Civil Services

Civil Services of India

Civil Services is the backbone of the administrative machinery of our country which is a permanent bureaucracy of the Government of India. The decisions of the executives are implemented by the civil servants. Before independence the civil services examination was known as I.C.S. (Imperial Civil Services) examination which further converted into Indian CivilServices. The highest ranking civil servant is the chief of Cabinet Secretariat of Republic of India well known as Cabinet secretary. He is ex-officio chairman of the civil services board.

Exam Procedure

The Application Procedure for the Civil Services Examination has been completely digitized at the preliminary level and applications can be made only online. This is going with the need for bureaucrats to be net savvy. No more the forms that need to filled and posted to UPSC. Even admit cards will be issued online and candidates are expected to download their copies between fixed days.

 Scheme of the Examination

The successive stages of examination are:

Preliminary Examination for the selection of candidates for the

Main Examination Main Examination (Written) for the selection of candidates for interview for a Personality Test.

Interview (Personality Test)

Eligibility Criteria

The government intends to raise the upper age limit and number of attempts of applicants of the UPSC Civil Service Examination with effect from 2015.

According to information published on the website of the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, the upper age limit will be 37 years for SC/ST candidates with unlimited number of attempts; 35 years for OBC with 9 attempts; and 32 for the unreserved (general) category with 6 attempts.

For physically handicapped candidates age limit is 42, 45 and 47 years for General, OBC and SC/ST category respectively while the number of attempts is 9 for General and OBC and unlimited for SC/SC category.

Eligibility Table

Category Maximum Age Attempt
General 32 6
SC/ST 32+5=37 As many as upto age limt
Physically disabled

(Blind, Deaf-mute, Orthopedic)

32+10=42 if general then 9 OBC then 9 SC/ST- then upto age limt
J&K domicile if general then 32+5=37  depending on above catego OBC then 32+5+3=40 ries viz.Gen, OBC, SC/ST, SC/ST then 32+5+5=42 Disabled PH then 32+5+10=50
Disabled serviceman

discharged from duty

if general then 32+3=35

OBC then 32+3+3=38 SC/ST then 32+3+5=40

Ex-serviceman with five years duty* specific condition on notification if general then 32+5=37

OBC then 32+5+3=40

SC/ST then 32+5+5=42


UPSC Preliminary Examination

Pattern for IAS Prelims UPSC Syllabus

Paper - I General Studies - Will be counted for qualifying to the Mains exam (200 Marks Two Hours) Paper- II (CSAT) Aptitude test - Of qualifying nature, must score at least 33%. Marks not counted for going to mains. (200 Marks Two Hours)

 UPSC Exam Pattern

The UPSC has revised the pattern of Civil Services Main examination from 2015.

Now there are 7 + 2 = 9 papers to be answered in the main examination. All of them are of descriptive type. There are two qualifying papers 1) any modern Indian language 2) English are of 300 marks each. Their marks will not be counted in the main examination.

The candidate is allowed to use any one language from the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution or English as the medium of writing the examination.

According to the new pattern there are “FOUR” General Studies paper each comprising of 250 Marks with a total of 1000 Marks. The scope of the syllabus of General Studies is of degree level.

There is only “ONE” optional subject to choose from the list of subjects. It comprises of two papers each of 300 marks. So the total of optional paper is 600 marks. Candidate is allowed to take up literature as an optional subject “without the conditionality of having to do his/her graduation in that language’s literature. The scope of the syllabus of optional paper is higher than the bachelor’s degree but lower than the master’s level.

Interview/Personality Test is of 275 Marks. Candidate can give preference of the language in which they may like to be interviewed. UPSC will make arrangement for the translators.

The total mark of the written examination is 1750 Marks. The Interview/Personality Test will be of 275 marks. The Grand Total 2025 Marks