UPSC – Union Public service commission is India's premier central recruiting agency. It is responsible for appointments and examinations for All India services and group A & group B of Central services.
CSE – Civil Service Examination is conducted for the recruitment of All India Civil services and various posts of Group A and Group B services in India
Following are the services which one gets on qualifying the Civil Service Examination.
Selections to any of the above mentioned services, one must clear CSE Civil service exams and secure rank based on their performance. That rank will enable the recruitment to the services.
Minimum Age - The candidate must have attained the age of 21 years
Based on caste category the age limits and number of attempts will vary
|Caste Categories||Age Limits||No of Attempts|
|General Merit (GM)||32 Years||6 attempts|
|Other Backward Castes (OBC)||35 Years||9 attempts|
|Scheduled Castes (SC) Scheduled Tribes (ST)||37 years||Unlimited attempts|
Exam is conducted in three Stages
1st stage of IAS exams which is considered as screening level and qualifying in Nature, whose marks are not counted for final ranking but compulsory for qualifying to Mains.
Consisting of two objective type papers
|Section||Subject||No of Questions||Marks||Duration|
|Paper 1||General Studies||100||200||2 hours|
|Paper 2||CSAT||80||200||2 hours|
Prelims General studies tests the candidate's knowledge on Following subjects all at the level of 6th to 12th standards of NCERT Syllabus.
Prelims CSAT tests the candidate's skills in the following subjects
IAS Main examination consisting of 9 papers of conventional (essay) type, in which two papers are qualifying and only marks of seven are counted
These papers are meant for testing the verbal and writing skills of Indian and English language which are not counted for final ranking but compulsory for qualifying.
IAS Mains are Descriptive Written exam
Main examination consisting of 9 papers of conventional (essay) type, in which two papers are qualifying and only marks of seven are counted
|Paper A||One of the Indian languages||300||3 Hours|
|Paper B||English Compulsory||300||3 Hours|
IAS Mains Compulsory Papers for ranking
|Paper I||Essay (Two sections, each carrying 125 marks)||250||3 Hours|
|General Studies 1||Indian heritage and culture, history and geography of the world and society||250||3 Hours|
|General Studies 2||Governance, constitution, polity, social justice and international relations||250||3 Hours|
|General Studies 3||Science and Technology, economic development, bio-diversity, environment, security and disaster management||250||3 Hours|
|General Studies 4||Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude||250||3 Hours|
|Optional Paper||Two papers on one subject to be selected by the candidate from the list of optional subjects (250 marks for each paper)||500||3 Hours for each paper|
|Grand Total Marks Written Exams||1750|
|Personality Test (Interview)||275|
Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations:
Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management:
Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude:
This paper includes questions to check the candidate’s’ attitude and approach to issues relating to integrity, probity in public life and his/her problem solving approach to various issues and conflicts faced by him/her while dealing with society. Questions may utilize the case study approach to determine these aspects and covers area: