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The Civil Services Examination (CSE) is a competitive examination conducted at the national-level by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for recruiting candidates to various Civil Services of the Government of India. The recruitment is done for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS) among others. The UPSC Civil Services examination consists of a Preliminary examination, followed by the Mains examination, and a Personality Test (face to face interview). While the Preliminary examination 2018 was conducted on 3rd June, the Mains examination is scheduled to begin on 28th September.

 


Minimum Criteria

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Services 2018 eligibility criteria include the conditions and specific requirements that applicants have to fulfill to become eligible for the exam. The conditions may include requirements related to academic qualification, age and number of attempts. A Civil Services aspirant can qualify all the stages of the examination provided he/she meets the prescribed UPSC eligibility conditions. A candidate's eligibility will be cross-checked by the Commission through document verification once he/she has qualified for Interview/ Personality Test

Minimum Educational Qualifications:

·         Applicant must hold a degree from any of the recognised Universities or possess an equivalent qualification.

Age Limit:

·         Applicant must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on the 1st of August, 2017 i.e., he/she must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1985 and not later than 1st August, 1996.  

The upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxable:

·         Up to a maximum of five years in the case of SC/ST candidates;

·         Up to a maximum of three years in the case of OBC candidates;

·         Up to a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of J&K during the period from the 1st January 1980 to the 31st day of December 1989;

·         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;

·         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 2017 and have been released;

·         On completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from 1st August 2017 otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency; or

·         On account of physical disability attributable to Military Service; or

·         On invalidment.

·         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, 2017 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.

·         Up to a maximum of 10 years in the case of blind, Hearing Impaired and Orthopaedically handicapped persons.

Eligibility

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Services 2018 eligibility criteria include the conditions and specific requirements that applicants have to fulfill to become eligible for the exam. The conditions may include requirements related to academic qualification, age and number of attempts. A Civil Services aspirant can qualify all the stages of the examination provided he/she meets the prescribed UPSC eligibility conditions. A candidate's eligibility will be cross-checked by the Commission through document verification once he/she has qualified for Interview/ Personality Test

Minimum Educational Qualifications:

·         Applicant must hold a degree from any of the recognised Universities or possess an equivalent qualification.

Age Limit:

·         Applicant must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on the 1st of August, 2017 i.e., he/she must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1985 and not later than 1st August, 1996.  

The upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxable:

·         Up to a maximum of five years in the case of SC/ST candidates;

·         Up to a maximum of three years in the case of OBC candidates;

·         Up to a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of J&K during the period from the 1st January 1980 to the 31st day of December 1989;

·         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;

·         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 2017 and have been released;

·         On completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from 1st August 2017 otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency; or

·         On account of physical disability attributable to Military Service; or

·         On invalidment.

·         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, 2017 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.

·         Up to a maximum of 10 years in the case of blind, Hearing Impaired and Orthopaedically handicapped persons.

Application Process

To know how to apply for Civil Services examination 2018, candidates must visit the official website of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), which is www.upsconline.nic.in. The website provides all the necessary details that candidates should know before applying for the examination. To complete the application process, the application fee must be submitted via Credit card/debit card/Internet banking. It is important for Civil Services aspirants to fulfill all eligibility conditions for admission to the examination.

Follow the steps given below to fill up the 'Online Application Form':

·         Go to the official application website.

·         There will be two registration links provided to the candidates.

·         Fill all the necessary details and upload required documents and submit.

Important Instructions for UPSC Civil Services Application Process 

·         Applicants are required to apply online on the UPSC official website.  

·         While filling the application form, the applicant should carefully decide his/her choice of center for the examination.  

·         Suitable provisions have been made in the online application for information regarding use of scribes by the blind applicants and applicants 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).

·         Applicants taking the Civil Services Preliminary examination must mention information such as details of centers for examination, optional subject to be selected for the examination, the medium of examination and compulsory Indian Language at the time of the filling up online application itself.

