UPSC Civil Services Examination is the dream career for millions of aspirants who apply for this position from all over the country. This includes the top services i.e. the IAS, IPS and IFS and is considered as one of the most prestigious examination of India.

Why you should Choose Civil Services as a Career?

Civil Services is the one which work as the backbone of the administrative machinery of the country. The three most sought and most preferable services under this includes Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), and Indian Foreign Service (IFS). 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.

You motivation to choose civil services as a career could be anything ranging from high authority, power, fame and prestige, standard of living or may be a responsible position at one of the Ministries of India. Be it anything, but you must be determined enough to get hold of your reason to walk forward along with it.

About the Civil Services Examination Process

If you want to get selected into these services, you 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).

This year, as per the official UPSC Exam Calendar, Civil Services Preliminary Exam will be conducted on 31st May, 2020. The Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2020 will be conducted from September 18, 2020 for five days.

How to Apply

  • Candidates who are interested to apply are required to fill online application 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.

Following are the important dates that should be kept in mind beforehand.

(These are tentative dates and are liable to alteration according to the circumstances)

February 12, 2020Date of Notification for Civil Service Prelims Examination and Indian Forest Service Prelims Examination
March 03, 2020Last date to apply for Civil Service Prelims Exam and Indian Forest Service Prelims Exam
May 31, 2020Date of Civil Service Prelims Examination and Indian Forest Service Prelims Examination
September 18, 2020Date of Civil Services (Main) Examination
November 22, 2020Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination
To Check UPSC Calender for 2020 Click HERE!

Plan of Civil Services 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).

Details of Stage I

  • The Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination comprises of two papers consisting 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.

Details of Stage II

  • 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.

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

202
Table shows the Marks distribution counted for final merit

Qualifying Papers

This Mains Examination comprise two qualifying papers:

  • 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.

*A candidate who got appointed as an IAS or IFS officer in earlier examination and continues to be a member of that service will not be eligible to compete at this examination. Moreover, a candidate who is appointed to the Indian Police Service will not be eligible to opt for the Indian Police Service in the next exam.

Other ‘Group A’ Services

  • Indian P&T Accounts & Finance Service
  • Indian Audit and Accounts Service
  • Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise)
  • Indian Defence Accounts Service
  • Indian Revenue Service (I.T.)
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)
  • Indian Postal Service
  • Indian Civil Accounts Service
  • Indian Railway Traffic Service
  • Indian Railway Accounts Service
  • Indian Railway Personnel Service
  • Indian Railway Protection Force (Assistant Security Commissioner)
  • Indian Defence Estates Service
  • Indian Information Service (Junior Grade)
  • Indian Trade Service, Group ‘A’ (Gr. III)
  • Indian Corporate Law Service

‘Group B’ Services

  • Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service (Section Officer’s Grade)
  • Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu, and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service (DANICS)
  • Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu, and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service (DANIPS)
  • Pondicherry Civil Service
  • Pondicherry Police Service

List of optional subjects for Main Examination:

  1. Agriculture
  2. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  3. Anthropology
  4. Botany
  5. Chemistry
  6. Civil Engineering
  7. Commerce and Accountancy
  8. Economics
  9. Electrical Engineering
  10. Geography
  11. Geology
  12. History
  13. Law
  14. Management
  15. Mathematics
  16. Mechanical Engineering
  17. Medical Science
  18. Philosophy
  19. Physics
  20. Political Science and International Relations
  21. Psychology
  22. Public Administration
  23. Sociology
  24. Statistics
  25. Zoology
  26. Literature of any one of the following languages: Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and English

Click Here to see the Preliminary Examination Syllabus