The Civil Services Examination is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment to various Civil Services of the Government of India, Including the India Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Public Service (IPS) among others. It is conducted every year on an all India basis. The Examination is one of the toughest examinations in India and it examines the aspirants on different dimensions of abilities ranging from academic excellence, mental toughness to above- board integrity and honesty.

The Civil Services Examination comprises two stages: Preliminary Stage. Mains Stage.

PRELIMINARY STAGE: This stage is meant only for screening purposes. The marks obtained at this stage are meant only for qualifying for Mains stage and are not counted for determining the final order of merit.

Paper-I: General Studies: 2 Hours |100 questions | 200 marks

Paper II- CSAT* 2 Hours |80 questuion| Qualifying**


Paper-A Indian Language (Qualifying) 300 marks.

Paper-B English (Qualifying) 300 marks *

The marks obtained in these papers are not counted for deciding the Final Merit List.

b. General Studies & Essay:

Paper – I Essay 250 marks

Paper – II General Studies – I 250 marks

Paper – III General Studies – II 250 marks

Paper – IV General Studies – III 250 marks

Paper – V General Studies – IV 250 marks

c. Optional Subject:

Paper – VI Optional subject Paper – I 250 marks

Paper – VII Optional subject Paper – II 250 marks

d. Personality Test Personality Test (Interview): 275 marks

Grand Total (b+c+d) 2025

Nationality for the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian police service the candidate must be a citizen of India. For other services, the candidate must be one of the following:

A citizen of India A citizen of Nepal or a subject of Bhutan

A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India

The candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years (for the General category candidate) on August 1 of the year of examination. Prescribed age limits vary with respect reservations.

For Other Backward Castes (OBC) the upper age limit is 35

For Scheduled Casted (SC)and Scheduled Tribes (ST), the limit is 37 years

The number of times a candidate may attempt the exam is limited as follow

General category candidates =6.

OBC category candidates =9.

SC/ST candidate =unlimited attempts until 37 years of age.

Appearing to attempt one of the papers in the preliminary examination is counted as an attempt including disqualification/ cancellation of candidature. However, applying to sit the exam but failing to attend is not counted as an attempt. The upper age limit is relaxed for certain candidate who is backward with respect to other factors and differently