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/UPSCFor 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
HOW TO APPLY
- Get yourself registered on the UPSC website : https://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.
VACANCIES FOR UPSCThe 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|
|All India Services (Group A)||Central Services (Group A)||Group B Services|
IMPORTANT DATES FOR UPSC
|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.
STAGE I: Preliminary ExaminationStage 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|
|Time||2 hrs.||2 hrs.|
SCORING FOR UPSC
|Category||GS – General Studies||CSAT|
|No. of Questions||100||80|
|Duration||2 hrs||2 hrs|
|Minimum Required||Prescribed cut-off||33%|
Sample UPSC Entrance Exam Questions
Banjaras during the medieval period of Indian history were generally
The word that has a meaning opposite to the word AFFECT is
What is the missing number 'X' of the series 7, X, 21, 31, 43?
The area known as 'Golan Heights' is seen in context of the events related to
If A+ B means A is the son of B. A – B means A is the wife of B, then P + R – Q means
Which one of the following countries does not open out to the Mediterranean Sea?
Frequently Asked Questions About UPSC
- Q1. What is UPSC CSE?
- Q2. Why UPSC CSE?
- Q3. Who is eligible to appear for UPSC CSE?
- Q4. How long does the entire recruitment process take?
- Q5. The areas from which questions are asked in entrance exams conducted by UPSC CSE?
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.
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.
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.
Ans: The entire recruitment process, starting form release of notification to joining, takes usually 15 months.
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 A||One of the Indian languages (Qualifying)||300|
|Paper B||English (Qualifying)||300|
|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|
Stage III: Personality Test (Interview) – This is a personality assessment round, which is conducted for candidates shortlisted after Mains.