Que: Can you provide
some information on this examination?
Ans: The Civil Services
Examination (CSE) is conducted every year by the Union Public Service Commission
(UPSC) as a common entrance examination for recruitment to various services like
the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian
Police Service (IPS), Group 'A' and Group 'B' - Central Services.
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A D V E R T I S E M E N T
Que: Who can appear
for this examination?
The candidate must possess a
degree from an Indian University or an educational institution deemed as a
University or possess an equivalent qualification. Those in the final year of a
degree course can also appear in the Preliminary Examination.
II. Other Eligibility
- For the IAS and the IPS, the candidate
must be a citizen of India.
For the other services, a candidate
must be either:
a citizen of India, or
a subject of Nepal, or
a subject of Bhutan, or
a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before
January 1, 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
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.
The candidate must have attained 21 years of
age on August 1st of the year of examination and must not have attained 30
years of age on that date. The upper age limit will be relaxed by 3 years
for OBC candidates and 5 years for SC/ST candidates. The upper age limit is
also relaxed in favour of certain categories of civil servants working under
the Government of India and Defence Services Personnel.
Que: What are
Optional Subjects for the Main Examination?
Ans: Optional subjects: Agriculture,
Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science, Botany, Chemistry, Civil
Engineering, Commerce and 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. Each paper is of 3 hours duration.
combinations not allowed in IAS Examination?
Ans: The following combinations
not allowed are:
Political Science & International Relations and Public Administration
Commerce and Management
Anthropology and Sociology
Maths and Statistics
Agriculture and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
Management and Public Administration
Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science and Medical Science
Any two branches of engineering.
Combination of two literatures in the above list.
aboutall Eligibility Conditions?
(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,
Srilanka, 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.
Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e)
shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been
issued by the Government of India.
Provided further that candidates belonging to categories (b), (c) and (d)
above will not be eligible for appointment to the Indian Foreign Service.
A candidate, in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be
admitted to the examination but the offer of appointment may be given only
after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him by the
Government of India.
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.
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 the other
Institutions, 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.
Candidates who have passed the final professional M.B.B.S. or any other
Medical Examination but have not completed their internship by the time of
submission of their applications for the Civil Services (Main) Examination,
will be provisionally admitted to the Examination provided they submit along
with their application a copy of certificate from the concerned authority of
the University/Institution that they had passed the requisite final
professional medical examination. In such cases, the candidates will be
required to produce at the time of their interview original Degree or a
certificate from the concerned competent authority of the
University/Institution that they had completed all requirements (including
completion of internship) for the award of the Degree.
(iii) Age limit:
21 years must be completed on 1st August of the year, which a candidate is
appearing. Maximum 30 for general category, 33 for OBCs and 35 for SCs/STs.
Ex-servicemen will get 5 more years exemption from the prescribed age limit.
(The date of birth accepted
by the Commission is that entered in the Matriculation or Secondary School
Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognised by an Indian University
as equivalent to Matriculation or in an extract from a Register of
Matriculates maintained by a University, which extract must be certified by
the proper authority of the University or in the Higher Secondary or an
equivalent examination certificate).
(iv) Number of
Attempts: Four attempts for open, seven for OBCs and no limit for
SCs/STs. If a person appears in the Preliminary Examination or even one
paper is counted as an attempt.
(v) Restrictions on
applying for the examination:
A candidate who is appointed to the Indian Administrative Service or the
Indian Foreign Service on the results of an earlier examination and
continues to be a member of that service will not be eligible to compete at
Que: How to
Apply for the examination?
Ans: The UPSC have
developed an application form common for all their examinations, which will
be processed on computerised machines. This application form alongwith an
Information Brochure containing general instructions for filling up the
form, an acknowledgement card and an envelope for sending the application is
obtainable from the designated Head Post Offices/Post Offices throughout the
country as against cash payment of Rs. 20/- (Rupees twenty only). Form
should be purchased from the designated Post Offices only and not from any
other agency. This form can be used only once and for only one examination.
Candidates must use the form supplied with the Information Brochure only and
they should in no case use photocopy / reproduction / unauthorisedly printed
copy of the Form. Since this form is electronically scannable, due care
should be taken to fill up the application form, correctly. While filling up
the application form, please refer to detailed instructions given in the