About Civil Services

UPSC Civil Services Exam

Indian Civil Services which includes the top services i.e. the IAS, IPS and IFS, is the dream career for millions of aspirants from all over the country.

Why to Choose Civil Services as a Career?

Civil Services work as the backbone of the administrative machinery of the country. Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), and Indian Foreign Service (IFS) are three of the most preferable services under this. IAS is most sought after among these services as IAS officers get the opportunity to serve on higher strategic positions in the Union Government and State Governments.


About the Examination Process

In order to get selected into these coveted services, candidates have to appear in the Civil Services Exam (CSE) conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and should pass a three-phase selection process. The three phases are the Civil Services Preliminary Exam (Prelims), Civil Services (Main) Examination (Mains) and The Personality Test (Interview).

As per the official UPSC Exam Calendar, Civil Services Preliminary 2021 Exam will be conducted on June 27, 2021. The Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2021 will be conducted from September 17, 2021 for five days. Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination 2021 will be conducted from November 21, 2021 for 10 days.

How to Apply

  • Candidates are required to apply Online using the official website of UPSC that is www.upsconline.nic.in.
  • Candidates need to complete the Online Application Form containing two stages viz. Part-I and Part-II as per the instructions available in the above mentioned website.
  • The candidates are required to pay a fee of Rs.100/- Rupees One Hundred only) [excepting SC/ST/ Female/Persons with Benchmark Disability candidates who are exempted from payment of fee] either by depositing the money in any branch of State Bank of India by cash, or by using net banking facility of State Bank of India or by using any Visa/Master/RuPay Credit/ Debit Card.
  • Before start filling up Online Application form, a candidate must have his/her photograph and signature duly scanned in the jpg format in such a manner that each file should not exceed 40 KB and must not be less than 3 KB in size for the photograph and 1 KB for the signature.
  • Applicants should avoid submitting multiple applications. In case of multiple applications, the applications with higher Registration ID will be considered by the Commission.
  • The applicants must ensure that while filling their Application Form, they are providing their valid and active E-Mail IDs as the Commission may use electronic mode of communication while contacting them at different stages of examination process.

Important Dates

*These are tentative dates and liable to alteration, if the circumstances so warrant.

The Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2020 will be conducted from January 08, 2021, 2021 for five days. Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination 2020 will be conducted from February 28, 2021, for 10 days

These preliminaries settled, he did not care to put off any longer the execution of his design, urged on to it by the thought of all the world was losing by his delay, seeing what wrongs he intended to right, grievances to redress, injustices to repair, abuses to remove, and duties to discharge.

February 10, 2021Date of Notification for Civil Service Prelims Examination and Indian Forest Service Prelims Examination
March 02, 2020Last date to apply for Civil Service Prelims Exam and Indian Forest Service Prelims Exam
June 27, 2020Date of Civil Service Prelims Examination and Indian Forest Service Prelims Examination
September 17, 2021Date of Civil Services (Main) Examination
November 21, 2021Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination

Plan of Examination

The Civil Services Examination consist of two successive stages

  1. Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective type) for the selection of candidates for the Main Examination; and
  2. Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates for the various Services and posts.

*Candidates who are declared qualified for Civil Services (Main) Examination; have to submit Detailed Application Form (DAF).

First Stage Details

  • The Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination comprises of two papers of 200 marks each i.e. General Studies Paper I and General Studies Paper II.
  • GS Paper-II (also known as CSAT i.e. Civil Service Aptitude Test) is of qualifying in nature and in which a candidate has to secure 33% marks only.
  • Objective type (Multiple Choice Questions) is asked in this stage. Marks obtained in this stage are counted only to decide merit in the preliminary examination, not for final selection. Clearing the Prelims makes one eligible for the next stage of the exam.

Second Stage Details

  • Civil Services (Main) Examination is the ‘written stage’ of the examination. It consists of nine papers of which, marks of only seven papers are counted in deciding the final merit list. In the remaining two papers, a candidate has to secure the minimum qualifying marks decided by UPSC each year. The question papers for the Mains examination are of conventional (essay) type.
  • The Civil Services Personality Test consists of a board of members for assessing the candidate’s personality. A candidate is 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 caliber of a candidate.

*Final rank of a candidate in merit list is depends upon the marks scored in second stage only i.e. written and Interview.

Table shows the Marks distribution counted for final merit
PaperSubjectMarks
Paper-1Essay250
Paper-2General Studies–I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)250
Paper-3General Studies–II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)250
Paper-4General Studies–III (Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)250
Paper-5General Studies–IV (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)250
Paper-6Optional Subject – Paper 1250
Paper-7Optional Subject – Paper 2

Sub Total (Written test)

Personality Test

Grand Total
250

1750

275

2025
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UPSC Civil Services Exam

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Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.

Indian Civil Services which includes the top services i.e. the IAS, IPS and IFS, is the dream career for millions of aspirants from all over the country.

Why to Choose Civil Services as a Career?

