The Union Public Service Commission (U.P.S.C.) conducts
Civil Services' Examination once a year in two stages. The Preliminary
Examination (Objective Type) for selection of candidates for the
Main Examination is held in the month of May.
The Civil Services Main Examination is held in the months
of October/November. Blank application forms and other particulars
are published in the Employment News, generally in the month of
The last date for the submission of applications to the Secretary,
Union Public Service Commission, Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road,
NewDelhi-11001 1 is usually the last week of January of the year
The Combined Civil Services Examination is conducted for Recruitment
to the following Services/Posts:
1. Indian Administrative Service.
2. Indian Foreign Service.
3. Indian Police Service.
4. Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group 'A'.
5. Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group 'A'.
6. Indian Customs and Central Excise Service, Group 'A'.
7. Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group `A'.
8. Indian Revenue Service, Group 'A'.
9. Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group `A' (Assistant Manager,
10. Indian Postal Service, Group `A'.
11. Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group `A'.
12. Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group 'A'.
13. Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group `A'.
14. Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group 'A'.
15. Posts of Assistant Security Officer, Group `A' in Railway
16. Indian Defence Estates Service, Group `A'.
17. Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group `A'.
18. Indian Trade Service, Group `A' (Grade III).
19. Posts of Assistant Commandant, Group' A' in the Central Industrial
20. Posts of Deputy Superintendent of Police, Group `A' in the
Central Bureau of Investigation.
21. Central Secretariat Service, Group `B' (Section Officers Grade).
22. Railway Board Secretariat Service, Group `B' (Section Officers
23. Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group `B' [Assistant
Civilian Staff Officers Grade).
24. Customs Appraisers' Service, Group `B'.
25. Delhi and Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman
& Diu and Dadar & Nagar Haveli
Civil Service, Group 'B'.
26. Pondicherry Civil Service, Group `B'.
Number of Chances: Every candidate, appearing in the examination,
who is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted four chances at
A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not
have attained the age of 28 years on the 1st August of the year
in which examination is being held.
The upper age limit may be relaxed in respect of the Scheduled
Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes and such other
categories of persons as may from time to time be notified in
this behalf by the Government of India to the extent and subject
to the conditions notified in respect of each category.
A candidate must hold a degree of any of the Universities (any
division) incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature
in India or other Educational Institutions established by an Act
of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section
3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess an
A candidate who has appeared or intends to appear at an examination
passing of which would render him eligible to appear at this examination,
but has not been informed of the result, may also apply for admission
to the examination.
Examination Fee: Rs. 40/- (Rupees Forty only). No fee for Scheduled
Castes, Scheduled Tribes, etc. Fee should be paid through Central
Recruitment Fee Stamps only.
Plan of the Examination: The
Civil Services Examination comprises two successive stages:
1. Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective type) for
the selection of candidates for Main Examination,
2. Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for
the selection of candidates for the various services and posts.
The Preliminary Examination:
It will consist of two papers of Objective Type (multiple-choice
questions) and carry a maximum of 450 marks. 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.
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
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 Preliminary Examination will consist of two papers:
Paper I- General Studies 150 marks
Paper II- One subject to be selected
from the list of Optional
subjects set out in Para 9
below 300 marks
Total 450 marks
List of Optional Subjects for Preliminary Examination:
2. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
5. Civil Engineering
8. Electrical Engineering
11. Indian History
14. Mechanical Engineering
15. Medical Science
18. Political Science
20. Public Administration
Note: Both the question papers in the Prelim Test will
be of the Objective Type (multiple-choice questions).
The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English.
The course content of the syllabi for the optional subjects will
be of the degree level.
Each paper will be of two hours' duration.
Main Examination: The written
examination will consist of the following papers:
Paper I One of the Indian Languages 300 marks
to be selected by the candidates from
the Languages included in the Eighth
Schedule to the Constitution
Paper II English 300 marks
Paper III Essay 200 marks
Papers IV&V General Studies 300 marks for each paper
Papers VI Any two subjects to be selected 300 marks
VII, VIII from the list of Optional for each paper
and IX subjects set out in Para 2 below.
Each subject will have two papers Interview Test will carry 300
Note: The papers on Indian Languages and English will be
of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying
nature; the marks obtained in these papers will not be counted
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 their discretion
for the qualifying papers on Indian Language and English.
The Paper I of Indian Languages will not, however, be compulsory
for candidates hailing from the North-Eastern States of Arunachal
Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland and also for candidates
hailing from the State of Sikkim.
For the Language Papers, the script to be used by candidates will
be as under:
Sindhi Devanagari or Arabic