CIVIL SERVICE EXAMINATION
(IAS, IPS, IFS other Services)
The Civil Services Examination will consist of two successive parts:
- Civil Services Preliminary Examination (Civil Services Aptitude Test - CSAT) (objective type, for selection of candidates for the Main Examination; and
- 2. Civil Services Main Examination (written and interview) for selection of candidates for the various Services and posts.
THE PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION - CSAT
- The Preliminary Examination (CSAT) will consist of two papers of objective type questions (multiple choice questions) and carry a maximum of 400 marks.
The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English.
Each paper will be of two hours duration. However, Blind candidates will be allowed an extra time of twenty minutes at each paper.
This examination is meant to serve as a screening test only; the marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the main examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit.
THERE WILL BE PENALTY FOR WRONG ANSWERS MARKED BY A CANDIDATE IN THE OBJECTIVE TYPE QUESTION PAPERS
The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination will be about twelve to thirteen times the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year in the various services and posts.
Only those candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified in the Preliminary Examination in a year will be eligible for admission to the Main Examination of that year, provided they are otherwise eligible for admission to the Main Examination.
THE MAIN EXMINATION
- The Main Examination will consist of a written examination and a Personality Test (interview).
THE WRITTEN EXAMINATION
- It consist of nine papers of conventional essay type questions in the subjects chosen by the candidates.
The candidates, who obtain such minimum qualifying marks in the written part of the Main Examination as may be fixed by the commission at its discretion, shall be summoned by the Commission for an interview for a personality test.
Out of the nine papers, the papers on Indian Languages (anyone of the languages included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution) and English will only be of qualifying nature and the marks obtained in these papers will be not counted for ranking.
These papers on Indian Languages and English will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard.
- The papers on Essay, General Studies, and Optional Subjects of only such candidates will be evaluated as attain such minimum standard as may be fixed by the Commission in its discretion for the qualifying papers on Indian Language and English
- The question papers for the examination will be of the conventional (essay) type.
- Each paper will be of three hours duration. Blind candidates will be allowed an extra time of thirty minutes at each paper.
- The paper on Indian languages is not compulsory for candidates hailing from the North-Eastern States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, and Nagaland and the State of Sikkim.
- MEDIUM OF EXAMINATION:
- Candidates can answer all the question papers in anyone of the languages included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution or in English.
- The number of candidates to be summoned for interview will be about twice the number of vacancies to be filled.
- The interview will carry 300 marks (with no minimum qualifying marks).
- Marks thus obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination (written part a well as interview( would determine their final ranking).
- Candidates will be allotted to the various Services keeping in view their rank in the examination and the preferences expressed by them for the various Services and posts.
LIST OF OPTIONAL SUBJECTS FOR MAIN EXAMINATION
LITERATURE OF ONE OF THE FOLLOWING LANGUAGES