidates. Loaning or interchanging of calculators in the Examination Hall is not permitted. It is also important to note that candidates are not permitted to use calculatorsfor answering objective type papers (Test Booklets). They should not therefore, bring the same inside the Examination Hall.

      C. Interview test

      1. The candidate will be interviewed by a Board who will have before them a record of his/her career. He/she will be asked questions on matters of general interest. The object of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service by a Board of competent and unbiased observers. The test is intended to judge the mental calibre of a candidate. In broad terms this is really an assessment of not only his/her intellectual qualities but also social traits and his/her interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logica exposition, balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.

      2. The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross-examination but of anatural, though directed and purposive conversation which is intended to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate.

      3. The interview test is not intended to be a test either of the specialised or general knowledge of the candidates which has been already tested through their written papers. Candidates are expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in their special subjects of academic study but also in the events which are happening around them both within and outside their own state or country as well as in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of well educated youth.

      Section-III

      Syllabi for the Examination

      NOTE : Candiates are advised to go through the Syllabus published in this Section for the Preliminary Examination and the Main Examination, as periodic revision of syllabus has been done in several subjects.

      Part-A Preliminary Examination

      Paper I – (200 marks) Duration : Two hours

      Current events of national and international importance.

      History of India and Indian

      National Movement.

      Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.

      Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.

      Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.

      General issues on Environmental

      Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialisation  General Science.

      Paper II- (200 marks) Duration: Two hours

      Comprehension  Interpersonal skills including communication skills; Logical reasoning and analytical ability Decision-making and problemsolving General mental ability Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data nterpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level)

      Note 1 : Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%

      Note 2 : The questions will be of multiple choice, objective type.

      Note 3: It is mandatory for the candidate to appear in both the Papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination for the purpose of evaluation. Therefore a candidate will be disqualified in case Employment News 23 – 29 May 2015 www.employmentnews.gov.in 53 he/she does not appear in both the papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination.

      Part-B Main Examination

      The main Examination is intended to assess the overall intellectual traits and depth of understanding of candidates rather than merely the range of their information and memory.

      The nature and standard of questions in the General Studies papers (Paper II to Paper V) will be such that a well-educated person will be able to answer them without any specialized study. The questions will be such as to test a candidate's general awareness of a variety of subjects, which will have relevance for a career in Civil Services. The questions are likely to test the candidate's basic understanding of all relevant issues and ability to analyze and take a view on conflicting socio- economic goals, objectives and demands. The candidates must give relevant, meaningful and succinct answers.

      The scope of the syllabus for optional subject papers (Paper VI and Paper VII) for the examination is broadly of the honours degree level i.e. a level higher than the bachelors' degree and lower than the masters' degree. In the case of Engineering, Medical Science and law, the level corresponds to the bachelors' degree.

      Syllabi of the papers included in the scheme of Civil Services (Main) Examination are given as follows:-

      QUALIFYING PAPERS ON INDIAN LANGUAGES AND ENGLISH

      The aim of the paper is to test the candidates ability to read and understand serious discursive prose, and express his ideas clearly and correctly, in English and Indian Language concerned.

      The pattern of questions would be broadly as follows :-

      (i) Comprehension of given passages

      (ii) Precis Writing

      (iii) Usage and Vocabulary

      (iv) Short Essays

      Indian Languages :-

      (i) Comprehension of given passages

      (ii) Precis Writing

      (iii) Usage and Vocabulary

      (iv) Short Essays

      (v) Translation from English to the Indian language and vice-versa.

      Note 1 : The Papers on Indian Languages and English will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature only. The marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking.

      Note 2 : The candidates will have to answer the English and Indian Languages papers in English and the respective Indian language (except where translation is involved).

      Detailed Civils Syllabus

      PAPER-I

      Essay: Candidates may be required to write essays on multiple topics. They will be expected to keep closely to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in orderly fashion and to write concisely. Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.

      PAPER II
      General Studies-I
      Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society

      • Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
      • Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present-significant events, personalities, issues.
      • The Freedom Struggle -its various stages and important contributors/ contributions from different parts of the country.
      • Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.
      • History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal- of national boundaries, colonization; decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc., their forms and effect on the society.
      • Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.
      • Role of women and women's organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.
      • Effects of globalization on Indian society.
      • Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
      • Salient features of world's physical geography.
      • Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian sub-continent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India).
      • Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location-changes in critical geographical features (including water–bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.

      PAPER III

      General Studies-II

      Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International Relations

      • Indian Constitution-historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.
      • Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.
      • Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions
      • Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries.
      • Parliament and State Legislatures -structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.
      • Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary Minorities and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.
      • Salient features of the Representation of People's Act
      • Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies
      • Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies
      • Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation
      • Development processes and the development industry the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional, and other stakeholders
      • Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, Jaws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections
      • Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources
      • Issues relating to poverty and hunger
      • Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance-applications, models; successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures
      • Role of Civil Services in a democracy
      • India and its neighborhood-relations
      • Bilateral, regional and & global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India's interests
      • Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India's interests, Indian diaspora
      • Important International institutions, agencies and for their structure, mandate

      PAPER IV
      General Studies-III
      Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management

      • Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment
      • Inclusive growth and issues arising from it
      • Government Budgeting
      • Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers
      • Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing
      • Food processing, and related industries in India-scope and-significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management
      • Land reforms in India
      • Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth
      • Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc
      • Investment models
      • Science and Technology-developments and their applications and effects in everyday life.
      • Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology
      • Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights
      • Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment
      • Disaster and disaster management
      • Linkages between development and spread of extremism
      • Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security
      • Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention
      • Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism
      • Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate

      Paper V
      General Studies-IV

      Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude

      This paper will include questions to test the candidates, attitude and approach to issues relating to integrity, probity in public life and his problem solving approach to various issues and conflicts faced by him in dealing with society:

      Questions may utilize the case study approach to determine these aspects. The following broad areas will be covered:

      • Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships. Human Values-Lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values

        • Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behavior ; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion
        • Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections
        • Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance
        • Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world
        • Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.
        • Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen's Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.
        • Case Studies on above issues

        PAPER-VI & PAPER VII

        Optional Subject Papers I & II

List of Civil Services

Below is the list and descriptions of the list of services available through the civil service exams.
All India Services
  • Indian Administrative Service (IAS)
  • Indian Police Service (IPS)

Group A Services

  • Indian Foreign Service
  • Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service
  • Indian Audit and Accounts Service
  • Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise)
  • Indian Defence Accounts Service
  • Indian Revenue Service (I.T.)
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)
  • Indian Postal Service
  • Indian Civil Accounts Service
  • Indian Railway Traffic Service
  • Indian Railway Accounts Service
  • Indian Railway Personnel Service
  • Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force
  • Indian Defence Estates Service
  • Indian Information Service (Junior Grade)
  • Indian Trade Service, Group 'A' (Gr. III)
  • Indian Corporate Law Service

Group – B Services

  • Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service (Section Officer's Grade)
  • Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service
  • Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service
  • Pondicherry Civil Service
  • Pondicherry Police Service

  • Indian Forest Service Examination

    Exam and selection process:

    Prelims Exam: All the applicants will have to take an objective type exam called the Preliminary Examination that is common to other Civil Services Examination. It consists of two papers, where they are tested on areas such as economics, politics, history, geography, environment, awareness of current affairs, reading comprehension, logical reasoning, basic numeracy skills, inter-personal skills and decision making. Generally the qualifying cut-off marks of Preliminary Exam required to sit for IFS main examination is greater than that required to sit for Civil Services Main Examination. The marks of Preliminary Exam is not counted in making final overall merit.

    Mains Exam: Around 1,400 candidates are selected for the Main Examination which consists of six descriptive papers. Each candidate has to select two optional subjects (two papers each) from among the subjects allowed by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and has to take one General Studies paper and an English language paper.

    Final Interview: Around 230 candidates securing highest marks in the Main Examination are called for the interview conducted by UPSC board members. Interview or personality assessment is followed by a medical check-up and a physical test which requires all male candidates to complete a 25 km walk/run in less than 4 hours. For ladies the distance is reduced to 14 km. The test is usually conducted at the National Zoological Park in Delhi. After selection for the IFS, candidates are allocated state cadres. There is one cadre for each Indian state, with the exception of three joint cadres: Assam-Meghalaya, Manipur-Tripura, and Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram-Union Territories (AGMUT). Two-thirds of the strength of every cadre (for a state) is filled directly by IFS officers and the remaining are promoted from the respective states cadre officers.