UPSC-CSE

Civil Services Examination

The Civil Services Examination (CSE) conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is one of India's prestigious and not suprisingly one of the toughest examinations. Aspirants who clear all three stages of this exam (Prelims, Mains and Interview) can become Civil Servants by joining the - IAS, IFS, IPS, IRS and more than 20 other services.

1. Eligibility Criteria

Education : Any graduate degree (distance education as well) recognised by UGC/ AICTE

Age Limit & Number of Attempts
General 21 to 32 6
OBC 21 to 35 9
SC / ST 21 to 37 Unlimited

2. Examination Schedule

February Notification
June Prelims (Hurdle 1)
July / August Result of the Prelims
October Mains (Hurdle 2)
January Result of the Mains
February / March Personality Test/ Interview (Hurdle 3)
April / May FINAL Result and Selection
Post 1 Year Training at LBSNAA

3. Stages of the Examination - The Marathon

Stage 1 - Prelims 1 + 1* Objective 200
Stage 2 - Mains 2* + 7 Descriptive 1750
Stage 3 - Personality Test NA Oral 275

4. Details of the Examination - The Stragery

PRELIMS EXMAINATION
1 Paper I General Studies 200
(100 Questions)
2 hours Objective Negative marks (0.67)
2 Paper II CSAT (Qualifying) 200
(80 Questions)
2 hours Objective Negative marks (0.83)
MAINS EXMAINATION
1 Paper I Indian Language (Qualifying) 300 3 hours Descriptive Minimum 25%
2 Paper II English (Qualifying) 300 3 hours Descriptive Minimum 25%
1 Paper I Essay 250 3 hours Descriptive Deciding paper
2 Paper II General Studies I 250 3 hours Descriptive Minimum 25%
3 Paper III General Studies II 250 3 hours Descriptive Minimum 25%
4 Paper IV General Studies III 250 3 hours Descriptive Minimum 25%
5 Paper V General Studies IV 250 3 hours Descriptive
6 Paper VI Optional Paper I 250 3 hours Descriptive Minimum 25%
7 Paper VII Optional Paper II 250 3 hours Descriptive Minimum 25%
PERSONALITY TEST / INTERVIEW
1 Personality Test 250 15 to 45 minutes Oral Compulsory

Civil Services Preliminary Examination

  • Current Events
  • History of India
  • Indian & World Geography
  • Indian Polity & Governance
  • Economics & Social Development
  • General Issues on Environment
  • General Science
  • List of Indian Year Book
  • Previous Year Question Paper
  • G.S. (CSAT) PAPER - 1 Syllabus
  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Logical Reasoning & Analytical Ability
  • Decision Making & Problem Solving
  • General Mental Ability
  • Basic Numeracy
  • Data Interpretation
  • English Language Comprehension Skills
  • Previous Year Question Paper
  • G.S. (CSAT) PAPER - 2 Syllabus

UPSC (CSE) - MAIN SYLLABUS

General Studies-I 250 Marks
(Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)

General Studies-II 250 Marks
(Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)

General Studies-III 250 Marks
(Technology, Economics Development, Bio-Diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)

General Studies-IV 250 Marks
(Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)
Marks carried by General Studies was 4*250=1000

Optional papers: Tamil Literature, Agriculture, Geography, History, Psychology, Sociology.

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