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Myth and Reality about Civil Services exams of UPSC

By Admin | 20th May 2017

You must have seen many bollywood actors and actress in the role of IAS /IPS showcasing power and position in top administration in India. Have you ever dreamt to be one ? Have you ever thought to bring social transformation sitting within the system and having authority to innovate?  The role, responsibilities, power and position we see on screen can be dreamt in real and achieve provided you are ready to be dedicated, hardworking and up to dated and committed  . UPSCs Civil Services Exam in India has a authority to make you such officers of India.




Civil Services exams conducted by UPSC are for recruitment of highest administrative portfolios in India . These portfolios dose not includes position in Judiciary, Military and elected politics. Civil Services exam is primary requirement to get recruited for 24 different portfolios divided into Group A and B , top five includes IAS,IFS(foreign),IPS,I P&T A &FS, IAAS,IRS.

The Civil Services Exam happens once, every year in three independent steps, it is a merit based exam and obligatory to clear all steps one by one.  The exam is divided into Civil Services ( Prelims) , Civil Services (Mains) and Interview/Personality Test .

The minimum age to appear for Civil Services (Prelims) is 21and maximum 32 years  and minimum qualification is Final Year of Bachelors whereas it is obligatory to complete Bachelors before sitting for Civil Services (Mains) . UPSC provides age and academic relaxation in various categories. The maximum number of attempts for general candidate is 6 , OBC can attempts for 9 times and SC/ST can attempts for unlimited times

Civil Services ( Prelims ) has two papers , first paper is of General Studies It is 2 hours objective type paper with 100 questions of 2 marks each totaling it to 200 marks with .66 approx negative marking on wrong answer. The marks scored in the Prelims exam is for the merit of Prelims and are not counted in the Mains exam or the Interview.  Second Paper is of Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT),  It is 2 hours objective type paper with 80 questions of 2.5 marks each totaling it to 200 marks with .83 negative marking on wrong answer. This paper is of qualifying nature, candidate must score at least 33% marks to pass, marks of this paper are not counted for writing the Mains examination.

Civil Services ( Mains) has  total 9 subjective papers , first two papers  of 300 marks are qualifying in nature and only 25% marks are required to qualify , the papers are English (compulsory) and Modern Indian Language ( select one language from listed eighth schedule)

The other Seven papers Includes Essay  , General Studies  I,II,III,IV , Optional Language ( select one language from listed eighth schedule) and Optional Subject( select one subject from given list) . The marks are these seven papers are counted for Merit . The candidates listed in Merits of Mains are called for 275 Marks Interview/Personality Test  conducted by UPSC .


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