(i) Indian Administrative Service.
(ii) Indian Foreign Service.
(iii) Indian Police Service.
(iv) Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group ‘A’.
(v) Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.
(vi) Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group ‘A’
(vii) Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.
(viii) Indian Revenue Service, (I. T.) Group ‘A’.
(ix) Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’ (Assistant Works Manager, Non-technical).
(x) Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’.
(xi) Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.
(xii) Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A’.
(xiii) Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.
(xiv) Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A’.
(xv) Post of Assistant Security Officer in Railway Protection Force, Group ‘A’.
(xvi) Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’.
(xvii) Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group ‘A’.
(xviii) Indian Corporate Law Service, Group ‘A’.
(xix) Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade).
(xx) Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group ‘B’.
(xxi) Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Services Group ‘B’.
(xxii) Pondicherry Civil Service, Group ‘B’.
(xxiii) Pondicherry Police Service Group ‘B’.
Reservation will be made for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes and Physically disabled categories in respect of vacancies as may be fixed by the Government.
Centres of Examination :
Agartala, Ahmedabad, Aizawl, Aligarh, Allahabad, Aurangabad, Bangalore, Bareilly, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cuttack, Dehradun, Delhi, Dharwar, Dispur, Gangtok, Hyderabad, Imphal, Itanagar, Jaipur, Jammu, Jodhpur, Jorhat, Kochi, Kohima, Kolkata, Lucknow, Madurai, Mumbai, Nagpur, Panji (Goa), Patna, Puducherry, Port Blair, Raipur, Ranchi, Sambalpur, Shillong, Shimla, Srinagar, Tirupati, Thiruvananthapuram, Udaipur, and Vishakhapatnam.
The candidates should note that no request for change of centre will normally be granted. However, when a candidate desires a change in centre from the one he had indicated in his Application Form for the Examination, he must send a letter addressed to the Secretary, Union Public Service Commission, giving full justification as to why he desires a change in centre. Such requests will be considered on merits but requests received in the Commission’s Office after the scheduled date (mentioned in the advertisement) will not be entertained under any circumstances nor will such communications be replied to.
Plan of Examination :
The Civil Services Examination will consist of two successive stages—
- Civil Services Preliminary Examination (Objective Type) for the selection of candidates for the Main Examination; and
- Civil Services Main Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates for the various Services and posts noted above.
Eligibility Conditions :(i) Nationality (1) For the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service, a candidate must be a citizen of India.
(2) For other services, a candidate 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 came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
(e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
Age Limits : A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 30 years on the 1st August of year in which the examination is held.
The upper age limit is relaxable in respect of some categories of candidates. i.e., candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribes, Defence Services Personnel, disabled in operation during hostilities with any foreign country, etc.
Educational Qualifications :
The candidate must hold a degree of any of Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification.
Candidates who have appeared at an examination the passing of which would render them educationally qualified for the Commission’s Examination but have not been informed of the results as also the candidates who intend to appear at such a qualifying examination will also be eligible for admission to the Preliminary Examination. All candidates who are declared qualified by the Commission for taking the Civil Services (Main) Examination will be required to produce proof of passing the requisite examination with their application for the Main Examination failing which such candidates will not be admitted to the Main Examination. The applications for the Main Examination will be called sometime in the month of July/August, in the same year.
In exceptional cases the Union Public Service Commission may treat a candidate who has not any of the foregoing qualifications as a qualified candidate provided that he has passed examination conducted by any other institution, the standard of which, in the opinion of the commission justifies his admission to the examination.
Candidates possessing professional and technical qualifications which are recognised by Government as equivalent to professional and technical degree would also be eligible for admission to the examination.
Number of Attempts :
Every candidate appearing at the Civil Services Examination who is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted four attempts at the examination. Provided that this restriction on the number of attempts will not apply in the case of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates who are otherwise eligible. Provided further that the number of attempts permissible to candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes, who are otherwise eligible, shall be seven.
Papers of Examination :
The Preliminary Examination consists of two papers :
Paper I—General Studies : 150 marks
Paper II—One Subject to be selected from : 300 marks
the list of optional subject i.e., Total = 450 marks
Agriculture; Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science; Botany; Chemistry; Civil Engineering; Commerce; Economics, Electrical Engineering; Geography, Geology; Indian History; Law; Mathematics; Mechanical Engineering; Medical Science; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Sociology; Public Administration; Statistics; Zoology.
Note : (i) Both the question papers will be of the objective type (multiple choice questions).
(ii) The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English.
(iii) The course content of the syllabi for the optional subjects will be of the degree level.
(iv) Each paper will be of two hours duration. Blind candidates will, however, be allowed an extra time of twenty minutes at each paper.
The main examination consists of the following papers—
Paper I—One of the Indian Languages to be selected by the candidate from the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution. (300 marks)Paper II—English (300 marks)
Paper III—Essay (200 marks)Paper IV & V—General Studies 300 marks for each paper
Paper VI, VII, VIII & IX—(300 marks for each paper) Any two subjects to be selected from the list of the optional subjects. Each subject will have two papers. The list of optional subjects given below—
Agriculture; Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science; Anthropology; Botany; Chemistry; Civil Engineering; Commerce & Accountancy; Economics; Electrical Engineering; Geography; Geology; History; Law; Management; Mathematics; Mechanical Engineering; Medical Science; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science and International Relations; Psychology; Public Administration; Sociology; Statistics; Zoology.
Literature of one of the following Languages (Arabic; Assamese; Bodo; Bengali; Chinese; Dogri, English; French; German; Gujarati; Hindi; Kannada; Kashmiri; Konkani; Maithili; Marathi; Manipuri; Malayalam; Nepali; Oriya; Pali; Persian; Punjabi; Russian; Sanskrit; Santali; Sindhi; Tamil; Telugu; Urdu.
Note : (i) Candidates will not be allowed to offer the following combinations of subjects :
(a) Political Science and International Relations and public Administration;
(b) Commerce and Accountancy and Management;
(c) Anthropology and Sociology;
(d) Mathematics and Statistics;
(e) Agriculture and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science;
(f) Management and 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 and Medical Science.
(ii) The question papers for the examination will be of conventional (Essay) type.
(iii) Each paper will be of three hours duration. Blind candidates will, however, be allowed an extra time of thirty minutes at each paper.
(iv) Candidates will have the option to answer all the question papers, except the language papers viz. Papers I and II above in any one of the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution or in English.
(v) Candidates exercising the option to answer papers III to IX in any one of the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution 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.
(vi) The question papers other than language papers will be set both in Hindi and English.
Interview Test will carry 300 marks, 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 intellectual qualities but also social traits and his interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.
The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross-examination but of a natural, though directed and purposive conversation which is intended to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate.
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.