UPSC

The Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) is a recruitment exam conducted for Civil Services posts under the Government of India. The exam is conducted across India at various test centers by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The popular Civil Services wings for which the aspirants take this exam include: IAS (Indian Administrative Services), IFS (Indian Foreign Services) and IPS (Indian Police Services). There are many allied departments which select candidates for various posts within their departments, commonly known as Allied Services. The concept of the UPSC exam falls at the backdrop of the Civil Services Exam conducted during the British Raj and even older (Mauryan and Mughal times), when this was one of the most difficult exam for earning a bureaucrat’s position. Even today more than 5 lakhs students appear for the UPSC exam each year for merely 1000+ seats. UPSC exam is definitely one of the most difficult exams of all time. Of the above mentioned three Civil Services Departments, for IAS and IPS, the candidate must be an Indian citizen only. For IFS and other allied departments, the candidates can be a citizen of India, Nepal or Bhutan. A person who has an Indian origin from other countries but intends to settle permanently in India can also appear in these exams. Prepare for UPSC exam through Eduthrill and experience the thrill of challenging people around the world on UPSC Questions!

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR CSAT/UPSC

For candidates to appear for the UPSC exam, the following criteria needs to be fulfilled:
  • A Degree from Central/State/Deemed/Open University received either from Full-Time or Correspondence courses that is recognized by the Government of India or equivalent.
  • If any candidate does not fall under the eligibility criteria mentioned above, he/she can appear for the exam if they submit the proof of their eligibility at the time of the Mains exam. Such category includes candidates whose Degree results are awaited, MBBS students who are still under internship, students whose degree is recognized by the Association of Indian Universities in case of foreign education.
  • Any candidate appearing for the exam must be above 21 years. The upper limit for General, OBC and SC/ST categories is different:
    General Not attained 32 on Aug 1st of the year of UPSC exam
    OBC Not attained 35 on Aug 1st of the year of UPSC exam
    SC/ST Not attained 37 on Aug 1st of the year of UPSC exam
  • Maximum number of attempts for these categories also vary:
    General 6 times
    OBC 9 times
    SC/ST Unlimited attempts till he/she does not attain 37 years of age
If the candidate registers for the exam but fails to appear in the Prelims, then it will not be counted as an attempt. But if he sits for Prelims and does not get through Mains, it will be counted as an attempt.

HOW TO APPLY

  • Get yourself registered on the UPSC website :  http://www.upsconline.nic.in and fill up the detailed online application.
  • Male candidates need to pay INR 100 as Application Fees. There are no charges for female and SC / ST / Physically Handicapped candidates.
  • The Application has to be directly submitted to the Commission irrespective of gender, occupation or any other criteria.
Official UPSC Website: http://www.upsc.gov.in

VACANCIES FOR UPSC

The number of candidates selected for various vacant positions varies every year.
Past years’ record in the UPSC civil services exam:
Year No. of candidates who applied for Prelims No. of candidates who appeared for Prelims No. of candidates who appeared for Mains No. of candidates who appeared for the interview No. of candidates who got selected
2016 11.36 lakhs 5 lakhs 15,452 2,961 1,099
2015 9,45,908 4,65,882 15,008 2,797 1,078
2014 9,47,428 4,46,623 16,286 3,308 1,236


UPSC SERVICES


All India Services (Group A) Central Services (Group A) Group B Services
  • Indian Administrative Service (IAS)
  • Indian Police Service (IPS)
  • Indian Forest Service (IFoS)
  • Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IA&AS)
  • Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS)
  • Indian Corporate Law Service (ICLS)
  • Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS)
  • Indian Defence Estates Service (IDES)
  • Indian Foreign Service (IFS)
  • Indian Information Service (IIS)
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS)
  • Indian Post & Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service (IP&TAFS)
  • Indian Postal Service (IPoS)
  • Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS)
  • Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS)
  • Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS)
  • Indian Revenue Service (IRS-IT)
  • Indian Revenue Service (IRS-C&CE)
  • Indian Trade Service (ITrS)
  • Railway Protection Force (RPF)
  • Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service (AFHCS)
  • Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service (DANICS)
  • Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Police Service (DANIPS)
  • Pondicherry Civil Service (PCS)
  • Pondicherry Police Service (PPS)

IMPORTANT DATES FOR UPSC

UPSC Exam Date
Preliminary Exam 03.06.2018
Mains Exam Starts from 01.10.2018

UPSC EXAM PATTERN


The Civil Services (UPSC) examination consists of the following three stages:
  • Stage I: Preliminary examination – This is an objective exam having two papers. This is a qualifying round, which is conducted in the month of June/July every year. The results come out by mid August.
  • Stage II: Main examination – This is a subjective paper, which is conducted for candidates shortlisted after Prelims. It is held generally in October and the results come out in late December or early January.
  • Stage III: Personality Test (Interview) – This is a personality assessment round, which is conducted for candidates shortlisted after Mains. It is held generally in February or March and the results come out in May.
  • Trainings for the finally selected candidates start in the month of September across the country.
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STAGE I: Preliminary Examination

Stage 1 Prelims is divided into 2 papers:
(a) PAPER 1- General Studies
(b) PAPER 2- CSAT- Civil Services Aptitude Test
Below is the detail of both the papers:
Category Paper 1 Paper 2
Marks 200 200
Time 2 hrs. 2 hrs.
Type Objective Objective
Subject Area
  • Current events of national & international importance
  • History of India and Indian National Movement
  • Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the world Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Right Issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization
  • General Science
  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills
  • Logical Reasoning & Analytical Ability
  • Decision-making & Problem-solving
  • General Mental Ability
  • Basic Numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency, etc. – Class X Level)
  • English Language Comprehension Skills (Class X Level)
Negative Marking -1/3 -1/3
The format for UPSC Prelims changed in 2011 and in 2014 the Centre announces that English language skill portion is just a qualifying paper. In 2015 it announces that Paper 2 for UPSC exam will be qualifying and minimum 33% must be secured.