Civil Services work as the backbone of the administrative machinery of the country. Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), and Indian Foreign Service (IFS) are three of the most preferable services under this. IAS is most sought after among these services as IAS officers get the opportunity to serve on higher strategic positions in the Union Government and State Governments.


About the Examination Process

In order to get selected into these coveted services, candidates have to appear in the Civil Services Exam (CSE) conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and should pass a three-phase selection process. The three phases are the Civil Services Preliminary Exam (Prelims), Civil Services (Main) Examination (Mains) and The Personality Test (Interview).

As per the official UPSC Exam Calendar, Civil Services Preliminary 2021 Exam will be conducted on June 27, 2021. The Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2021 will be conducted from September 17, 2021 for five days. Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination 2021 will be conducted from November 21, 2021 for 10 days.

How to Apply

  • Candidates are required to apply Online using the official website of UPSC that is www.upsconline.nic.in.
  • Candidates need to complete the Online Application Form containing two stages viz. Part-I and Part-II as per the instructions available in the above mentioned website.
  • The candidates are required to pay a fee of Rs.100/- Rupees One Hundred only) [excepting SC/ST/ Female/Persons with Benchmark Disability candidates who are exempted from payment of fee] either by depositing the money in any branch of State Bank of India by cash, or by using net banking facility of State Bank of India or by using any Visa/Master/RuPay Credit/ Debit Card.
  • Before start filling up Online Application form, a candidate must have his/her photograph and signature duly scanned in the jpg format in such a manner that each file should not exceed 40 KB and must not be less than 3 KB in size for the photograph and 1 KB for the signature.
  • Applicants should avoid submitting multiple applications. In case of multiple applications, the applications with higher Registration ID will be considered by the Commission.
  • The applicants must ensure that while filling their Application Form, they are providing their valid and active E-Mail IDs as the Commission may use electronic mode of communication while contacting them at different stages of examination process.
Important Dates

*These are tentative dates and liable to alteration, if the circumstances so warrant.The Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2020 will be conducted from January 08, 2021, 2021 for five days. Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination 2020 will be conducted from February 28, 2021 for 10 days.
February 10, 2021Date of Notification for Civil Service Prelims Examination and Indian Forest Service Prelims Examination
March 02, 2020Last date to apply for Civil Service Prelims Exam and Indian Forest Service Prelims Exam
June 27, 2020Date of Civil Service Prelims Examination and Indian Forest Service Prelims Examination
September 17, 2021Date of Civil Services (Main) Examination
November 21, 2021Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination

Plan of Examination

The Civil Services Examination consist of two successive stages

  1. Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective type) for the selection of candidates for the Main Examination; and
  2. Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates for the various Services and posts.

*Candidates who are declared qualified for Civil Services (Main) Examination; have to submit Detailed Application Form (DAF).

First Stage Details

  • The Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination comprises of two papers of 200 marks each i.e. General Studies Paper I and General Studies Paper II.
  • GS Paper-II (also known as CSAT i.e. Civil Service Aptitude Test) is of qualifying in nature and in which a candidate has to secure 33% marks only.
  • Objective type (Multiple Choice Questions) is asked in this stage. Marks obtained in this stage are counted only to decide merit in preliminary examination, not for final selection. Clearing the Prelims makes one eligible for the next stage of the exam.

Second Stage Details

  • Civil Services (Main) Examination is the ‘written stage’ of the examination. It consists of nine papers of which, marks of only seven papers are counted in deciding the final merit list. In the remaining two papers, a candidate has to secure the minimum qualifying marks decided by UPSC each year. The question papers for the Mains examination are of conventional (essay) type.
  • The Civil Services Personality Test consists of a board of members for assessing the candidate’s personality. A candidate is 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 caliber of a candidate.

*Final rank of a candidate in merit list is depends upon the marks scored in second stage only i.e. written and Interview.

Table shows the Marks distribution counted for final merit
PaperSubjectMarks
Paper-1Essay250
Paper-2General Studies–I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)250
Paper-3General Studies–II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)250
Paper-4General Studies–III (Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)250
Paper-5General Studies–IV (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)250
Paper-6Optional Subject – Paper 1250
Paper-7Optional Subject – Paper 2

Sub Total (Written test)

Personality Test

Grand Total
250

1750

275

2025

Two Qualifying Papers are:

  • 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

Eligibility Criteria

  • For the IAS and the IPS, a candidate must be a citizen of India. For other services, a candidate must be either a citizen of India or a citizen of some other country (eligible after meeting with some special conditions).
  • A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on the 1st of August of examination year. The upper age-limit is relaxable, maximum of 5 years for SC/STs candidates and 3 years for OBC candidates. Age relaxation is also applicable for Ex-Defense personnel and candidates with certain disability.
  • A candidate must hold a Universities degree, or possess an equivalent qualification for appearing in Civil Services Examination. Candidates who have appeared in the final year of degree examination and also the candidates who intend to appear at such a qualifying examination will also be eligible for admission to the Preliminary Examination. But such candidates have to produce proof of passing the requisite examination before appearing in Civil Services (Main) Examination.
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