·         During the submission of the application form, applicants are not required to submit any certificate as proofs of their Age, Educational Qualifications, Scheduled Castes/ Scheduled Tribes /Other Backward Classes and Physically disabled etc. The document verification will be conducted at the time of the Main examination only.

UPSC Civil Services 2018 Application Fee

·         Applicants (excepting Female/SC/ST/PH candidates who are exempted from payment of fee) are required to pay fee of INR 100/- either by remitting the money in any branch of SBI by cash, or by using Net Banking facility of State Bank of India/ State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur/State Bank of Hyderabad/State Bank of Mysore/ State Bank of Patiala /State Bank of Travancore or by using Visa/Master Credit/Debit Card.  

·         Applicants who opt for 'Pay by Cash' mode should print the system generated pay-in-slip during part II registration and deposit the fee at the counter of SBI branch on the next working day only.  

·         After payment, applicants must take out the print of their application form. 

·         Applicants will get registration confirmation by SMS or E-mail.

Exam Pattern

It is important for candidates to have a complete understanding of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exam pattern beforehand to be better prepared for the competitive examination. The UPSC Civil Services examination is divided into three stages including Preliminary (Prelims), Mains and Interview. The paper pattern of UPSC Civil Services Exam Pattern includes details related to the number of questions, nature of questions, and marking scheme.

Highlights of Civil Services Paper Pattern

Features

Prelims

Mains

Exam Mode

Offline

Offline

Medium of Instruction

English & Hindi

English & Hindi

Number of Qualifying Papers

2

7

Maximum Marks

400

1750

Type of Questions

Objective

Both Objective & Subjective

Negative Marking

0.33 (one-third)

One-third (for objective type questions only)

Exam Duration

2 hrs per paper

3 hrs per paper

 Civil Services Preliminary Exam Pattern

The preliminary examination is just a screening test for candidates to qualify for the Mains examination. The marks secured by the qualified candidates in the Prelims are not considered for determining their final order of merit.

·         The preliminary examination comprises of two compulsory papers (General Studies Paper-I & General Studies Paper-II) of 200 marks each. 

·         Both the question papers are of the objective type (multiple choice questions).

·         The General Studies Paper-II is a qualifying paper and candidates have to secure minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.

·         The medium of instruction for the question papers is set both in English and Hindi.

·         The time duration for the papers is two hours each.

·         Extra time of 20 mins per hour for each paper will be given to blind candidates and those with Locomotor Disability and Cerebral Palsy.

·         Negative marking is applicable on incorrect answers. For every incorrect response, one-third (0.33) of the marks is deducted.

·         In cases where a candidate marks more than one answer, the same penalty will be applicable even if one of the given answers happens to be correct.

·         There will be no penalty in cases where a question is left blank i.e. no answer is given by the candidate.

Syllabus

The Civil Services 2018 Syllabus is decided by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) each year. As part of the Prelims syllabus, candidates will be evaluated based on their knowledge and aptitude in current affairs. In Civil Services Mains exam, a candidate will be evaluated based on his/her academic expertise in his/her specialised subject. It also looks at an individual's overall intellectual traits and understanding of concepts. Basically, the questions that will be asked in the Civil Services examination will test a candidate’s understanding and clarity of concepts related to a variety of subjects, which will be relevant for a career in Civil Services.

UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam Syllabus

Paper I

Paper II

Current events of national and international importance

Comprehension

History of India and Indian National Movement

Interpersonal skills including communication skills

Indian and World Geography-Physical

Logical reasoning and analytical ability

Social, Economic Geography of India and the World

Decision-making and problem-solving

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

General mental ability

Economic and Social Development-Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.

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

General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and ClimateChange - that do not require subject specialisation

 

General Science

 

UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam Syllabus

Qualifying Papers

Marks

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

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

250 Marks

Paper - III

General Studies – II
(Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)

250 Marks

Paper - IV

General Studies – III
(Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and

Disaster Management)

250 Marks

Paper - V

General Studies – IV
(Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)

250 Marks

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

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