SCORING FOR UPSC

Category GS – General Studies CSAT
Nature Ranking Qualifying
No. of Questions 100 80
Total Marks 200 200
Duration 2 hrs 2 hrs
Negative Marking YES YES
Minimum Required Prescribed cut-off 33%

Sample UPSC Entrance Exam Questions

Q1

Banjaras during the medieval period of Indian history were generally

Q2

The word that has a meaning opposite to the word AFFECT is

Q3

What is the missing number 'X' of the series 7, X, 21, 31, 43?

Q4

The area known as 'Golan Heights' is seen in context of the events related to

Q5

If A+ B means A is the son of B. A – B means A is the wife of B, then P + R – Q means

Q6

Which one of the following countries does not open out to the Mediterranean Sea?

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Frequently Asked Questions About UPSC

  1. Q1. What is UPSC CSE?
  2. Ans: Civil Services is a recruitment exam conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for Civil Services posts under the Government of India. The exam is conducted across India at various test centers by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). There are 24 of services through this exam -- the most popular among them are Indian Administrative Services (IAS), Indian Foreign Services (IFS) and Indian Police Services (IPS). This exam is considered to the most coveted exam in the country on account of recruitment for top notch posts in the Indian bureaucracy.

  3. Q2. Why UPSC CSE?
  4. Ans: Since the best posts in government sectors are offered through this exam, it becomes a natural choice for brightest and aspiring minds to aspire to join government services through this exam given they want to work in the government sector. Among various reasons that make UPSC-CSE one of the top choices for aspirants looking for jobs in the country, some of the prominent reasons are discussed below:

    1. Job profile and responsibilities: As services under the exam are linked to top echelon of administrative machinery, they offer challenging and fulfilling work-contribution metrics. Personnel under top services of UPSC can make a huge difference to social-economic development of the country.
    2. Financial stability and job security: Services under UPSC-CSE are highest paid jobs in the government sector in the country, thereby ensuring reasonably very high financial security. Apart from cash component, these jobs offer medical benefits, HRA, travel allowances and other perks. Job security is also very high as government hardly fires its employees.
    3. Salary increments: Apart from annual hike and dearness allowance, pay of central government employees are periodically revised based on the recommendation of the Pay commission. Salaries of central government employees goes up significantly in the event of implementation of the recommendations of the Pay commission. The recommendations of the last couple pay commission have been employee-friendly, and thus making the Central Government jobs even more remunerative and attractive.
    4. Social standing and career growth: Apart from a reasonable pay, Civil Services recruits enjoy highly dignified social standing in society. Since there is provision of regular promotions in central government jobs based on performance, the central government employees recruited UPSC-CSE can reach to the level of chief secretory in various ministries, institutions and departments of central governments. Many of Civil Servant are also appointed as chairpersons of institutions like RBI, CAG etc.

  5. Q3. Who is eligible to appear for UPSC CSE?
  6. Ans: A Degree from Central/State/Deemed/Open University received either from Full-Time or Correspondence courses that is recognized by the Government of India or equivalent is required to appear for UPSC-CSE.
    If any candidate does not fall under the eligibility criteria mentioned above, he/she can appear the exam if they submit the proof of their eligibility at the time of the Mains exam. Such category includes candidates whose Degree results are awaited, MBBS students who are still under internship, students whose degree is recognized by the Association of Indian Universities in case of foreign education.

  7. Q4. How long does the entire recruitment process take?
  8. Ans: The entire recruitment process, starting form release of notification to joining, takes usually 15 months.

  9. Q5. The areas from which questions are asked in entrance exams conducted by UPSC CSE?
  10. Ans: The stage-wise description of areas from questions are asked in Civil Services examination is given below:

    Stage I: Preliminary examination – This is an objective exam having two papers. Questions in paper – I come from General awareness; questions in paper-II feature from Numeric Ability (Math), Logical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension etc.
    Stage II: Main examination – Mains exam comprises nine papers, two qualifying papers and seven papers assessed for ranking, the details of which shown below:

    Paper Subject Marks
    Paper A One of the Indian languages (Qualifying) 300
    Paper B English (Qualifying) 300
    Paper I Essay 250
    Paper II General Studies I (Indian heritage and culture, history and geography of the world and society) 250
    Paper III General Studies II (Governance, constitution, polity, social justice, and international relations) 250
    Paper IV General Studies III (Technology, economic development, biodiversity, environment, security and disaster management) 250
    Paper V General Studies-IV (ethics, integrity, and aptitude) 250
    Papers VI, VII Two papers on subjects to be selected by the candidate from the list of optional subjects below (250 marks for each paper) 500
    Total 1750

    Stage III: Personality Test (Interview) – This is a personality assessment round, which is conducted for candidates shortlisted after Mains.

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